This week in review …

I’m prepping photos for reverse enamel painting, as all of my supplies have arrived!  Here is Ceasar and an older photo of ‘The Mongrels” ready to try:

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We had our blue (navy) vit pull – I like the results.  Tonight we’ll be trying a yellow/gold pull … so yeah, I’m shooting for maize and blue murrini!  Winking smile

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Had dinner with the high school girls.  Always a good time catching up(!), and I almost feel bad for the people sitting around us … Oh, the stories we tell! 

I cut circles!  18 of them … turned them into round black discs, so that I can make donut pendants.  Here is the first trial with a mica coating on top.  She’s in the kiln now, so … we’ll see!

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I also have night lights and spoon rests in the works, along with some component pieces for jewelry tiles.  But that will be next week.  Time to get back to that vit pull … Have a great weekend!

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Oh My Goodness …

I did it again!  Chalk it up to this time of year; a knee-jerk response to a bit of family drama; too many learning opportunities – or just an internet-shopping glass junkie spree … But I got my fix!  MmHmm!!!

I watched a reverse enamel painting tutorial … so, I have a fine collection of Fuse Master enamels on the way (to add to my ever growing collection!).  I hate that the FM packages are sent in dusty, leaky [drug paraphernalia type] baggies, so I purchased some glass jars to store them, all neat and pretty – and spill proof!  Thank you Amazon!

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As I had already viewed a ‘glass bubbles’ tutorial, I made certain I was well stocked up for that project, too! (photos 2 & 3 = not my images)

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There’s a new project video coming out – and I was able to decipher a few key ingredients from the preview photos … and someone had a sale.  I know, right – it’s like KARMA!

So, I tucked those bad boys in my shopping cart, while I added to my ever growing list of planned vit cane/murrini to make … (Currently, I’m planning on covering the following colors with pulls:  Navy, orange, gold, red, green, brown and aqua … oh, and I’m trying to work my way through a coral/melon idea!)  Here’s the navy stack, currently – along with a few bits cut up for the other pull colors …

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Yep – glass junkie, for sure.  Now I need to get some sleep/go to the ‘day job’ to supply my habit!  Doh!!! Winking smile

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Wowzers …

Couple of crummy cases at work, mixed in with some great patients and holiday-weekend volume left me feeling road-weary Monday morning … Just Wow!!!

So, I crashed hardetsy-calendar.  Spent a fair amount of energy plotting out my listings for the shop … Maybe I’m making it more complicated but … Wow!

Today, I took the time to take photos and create listings and sit at the computer until my eyes couldn’t focus … But, yeah (umm …WOW) – some cool stuff coming up!

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And then I played with puppies, while we weighed, wormed and documented our growth.  Awww … So, wowza – I’m a lucky girl!  Just look at those faces!!!

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Hope to squeeze in a trip to my local glass supplier and a vit pull (or two???) … Winking smile

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Good, Fat & Happy!

A good appointment with our tax man means CHS gets to keep making cool stuff!  [Well, yeah, sure – AFTER a weekend of ER nursing fun!]

Our pups are growing by the minute!  Momma Xena is eating like a champ and her fat ‘lil piglets will be opening their eyes soon!

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So, I’m happy!  Had a vit pull last night (after officially closing the books on ‘the books’) … Shooting for a white/purple, which I think we hit!  Now, I just need a green, gold and orange cane pull … Oh, and another cream/white and red pull.  Shoot – a blue cane would work nicely too!  Time to get busy!

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And – I like my ‘impressionist’ poppies … Now to decide what to do with them.

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I’m also working on a crackle/luminescent experiment.  Hmm … we’ll see. 

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Overall, I’m a happy girl – and I’m going to take tonight off and enjoy it with DH and the gang!

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It’s not all tax prep …

While DH and I are pushing to meet the deadline, sifting through papers and tallying columns … we’ve done a few other things too.

I made a cute owl/crackle plate.  So now I have a poppy version in the works …

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And we have pups … adorable squishy-faced love.  Xena loves her babies … Victor thinks they’re pretty cool too!

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In between pup-sitting and working with numbers, I’m taking pictures (here’s one of our steam punk nightlights) …

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And, my pendants are all assembled!

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Now, back to work!

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[Whine!] … It’s that time of year!

cloud-cabs-cut-3-29Glass Expo is this week.  Nope, I still can’t go.  Dangit!  So – I’m staying busy …

It’s been several weeks in the making, but I wanted to make some ‘cloud tiles’ … So, I did.  And, tonight I cut those beauties up into future pendants:

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Here are the tiles going in, mapped out for cutting, and cut:

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A couple close-up photos:

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Why it took me so long … or what to do when you can’t go to Expo (year 4):  I started gathering [stock-piling] STUFF:  Murrini and every grade of frit (and, um … I spared you the photo of stringers … we’ve started playing with making our own) …

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It’s not all jewelry here though … I made a special request bird night light, too.  I like her!  And, I’m gathering supplies for another project or two …

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Meanwhile, it is also TAX SEASON [Bum Bum Buhhhm!]!  So, DH says I have to stop playing and start ‘adulting’ … Grrr!

Through it all, Chloe is my napping watch-dog!  Winking smile

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Worker Bee … that’s me!

This week, anyway … We did our first murrini slab.  Hmmm … next time I’ll make a round one for a kiln drop (imagine custom pendant-style light shades – for my studio!).

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components-3-18rust-brown-componentsAnd, I’m still making component parts for future tiles/jewelry:

I have a few ‘themed’ tiles in the works … rusty brown, ocean marina and purple cow!  

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Along with a couple of cloud tiles waiting for kiln time:

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I prepped two vit stacks earlier this week – again working on color-scheme ideas.

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And we pulled the beige stack … I like it! Smile

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All while my coffin kiln is slumping night lights, tea dishes and spoon rests (- here is a quick look at 700 degrees and cooling) …

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Next up – some quality kitchen time for a batch of potato soup!

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