The project started out with my brother-in-law contacting me because he was looking for a unique Easter gift for his girlfriend.
He wanted a dark gray, generally egg-shaped glass piece that can be hung up with a bunny and a heart.
That afternoon, my husband and I did some brainstorming on a design.
Now, folks, here is what happens when a guy designs an Easter decoration for his bother.
I have to admit, I was greatly amused throughout the entire process of making it. That just goes to show how much my husband has rubbed off on me over the years. Initially, I was said to have no humor whatsoever (aka “Germans don’t do humor. They do beer!”), hehe.
Hopefully, my brother-in-law’s girlfriend will like her Easter decoration as much as I have enjoyed making it!
Slowly but surely I am working on adding some more pieces to my Etsy store. It’s about time too!
The first piece I added was the deep pendant from the last post. But I also finished two more pendants that are now available:
I finished a pendant that matches the cocktail ring I posted a little while ago.
Here are some pictures:
The glass is cold worked and very deep. So, the view from the side is quite dimensional, especially since some of the glass is perfectly clear.
Once I have a little time to spare, this pendant will likely end up in my Etsy store.
I finally managed to finish a new jewelry piece recently.
It’s been much too long since I had the time and motivation to make anything truly new.
I have a couple more pieces that came out of the kiln along with this one but they all still need a little work and so I cannot show them to you yet.
It is not very often that I make rings and this cold-worked fused art glass cocktail ring is quite the rarity for me.
The colorful and very eye-catching glass piece sits on top of a sterling silver ring, which is adjustable to many different sizes.
I am now working on a matching pendant and I am pretty sure that both will end up in my personal jewelry box rather than in my Etsy store. But there will probably be more like this piece in the near future.
I have been spending some time updating my website.
The old one was looking a bit patchy and I really wanted something smoother looking.
Well, … here is a sneak peek!
It may or may not be fully functional yet, so if you do run into any problem, please check back in a few days and everything should be up and running.
Let me know what you think, please!
It has been a long time since my last post.
I finished the semester and despite the fact that I had some health problems and ended up in the hospital smack in the middle of almost midterm time, I managed to do really well in the classes I took.
Now I finally have a little bit of time to play with glass again and that called for a new line of furniture knobs and pulls.
I was really attempting to do something that looks distinctly different from the ones I had done in the past and so I went with the tack fusing technique.
The first ones I did were all based on the principle of a bright solid color on a black background and are full of contrast and very bold looking.
Then I started thinking about maybe trying this pattern on a light background with transparent glass and that is when things turned out a bit funky.
Personally, I did find, they border on ugly but when I asked my husband, he said they would probably look OK when you see them on a piece of furniture. So, I went and took some pictures of them on my entertainment center and I have to admit, he is somewhat right, but not entirely.
At this point, I really wasn’t sure what I thought about them anymore. I was stuck looking at them all the time but actually seeing less and less.
So, I put the question to the people of Facebook and the Zibbet forum. I asked for brutally honest opinions. I did get some comments from people who didn’t like them and I was most impressed with that. I think it’s always easier to leave positive feedback than negative and I appreciate these people chancing some kind of bad reaction since sometimes “your honest opinion” doesn’t necessarily mean that.
I also got a lot of positive feedback (which I, obviously, appreciate as well!!!) and some very interesting thoughts.
All in all, this made me realize how different something can look to different people. I used to think that everybody sort of sees the same color, for example, but some simply prefer something that looks lighter or darker etc. Now, I wonder whether different people actually see something entirely different based on their brains interpreting the visual information in a completely different manner.
I think this is so very fascinating that I wish I could do some kind of actual experiment. I wonder whether there already is some scientific study on that.
Well, now that I am almost entirely off topic, I will close my ramblings by thanking everybody that took part in my opinion poll! It was very interesting and helpful and it resulted in me listing the knobs that I would have otherwise just throw into a dark corner of my ‘dungeon of glass’.
Recently, I have finished 4 new cold worked fused glass pendants.
Actually, none of them are very new at all.
I tend to keep one or two fused pieces from most of the batches I fire and put them into a box for safe keeping. They usually remain there until there comes a time when I have too much other stuff going on and don’t have any time for fusing. At that point, I grab one here and there and finish them.
When I looked at the 4 finished pieces, what popped in my mind was the Sesame Street game and song “One of these Things is not like the Others” and it’s basically been stuck there ever since.
So, let’s line ’em up and see if you can figure out which one is not like the others:
… ♫ … before I finish this song. =)
I just wanted to introduce you to my new Fracture line of knobs (Name courtesy of Nic East).
It seemed to me that I have been stuck for too long in the stripes kind of mood. So I tried something entirely different this time.
To me, they have a cartoon sort of look so I’m thinking of a cabinet in a young teenager’s room.
What do you think?
They say, admission is the first step.
I admit, I am a KNOBAHOLIC!
Lately, any creative idea that pops into my head has something to do with knobs and/or pulls. I cannot help myself!
I have had these symptoms before regarding other creative stuff and I know from experience that I just have to ride it out.
School is going to start in a few days and that will put a damper on my knobbing, so I enjoy it while it lasts.
Here are some pictures of the latest cabinet knobs and pulls I made.
Another idea that is growing in my mind is the third part of my Tips and Tricks for Product Photography.
It is very likely going to be about non-misleading photo editing. So, I am already gathering material but the idea will still have to marinate a little longer.
If you follow my blog, you know that I have been working on developing a line of handmade fused glass cabinet knobs and pulls.
Previously, I have been making fused glass jewelry and my website, Etsy and Artfire store are dedicated to jewelry. So, I thought it would make more sense to separate the two categories and make a new website and Etsy store for only the knobs and pulls.
I found this awesome site that enables you to make a flash-based website for free. They have so many great looking templates that are easy to modify to your requirements and you don’t need to know anything about any code or how to make a website at all.
It came out great! Click on the picture below and check it out!