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.
Friday, June 24, 2011
We had so much fun at our Date Night for 2 class. The fan lamps turned out great.
It made me smile to see the couples helping each other. "You are doing such a good job on your solder joints." and "Here, would you like to work on this side?" and even " What ever color you choose will be perfect."
It was good. We will definitely do this again. Working with Susan Glenn is always a pleasure. She sets up lots of date nights. Enough talk, here are pictures.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Many times, I notice that my mind jumps to why I can't do something and I have to convince myself that I can do the job.
This was the case when a piece was brought for us to repair. The first concern, the first no was that the type of piece usually sells for 10 to 15 dollars and the repair would run $45 per piece of glass.
Then the second no was that we don't carry fractures and streamers glass.
As I looked for a substitute piece of glass, it occurred to me that I could make my own fractures and streamers glass. So, the lights came on and I felt happy about the prospects of success. I took a piece of hammered clear, cut up pink and white glass and I picked a black noodle, broke it up and set it up on the kiln fired piece.
Once I quit saying no, I found a way to accomplish the repair.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Jeanne wanted us to start adding calendar events to our website. It sounded like a good idea, so I told her that I would try to figure out how. I did a google search on inserting a calendar and learned that Google has a calendar feature, so I tried that first. It was pretty easy to figure out.
I searched "insert calendar into website" which gave me options and I chose http://www.google.com/googlecalendar/event_publisher_guide.html (which was titled Google Calendar)
The page gave instructions on:
Display a calendar on your site
Let people save an individual event from your site
Let people save all of your events from your site
So I read, followed directions and then fiddled with it until I liked what I had produced. One of the nice things about it is that if other folks use google calendar, they can update their own calendar with your event(s) very easily. So if you are planning to take a class, you can add it to your calendar with a few clicks.
Now we can add events and folks who care can easily see what we're up to!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I'm writing this on Valentines Day and the best thing I can give Jeanne is to work long hours and get some projects completed so that she isn't so stressed (and maybe give her some bubble bath and time to use it).
The funny thing is that the lead up to Valentines Day has been a flurry of getting gift items ready for two different shows. One was at the Finer Consigner in Pleasant Grove and the other a week later at ION fitness in North Provo. After all the gift pieces were made and we had put on the first show, I found myself walking through a store one day and wondering why the Valentines candy hadn't been marked down more than it had been. Then I realized that the holiday hadn't come yet, that I was thinking it was over because we had completed our show!
The truth is, it was fun getting ready for those shows. Little heart shaped glass items have a real meaning before and on Valentines Day. Then it's like the day after Christmas, you can't give away those things that meant so much a few days before.
This is why it's important as we build our art and gift items to continue to create inspiring art and just a few gift items.
Hope your holiday is a joyful one.
Friday, January 21, 2011
It's so much fun to build more glass. We've got a lot to do and it's great.
I love cutting the glass, I love fitting the glass and I love soldering the panels together.
We got a crate of glass the other day and it took several days to unload and organize all the glass. It's great to have all the racks full! Now I just need more solder!
2011 promises to be great. We knew already, but things just keep getting better!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
With the New Year here and a brief look back at our accomplishments last year and our hopes for a bright new year, Jeanne and I have been reviewing and setting goals for 2011.
I am happy that we were able to get her book completed in 2010.
We have set particular goals as to what we're going to write this year and we will be focusing on stained glass instruction on two different projects.
In 2010 we started with 2 videos (Beginning Stained Glass and Stained Glass Picture Frames) and added 3 more instruction videos (Stained Glass Jewelry Boxes, Stained Glass Kaleidoscopes and How To Make Stained Glass Charms)
We intend to get 4 more videos out there in 2011, starting with Stained Glass Family Projects which is in the review process right now.
We still haven't made a profit on all these instructional materials, but we're getting close to paying for all the setup costs and maybe by the end of the year we'll get to keep some of the royalties.
If money was what it was about, I'd probably be selling pizza or greeting cards, anything but working as an artist. We're very sure that things are looking better for the future and we wish for you to have a properous new year!