Thursday, December 16, 2010

Enjoying the snow

We were very fortunate to get a foot of snow last weekend. 
I dug out my snowshoes for our afternoon walks. I walk twice per day, but my morning walk is during a pre-dawn hour. I'm fearful of stumbling in the morning darkness, so mornings are restricted to walking on the plowed road. There isn't much traffic at that hour.

Reuben, my reliable walking buddy, and I are waiting for the 
winter solstice and 
anticipating the time when each day increases in light length.

Reuben wasn't too sure about going through the fields, 
but after I broke the trail he was a bit more enthusiastic.

Much time in the last week has been spent trying to stay warm.
One lap of this field helps in that endeavor.

~ Julz

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Growing a Forest

In past years I have created small trees for gift decorations and ornaments using stained glass.
Here is an example - 

This year I have decided to fuse a forest of trees for the holiday.

These trees are wrapped in copper wire and then fused.
I love that each one is unique.

Some even have snow:)

They will look festive in a window, on a tree, or decorating a gift.

I have started the season by composting the pumpkins and displaying some greens outside, but no decorations inside the house yet . . . except for my small, fused forest.

~ Julz

Saturday, November 27, 2010

More Cabs

I had the time recently to drill more cabachons from my mesh melts and get them polished.

Fresh from the kiln this morning- not even cleaned.
I am so excited with the results.

I tried to get a good picture in the sun.
Too much shadow, but it shows some of the detail I am not able to get in other pictures.

Another picture of the cab group before I glued on the bails.

A close-up of one cabachon.

~ Julz

Friday, November 19, 2010


The cabachons took an extra day in the kiln. The first fire polish didn't polish them quite enough, so I changed the schedule to go a bit hotter and a bit longer.

Now they are nice and shiny.

 - here is my drill on the drill press. This is one of my better auction buys for just $7 a few years ago. It works great.
And here is the mesh melt - or what's left of it after cutting out the cabs.

~ Julz

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

red bird

One of my favorite birds is the Cardinal.
This bird brings such a bright spot to our Wisconsin winters. I love seeing and hearing this bird in my yard.

My goal was to create one that would also catch the sun and sparkle.

~ Julz

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

new window flowers

Lately I have been creating and changing the flowers that will catch sun while hanging in windows.
I thought they would work great as stocking stuffers or added to gift wrapping as decorations.

Tonight the kiln holds some cabachons made from the mesh melts that I made a few weeks ago.
I ordered and just received a new core drill bit that will drill a circle that is bit larger than an inch. I was so excited as I drilled circles from my melt.
I then cleaned up the circles and put them back into the kiln for a polish.
I can't wait to see them.

~ Julz

Monday, November 1, 2010

Flower sun catchers

A new picture in the sunlight of the flower from yesterday. 

Plus a few new flowers fresh from the kiln.

Happy Monday.

~ Julz

Sunday, October 31, 2010

New toy

A diamond drill bit for my dremel; using it I can make holes in glass.


I have had this piece for a while with no good way to display it.
Now it can hang in a window.

This tack fused glass was made in the event 
that I ever create a display at a show.

This is a new piece, but a poor picture.
I have it hanging in my window and will try to get a better picture in the sunlight tomorrow.

I really like the wispy quality of the flower and I have some glass similar to this in the kiln tonight.

~ Julz

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Copper mesh inclusion

A bit of copper mesh inclusion.
I like that there wasn't too much trapped air around the inclusions.

I think next time - I will try to have more of a pattern to the inclusions. This seems too random, but I like the glass color w/ the copper mesh.

Halloween is around the corner - 

My daughter as Rosie the Riveter.

~ Julz

Monday, October 25, 2010

Red/Orange Bowl

This bowl was made w/ striker glass. Striker glass starts out one color and changes color as it is heated in the kiln. This glass was a yellowish color prior to being heated.

The final color is more of a reddish orange.

Not exactly the Halloween color I was looking for, but I like it.

~ Julz

Monday, October 18, 2010

new work

A new dish.
The glass color is a transparent brown with opague black dots.
The transparent color becomes powerful after it is fired, but before it's fired the the color is weak and not spectacular.

Hope your week is all you want it to be.

~ Julz

Friday, October 15, 2010

White plate

Friday - white plate with red dots.

~ Julz

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

red dish w/ bubbles

 - difficult to get a good picture. . . a nice color of red.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

mesh melt

My first mesh melt - I'm so excited.
I have another one cooling in the kiln right now
with hopes that it will be as pretty.


This was our sunset a few nights ago. 
It would be so great to recreate these colors.

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, September 27, 2010

flowers - a bit brighter

Flowers in the kiln.

Flowers prior to cleaning.

At least they are brighter than the last kiln load.

~ Julz

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lost it ? ? ?

It's been awhile.
I seem to have lost something in the last month.

I think the only way to find it again is to work with glass.
I hoped that the glass would just "come to me".

Obviously that didn't happen.

So . . .

This was my attempt yesterday.

Well - to be fair - this is not black, but transparent, dark amber. It didn't work.

I also experimented with some glassline paint that I purchased last spring and had never used.
This gave me some ideas, but nothing is completed yet.

Today - after my attempts yesterday w/ dark colors - I have some bright flowers in the kiln. Not sure where I am going with them, but I hope the color will inspire me.

My goal is to fire the kiln often this week.
I'll keep you posted.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

New funky, glass bird,
new bread recipe (no-knead olive) . . . clean house & getting centered for the next busy week.

Giving thanks!

~ Julz

Monday, August 30, 2010

Black dish


Shallow, black dish . . .

~ Julz