Friday, May 24, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Jeanne wondered why class went on for three hours since they were so good at building. It must have been that we were all having a good time (I wasn't there much..working on computer)
Eli says he'll help build a better logo for us, all we have to do is register at www.elance.com and look for gimme logos.
We've said it often, the reason we love teaching classes is because we get to meet such nice people.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The paper patterns took nearly an hour and it took an hour each way to get there, but that was a well spent three hours. Dane insisted that Jeanne needed to go with us and it turned out that she was able to cut patterns to size as we fit them. She and I moved the scaffold several times, taking Dane for a ride. It was a pretty good adventure..we still don't have an approval on the design that we're working on but it looks like a pretty sure thing that we'll get this job. Now if they didn't need it completed by the end of June!
The pattern was drawn using AutoCAD and as we put the pieces in place most were right on, but several were off by a considerable margin. This is why we do it on paper before doing it in glass.
Friday, April 12, 2013
She followed a design that they have printed on their business card.
The little vines took quite awhile to cut out.
She probably spent 2 or 3 days working on the panel.
There is a piece of moonstone glass under the colored stripes to give the panel some thickness. I fired this to 1350 last night.
You can see that the moonstone broke beneath the colored strips, moved everything about and even began running off the kiln shelf.
What went wrong? I probably ramped the temperature up too fast.
Back to the drawing board...They say that fused artists learn to live with disappointment.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Monday, March 04, 2013
We went last Tuesday and put the two corner panels in place. You cane see all the panels as Christopher and I install molding around each of the panels.
This is new for us, we've never installed molding before. Usually the client who may need molding has a carpenter on site, but in this case, Fred depended on us for the entire installation. I picked up 1-1/2" x 3/4" wood strips at Home Depot and stained them several days before the install. There was one place where one of the panels had slid down from their original placement before the caulking dried, so we added an extra strip of molding to fully cover the gap and it looked just like we wanted it, perfect!
We started building the stained glass back in June, so total time on the project was 9 months, but we did have to take time in between panels to complete other work.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
We made some errors in judgement on this second panel. We wanted to reuse the pattern pieces, which was okay, but we reused the paper pattern by turning it over. By doing that, we didn't have clean exact lines to build to.
This lead to some confusion where some pieces were laid out in the wrong place and we had to re-cut them when we discovered the problem.
Next time we want to save pattern pieces on a reversed pattern, we'll print a new paper pattern, so we can build to the lines. Maybe even number the pattern prior to printing.
This project is a constant source of joy. It's so fun to work on! Unfortunately, when we install it I'm going to have to stop for a week while we prepare the new pattern on the big table and we have a door panel to rebuild. Both activities require the long table to get them done.
It's great and the weather is cooling off occasionally so the studio is more pleasant.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
It's a big project. It took a month to build this first one, I'm hoping to cut that time down now that we have all the materials on hand.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
It really wasn't the kind of crowd who are folks that are interested in art, but it was good exposure and quite fun to talk to folks from many walks of life.
The live jazz ensemble was very good. When we arrived, they had scheduled us to be placed outside on the patio, but we were concerned that a gust of wind might blow over an easel and stained glass falling on concrete is not recommended. Fortunately, a friend who is a photographer suggested that we set up next to him since he was having to close windows to keep the bright light off of his work.
We placed "The Woman At The Well" on our led lit box and set it in a dark corner. The light was perfect and we're looking forward to getting more boxes because they show the stained glass so well.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
It's a good looking piece. We'll be using a video of the install on a training video that we plan to offer to sell sometime this year.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Very nice glass. You can't tell how great the finish is in the photo, but it was a real treat to see it!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Also, the skateboard art at the Terra Nova Gallery has been held over for another month. Jeanne put another piece in the show. "Gliding on Glass," is a glass skate board that is quite nice. It's just great to be part of Provo's art community.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
The Byu Illustrators group are featured at the Health and Justice Building. Some very good pieces will thrill your imagination. See you out there!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Monday, December 05, 2011
The stained glass is big and was very delicate until it was put in the frame, which is always the case.
Monday, November 28, 2011
There are also a couple of panels that are backlit so they'll show well in the space. I think it'll be a pretty nice display, although much smaller (so easier to put together) than the past four shows we've put together.
Jeanne and I will be shuttling back and forth between the two shows on the Downtown Gallery Stroll. The Covey Center show is usually the heaviest attended during the stroll. The Health and Justice building vies for the first and second heavily attended event during stroll.
Hope to see you at one of the shows!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
This evening, Naomi White has resigned as the president of UCAB. She has worked with the board 6 1/2 years and been president for the last 5years. Her resignation is effective the end of December. She will be missed by all those who worked with her.
As artists who make our living working with the arts, Jeanne and I feel it's very important to be part of our community and especially part of the art community. There is always a constant flow, a changing of the guard in volunteer organizations. We feel that we can volunteer in a leadership role for a year as Jeanne just did working with the gallery stroll for a year and then we must step down and allow someone else to take over. This is especially true in volunteer organizations because we don't all have that much time to volunteer. We've got jobs and families to support, we've got weddings and family responsibilities. We're busy!
We want to take a moment to thank all those who volunteer. Especially to Naomi at this time. Thank you!
Monday, October 31, 2011
The folk angel appears in this blog because we're entering her in the Springville religous and inspirational show.
Monday, October 24, 2011
We are now making a video on how to build the stained glass quilt. It shows specific techniques that are required on several of the panels to build them. I think it will be a useful video.
While getting ready to film, I discovered that some of the stained glass panels needed to be cleaned and I created a short instructional video on how to clean a panel. You can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCVtv0iLVXQ
This is part of our new premium video instruction that is no charge (right now)
Monday, October 17, 2011
The steps are interesting to read about, but if I had to repair windows to make my living, I'd either have to raise my prices or change my occupation. It's not very rewarding work, since the object is to complete the repair so that no one even notices your handiwork.
Monday, October 10, 2011
The image to the left is from that article. The other night we took some video of how it's done using 1/4" zinc outer bar. The technique is quite different and should be valuable if you ever build a octagon or other polygon shape.
Monday, October 03, 2011
But occasionally, things go wrong. A few years ago, we got our 50% up front and billed for the second half with the decorator who we worked with. The window was delivered and installed and then both we and the decorator had to wait for payment. The clients held final payment back from everyone who worked on the project for a year and a half. At the end of that time, the house was sold at double the asking price when we were due to be paid. They had used all the contractors as the bank, doubled their money and then happily paid us all later on. That's the only time I came close to filing a lien on a property.
Recently we delivered some panels that we agreed to trade foe half the value and get the remainder in cash once they were installed. But somehow, when the install happened, the deal started to change, we weren't paid anything, other windows were added into the deal and the whole thing became a mess. Now the client treats us like bill collectors, we've used up our solder reserves on the project and we feel abused. I'm going to try not to let this happen again, but until it gets resolved, it saps energy away from us and makes the creative process a little less enjoyable.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Now we're working with a church at the same time to create a panel for the sanctuary. This is another important project for us because we want to do work in the community that's meaningful, and folks often ask us if we've done work for churches (or temples) and now we can say we have!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Because Jeanne is writing a new book on Mandalas, "Stained Glass Mandalas For Success," I get to work on them with her. They begin to fill you mind, these circular designs that can help you focus and inspire us to achieve more in our lives.
We recently built one for ourselves, a repeating pattern with subtle, delicate colors. It's inspiring. Sometimes the center demands attention and at other times the border is what is interesting. It's pretty interesting, the way your focus shifts as you live with a mandala. You find that those images really do inspire and really do help you focus. All those meta-physical concepts are actually valid. Who Knew!?
Monday, August 22, 2011
That's not happening at the moment! Thankfully. I have several designs that are begging to be done and Jeanne has sketched some out and now she's impatiently waiting for me to get them on AutoCad and get them done! And it's fun drawing them! It's just that there are so many options and great ideas..which way to go, should that element be round because it looks good or should it be oblong so it doesn't look like that other panel? Maybe I should draw both ideas and let the client decide..but you have to be careful because if you give them too many choices, they won't be able to decide on anything.
Design, it's so great and I'm having fun!
Monday, August 15, 2011
The friend who came to pick it up was afraid it might get broken in his pickup truck. So the clients called around. Top bid was $1800 by a moving company. They would build a wooden crate, pack it up in bubble wrap and ship it the 10 miles to their home.
Uhaul would rent a truck for $250 and sell them wrapping and packing materials for another $250.
While our client talked to me on the phone (she was a talker) I measured my trailer and discovered that it would fit (just barely) with a few modifications.
So I bought plywood, cut it to 6 feet, screwed it to the trailer and then layered 1" foam, the bed frame and more 1" foam and then used bungee cords to secure the load. I delivered it the next day. They were shocked that I showed up fifteen minutes after I called.
It got there safe and sound and looked great!
Monday, August 08, 2011
I'm more worried about the exposure that we might have to lead. This is because it can be happening and you don't even know it. We got a lead environmental tester to check our studio out last year and the only time he got a reading was when he put the tester on a roll of solder. So, we just need to be careful and follow the lead safety guidlines, which are don't eat, drink, smoke or chew gum while working with lead. Wash well after using lead and change your work clothes as soon as possible afterwards.
As far as I am aware, following sensible precautions are all you need to do to protect yourself, but you do need to be aware of the potential hazards around you.
Friday, July 29, 2011
We worked on a stained glass window that is a gift for our son-in-law Greg and will also go in Jeannes new Mandala book. The missing pieces are being fired in the kiln.
We also worked on a bed frame. A stained glass panel will fit into the headboard which sits up against a window and the owners want light to be able to get into the room.
And Jeanne spent some productive hours on the bus stop mural she's doing. It may be painting, but it's still art and will be a very happy piece when completed.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
is the first video we posted for the datenight for 2 that we hosted at Gomm Studios
is a second video we posted for datenight for 2 that we hosted in June 2011
is a third video we posted for the datenight event
After The datenight was over, Jeanne and Susan talked about how sucessful the evening was.
Monday, July 18, 2011
But I really blew it on the size. It was closer to three feet in diameter, so twice as much glass as I had envisioned and the cost of shipping was $200. I was just glad they would ship it UPS. It also took more like two weeks to build it rather than one so it should have cost more. So like I said, "you win some and you lose some." But it was a pleasant experience creating the bird and should give the client years of enjoyment.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I loved visiting with Jenny Oaks Baker. Artists have so much to share about their work. We can learn from each other and be encouraged in our own artistic endeavors. What can you do today to renew that spark that wants to ignite? Write a poem, sing a song, take a photo? It's the summer of your budding talent. We have all been given gifts. What fun to express our creativity. I welcome your thoughts on what you have done this week to "Invite the Light". I'm going to paint a mural, build a window of a piano and make 13 girls camp fused glass pins. What about you?
Cyberlink Power Director 9. If you find yourself looking for a video editing tool for the PC, this is it! It's very complex and I have much to learn but after all the many programs I've attempted to learn and then running into problems, and printing off hundreds of pages of (sometimes usless) manuals, it's great to have a place where I can focus.