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WineBotTrayDivClear1WineBotTrayDivClear3I have just started playing with slumping glass in my dual media kiln and I’ve already posted a tutorial on making wire wrapped slumped wine bottle trays so I’m not going to repeat that tutorial here. but in case you missed it, here is the link to the wine bottle cheese tray slumping tutorial.

The color you choose for you slumped wine bottle can make a big difference in how your tray looks. I was pleasantly surprised at the results of slumping a large, clear glass wine bottle. So far I have only seen large wine bottles in two colors, green and clear. By far clear is my favorite. Here is how my large clear divided wine bottle tray came out. I love it.

The color of the wine bottle also dictates what colors beads I work with to wire wrap. I choose bolder colors for the dark wine bottle avoiding beads that are similar to the color of the wine bottle so that they show up. With the lighter color wine bottles you can use almost any color bead but I like to choose complimentary colors. The clear wine bottle pictured has a bluish cast so I opted for beads that had blue hues.

 

 

 

 

WineBottleTrayRegDrkGrn1WineBottleTrayRegDrkGrn2 WineBottleTrayRegDrkGrn3I also had some regular size olive green wine bottles with an unusual imprint design on the front. It looks buildings so I decided to try slumping one of these to see how the image comes out. You can see that the image is still there but not as recognizable and it does make for an interesting looking front.

Both of these  wine bottle cheese trays are available on my SerendipitiniIndiemade shop.

 

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Artist Interview with Julia Toussaint of Eternal Girl

SAMSUNGToday I’m interviewing Julia Toussaint, a handmade artist who owns and operates Eternal Girl
Julia makes henna inspired jewelry and accessories. Her handmade business specializes in hand drawn pendant necklaces, artwork and greeting cards all done by free hand.
“I’ve always loved to draw. I use bronze metal materials and paper stock for my work.”
Pictured at left is Julia’s Paisley Necklace
This necklace features a creative, floral Paisley design. Each hand-drawn necklace is created with a unique, henna inspired pattern. In henna tradition, paisleys represent good luck. The image is secured in an antique style bronze pendant with a round glass covering. It is made with a bronze metal chain.
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Peacock Greeting Card:
This Peacock Greeting Card design is an art print of Julia’s hand-drawn, henna inspired pattern. In henna tradition, peacocks symbolize beauty. The card is made of stock paper and comes with a white envelope. The inside is blank white for adding a personalized message.
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 Here Julia models one of her henna design necklaces.
Julia, what tip or advice can you give other artists / handmade entrepreneurs?
“Express yourself through limitless love.”
To learn more about Julia or view her handmade gifts you can visit the following links.

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Turquoise Hoop Earring Giveaway Winner

Turquoisehoop earringsCongratulations to Anita Kennett who won my genuine turquoise hoop earring giveaway! Anita plans to give them to her daughter. Enjoy!

 

 

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leavesI recently interviewed Julia Toussaint of the Eternal Girl blog and that interview will go live on October 28th on Serendipitini so be sure and check back . Julia in turn asked me and several other friends and sponsors to share our favorite things about autumn. It’s fun to hear perspectives people have because everyone is so different.

Here’s a link to that post. Be sure and stop by and leave a comment. http://juliaspuellaaeterna.blogspot.com

 

 

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Artist Interview with Carol Gonzales

carolToday on Serendipitini I’m interviewing Carol Ganzales, an artist who loves to work with creative reuse (one of my passions). I’ve asked Carol to share a little bit about her work.

I graduated 2004 with a BA in Art from St. Edward’s University. Carol’s Designs is the name of my business. I work in two primary areas, Surface Print Design and Fine Art. What sets my pattern design apart would be the variety of design obtained from years of research as well as the amount of detail and the sheer number accomplished. I suppose the same could be said of the variety and amount of artwork.  I consider myself an experimental artist because I am always trying something new, combining differing mediums and developing new processes and techniques usually  out of a few recycled resources. I enjoy the challenge of a dearth of materials and the problem-solving that is required, which results in something I otherwise couldn’t have planned without the methodology of accessing unusual materials and making unusual connections.

lampshadeThis is a recent process I created using a recycled lampshade. I first painted the lampshade, then cut it strategically, and reassembled the pieces. I’ve completed a series of about 30 of these.

The next recent work is a painting, mixed medium, that was accomplished with a scrap of canvas exactly as I found it, to which I applied paint, then decorated with, then decorated with designs between the paint drops.

What advice would you give other entrepreneurs or artists?

So much of art is about “seeing” and I didn’t used to understand that. It isn’t just about having a vision of where it will go, though that helps of course. It’s about viewing everything potentially as an artistic material — all day, every day. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am pretty one-dimensional in that way.

You can learn more about Carol Gonzales and her work on her blog at http://carolgonzales.weebly.com

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Wire Wrapped Slumped Wine Bottle Cheese Tray Tutorial

WineBottleTrayRegAmberI’ve been concentrating a lot on perfecting my ceramic pet coasters to get them ready for wholesale but recently I had time to play with slumping wine bottles.  Pictured is my first success with a regular size amber green recycled wine bottle which I slumped into a cheese tray.

You can slump wine bottles without a mold. I haven’t tried this yet. To do so make certain you have plenty of kiln wash on your kiln shelf or use the special Bullseye thinfire shelf paper (my preference).

Or you can invest in a wine bottle mold which is what I did. Below is the picture of the mold I used for this wine bottle cheese tray. I purchased this from DelphiGlass.com

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The mold helps give the bottle more contour and shape other than just flattened out which is what you get when you just put the bottle on a shelf. There are many different bottle molds to choose from.

You don’t want your glass to fuse to your shelf or your mold so that’s why you need to use the paper or the mold primer. I used Primo Primer on my mold, brushing on 3 layers (letting it dry between layers). It has a lavender hue when it is dry. There is no need to fire it before you place your bottle in it.

When preparing your glass, handle it as little as possible using a window spray to clean it from any finger prints. To remove the bottle label, I soak it in hot water for about 15-30 minutes. Then I use a sharp putty knife to scrape it off. Any residue usually comes off with an SOS pad and a little more scrubbing, although some labels can be stubborn.

Be aware that any bubbles that are in the glass bottle before you fire it will probably still show after firing.

With colored glass, if you don’t want the exposed part to have a dull hue (caused by devitrification), you can buy a special spray called Super Spray. It’s very strong smelling so it’s best to use a mask when applying it and good ventilation. Either spray or brush it on the side of the bottle that will be exposed (not the side that goes in the mold.)  I used a small, flat brush.

Once the mold and bottle are prepared, I put the bottle in the mold and placed it in my kiln. I found a slumping schedule from D & L Art Glass Supply that works for me after trying one before that that didn’t work (didn’t get hot enough).  Here’s the link to that pdf. It may differ with different kilns so don’t be afraid to experiment.

I prop my kiln open with a wedge until it reach 900 degrees and then close it. This helps fumes and gasses escape and helps with the process.  Make sure you have ample soak times (holding) times included to help get rid of bubbles which can be a problem. If you still have bubbles play around with adding a longer soak time. You also want to make sure the kiln shelf is level as an unlevel shelf can cause bubble issues.

Wait until your kiln drops to 100 degrees or lower before opening so you don’t shock the glass which can cause cracks and breakage.

Once your bottle is slumped, if there are any sharp edges, smooth them out using a whetting stone or a Dremmil with a sanding attachment. Sand until smooth.

If you want to embellish your work you can. I wrapped 20 gauge copper wire around the neck of the bottle three times and then added a funky swirl as a separate piece. Then I added three glass beads.  You can find this wine bottle tray and other handmade creations in my Serendipitini Etsy shop.

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Turquoise Hoop Earring Give Away

Turquoisehoop earringsThis week I am giving away a set of handmade genuine turquoise hoop earrings. The artisan earrings include silver plated beads and pewter beads and lever back ear wires. Hoops are 2 1/4″ across.

To enter, leave a comment below with your email indicating why you wish to win them.

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Wine Bottle Candle Sale. 25% Off.

bluebottleI’m having a 25% off sale on all handmade wine bottle candles. These candles are made from recycled wine bottles.  There are several ways to cut the bottom out of the bottle but I prefer to use a tile saw and I smooth the bottom edges. Just lift to light.

I have two major styles. The first is the table top model like the blue table top wine bottle candle pictured here.
They come in several colors and include a pillar candle.

I also have hanging wine bottle candles.

No part of the wine bottle goes to waste.  I use the cut bottoms to make ornaments and any wine bottles that break are then either tumbled and made into my recycled glass necklaces or crushed into frit and placed in molds and kiln fired and made into ornaments, beads or suncatchers.

 

 

 

 

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Clear hanging wine bottle candle

Here is the discount coupon code  WINBOT1014 good on all wine bottle candles in my Indemade shop.  Hurry. Sale ends 10/21/14.

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Local Hickory, NC Artist Meetup

Artists and and handmade artisans are invited to participate in an artist meetup the third Sat. of each month at A Place to Talk, 1546 Brookford Church Road in Hickory, NC. Bring a food dish to share and a project to work on. We chat and network after sharing a meal. Next meetup is Oct. 18. Contact Jeanne Schlumbohm inthesonlite@embarqmail.com, phone (828) 391-0982  or myself,  Teena Stewart teenastewart412@gmail.com(707) 980-0317 if you would like to attend.

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Personalized Sterling Silver Necklace Giveaway

CharmedNeckI post giveaways by other handmade artists. You won’t want to miss this one. Kelly of Your Charmed Life is giving away a personalized hand stamped sterling silver flower  charm necklace.  Hurry, the contest ends on 10/7/14

Please leave a comment below on my blog and then follow the link to your charmed life to enter.

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