Orcas, acrylic

•August 5, 2020 • Leave a Comment

I recently connected with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, and we are collaborating on some artwork!  These will be fundraiser items either to sell on site or for silent auctions, etc.

In another post, I will share the glass and mosaic pieces I am doing as well!

 

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Hearts Campaign!

•June 12, 2020 • Leave a Comment

001E8560-94E2-44A9-BF0B-C735FCE3E82EGlass Heart Campaign Update!

As of June 10, 2020, we have given away over 600 of our fused glass hearts to encourage people during these unprecedented times. We have sent them to doctors, nurses, CNAs and other hospital staff working around the clock to help those fighting COVID 19. We have sent them to people who are battling COVID 19, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and those who are helping them. We have sent them to social workers who are working hard to help the vulnerable. We have sent them to first responders – firefighters, police, EMTs, paramedics – whose critical jobs have gotten even more complicated and risky than ever. We have given them to essential workers at grocery stores and post offices. We have sent them to families grieving the loss of their loved ones.

These little glass hearts have found their way all over Arizona and into Colorado, California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Utah, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, New England, Kansas, Montana, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, New York and a set of them are on their way to Australia even as we write this.

The question of “How do you make these?” comes up often. The hearts are all made from small pieces of special colored glass called fusing glass. The small pieces are cut and assembled into a heart shape, the pieces carefully overlapping to ensure a solid fuse. The assembled hearts are then placed into a kiln and slowly heated to 1450ۜ°F where the glass pieces will melt and fuse together. The temperature in the kiln must be sustained at certain temperatures for various lengths of time to control the cooling of the glass to prevent breakage. We can fit about 30 hearts in our kiln at a time and one firing (which does not include the time it takes to assemble them) takes a full 24 hours.

We are immensely grateful to be even a small part of bringing a smile and hope to someone who needs it. We want to continue to do this for as long as we can and several people have asked how they can help us do this. There are three ways: 1) You can check out our Etsy store   www.etsy.com/shop/vendor5creations (all purchases go towards supplies and postage for our donated hearts); 2) Sharing our story with your friends and family (all purchases go towards supplies and postage for our donated hearts); and 3) If you know of someone who could use an encouraging heart, please message us on Etsy and let us know. We will get one to them as soon as possible. (Just FYI, we don’t share ANY information with anyone. That’s just annoying and disrespectful.)

If you’ve been the recipient of a heart, we’d love to hear from you. Please message us and let us know how you are doing.

Thank you for supporting Vendor 5 Creations. Stay safe out there and spread kindness.

Andie & Staci
Vendor 5 Creations

PS: Some of you have asked what the card that we send with the hearts says:

“Generally, glass is thought of as beautiful yet brittle and fragile. Fusing glass, however, becomes significantly stronger and more durable when subjected to high heat. As it melts, colors change, spread and combine. This piece was made from small pieces of fusing glass melted together in a kiln at 1450°F, making it even stronger than it was before it was subjected to high temperatures. May this always remind you that whatever stresses, challenges or hurdles you face you can emerge from them stronger and more beautiful than before.”

Fused glass: wine bottle

•June 10, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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I’ve held onto this bottle for a long time, then decided to play.

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I mixed up some Colors For Earth enamels and used a straw to let them drip down, then turned the bottle on its side to dry.  I repeated the process several times.

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Pretty interesting! I need to play with this idea more…

 

 

Fused glass candle holder

•June 8, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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Mosaic grout change

•June 5, 2020 • 2 Comments

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So, the inside curve of the big green glass….bothered me.

I tried living with it for a few days, but it didn’t work.

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This tool made getting the old grout pretty easy.  Of course I scratched a bit of glass…

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And broke this guy.  Sometimes with force I am not so careful.

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Now I like it better.  The green needed that lineation from the light colored grout.

Over 550 hours, and all I have left to do is seal the grout, later.

And I am thinking of what’s next in the fall.

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An albatross, I think. 🙂

Fluorite carving, freestyle

•June 5, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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So I fell in love with this piece of fluorite. I didn’t really have a plan on what I wanted to carve so I just started smoothing it to see what developed.

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I liked this little “outcrop” triangle and wanted to preserve it.  It became central to my idea of just finding awesome angles.

I began to see some interesting lines and started accentuating them and drawing them out.

Coming along nicely!  Now to the hand sanding, since I don’t have a wide collection of little sanding disks.  I go to buy them online and freeze up because I don’t know what to buy!  Oh well, it’s good for me to hand work them.

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CURSES!  My starting point broke off.  Fluorite is a nice soft stone but you have to really keep an eye on cracks.  I knew it was a risk and I guess I pushed it a little too far.

So I have a little bit of difficulty seeing well when I am working on stone.  Some is because a lot of the activity happens under water and the whole stone goes dark.  Plus 48 year old eyes.  Even with  magnification I struggle. I have found that I have to polish it up quite a bit and then I can see the areas that need more work.

It can be a tedious process, because every time I touch up an area, in order to evaluate if it worked, I have to go back through the grits of sandpaper to get it back up to polish in order to see!

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I love how the transparency allows the echo of the cuts on the other side to show through.IMG_4287IMG_4288

Rework….

You can see on this third pic there is a little crack.  I have learned you can grind and grind on them and they just come back.

And now I am calling it done!

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I may explore online better ways to photograph it.  If I find anything I’ll repost those photos.

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These are the tools I mostly used.  I struggle finding the best way to apply the ZAM at the end.  I have used bristle brushes well.  Everyone seems to use the cloth buffs like the yellow one.  I used it but I don’t like it.  They shed and throw a lot of dust around.  ZAM has to be heated with a lighter to load it onto the surface and used at high speeds.  Makes for unpleasantness.

More things to learn and do!

Fused glass butterfly

•June 4, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Someone dear to me lost a child.  She started seeing white butterflies everywhere, so I made her this.

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Mosaic details

•June 4, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Just wanted to share what worked!

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Mosaic update: Grouted!

•June 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

I was getting up really early to grout this (HEAT) so I guess I forgot to take any ‘during’ pictures.  But it is GROUTED!IMG_3954IMG_3955IMG_3956

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As you can see, I have put in the light blue upper right, and the pewter grey in the top/center.  Here I varied it from the central wall, where all the light blue glass has light blue grout.  I wanted the flow of the grout lines to show more.  I wanted the shafts of light to stand out.

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Then I installed the light grout underneath.  You want to try to cooperate with gravity, because you WILL drop chunks as you install.  At least, I do.

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The more texture, the more cleanup, fyi.  My husband helped me with this, because at this point, I was pretty fatigued.

 

Mosaic update

•June 2, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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Every time I went by the arcadia door, all I saw was this.  My eye “clunked” there.  No more flow.  So I grabbed my hammer and flat blade screwdriver and took it out.

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Nope. Not working.

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All the trial and error and horror….Lol.  Almost done.