Some good, some bad … But – the 3rd time’s the charm!

The GOOD: 

  1. I’ve been producing in the studio;
  2. I have a few leads for ‘show-casing’ my ART; 
  3. I’ve been working on some glass special requests (… I absolutely love those!); 
  4. My family (both 2- and 4-legged) are healthy and well;
  5. I finally have a solid game plan to fix my ‘lil medical issue;
  6. I’ve lost weight … One CHUNK at a time seems to be my current motto; 
  7. And … I’m on pain meds (- Better living through chemistry, right?) …

The BAD: 

  1. I’m in pain (… And – more is coming … WTH???);
  2. Life is moving a little too fast for comfort right now (but, ya know – I have all the plates successfully spinning in the air – at THIS moment); 
  3. I’m on pain meds (… Dang – did anybody make dinner???)  …

But – the THIRD time IS the charm.  I’m convinced.  I know it.  IT WILL WORK!!!  What – you ask?  Some stupid-a$$ recycled wine bottle project with special (fricking costly) enamel decals on them – to make an “OH SO CUTE” hanging chalkboard TCHOTCHKE.  Why?!? … Because I bought the darn full-sheet decal – and it was COSTLY.  Could I have used some $4-$8 chalkboard spray paint??? Ummm … probably.  But, THIS is better.  I’m sure of it.  And, even though the first two 14 hour coffin-kiln programs had the decal wiping off – like it was flipping ‘dust’ … this time around, IT WILL WORK.  And … It’s gonna be beautiful …

I’ll show photos once they’re done.  You’ll see.  It’ll be awesome.  But, here’s what I have so far (Come on now – use your imagination):

winebottle-chalkboards-1

Meanwhile, photos of other things I’ve been working on:

koala - special request      new-green-bottlesdragonfly-baby-bottles      cabs-november

And, I think I finally figured out why my mica pieces (from that long-time-ago MICA post) EXPLODED in the kiln … DUH!!!  With light (tack) fusing (– my typical first round), all edges may NOT completely seal – EVEN if they look (naked eye) sealed.  One MAY get water trapped within the cabochon while final-grinding (for that pretty ‘fire-polish’ fusing finish).  And, then BOOM … beautiful success turns into WTH-Nastiness that jumps/flies all over your kiln.  Photos one and two show the promise/heart-brake.  Photo three visibly shows the culprit (trapped water)!

special-requests---before     heart-brake

hidden-water-and-sludge

And, lastly … other items I’ve been making:

november-jewelry      ornaments---november2013

Any other important-else will promptly be reported on … If/When/Should it become significant.  In the meantime, I’m collecting SARCASTIC wisdom for future ‘tchotchkes’ … I see sandblasting in the near future:

“I would agree with you, but – then we’d both be wrong!”

“EXERCISE??? Oh – I thought you said ACCESSORIZE!”

“So, I just found out I’M AWESOME!  You might want to get yourself tested …”

“Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed …”

“If our dog doesn’t like you – we probably won’t either.”

“Exercise is a dirty word.  Every time I hear it, I immediately wash my mouth out with chocolate.”

“I don’t want to brag or make anybody jealous or anything – But … I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.”

“I may look calm, but in my mind I’ve maimed you three times …”

“I love you more today than yesterday … Yesterday, you really pi$$ed me off.”

“SWEAT … It’s FAT crying.”

“A meal without wine – is called breakfast.”

“I love you with all of my butt.  I would say my heart – but, my butt is bigger …”

[Giant smile]  I’m going to bed now … Smile

One Comment on “Some good, some bad … But – the 3rd time’s the charm!

  1. I am also a glass artist, as well as an attorney and a cancer survivor. I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your work.

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