Puffin No.3

Taking a break from pumpkins for puffins. 
Pretty sure it is a fair tradeoff since both are round and roly. 

New Butterfly Snap Cabs

These lovely cabs feature finely detailed butterfly murrini made by Jackie Gundelfinger.  They truly are exquisite miniature masterpieces.  Stop by her facebook page to order her wonderful murrini and add a bit of flash to your next flamework project. 

Expanding the Series

The "Out of My Gourd" Collection is slowly expanding.  "Slowly" is the key word since each pumpkin takes up to 3 hours of torch time to lovingly sculpt.  Who knew it requires so much effort to look so hideously silly?

The Batty Bunch

Here's a story, of a lovely lady
who was bringing up three very lovely bats
all of them had fangs of white, like their mother.
the youngest one in braces.
Here's a story, of a man named Batty
Who was busy with three bats of his own.
They were four vampires living all together
yet they were all alone
Till the one day when the lady met this fellow.
And they knew that it was much more than a hunch,
That this group must somehow form a family,
That's the way we all became the Batty bunch.
The Batty bunch, the Batty bunch.
That's the way they became the Batty bunch.

Yep, More Pumpkins

More pumpkins... because 1 is never enough. 
I hope the hours of thoughtful planning, testing color combinations, and loving patience at the torch is reflected in each pumpkin. They are a work from my heart.
 
 

Bat Breath

Do you find yourself running out of the key ingredient for Witch's Brew, then having to hop on the ol' broom and endure a late night run to Whole Foods?  Stress no more!  The solution, an endless supply of Bat Breath conveniently located in your pantry.  Warning:  Do not store in an airtight container.     

Pumpkins and Barn Wood

After torching more pumpkins, I set off to find the perfect backdrop for the photograph.  Totally scored on locating reclaimed barn wood for the final shoot.  The rustic charm and weathered patina nicely compliments the bright enameling and smooth glass finish.  Enjoy!

Happy Fall Y'all

Yep, it's time to unpack the Autumn decorations. Where are you in the "Fall Sprawl" process? I'm in the procrastination stage... maybe more time at the torch turning out pumpkins and guzzling hot chocolate will help?

Out of my Gourd

Edgar and Cecil are part of a series titled, "Out of my Gourd" which features wrinkled Halloween inspired creations.  Each one involves 3 hours of sculpting molten glass at the torch.  They measure approximately 1.5 inches by 1.25 inches in size.

Best in Show

The Judges' scores are in... drumroll please! Best in Show goes to Pumpkin Spice! The scoring categories of "Only a Mother could Love this Face" and "Needs to see a Dentist" sent his point tally over the top.  Congrats!

Holiday Workshop - Limited Seating

3 spots remaining for the Holiday Workshop hosted by the ASGB.  This is a one day workshop at Mesa Arts Center with yours truly.  Message me of Facebook for more information on how to join and register for the class.  Hope to see you there!

Autumn Rust

After taking a break from instructing weekly class this past Summer, I'm back to work on some new techniques, color combinations, and bead designs to share with students. 

Favorite Five

Uncomplicated rounds in a line, no details to distract from the vibrant color combination.  A clean, smooth, straightforward statement of simplicity.  These just make me happy.  Hope they do the same for you!

Belly Slide

Waddle, waddle, belly slide. 
Across the ice the penguins glide.
Wiggle the tail and flap the wing.
March to find what Mommy brings:
Fish for breakfast, fish for brunch,
Want to guess what is for lunch?
Time for a nap on Daddy’s feet,
Cozy, warm, so soft and sweet.

 

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Apple Pie, Turtle Power, Juniper, Chrysalis


Apple Pie is a pale minty green.  Much lighter than the new Turtle Power, the color is a more vibrant mint than 50's Kitchen or Primavera.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 
 
 

Turtle Power is an earthy green.  The color is slightly lighter than Meadow, with a hint of emerald.  When paired with silver reactive frit, the glass remained clean and crisp.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 
 
 

Juniper is a pine needle green.  A nice stair step darker in shade from Turtle Power, the color has a green-blue hue when compared to CiM Olive.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing.
 
 

Chrysalis is a lovely milkglass blue.  The color is a whiter, more opaque version of CiM's Sea Foam.  The glass flowed with ease.  No shocking or bubbling occurred.  Looking forward to adding this to the studio glass supply. 

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Jelly Bean, Rapunzel, Buttermilk

 

Colors from Left to Right:  Chartreuse, Jelly Bean, Elphaba, Pixie, Blarney Stone
 

 Jelly Bean is a tart, candy apple green.  Similar in properties to CiM's Chartreuse, but more green than yellow.  A wonderful new addition to the CiM family, this lush color should come with a "not edible" warning.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 


Rapunzel is a blush opaque pink with a hint of lavender.  The glass melts very similar to Gelly's Sty, but with a hint of Heffalump.  The glass remained free from devitrification when paired with EDP and worked hot.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 



Buttermilk is a warm opaque cream.  The glass is as smooth as its name through a beadroller, yet holds crisp detail nicely.  A lovely alternative to Effetre Light Ivory.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

 Colors from Left to Right:  Rapunzel, Bone, Buttermilk, Painted Hills, Canoe

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Harvest, Monarch, Canoe, Bone, Tardis

From Left to Right (Phoenix, Harvest, Creamsicle, Monarch, Alley Cat) 

Harvest is a festive Fall coral.  The new color addition is slightly lighter than CiM's Phoenix with a blush of pumpkin.  The glass is quite firm which nicely lends to sculptural projects.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Monarch is an opaque Autumn butterscotch.  A lighter version of CiM's Alley Cat, the new color has a hint of burnt umber.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 


Canoe is a warm, toasted chestnut.  The glass features a hint of russet when worked with a cool tool.  The new color has a lovely hint of expresso brown and is a unique addition to the 104 palette.  When introduced to fine silver, the glass actually becomes lighter in color.  (See photo below)
Colors from Left to Right:  2 beads made from Tardis, 2 beads made from Bone, 2 beads made from Canoe.


Bone is a grayish ecru.  The opaque glass is perfect for Halloween skulls and other sculptural work.  A fantastic new addition to the CiM family.  When wrapped in fine silver foil, the glass turns a rusty, burnt umber.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Tardis is a polar blue.  The color is vibrant in sunlight, yet subtle under indoor lights; a bluish green Ming of sorts.  Inert when paired with fine silver (see example photo featured earlier in this post).  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Beads of Courage - Open Torch

Beads of Courage members are children coping with serious illness who endure many challenges and face them with courage.  Come meet the artists that provide beads for BOC members to encourage them throughout their treatment journey.

Sep. 10, 2017
Sonoran Glass School
10am to 4pm
 #beadstrong #beadsofcourage #childhoodcancer

Bird Watching

No need to worry, the binoculars are not for viewing the eclipse. Thanks for your concern safety police. In fact, Sylvester gives the term "Wingman" a new meaning. With his trusty field guide and high power binoculars, he spies cute little chickadees for his shy pal Fritocandito. 

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Spook, Enchanted, Venus, Siren, Poolside

Colors from Left to Right:  Spook, Enchanted, Venus, Siren, Poolside
Venus initially looks to be a pale pink in rod form, however when the glass meets the flame a light peachy amber hue emerges.  Light hazing occurred during testing.  See photo above for bead sample.
 
 
 
Spook is a heavenly white.  The glass remains clean and crisp when paired with other CiM colors.  Over a Effetre Pastel White base, the glass mimics Mother of Pearl.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing.  The glass does not reveal any hint of red, other than a pale pink glow when paired with purple.  The glass becomes murky when combined with Rubino Oro. 
 
 
Enchanted is a pale pink lavender.  When compared to Effetre Transparent Dark Lavender, the new CiM color has a lighter plum hue (see sample photo below).  Light hazing occurred during testing but cleared up as the glass became molten. 
Colors from Left to Right:  CiM Enchanted, Effetre Trans. Dk Lavender
 

Siren is a pale transparent green.  The glass seems to color shift during the final flamepolish on the hollow example bead.  During the initial testing of the ribbed round, the glass remained clean and crisp in color.  There was a bit of initial hazing during the flamework process.  No shocking or bubbling occurred.
 
 
Poolside is an exciting new addition to the CiM family.  The vibrant transparent teal has an electric look in bright light.  The glass held crisp lines during sculpting and the color remained clean when paired with fine silver and silver reactive glass.  

Dead Sea Vessel

First photo from this weekend's color testing. The vessel features CiM's new Buttermilk and Poolside. A smidge of Double Helix Electra for added interest.

Testing in Progress






Peaches takes the title of "Quality Control" very seriously.  No slacking off with her around.  
"Back to the torch... squawk!"