Wow, I have not posted in a few weeks. Time to catch you up on my progress report. As you all know it is a very busy time of year. In between painting in the Studio, working in the Law Office, holiday events, we got to take a week’s vacation (pics later in the post about that).
My Grandson, Matthew, came over several times and assisted in the painting. In this pic he is putting primer on the walls. We had fun painting together. He is a very talented, award winning, artist in his own right and he is excited about coming to play with his Nana in the New Art Studio when it is done. We always have fun being creative together.
I got part of the floor painted and the large kilns moved into their new spot where they will live.
We got two coats of primer finished around the window and a/c.
My hubby built my second counter top under the south side cabinets. The clamps on the edges and weights on the top are to hold it all together until the glue dries.
Here is the Counter top without the weights and clamps. I think I am going to tile it, as my two small table top 110 kilns will live on it.
Here you can see all the rest of the wood getting two coats of primer around the cased opening.
And finally started the primer around the last bit of raw wood around the smaller window and door on the north side!!!
The tediousness of taping off around the window so I can paint around it.
Now more about our Vacation. We were blessed, so very blessed!!! We were given one week’s free stay in a timeshare near Disney. Yes I said free!!! A very dear friend, Chris, so totally blessed us!!! We lounged at the pool, the hot tub and the Lazy River, which floats around part of the resort. We sleep in, we did nothing but rest and relax for a week!!! It was so wonderful and such a blessing!!
More pics of the Lazy River. Sorry about the sun glare on this one.
The waterfall at the Lazy River.
A pic of the resort, Holiday Inn Resort, Orange Lake, such a wonderful place.
A shot of the Christmas Tree. Gotta love living in paradise. Only in Florida can you go swimming in December!!! I just love the shadow over the Christmas Tree, look closely, it is in the shadow of a palm tree, with another palm tree behind it!
The vacation was truly wonderful!!! The rest and relaxation we much needed!!!
And now you know why I have not posted in a while.
I am back at my painting and caulking in the new art studio, so more pics to come in the next post.
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I took a break from all the painting of walls and floors to do a little creating. I needed a birthday gift for a friend, so decided to fuse some glass.
Covered my table with butcher paper and set up all my tools, molds and glass.
Set up my glass band saw and glass grinder and filled them with water. They have diamond bits and so I have to water cool the bits.
Laid out the glass and the mold and drew up the pattern on the glass
Shinning the light through the stained glass so you can see how pretty it is.
Cutting the first glass heart.
Cutting the second glass heart.
Laying out the stained glass and the dichroic glass I plan to fuse onto the heart-shaped bowls, and preparing the molds for fusing.
Fiber paper placed between the molds and the glass so the glass will not stick to the molds as it slumps down into the molds. Molds in the kiln, and ready to fire.
Kiln door closed and started on high. I set my desktop 110 kiln on top of the large kiln temporarily so I could fire it, as the counter top has not been build yet where it will repose permanently.
50 minutes of firing in the kiln, then cool down. Once the kiln is shut off I cannot look in it until the glass is completely cooled for risk of it cracking. That is always the hardest part, waiting to see the finished pieces! The next morning I opened the kiln and, yay! Good firing!!!
Glass removed from the molds and cleaned, signed and dated on the back. The finished fused glass heart-shaped bowls!
Linda loved her birthday gift. These small fused glass heart-shaped bowls are great for putting rings and earrings in on top of your dresser at night. They are one of my popular sellers. I can create them in any color under the rainbow.
And there you have the very first artwork created in my new art studio. It was so nice having all that room to spread out, work and create, and so much fun creating after the long break of building the studio. Even though the studio is not done yet, I improvised.
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did!! We spent it with wonderful friends and stuffed ourselves!! What a spread of food! As you can see little Joey was in his place and ready to eat first!
I know your anxious to see the next group of pics of the New Art Studio, so here they are:
We started getting 2 coats of primer and the top coat of paint on all the walls and ceilings. My Grandson, Matthew, who is 20 years old, came over and helped me paint a couple of times last weekend. We got a lot accomplished. And we also got all the leftover construction materials moved out of the new studio, out of my way, as you can see it is making painting easier.
We got lots of primer and paint put on the walls and ceilings on the south side (above) and, (below) you can see how much we got accomplished. Painting together with my grandson was fun, we had a great time. He is quite a talented, award winning artist and he is anxious to come play in my New Art Studio with me.
We brought my glass storage cabinet down from the old art studio upstairs in the house out to the New Art Studio, and brought another set of wire shelves from storage. Now I have to put the shelves back in the cabinet and assemble the wire shelves, then I can bring all my stained glass out and put back in it the cabinet.
We brought my old Paragon Kiln down from upstairs in the old art studio in the house out to the New Art Studio. I bought it in the 1980s for $50, back then it would have cost $400 or $500 new, now days it would be about $2000 new. It has seen lots of firings of glass and pottery over the years. It is Old Faithful for sure, and it just keeps on ticking. We acquired the assistance of several strong young men to help carry the heavy stuff down and out!!
I put the freshly painted cabinet doors and the door pulls back on the south side cabinets.
I started painting the floor in that south side back section. Now my hubby can build my second counter top. This south side will be the hot side where my 4 kilns will live.
Yes, we made major accomplishments last weekend and this past week. Now off to paint some more walls and floors. Hope the rest of your Thanksgiving break goes wonderful.
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The interior of the New Art Studio has taken me a lot longer than I thought, but working full-time with my Hubby the Attorney (running a full-time law practice) keeps me busy almost 24/7. I try to fit a couple of hours out in the New Studio almost every evening, but it doesn’t always happen.
Here are the newest pics:
Coat #2 going in the cabinet doors for the south side, those are now done.
The contractor finished closing in the opening between the north and south sides, all boxed in nice and neat. Sorry the overhead lights caused a glare in this pic. Now lots more wood to paint!
Another pic of the cased opening
Was able to sell that extra bat of insulation, yay! got it out of my way.
I got the final coat on the south side back section of the walls. Once the cabinets and floor are done in this back section, my Hubby can build my counter top which will be under the cabinets for my two table top 110 kilns.
Got two coats of primer on the cabinet facing, the underside of the cabinet and right side of it, and then started the purple paint last night on the south side cabinets.
Spent lots and lots of time this week caulking the corners and seams between boards, very tedious, but it has to get done.
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Time for another update on my progress on the new art studio:
My wonderful Hubby got my counter top built with the wonderful piece of Corian we scored at Habitat for Humanity for $15. I have to paint the wood. It is so nice, and my Sterlite drawers will fit under it perfectly.
I have steadily been bringing in art supplies from out of the old studio in the house into the new studio out back. Just stacking stuff for now, will organize it all later.
Two coats of primer on the walls around the cabinets on the south side. Ready for the final coat of paint.
Started the primer coats on the cabinet doors for the south side.
Working on the south side cabinets so I can bring in more art supplies and put them in those cabinets, and so my hubby can build me a counter top under the cabinets. I am making good progress. More pics to come.
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Here is the next set of pics of the new Art Studio:
Exterior wall and window are in on the right side unit, or the south side. So studio is completely closed up now.
Photo of the window and wall from the inside looking out. Forgive the yard and the construction zone.
Started painting the floor on the left side or north side. I am really happy with the way the floor is coming out. The north half of the studio is almost done!!
Started painting the ceiling and walls of in the south side of the studio with the primer.
I really make a mess when I paint….lol. Been scraping paint off my hands, face and glasses for days. Ceilings really splatter when you paint them.
The electrician was working today on the lights, ceiling fans and outlets, this is the north side. Yeah!! Getting so excited!! I should have electricity connected soon!!!
And lights and fan on the south side. I just put a final coat of paint up where the lights and fan were going and will come back and finish the rest when all the primer is done.
I have been cleaning up the old studio up stairs, sorting stuff and getting preparing to move the work table and glass storage cabinet out to the new studio. Started taking small stuff out every trip outside, and putting it in the purple cabinets, such as beads and glass rods for bead making. I am moving out my glass band saw, glass grinder and two small table top 110 kilns. I have to clean off the work table and empty out the glass storage cabinet so I can move them out. Tons of work painting, and painting, and painting, and moving stuff, but will be so worth it when I get it done!!! The old studio upstairs inside the house will be turned into my fiber arts studio for sewing, yarn, spinning and weaving. All the glass work, fusing, bead making, torches, jewelry design will all be done outside in the new studio. I will also have room to teach classes again!!! Yeah!!!
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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, been quite busy building my new Art Studio. Getting so excited!!! It is getting near being finished!!! Cannot wait to actually start creating in it!! Here are some chronological pics of the past 3 months:
In May we began framing up the interior walls (above). Then came the insulation (below).
My hubby found some great bargains, he trolls all the Swap shops and CraigsList when we need something. We scored a brand new exterior door in the frame with the locks for $100 (you can see the door in the pic below sitting in the background). I needed two windows, one for each of the two front walls, found them, brand new never installed $50 each, another great score (sorry no pics of the windows yet).
By July we were putting up the interior wall boards. Joey and Bethany did the framing, the insulation, and the wall boards and ceiling in the back half of the two sections. It is an art studio, so not getting fancy. I thought about sheet rock, then I thought about all the tapeing, bedding, sanding, floating, and all the sheet rock dust, (been there, done that, with the house remodel) and I decided wall board would be much, much easier, and not as messy!! Install it, caulk the corners and seams, and paint it!!
After the wall boards went up, we brought my cabinets out of storage. My daughter-in-law’s brother, Randy, scored me these nice cabinets from a dentist office remodel, at the best price of all, they were free. I have had them in storage waiting for this studio build for about a year and a half now! By the way, hanging the ceiling boards was quite a bit of work, but we got them up. Had some great help from one of the youth from church, Thomas, and also from my grandson, Matthew and his girlfriend Em, and his best friend, Joseph. All of us hung the wall and ceiling boards in the front end of the studio.
Here is what the two halves of the studio looked like in July. The left side will have a sink and counter top under the cabinets. The right side will be for my kilns. I will have a wet side, on the left, and a hot side, on the right. My glass band saw and glass grinder have diamond bits and are water cooled to keep the diamond bits cutting efficiently. Having them near the sink will be fantastic, and will make it so much easier to fill them when needed.
In the above pic, on the right side, you can also see my brand new glass fusing kiln. We brought it out of storage too. We scored that about a year and a half ago also. It has been patiently waiting in storage for it’s new home. $3000 kiln, brand new, never fired, stole it for $1000. The gentleman bought it for his wife and she got sick and never used it. We drove to Atlanta to pick it up, but it was so worth it. The small table top kilns will be on a counter top under the cabinets.
Below you can see by August I started painting the wall boards. Here is the first coat of paint going on the walls, and the ceiling. (You can see my new sink in this pic.) Had some great help painting from Thomas, and from my granddaughter, Sarah.
More to come in the next post!!! Just wanted to share the studio progress with you so you would know what I have been up to, and why I haven’t posted much in a while.
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I thought would share with you a pretty little necklace I made in 2009. It has 4 very small amber handmade (lampwork) beads which I made under my torch. I strung my handmade beads with Swarovski crystals, sterling silver beads, and seed beads.
Closeup of my handmade beads and the Swarovski and silver beads.
I would love to design a one-of-a-kind special necklace for you. Please contact me.
Hi everyone, hope your having a wonderful holiday season so far. I am so excited to be teaching a Lampwork Bead Making Class on Saturday January 2, 2016 from Noon to 5 pm.
I have room for 1 more student in the Class. Here is some info on the class:
LAMPWORK BEAD MAKING: This class teaches you how to make your own handcrafted lampwork or flamework glass beads. Glass rods are melted under an open torch and formed into glass beads. You will learn about expansion of glass, compatible glasses, how to anneal your beads, and much more. $100.00 includes all supplies and the use of all tools (you take home your finished beads). This is a one secession class, 5 hours long. The class is limited to two students.
Here are some pics of bead making:
Me melting the glass under the torch.
Above and below, Shaping the bead.
Adding decoration to the bead.
More shaping the bead
Adding clear glass over the top of the bead
The bead taking the final shape
Beads right out of the torch. The bead on the left is the one I was making in the pics above
Final beads after they come off the rods. Bead in the center is the one I am making in the pics above.
My classes very individualized providing you the one-on-one instruction that you will not receive in a larger class setting. Let me know if you want to take this class.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, very Merry Christmas, a fantastic Holiday Season however you celebrate, and a Happy New Year. Christina
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Here is my Jewelry Care Tip of the day. This is how I keep my Sterling Silver, 14k Gold, my fused glass and precious metal clay (PMC) pendants, my glass lampwork beads and semi-precious stones looking shiny and pretty. I use Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes. I am not affiliated with the company or the product. I just use it, and like it. One wipe can be used over and over and over again for months. One box will last you for years. The wipe also puts a protective non-tarnish coat on your sterling silver and protects your jewelry from tarnishing longer.
I just thought I would share with you how easy it is to keep your jewelry looking shiny all the time. You can buy them at any jewelry counter or on the web.
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