Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Missing in Action - hoping to make a comeback this weekend

Well its been almost 6 weeks  since I contracted shingles - up the back left side of my head
THE PAIN ! was almost unbearable - throbbing pain , could not touch my head or hair , sensitive , burning sensation, headaches, no sleep -

the first day (a thursday) my back of the head was swollen - lumpy - went to clinic right away - they diagnosed swollen lymph nodes  (did not even look at my scalp but felt it )  gave me  antibiotics  nothing for the pain

I was off  the friday and I was suffering in bed Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - I got up monday in extreme pain, my eyes watering and took myself to work wher eI finally gave up and went to the hospital  at noon where I waited 4 hours - I had shingles once before but around the waist - if it wasn't for the commercials on TV I would never have even thought  I could get anywhere else - so I asked the dr if I possibly had shingles and he agreed .  so toss the antibiotics and got virals and pain medication -  let me tell you the pain meds did nothing - even doubled as he said to take if it didnt work.  I took 1 day off and went back to work - taking advil during the day as the pain meds made me tired and woozy

eventually  each week now its better - last week I could go almost all day without any advil and most of the pain gone - can brush my hair and even get a good nights sleep so I am hoping I will get back into the mood to do something at the studio soon - I left off with not testing that etching cream which will lead me back to  trying out my butterfly wing stamp on dichro and getting some of those done

so hoping to be back into the swing of things


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rustoleum Etching Cream

Never heard about it till someone mentioned in a thread on facebook in the Cricut create Canada
evidently available at lowes, Cdn Tire and Home depot  but maybe not all  of them



evidently a 1 quart  is only 23$   WAAAAAAAY cheaper than the etchall cream (there is also something called batch and ceramic etch as well - need to check that out )

going to track some down - check the prices and try it out  will let you all know

tried Home depot in my area, lowes, canadian tire - nada - but found this in aurora  which is not too  far to go

Reno Depot   946ML  for  33.59  (and a small discount )  over 2lbs  (over 32oz) of product -

on amazon.ca  armour etch 10oz is  45.00 and the small bottle at michaels is about the same


so now to get my hands on some and try it out  its located off the 404 at exit 45   where the walmart is - probably not till the weekend




Monday, June 12, 2017

Great Show

Hoping I am starting to feel better -  the show was great - and feeling enthused - need to make about 30 of the candle holders for July 8-9  for next show and more plates - was a bright - sunny - hot day




Friday, June 2, 2017

Very Sick and have got nothing done

Still haven't finished coloring and sealing my plates - haven't made any candles - no lampworking  - basically nothing done - sick with pneumonia  off and on but still went to work -thought I was done and the cough came back last night  and I have a show next week
the Art In the Park - in Stouffville   on June 10  ( what a way to spend my birthday )

I need to get things together this weekend  for the show   - its only a one day and I should be ok
but saturday only nice day to cut the grass as well  so will see how I feel to get things finished up - so want to make about 25 candles but I have not been able to get to my  glass places to pick up the tempered glass .

I am just not that enthusiastic about anything -   Have 3 shows set up
stouffville June 10 - Art in the park 1 day
July 8-9 Purple turtle in Sutton
July 23 - cottage country  1 day in peterboro

and I think thats it for the year

I've done 1 class   prepping for a 2nd possibly this month depends on people availability for a 2nd fusing class in Pickering

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

coloring tempered glass - did not get far

Only 5 purple and one blue/green stil have a stack to go
got detoured on such a nice and day and was cutting the grass -  no horses so I needed to get about an acre or so cut  before it starts to really grow for the year 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Alcohol Inks on Tempered Glass and rearranging the studio

I reorganized my corner where I fuse - prepped for hot water to realize the outside hose needs fixing and some parts and the filter that goes on needs parts - so that is for next week -  got my pottery wheel in place and tried it out - not for long but long enough -

I have 6 sets of plates ready for color so today  started - there are 5 different sizes from each batch so  30 plates in all to get done - I tend to do all five in one color then move over to next color  so I have a few done only about 27 more to go from this huge batch

so first color is my purple mix I like - then there will be the blue /green etc... till Im done then I'll seal them all with epoxy
my back is killing me today from moving things around so not sure how long I'll keep this up - I do want to be finished by end of the day  so that next week I can do the epoxy


I was happy with my new set up its not running over my lampwork table area as I walk in the door - so now my rack for the molds is getting ready - and space for my hot water heater is in on a rack above the floor - brought up a bin of pottery colors to use and my alcohol inks 
the shelving I made last year - still have about two more levels to go 

the white rack is perfect for beside the sink - and the bottom rack holds the hot water tank above the floor level but close enough to the sink to work out perfectly - but I need parts to finish this job 

the microwave will be moved as I want the rack for more of my molds that are stored under another shelf at the back - the light will move to be more over the table - all those white buckets are full of tempered glass and I'll have more tomorrow from one of my suppliers he said he has lots - and the orange (one has tempered in ) but are for making the candles - which you can see one on the side of the table 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fused Tempered Glass Plates - 4th batch in

3rd batch out last night and 4th batch in
excuse the mess I still have not quite cleaned up certain sections of my studio for the season - just jumping in and getting the kiln running was a chore

I have a pottery class tonight so I'll get them out late and hopefully another batch in late