Fused glass candle holder

•January 4, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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Fluorite carving: Heart within a Heart

•January 3, 2020 • 1 Comment

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I started following a rock carving group on Facebook, Dremel Lapidary by Kersten Safford Art, and decided to enter a contest with them.  I’m not competitive by nature, but I thought having a prompt and a deadline would help me stay on task.  This is the stone straight from the store.

The first prompt was “Heart within a Heart”.  I began sketching, looking for an idea.  I didn’t want to do the obvious, I thought about making hearts into chain links, etc.  Then I thought about Celtic knots and did some research.  I found this.

Which is perfect, since it is literally hearts wrapped inside each other.  A little more searching, and I found the heart within the heart.

 

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BUT I wasn’t interested in printing this on my printer and transferring the image onto the stone–I wanted to design it and hand draw it.

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I decided to overlap the lower heart over the outer heart.

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It took some measuring and fiddling.

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It helped to color in the parts I wanted to carve with silver marker because it is difficult to see, especially wet.  You need to carve wet to keep the dust down, it can be toxic!

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It also helped to use my moldable eraser to press into the carving, to analyze how it was going.

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The stone itself is just stunning.  I love the qualities of fluorite!

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The back side was covered with this white stone.  At first I carved the name, “Anam Cara” which means Soul Friend in Celtic, but I didn’t like the look so I sanded down all of it except the center.  Then it showed the lovely purple squares in the stone.

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IMG_1431LOTS of sanding and polishing later and…..

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Multiple pictures because the lighting changes things a lot.  I learned a great deal doing this and am looking forward to many more!

I wanted Anam Cara to look like it could have been discovered in a field in Ireland, abandoned from an old settlement or something.  Fluorite is a beautiful stone to carve and I am happy!

Ode to Eric Carle, fused glass

•January 1, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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Fused glass wave

•December 31, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Ode to Beatrix Potter

•December 27, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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I always wanted to try out her style.  She is much more complex than it looks!

Fused glass: candle holder

•December 25, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Fused glass: little bowls

•December 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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