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Show & Tell => Anything else creative ?? => Topic started by: Pat from Canvey on February 04, 2013, 07:14:05 AM

Title: creative gallery archive 2013
Post by: Pat from Canvey on February 04, 2013, 07:14:05 AM
What you ask, as I did.
I went on a three hour local quick course on soutache work and decided it has definite possibilities. Lots of jewellery has been created with it. Here's my offering with lots of mistakes but I'm telling myself that's how you learn. I was rushing as I had to set off for Southampton in the afternoon.
Perhaps not the best thing to start with transparent small amber beads as the thread shows and the design is a little wonky. The backing is brown suede. I've bought some of the braid from Ebay (  ) as I was advised that her braid was a slightly better quality.

Title: Re: Soutache
Post by: Pat from Canvey on February 07, 2013, 02:57:51 AM
I made another piece yesterday,

Title: Drop out vessels
Post by: Lilley on February 07, 2013, 03:51:53 AM
I went on a course taught by Amanda Simmons learning how to fuse glass and then 'drop' it through a ring in the kiln to make vessels.  I thought you might like to see some I've made since.  Amanda was a fantastic teacher!

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DSCF6270 ( by Lilley Glass Designs (, on Flickr

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DSCF6257 ( by Lilley Glass Designs (, on Flickr

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DSCF6284 ( by Lilley Glass Designs (, on Flickr

Hope you enjoy.  Thanks for looking  ;D

Title: Take A Bottle.....
Post by: sparrow on February 16, 2013, 07:18:23 AM
About a month ago, I had a play with a cider bottle, turning it into a bird feeder....somehow, this has morphed into a weekly project, so I thought I'd show it, in case anybody else fancies a play :)

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Take-a-Bottle Project - Week 1 ( by Sabine Little (, on Flickr

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Take-a-Bottle Project - Week 2 ( by Sabine Little (, on Flickr

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Take-a-Bottle Project - Week 3 ( by Sabine Little (, on Flickr

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Take-a-Bottle Project - Week 4 ( by Sabine Little (, on Flickr

Title: Box chain maille bracelet
Post by: Pat from Canvey on February 23, 2013, 04:06:26 AM
Done with stainless streel id 3.2mm 0.81mm saw cut rings from Bead Sisters (rd2-32)
I found the rings a little more stiff than silver ones but sussed out that if I held the tools at a particular angle, it seemed to go easier.

Title: Wire tree
Post by: Pat from Canvey on February 28, 2013, 05:11:54 AM
I went on a two hour local course to make a wire tree and here's the finished piece.
Just a bit of fun with friendly people.

Title: hehe they have come back :)
Post by: anditsinthefish on March 04, 2013, 02:30:50 PM
I wasn't sure where to pop this, so mods please move it if I'm wrong :) So I had a glass blowing session with Anthony Wassell last week. As we aren't allowed to learn it was just have to design the items and he will blow them for us, I did help, hence the awful twist on my coloured piece.

I will just put a few pics but there are more on my blog :)

The first is a opaque blue with hydrangea frit from GlassTaffy.

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DSC_1094 ( by Sarah Jane Walsh Designs (, on Flickr

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DSC_1096 ( by Sarah Jane Walsh Designs (, on Flickr

The next is a clear with recycled colours in opaque yellow, transparent red and orange. This is the awful twist I did :P

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DSC_1098 ( by Sarah Jane Walsh Designs (, on Flickr

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DSC_1102 ( by Sarah Jane Walsh Designs (, on Flickr

And the final I played with the shape... everyone says it looks naughty but I will leave that up to you to decide ;) This is transparent indigo with emerald green shards.

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DSC_1110 ( by Sarah Jane Walsh Designs (, on Flickr

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DSC_1111 ( by Sarah Jane Walsh Designs (, on Flickr

Sorry for the hog. This are my first ones so let me know what you think as I have another two sessions and am looking to develop them. to put them in context... they are exploring the relation between lamp work and glassblowing. All work has been inspired by exotic flowers both in colour and shape. I will also be creating a range of lamp worked rings using the same shapes and colours.

Thanks :) xx

Title: Needle felting
Post by: Emma @ Tuffnell Glass on March 13, 2013, 05:47:00 AM
I have been wet felting since before Christmas to make gifts for people but recently I thought I would try needle felting. Turns out I'm not bad at it  ;D
Here's what I have made to far. The Owls are proving very popular  :)


Title: Springdoodle cards.
Post by: Pandanimal on March 15, 2013, 04:48:05 PM
During all this cold weather it has been more fun to get the log burner lit and curl up on the arm chair than sit in a draft and use my torch. So I found myself a lap tray, my little box of watercolours and my packet of black ink pens and made some bright fresh little pics for cards. Should cheer anyone up.
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DSCF9723 ( by Pandanimal (, on Flickr
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DSCF9712 ( by Pandanimal (, on Flickr
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DSCF9744 ( by Pandanimal (, on Flickr

Title: quilts
Post by: saffie on April 13, 2013, 02:00:34 PM
Hey guys long time no see and many many new people I dont know so well. I do lurk a lot still drooling over the loveliness here and thought you might like a little look at what I make
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IMG_1648 ( by Samantha Halliwell (, on Flickr

The other side
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IMG_1646 ( by Samantha Halliwell (, on Flickr
only about half way through with this one at the moment. I have managed to free motion without sewing my finger this time (yes that did hurt a lot LOL)
thank for looking
Sam xx

Title: Yarn bombing.... again....
Post by: Donna@Rockin' Beads on April 20, 2013, 03:56:39 AM
Summer has definitely arrived for our pillars  ;D ;D ;D

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Bikinis ( by Rockin' Beads (, on Flickr

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bikini ( by Rockin' Beads (, on Flickr

Title: Vitrigraph course
Post by: Pat from Canvey on April 28, 2013, 02:33:00 AM
At the end of last week, I went on a three day course with Nathan Sandberg at Creative Glass in Rochester, Kent. I commuted each day and was totally knackered on Saturday night at the end. However, the course was excellent and the 9 other people very friendly. I learned how to set up the vitrigraph kiln and pull canes from it and also some coldworking using table and ring saws and a large flat lap. Here's my final piece,
and the same piece with light going through it,
We split up into 5 pairs of two persons and most of the canes used in my piece were from one pull of my and my partner Marie's pot. The purple ones and those on the left are from the first day's pull where we all shared pieces of cane from a few pulls.On the third day, the pots we'd set up and left to fire overnight were pulled so that we've each come home with about 20 foot of cane to play with. We'd set up our pot with mostly clear one inch chunks of Bullseye glass sprinkled with pale green transparent large frit, pale blue opaque large frit and some one inch cm squares of a lime green sheet I'd cut up at home overnight.
Here's mine and Marie's canes cooling on the floor. Some of the other pairs used the one inch chunks of colour with clear and the variety of final canes was amazing as were the fused pieces each of us took home.
If you have questions, feel free to ask. We also came away with otes on the different firing schedules used to make the cubes of glass and to fire the final pieces.
Forgot to say it's 16cm by 11.5 cm

Title: Tree of Life
Post by: Pat from Canvey on May 04, 2013, 09:01:40 AM
I had a go at this. It's a bit rough but on the whole I'm pleased with my first try.

Title: Viking knit bezel for a cabochon
Post by: Pat from Canvey on May 05, 2013, 10:48:58 AM
The title says it all really. I keep wanting to try out things and this is one of them,
Did it while watching the snooker this afternoon. The cabochon used to be a dichro bead which started to develop a crack at one end. I slumped it at 785 deg c in my Paragon SC2 to get rid of the crack.

Title: Handmade ceramic notelets.
Post by: chipperpottery on May 08, 2013, 09:25:38 AM
Packet contains six 3" x 3" blank notelet.
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3" x 3" notelets pkt 6 ( by Avalon Beads (, on Flickr

Title: Off cuts
Post by: Pat from Canvey on May 17, 2013, 01:58:08 AM
I had some off cuts from a fusing project, not yet completed so decided to use them on the grounds of waste not want not. Here they are lined up,(
I originally thought I might fuse individual pieces for some sort of jewellery but suddenly thought of putting all the pieces together, This is the result. (
It's about coaster size and I've cold worked and polished the edges. I'm pleased with the way it turned out given that I might have thrown away the pieces as unwanted scrap.
In case you are wondering what the project itself is, I had a block of glass I'd made some years ago sitting around doing nothing. I discovered that a local studio ( )   had a large ring saw for hire so took my block there and cut it up. Here are the pieces waiting for me to fuse. You never know, I might get around to it sometime.
Slab cut into 6mm strips,(

Title: My glass 'shorts' project
Post by: Bumpy Beads on May 17, 2013, 07:03:28 AM
I made this picture from some of the ends of glass rods that I accumulated during my time making glass beads. Each of these 'shorts' will have a corresponding bead somewhere in the world!

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Glass 'Shorts' Picture ( by Bumpy Beads (, on Flickr

Title: COE 104 fused piece
Post by: Pat from Canvey on May 30, 2013, 06:33:41 AM
I wanted to try this so went ahead yesterday but nearly came a cropper when I started to add some Bullseye cane. I finally realised in time, and removed it all. What a pain. I was going for a sort of landscape effect. I used my SC2 so that determined the size of piece I made.
I haven't had time to fire polish the edges yet so took this photo of the back.

Title: Guitar Scratchplate
Post by: JanieD on June 22, 2013, 06:42:34 AM
Here is a pic of what I'm mostly doing metalwork wise at the moment - designing and making Fender Telecaster scratchplates (or pickguards as they're also known).

I cut them out of nickel silver, file, drill, transfer the image, etch and patinate. The design is an original, hand drawn and tweaked in Photoshop ( I really should learn to use Illustrator but old habits die hard!).

We are hoping to start a business doing this, getting them cut at a local waterjet cutting company and doing the etching and patinating at my workshop.

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Scratchplate 1 ( by Frecklepie (, on Flickr

Here is a pic of an earlier one from last year on a guitar my OH plays regularly. We have guitars all over the house! Fortunately I see them as art and not clutter.

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2012-10-10 14.00.06 ( by Frecklepie (, on Flickr


Title: Hairpin Lace
Post by: Pat from Canvey on July 08, 2013, 03:37:26 AM
I've been playing recently with a bit of crochet and became intrigued by hairpin lace crochet. There are lots of videos on YouTube so I tried a pattern from a tutorial describing how to make strips to join together to make a summer weight blouse. I've only tried, a couple of strips with different weights of yarn to see how they come out. For me, the best so far is a ( I think ) 3 ply cotton.
Please ignore the missed loop on the bottom right. I put it down to beginner error.
Does anyone else here do a bit of crochet?

Title: Glass Twistie Cane Pictures
Post by: Bumpy Beads on August 04, 2013, 08:17:36 AM
Now that I am no longer making beads I needed to find a use for the big jar of twisties that I had remaining. So, following on from my previous picture made from glass shorts, I made some small twistie pictures;

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Thanks for looking!

Title: Crochet bead
Post by: Pat from Canvey on August 19, 2013, 12:51:12 PM
I made a bead, just not a glass one.

Title: Fringed crochet shawl
Post by: Pat from Canvey on September 08, 2013, 12:47:25 PM
The title says it all really. I couldn't think how to best display it so hung it over the back of an office chair in the end.

Title: Tin flower
Post by: Pat from Canvey on October 07, 2013, 09:06:17 AM
Messing around with tin

Title: Fused glass heart a la Dee Poole
Post by: Pat from Canvey on October 25, 2013, 04:16:27 AM
I decided to give this a try as I had lots of bits and pieces of Bullseye glass. I cut a heart from vermiculite board and kind of went overboard in filling it up with glass. I now have a glass heart paperweight. Will use much less glass in future.
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( bottom. It's about 95mm at the widest. It was a great help that I have an Inland flat lap and could then fire polish according to Bullseye schedules.

Title: Fused suncatcher
Post by: Pat from Canvey on October 28, 2013, 10:14:16 AM
This is only 72mm across, (
In retrospect, I should have left out the frit or been more careful where I applied it.

Title: Triangles
Post by: Pat from Canvey on November 14, 2013, 02:11:25 AM
In what seems a lifetime ago. I used window glass and glass globs to make a football shaped lamp composed of, I think, hexagons of glass, copper foiled together. I was left with loads of glass triangles so, as you do, I glued them together using UV glue. I skewed the pieces to give the stack a twist. (
It still sits on my kitchen window sill as a reminder of what's gone before.
I've now found a picture of the lamp, (
I made the base too from clay slip and fired in my ceramic kiln.

Title: Paper earings
Post by: Pat from Canvey on November 18, 2013, 04:33:10 AM
Made with layered cardboard, PVA glue, photos from a magazine and a water based clear varnish.
Despite the size, they are very, very light. The same method (I found it on YouTube ) can be used to make all sorts of pendants. For the cardboard, I used a sleeve from a microwave meal.

Title: Float glass heart
Post by: Pat from Canvey on November 18, 2013, 04:45:06 AM
I had a long enjoyable, at least for me, chats with Shirley, Collette and Essex Girl at the Newmarket Bead Fair yesterday. I mentioned that I was in the process of making a float glass heart with yellow float frit. I cold worked it a little when I got home and set it to firepolish overnight in my SC2. Because I was also doing a few effetre cabochons at the same time, I didn't want to take the top temperature too high so kept it at 745 deg fire polish but realising that the float would require a higher temperature to become completely smooth.
Basically I made it because I had the bits of float hanging around and wanted to use them up. As you can see, the top is bumpy but has no sharp bits.

Title: I would like to show you some of my work
Post by: bob proulx on November 20, 2013, 04:21:13 PM
I have recently joined your forum to help me learn more about lampworking. My first love is glass fusing and even if I have owned my torch for seven years it was mostly used for embellishments for my fusing, I have recently learned how to make a round bead. The people hear have made me feel welcomed and I thank you all. I have posted lampwork pieces but I would like for some of my fusing work to be seen.

These pieces are from my Rare Earth Series, They all use recycled window glass:





I also work with Spectrum Glass.
Thanks for looking.

Title: Fused glass Jelly Fish
Post by: bob proulx on December 02, 2013, 05:33:34 PM
I just finished this jelly fish lamp. There were 6 firings involved and I made some lampworked fish to embellish the lamp. It is about 16" wide by 23" high. Today I finished the wiring and it looks great light up.
Sorry, it's not the greatest picture:



Title: new scrapbook album
Post by: jammie on December 08, 2013, 04:31:32 AM
A Ladies diary!  :) Just a couple of finishing tags to do.
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a ladies diary ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
a ladies diary ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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page2diary ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp3 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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page4 diary ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp5 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp6 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp7 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp8 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diary page9 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp10 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr
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diaryp11 ( by jeanie- Ceardannan Jewellery (, on Flickr

Title: Cathedral glass bowl
Post by: Pat from Canvey on December 17, 2013, 08:59:09 AM
I had loads of cathedral stained glass left over from when I made stained glass windows. A year or so ago I converted some of it to rods and played at joining wriggles of it together, (
I came accross the piece a week ago and decided to get it slumped as I didn't have a mold that I thought suitable. I collected the shallow bowl today,( It's about 17cm at it's widest.

Title: Globe
Post by: Pat from Canvey on December 19, 2013, 03:09:29 AM
This was going to be a marble but started to evolve into something else. I used Reichenbach clear which was a lot less scummy than the Effetre clear. I also tried to incorporate less bubbles,( It's 42 mm high and has a clear flat base.