I'm working on some votive candle holders - they will be the centerpieces at the Zonta luncheon/jewelry raffle being held this weekend. Will get pictures when done and post then.
Monday, September 07, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
100% Coconut Oil Soap - Chai Tea from FayeFarms - doesn't this look great? I've enjoyed using some of the hand made soaps purchased off of Etsy and Artfire this summer. Sure they cost a little more than what I can find in the stores, but I like the handmade soap better.
A little information on Faye Farms:
Welcome to the Faye Farms Soap shop! Every bar of Faye Farms soap is made with wholesome milk from our dairy herd of Ayrshire cows as well as lard or tallow from our naturally raised livestock. All of our soaps are made from scratch using only the highest quality ingredients. We also like to use a variety of vegetable oils and butters to make a beautifully balanced bar of soap with lots of lather.
Enjoy my (Faye Farms) 100% coconut oil soap which gives you mountains of skin loving lather. This soap is scented with Chai Tea, which is such a comfort scent. Just settle on in with top notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by a body of fresh green tea and then topped off with the aroma of creamy milk. Mmmmm
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
On another front, I have been remiss in posting the Artfire Train participant's items - there is a group on Artfire who are promoting others' shops and items. Today AJewelGift ( http://www.ajewelgift.artfire.com/ ) is being promoted. These are her Christmas Glass disk earrings - They look like little peppermint candies!
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
It's springtime! Even with the flurries of snow we are still getting, the birds are out and singing.
I’m cutting some brand new designs from Toni and Sue from Chrestensen Burghout Design. Tweedle Dee on the left has been shaped, while Tweedle Dumb on the right is only partially shaped. Usually when I plan on coloring my items, I use pine for them. But, I thought these two needed something different – I’m going to try a new coloring technique, so I am using Oak wood for these two birds. We will see if the vision in my head comes out in reality!
Staying with the theme, Here are a pair of cascading earrings handcrafted from genuine teardrop garnets and peacock freshwater pearls. They were made by Amy of The Jewelry Shop on Artfire. Amy is from Florida, and makes some beautiful jewelry. You can see more of her wares at: http://www.thejewelryshop.artfire.com/
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
We had the opportunity last weekend to go to the Gand Rapids museum where they also have a Carousel Ride. Their carousel has hand-carved horses along with other animals including a giraffe, a lion, and a tiger. I've always loved riding merry-go-rounds ~ as long as I got to ride on an animal that actually went up and down rather than just spinning in a circle!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sometimes it takes longer to finish a job then the rest of the job took! To catch everyone up, I glued up the dragon using a combination of wood glue and super glue. The super glue acts as a clamp while the wood glue dries.
Then I headed to the local glass shop to see if they could cut me some mirrors. I added a couple more coats of tung oil, then sprayed the wood with a clear sealer. All of this was done over a span of a few days.
The simple job of cutting the backer board, and gluing the mirror to the back took another week or so - But it is finished now. Ok, not quite completed - I still have to add a hanger on the back so it can hang on a wall!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Making any wood “white” without painting it is difficult. I have some white leather dye I’ve used. Most leather dyes are pretty easy to use and mix together. Then there is the white! For some reason the white dye is totally different – which I found out the hard way.
The first time I was using the dyes I would pour them in small plastic disposable cups to mix and use. So I did the same with the white dye. The fact that the white dye is in a glass bottle where the others are in plastic bottles didn’t set off any red flags. But the flags went off when the white dye was all over the paper bag and the cup had melted!
So I use either a glass or aluminum foil to hold the dye now. This project I put all the little teeth in the aluminum foil and used a q-tip to dab white dye on the pieces. I left them to soak overnight.
Once I’m satisfied with the colors, it’s time to get the finish out – I use a tung oil (that’s what it says on the can anyway). The dyes will bleed a little with the addition of the oil, so you have to be careful in handling the pieces. You don’t want the blue to rub off on the white teeth!
The wood is dry, and the dyes make them even drier, so they will really soak up the oil. Let them sit about 15 minutes, then wipe the excess off.
Let these pieces dry overnight. Tomorrow we start gluing!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I gather together my stains and leather dyes, q-tips, containers for mixing, and a couple of paper bags to work on. Dyes and Stains do exactly that – so wear old clothing when using them, and I suggest rubber gloves (do as I say, not as I do!! Lol)
After painting for years, it was difficult to get used to layering the dyes – With dyes, you put down your darkest color first, then sand, and layer a lighter color dye.
You can see the progression in the next few pictures – in the flame areas, I start with Red dye. Let it dry, and sand some. Layer of Orange dye is added. Again, let it dry, then sand. Last of all I add a layer of Yellow dye.
And with the dragon’s head, I started out with purple, then a layer of diluted blue.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I’ve started shaping the sections using my dremel and sanding attachment. Use proper safety equipment – ear muffs, safety glasses, and breathing mask. Yes, this is what I look like while working! Lol
After rough shaping, assemble the pieces and mark with pencil where additional wood needs to be removed. Decide if any piece needs to be shimmed up, or lowered.
Finished with the shaping – now it’s time to sand. I use a belt sander for the larger pieces, but end up sanding each section by hand.
Tomorrow we add color!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I found a design by Chrestensen Burghout Designs that works well with both segmentation and intarsia styles of woodworking. I’m starting with Segmentation, and will post pictures and explain my progress over the next few days.
I had to enlarge the original pattern and print out 2 copies – one to cut from and another to use to keep track of the pieces. I had a piece of pine in my stash of wood that was the right width. It was warped though, so I had to sand it flat.
After hundreds of passes on my sander, it is flat, and about ½” thick – just the right thickness for the project.
I glue the pattern copy onto the wood using a glue stick. Then cut along each line, separating each segment of wood.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
According to wiki, intarsia is a form of wood inlaying that is similar to marquetry. Which doesn’t mean much if you don’t know what inlay or marquetry is!
So, I’ll try and explain what I think these all are –
Wood Inlaying to me, is to insert 2 or more different species of woods together to create a pattern or picture. Inlay pieces are flat, with no raised portions of wood.
Here’s a wolf inlay I made into a trivet:
Marquetry is inlay done with veneer (very thin pieces of wood) where inlay can be done with thicker wood.
Intarsia takes the inlay theory into another dimension – 3-D if you wish! Each section of the pattern is cut from wood – choosing different species and using the natural grain and color to enhance the design. The sections are shaped, then sanded, then glued together to create the design. Some sections are raised or lowered to create a 3rd dimension to the article. Here’s a horse head that I made in intarsia:
Segmentation is done cutting the sections of the design from a single piece of wood, then shaping and sanding the pieces and adding height if needed. Rather than using the natural color and grain of the wood as in intarsia, in segmentation you add color using stains, dyes, and/or paints. A different horse head done with segmentation:
Coming up ~~ I’ll take one design and show some Work in Progress photos using both the intarsia and segmentation styles.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
So – what do the 2 songs have to do with each other? Not much unless you are a follower of Thursday Sweet Treat blog (http://www.thursdaysweettreat.blogspot.com/). Natasha publishes a phrase each Friday for artist’s inspiration during the week. The next Thursday, photos are published of what the artists’ created.
Last week the phrase was “Let Beauty Rain Down Upon Us”. I didn’t get a project done, but a lot of other artists did, including Lois from Our Name is Mud. Now – here’s where the 2 songs connect…. Lois created a cute little Tea Pot using the theme!! You can see her submission along with many other beautiful items on the Blog. And while you are blogging, be sure to stop by Lois’s blog – http://www.ournameisblog.blogspot.com/ . After reading about Lois’s vacation, I am glad my kids are grown!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Lent is a time to reflect on my life and to work at making it better. A time to give up some bad habit, and a time to improve what I can. The 40 days of lent are based on the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and praying before he was put to death. I can’t spend 40 days isolated, but I will do what I can, pray more than usual, and fast not by giving up all food, but by giving up some of my favorites. And it’s a time to look forward to Easter and Spring.
Something else to look forward to – I am going to start a series of instruction on intarsia and segmentation - the woodworking that I do. I want to take the same pattern and make it using both styles, and posting the steps involved. Stay tuned!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I believe your dreams are a reflection of who you are, and only you can make them come true. I found some of the more colorful woods in my shop to make this mirror. The satin wood, purple heart, oak, and red exotic wood are all natural colored - no stains or dyes were used in the sun.