Sad and Sweet …

I said goodbye to a great man this week.  Garner, my Sunday-school teacher passed. While I am happy for him, as he lived a full life and his body just couldn’t keep up with his amazing mind anymore … I am sad for all of us that he left behind.  He could dissect, rebuild and teach on hundreds of topics!  In honor of his tenacious, inventor spirit, I’ve been revisiting a few frustrated glass techniques lately.

capjackPlotting and Sandblasting:  Since the plotter and I seem to be in-sync again, I’ve been working with larger designs and different resist materials.  Turns out I can use a much more forgiving resist (Oramask 810) with success.  Weeding the images is so much easier than fighting the 12 mil, cumbersome film I had been using!  Here are tiles in Wissmach luminescent, pre-firing.  (Tried ‘regular’ vinyl with success too!)  


I don’t know if you can see it – but here are ‘waiting-for-weeding’, successfully cut 1200-node turtles, in 3 and 6 inches!  WOW!


Silver painting:  I’ve been scouring the ‘net, digging deeper and trying to grasp all available learning regarding this intriguing glass idea (– special thanks to a very talented artist in Edinburgh).  I stumbled on her post [link to her site and the photo that started my mad search].  I researched for hours and think I may have found what I’m looking for.  Just waiting for supplies to arrive, before I begin experimenting …

My private-duty charge (‘Lil Sis’) got her stitches out on Wednesday, and continues to heal.  She should be ready for a removable cast within the next couple of weeks, but here’s a quick-pic of her boo-boo hand, and she is gaining additional sensation to her last two fingers:


Next week I will tackle all adult responsibilities (like nurse-competency learning, endless paperwork and yearly appointments) … sadly.  But after that, I’m going to learn all I can about stannous chloride … sweet!

About claytonhill

Artisan of beautiful and functional art, handmade in our glass studio. All items one of a kind due to the nature of our medium. A little about me: As the mother of four children, multiple four-legged 'children', wife and an ER nurse ... I've always found pleasure in pursuing creative outlets. My current 'hobby' is kiln-formed glass. As I never do anything 'half-way' ... my husband and I are really enjoying this medium. Other hobbies have included/include stained glass, quilting, knitting, wine making, candles - oh, and a brief trial of the ancient Ukranian art of etching designs on blown eggs ... don't ask. :) You can view my on-line glass store at
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