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New Season

Well here we are again 5 weeks away from the cruise ship season. So we have been digging in cupboards and drawers to find findings and molds we have been buying for the last 10 years and saving for when we had time. We made a conscious decision this year to purchase as little as possible and use up what we have on hand. The start of the year works out well no promises for later however.

Have done several new dichroic pieces.A smaller pendant that we will put on a leather cord.

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Hopefully they will be good sellers

Had made some dichroic hair clips several years ago and they were popular products. Found a few more findings so will have them on the table as well.

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Had lots of beads and memory wire for bracelets and as well found some magnetic hematite

so bracelets it is:

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There are more colours but all in the same style. Memory wire now used up but still a few hematite strings left.

Have lots of pieces of sea glass picked over a life time of wandering beaches so am playing with a few ideas. Neither one I am really happy with at the moment. Thought of putting some pieces in a wire cage.

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Its kind of okay but doesn’t show up like I hoped it would.

The other I really like the concept but can’t find the right finding. I want our visitors to take home a little bit of Cape Breton with them. So what better than sea glass and sand from Dominion Beach.

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Really want an oval hollow glass dome but the domes I can find are solid and made to show or magnify pictures. Will keep looking.

 

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Cast Glass Box

Cast Glass Box

Cast Glass Box

Pink Cast Glass Box

Pink Cast Glass Box

Pink Cast Glass Box with lid

Pink Cast Glass Box with lid

Cast glass Round Box

Cast glass Round Box

Finally I did a box in cast glass. The recommendation was to use fine frit, however I  didn’t have any so instead I took the chance and used powdered glass. I had some “water clear” and mixed a tablespoon of “turns pink” and you can see the results. I really like the colour and the powder leaves alot of possibilities for mixing colours. Lorraine picked the first shape and of course pink is her favourite colour. I had a few anxious moments this morning when the bottom wouldn’t come out of the mold. I was very disappointed for awhile and then I decided since I ruined it anyway and would have to break the mold I gently dropped it on the floor(wouldn’t recommend this step) and low and behold the bottom came out.

First Cruise Ship of the Season

Tonight when I went into the marine terminal to set up for the ship tomorrow I wasn’t as excited as I usually am. Could be the change of leadership. Last season the A.R.T. Foundation gave it up and the port authority decided to take it on themselves. Time will tell, hopefully tomorrow will be a great selling day and everything will settle into place.

Have decided to almost(can’t give it up totally because it sells)give up jewellery and took things like key chains, coaster sets and recycled cast glass sea creatures. Will see the reaction tomorrow.

We will also see for the first time the reaction to our enamel paintings. I am sure most won’t understand without the full explanation.  Will have to get something written up to explain them.

Wish me luck

A Cousin

A cousin

A cousin

Light Amber Cast Glass African Mask

Light Amber Cast Glass African Mask

Sky Blue Cast Glass African Mask

Sky Blue Cast Glass African Mask

Well here are 2 cast glass African masks. I am going to have to figure out how to display these so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I would like to do a series of different colours, both translucent and opaque colours.

While I was doing these I also put 4 pieces of Mystic Fusion jewellry in the kiln. Bob MacDougall and I do these jointly and are very pleased with our results. The wolves this time didn’t come out as well as hoped but that is okay. Anyway here are some pictures. These really need to be seen to be appreciated, pictures don’t do them justice.

Fused glass hummingbird pendant

Fused glass hummingbird pendant

Fused glass sunflower pendant

Fused glass sunflower pendant

Enameled ringnecked pheasant

Enameled ringnecked pheasant

Fused glass enameled pendant

Fused glass enameled pendant

Good News

This was a good week, I managed to get a local supplier who will produce stainless steel rings, squares and channels for me. That may not be exciting to anyone else but it has just expanded my horizons. I can’t wait to be able to create my own designs and to make pattern bars to turn into jewelry and insert patterns.

Being the first day of spring and living in Cape Breton doesn’t hurt either. I love Cape Breton all the time but especially when it starts coming to life after a long cold winter.

Mystic Fusion Items

mystic fusion paintings

sunflower - first firingI currently have these items in the kiln for their first firing. By the end of first firing the binders will have burnt off , the colours will be brighter and the entire item will be glass.

I am anxiously awaiting to see the results

The sunflower has now had the first firing

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