afghan airplane alcohol ink altered altered book apothecary ArtPrize asian atc baby basket weave bats beads beads necklace kumihimo beeswax beveled glass bird bird cage birds black blanket bling blood bones bottles bracelet brass bronze bug Bunnies burlap butterfly button buttons cabinet camera candy corn canvas cat cats chalk charlotte charm charm copper metal grundge embossed patina charms chick chicks christmas christmas tree clock face clock parts cloth coins cold connection collage color copper corsets cream CREATE 2011 creepy crochet crows crystal cuckoo clock dew drop doll dolls doors easter eggs embossed etched etching eye eyeball eyeballs fabric face fairy fat book faux tintytpe feather felted fingers flower flowers fold formed fork friends game garage door hook garden gears ghost ghosts girls glass glass slide glitter gnome goggles gold goose Grand Rapids grundge halloween hat haunted house hearts hedgehogs hens and chicks house humpty dumpty images ink Jack-o-lantern jewelry journal kids knitting lace ladies lenticular lucite mail mannequin measuring tape men metal mice Michigan molding paste moon moss mummy necklace nest numbers orange ornament ornaments owl paint paper clay patina pencil pendant pictures plumbers tape portfolio potions published pumpkins purple purse rabbits rats ravens resin rivet rub ons rubber stamp santa sewing shoe silverware simple pleasures skeletons skulls snaps snow snowman snowmen solder Somerset Gallery spider spiders spooky stamped stamping stamps steampunk stencil swap swaps tags tan thimble tim holtz tintype tissue paper pattern tombstones toy transfer paper tree under the sea valentines vampires victorian vintage watch web window wings wire wire sun wire wrapped witch witches wood worry doll wreath zipper

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Glass Journal ...

This was my ahhh hah class at CREATE, Chicago hosted by Interweaves, Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Our artist presenter was Thomas Ashman of Black Sheep Studios. It was amazing what we created with hardware supplies. Plumbers tape, screws, welding rod, little strip of copper and 2 beveled glass squares was our materials.


This was my first time ever having a torch in my hands.. well other than the one I use to light the grill... but that's a whole different thing. We worked steadily all morning cutting and creating the parts for our spine. I kept thinking right this is going to work... Thomas walked us through it passing on a story or two.


We broke for lunch. When we returned we assembled our spine.. That's where my ahhh hah moment happened.. I was like holy sh*&%t.. this really is going to work and I DID IT. Yes, I had my doubts. But at the point I was doing the happy dance!!!!! Next was to add our wire spines to hold our paper signatures. Then the glass covers. I had a couple of wire jewelry moments.. like wrap around the rod... not back on itself. After I got that out of my head I assembled a wonderful piece.


A transparency goes under the glass cover. I have not quite decided what I want there. So for at the moment I have placed this Arms of Bristol transparency I had at home. I have a chain attached and plan to add some beads and charms.

One more Retreat day left to share....





3 comments:

Rhea said...

I really love this! The transparency you used is perfect. It is so cool that this was created with everyday hardware materials. Awesome job Deb!

Tricia said...

This is so awesome. I think I would have to work really hard to overcome fear to try something like this. Looks like you had a great time at the art retreat. It feels great to learn something new. I really like the transparency that you used.

Cathee said...

this is so great! PS thanks for posting on my blog!!!!