Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Studio 2020 resolutions as of May 26

Looking at my list again -   and so far I have accomplished nothing   - I did sit for about 1/2 hour made some beds ,    sort of moved stuff around  at the doorway to make it more accessible  but  nothing really  was done yet  - maybe this weekend I could  work on  #4  and 5  but the weekends go so fast  - now its too hot  rather than too cold   I hope I get things moving soon so I can start making stock

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

More Dragon Claws

Prepping more dragon claws but with  Turquoise  Tint   and same xfine Teal Glitter from Spin it

Dragon Skin Cup - and Claws

Well the dragon skin cup may have been messed up but I got my mold for my dragon claws and just had to try it out .
I mixed up some ART RESIN  and added a few drops of green ART RESIN TINT  and some Spin It  xfine teal glitter
O MY I love them
the Bird skul was leftover  from the mix  I poured into a mold 

De molded beautifully 

Spin it xfine Teal Glitter (love this stuff ) 

a few drops of the Resin Tint  Green

I used  Gold Nail Polish as base coat for nail colors - then I'll put a black patina and then glossy red for blood 

What are they for  - hopefully to be placed on a dragon skin cup  - not quite sure yet how but maybe something like this  (saw a video and loved the idea ) 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dragon Skin Resin Cup

another technique I wanted to do was the dragon skin cup  - looked great

Wished I had some color shift glitter or  the rustoleum  color shift spray paint - but  none available right away  so I painted an already sprayed white cup with some acrylic color shift paints from michaels (curbside pick up )

I painted the cup  the  Green Flash and sponged on some of the  aqua Flash  to give it some contrast 
took picture in sunlight to see if I could see the shift -  sort of ......

then the magic happens 
You need a uv light - I had my nail/stamp uv unit , some UV resin , a cup with water and dish soap in and a straw 
I found I was more or less juggling  to hold the cup  and put the bubbles on  so next time going to put it on the turner  (without it being on )  and that should make it easier to handle 

so I applied a small seciton of uv resin,   blue my bubbles  and grabbed and just put over the resin - then shone the uv light on it - for about 2 minutes after this I only went max 1 min as it cured quickly 
then this is what happened - voila 
I was so impressed and it was easy - or will be easier the next time to handle and work with 

Alcohol Ink and Saran Wrap Resin Cups

Another Technique - 
I started with  white spray painted cups
I got a baking tray and layed out  a length of saran wrap (filled the tray length and it was a large baking tray )  I sort of pinched the saran wrap so it did NOT lay flat -
I then  spritzed  alcohol inks  - using this chart  to select three colors
if it looks familiar its the same chart I used when using alcohol inks with my  recycled tempered glass trays 

started at one end and rolled the cup in the saran - as I came to the end I lifted the first end up about 1 inch and continued rolling so that there would be no seam - sort of squished it a bit  and let dry 
its sort of crispy when dry and just  took off saran 
this is the  Mariner mix - was afraid it was going to be dark but came out beautifully 
this was the Valley Trail mix - but I did not use enough  (this was 1st try - the above was 2nd ) 
I just did another  inking and rolled same cup  in another saran wrap and it came out fine 
Looks great 

to do the bottoms I just cut a square and scrunched it and put on the alcohol inks - set the bottom on and then turned it upside down to dry  - worked great 
the I put 1st coat of resin on the cups 
Here they are with 1st coat of resin 

In the Studio

Well I ventured up to the studio and made a path to my lampwork station and sat down
I gathered a few things - made sure my glasses were there, some mandrels and glass I could play with - some other tools  - checked the propane  and connected it , ran the oxy cons for a few minutes - and flipped the switch on the kiln

fot it to start to ramp up 
Then put my glasses on  - then took them off to clean the dust off (been sitting for a while )  and I grabbed a mandrel and started 
I looked at my stock 
I thnk I have more than enough Boro and 104  (and a few others ) to keep me busy for a while although I have seen some new colors I would like to try 

so I just sate and made a few beads  then (luckily ) I grabbed the instructions on how to run the annealing cylce on my kiln (cause I can never remember unless I am lampworking every day  on how to turn it off -  
set it and forget it !
Next morning  I switch off kiln and voila 
not the greatest beads but  something to start with 
Next visit I need to plan  what I am going to work on - probably fish 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Getting into the studio for 2020

As the weather is getting better  I have to get up to my studio and start cleaning up.  Basically havnt really been up there for 2 years other than  putting more stuff up there, my daughter moving in and her stuff going in there last year - grabbing stuff I needed down to the house.  So like a new years resolution I thought I better  outline  what I want to get done and see how I do for the spring/summer and fall  -  Although my main show has been cancelled for this year - its my opportunity to stock up and build up things and try some new things in the studio .  going to list 20 items and see where I get to

1. Create a Vitrograph kiln and set it up - I purchased all the fixins for this years ago and have the kiln so just need to build a set up to pull from

2. Clean up and get all my daughters boxes  stored to the back corner
3. Get all my books and magazines (that are in totes from my downstairs room that got taken over by my daughter ) either stored/stacked to back of studio or get some bookcases  to get some of them out and accessible
4.  clean up my Pen turning equipment area  (I left it a mess during the winter )
5. Clean up BIG kiln area so I can get in and start fusing
6. Clean up my wine bottle area - its overflowing with bottles
7.  Work on Some PMC Clay
8. Do more steel etching plates
9. Do more copper etching - earrings, pendants, bracelets
10. Make more recycled glass Plates (round and square  min 50)
11. Make more recycled glass candle holders (min 50 )
12. Make more fish  large and small
13 Make more cats regular and  fat Paddy
14 Make more lamp work jewelry  (bubble necklaces min 10)
15 Paint and finish a tiger  or any other painted  project
16 Make painted beads
17 Make more turtles
18 make more dragon eyes
19 make more hearts
20 Make more  ceramic  pattern sheets for fusing

that should keep me busy over the next month at least and see where I am

Everyone Stay Safe 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Another Resin cup - coming along

I started with a brown base for crackle effect -  then I did a seal of epoxy and some light glitter - now I have put on some sunflowers -  not sure the main one staying or going to replace with one that says You are my Sunshine

Monday, April 6, 2020

Resin Cups - Shipwreck

another white painted  cup - and using electrical tape  taped it off to make  boards on a ship
I did the whole cup

Then I used a darker  brown  alcohol ink  and painted it on -  then used a clear seal  and pulled the  tape off 
I only sealed the upper half and applied the lighter brown to emulate wood   (the bottom half is going to be water )   the octopus I am going to put on is at the side - on clear waterslide 

I put the octopus on - 
was very  hard to see 

so decided to create it on white water slide and cut it out and overlay it 
I then applied  resin and alcohol inks for the ocean 
applied another section of octopus  and a bit more resin and inks 
not a great pic but  what it looks like finished 

More resins cups - nightmare before christmas tattoo - crime scene cups

I took 2 more of the white painted cups

I applied the NMBC tattoo - boy that was fun and awkward on these cups with the reduced bottom - 
the first half not so bad but still had some  cracks  but the second half what a mess

but luckily markers  worked to fill in and over wright - and used them as well to fill in the extra white spaces so it looked all linked
I got the tattoos from  Amazon.com  12 of them for about 13.00 u.s.  the amazon canada was way high even with conversion and shipping 

you can really see the cracks and spaces 

I then did two crime scene cups - the first I put slashes of red - and I love that I did in a different red than the decals I made -   I put drips around the edge and printed more  blood splotches and the crime scene tape 

Here are the fronts - after resin 

Here are the backs after resin - the NBC cup  you cant tell at all there were spaces or cracks in the tattoo

More Resin Cups - Smoke & X-ray Flowers and a Pennywise cup

So I painted a nice couple of cups white - no drips - yeah !    (so I ended up with a few white based cups ) 

The first one I wanted to try was a "smoke" cup  where you use a little tea light and a piece of metal (knife) over the flame to cause it to smoke  and voila - you get a nice looking background to work with

I then sealed it with a clear  spray so it would not  move from holding it in my hands 
then I printed what are called x-ray flowers  and a phrase and butterflies and applied the waterslide decals to the cup sealed it again with a clear spray - so it wont lift while applying epoxy 

 image of x-ray flowers 

this pic is before resin 

Next I took another  white cup and applied Pennywise decal I printed and saying - sealed it and then epoxied it 

these pics are before resin 

after resin 
Here they are finished with lids 

Monday, March 16, 2020

More Resin Tumblers

Having fun making more resin tumblers
This weekend  finished two 

the first was another  honey bee cup (they wanted just Honey on the cup )

Next was another Feather cup 

Love making this 

Then I prepped and put the first coat of resin on a Pennywise cup 

and tried the smoke technique and waterslide x-ray flowers 

and I prepped a crime scene cup  that I hope to finish tonight and get resin on 

Monday, February 24, 2020

I'm Back - Almost a year

Over the past 2 years I have fallen behind in my crafts as well as blogging -  I have decided that its time to get back to  work and get some crafts started and my stock up for shows for this Year .

I  Have been playing with paper over the past few years and still enjoying it  and using my cutting machine.

So the first new things I have been creating are  Custom Resin cups - sprinkled with glitter and customized with images and sayings. 

to start I bought  (with 55% discount coupons )  3 of the We R  Spin Its   and  one off Amazon turners for the cups - as they must turn while you resin so they get an even coat of resin

(in the end  I had to modify the Spin its - because they are terrible to try and keep a cup on them and unable to really do the 30oz cups well )  If you look on you tube to how to upgrade your spin it  they have all the details on how to  fix the problems .

The First Cup  I did - I tried to keep it simple and follow some you tube instructions

I used modge podge as the base flue and put the glitter on -  then I sprayed it with a clear sealer - did another coat of modge podge and sealed it again -  then I put a layer of resin (ART RESIN)  and added some chunky glitter to it - let that spin and dry

then I sanded any  sharp parts (some were created by bubbles - I did not use a torch or my heat gun enough to pop  the bubbles that come to the surface )

Then I applied the  final coat of resin   and ta da  - my first cup was for my Daughter an 18oz cup I got at micheals  - reg 8.99 I got for 50% off
Was very happy with the results -  the glitter I got at michaels as well with coupons  (the spin it brand is great ) 

then I made another 18oz for my grand daugher with what she wanted on it 

Of course micheals had no more usable 18oz cups so I happened upon 30oz cups at Dollarama and started buying them up - Bigger is better - right -   I like a big glass of water or drink  so I ended up with almost a 100 cups 

The next cup I did the same method - here it is on a spiner drying 

then I made a custom sports cup for my daughter  for my grand daughters ringette 
its a ringetter silhouett with her nickname and number  and the other side of the cup  is  logo and number 

then I made my other grand daughter her nightmare before christmas cup 

I watched more videos and decided I needed to make a peacock feather  cup only this time   a different technique - spray painted the cup white and blue then you apply resin and sprinkle the glitter into the resin - let dry - apply the words and designs (in this case feathers)  then do another layer of resin 
(my friend took this one so I customized it with her name 
on the spinner- first coat resin over painted  white and blue cup

with feathers 

Next using the same technique it was paint the cup  a yellow gold - (this is so if anyting shows through you dont notice - so I sprinkles all gold holographic glitter on 
let that dry 

then I add stickers (I just happened to have extra red so I made them in red ) hexagons to represent the honeycomb and the drips at the top 
after I do that I spray the cup white  let dry and then do  alcohol inks   and use a clear sealer - then I peel the stickers off and it becomes a peek a boo cup  you can see the the original base glitter through where the stickers were

Next I put my words and my  water slides of bees onto the cup 

then it is sealed with one final coating of resin 

So right now  am making a 2nd bee cup ,  two more ringette cups and another feather cup  - so busy busy busy 
New techniques to learn - I may have a shipwreck, a stripe this week to show 


as soon as the weather warms up I need to clean up my studio and start fusing and doing some lampwork to get ready for July show