Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wubbers Bangle press - finally ordered one

I lucked out last week - got an email they were back in stock and ordered the large bangle press
just checking looks like maybe their all gone again
I bought the large  press so waiting to check it out and see if I want to get the small one later
cant wait for it to come - wont be here till next week



Enamel Lampwork Class in Ottawa - The Glass Shoppe Studio this Sunday


UPCOMING CLASS :


PLAYING WITH ENAMELS 
NEW WORKSHOP - THE GLASS SHOPPE STUDIO - OTTAWA  MARCH 29

Play with the Thompson 9000 series enamels for COE104 glass - these enamels can be used to enhance your backgrounds - create textures - and pop your color palette

Get in touch with  Grace at the Glass Shoppe  as seating is limited - 

The Glass Shoppe is a great place to learn Lampworking as well - Grace has wonderful beginner classes and great teachers coming for workshops 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rough cut - collars

Finally went to studio last night and cut myself a couple sheets of copper
one sheet 24g  and one sheet 36 gauge



I outlined the collar template on the copper with a sharpie pen (in this case silver)
and then cut them out with scissors - yes scissors
the 24g was a bit harder but scissors are easier to use than the big shears and the small hand shears are hard to manipulate -  the wrinkly one is the thinner material - and teh one on left is the 24g - thick enough to be sturdy- light enough to wear and manipulate




 they are roughly cut

and I will go over the edges with the throatless trimmer  - I got a princess auto - reasonable priced - you can nip away and get really nice curve cuts from it easily - as I said I could probably have cut this even better with this cutter than with scissors
Hoping I can get up to the studio tonight - hopefully not too cold - hence why I chose to cut with scissors last night in the warmth of the house

now that I have them done I will sand the edges and ensure no burs - then flatten  best I can and then stamp them with patterns - I have an idea of what I want to do  so by the weekend they should be in the etching bath


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Collars.......

So to start my year off I decided that to get the juices flowing - I'll be doing an enamel class in Ottawa  on the 29th - looking forward to getting excited

but at home  I have started the first step to making collars that I was going to  make up last year but never got too - so this weekend will be spending cutting and filing and etching copper to make some  Neck Collars -  designs of course will be from  my own rubber stamps as I need the large size to stamp the designs onto the blanks

first step is to make a paper pattern to follow - if correct then I will make in a vinyl material and be able to write on so I have a more permanent and sturdy template

so  step 1 - create the template
I just took a piece of paper  and folded it and then cut out the  design - fitted it around my neck to see where it hung and trimmed to fit

Its not exciting  as yet but its a start
tonight I just may wander to the studio to grab some 24 g copper to cut it out - this design was originally  thought out when I did the last years  Bead Soup Challenge
the 24g is easy to cut  and manipulate - the curve in the pice was done with just my fingers and as I worked it - work hardened the piece - so looking forward to making this prototype collar up this weekend - once I figure out sizing etc  I'll be jumping in with both feet to make them up with a variety of surface designs 



HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY EVERYONE



Friday, March 13, 2015

Sewing/Embroidery Work Area partially set up

After the Ikea trip last weekend - I spent saturday night assembling my table and drawer units and just love it - of course had to clear and clean the area I wanted it to be in upstairs on the landing
Its part of the house that needs some wall reworking but I can deal with that later - but was so pleased when I set up my embroidery machine and sewing/embroidery machine - lots of natural light as well as lamps I bought at Ikea -  now I can play and be organized

Just need to buy a piece of plywood to put over the stair top handrails to create a great cutting table for patterns etc... - keeping things condensed and out of the way  but easy to work with

My grandaughter got a new t-shirt - trying out patterns

Thursday, March 5, 2015

PLAYING WITH ENAMELS - NEW WORKSHOP - THE GLASS SHOPPE STUDIO - OTTAWA MARCH 29

UPCOMING CLASS :


PLAYING WITH ENAMELS 
NEW WORKSHOP - THE GLASS SHOPPE STUDIO - OTTAWA  MARCH 29

Play with the Thompson 9000 series enamels for COE104 glass - these enamels can be used to enhance your backgrounds - create textures - and pop your color palette

Get in touch with  Grace at the Glass Shoppe  as seating is limited