Saturday, August 16, 2014

Experimenting With Glass Part 1

Due to some recent home remodeling that has completely taken over my work area (Everything from the kitchen and living room is now occupying that space) I haven't been able to get to most of my tools. Since I am self taught I decided to experiment a bit with what had before my kiln gets completely blocked off by more furnishings tomorrow.

And now we play the waiting game ...

I wanted to take a step out of my comfort zone and make a few things that are more playful and abstract. This isn't really a tutorial or anything I just thought it would be fun to share a bit of what I am doing. I will post the finished pieces soon!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oh Goodness What a Crazy Year

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since I last put up a blog post. During that time I was a preschool teacher and had little time for my art. Now that things have started to settle down and I have turned back to being a full time artist I have returned to my blog. 

Right now my family and I have been working on some home renovations so things are still a bit crazy.

This is just one of the three rooms we have gutted so far. Let me tell you, there is something a bit cathartic about helping tear down a wall with a hammer. 

Even with all the hard work on the house I have been working on some new glass pieces! I decided to go with shades of blue, grey and light green which is a potential new color palate for our living area. 

This is the first from the new batch. More of them to come in my Etsy Shop FusedElegance over the next few days! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why did you start working with glass and why do you always wear a glass butterfly wing ...

Whenever I travel to shows with my fused glass work I am almost always asked by at least one person what got me started in glass work and why I always wear one of my glass butterfly wings, so I have decided to share the answer here.

I have always been fascinated with glass art and wished to take up stained glass as a hobby. After a bit of research my mother and I found a little stained glass supply shop that also had a studio where you could purchase some dichroic glass by the ounce and make your own glass pendants which would be melted in the back studio of the shop. Well we gave it try and it was instant love, so much so that my mother and I went out and bought a little used 4" x  4" kiln and started to teach ourselves how to work with the glass. 

My very first fused glass pendant. 
Yes, for some reason I did believe that glass 
worked on shrinky dink logic. 

After months of grueling trial and error I learning that the thermometer on the kiln was not working properly (the hard way). We finally started to get the hang of it. Even after nearly overheating and ruining most everything I made I still loved working with glass and knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.   

To get started I needed a loan from my family to buy some better equipment and supplies and my mother being the fantastic and clever person she is decided to give me a challenge. I was told to earn that loan I would have to make a butterfly wing out of glass. It took me months of trying to work out a way to do the design work in glass with no classes, tutorials or books to guide me but eventually I managed my first butterfly wing. The rest started to fall in place from there.

My very first fused glass butterfly wing beside a newer one.

Until next time thank you all for reading,

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gearing for the New Year!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Holiday! I've been out of commission for a few weeks due to having two surgeries this month. I am however all healed up now and am back to work making new fused glass treasures for the new year starting with getting prepared for Valentines Day!

During my healing time I have come up with some new art jewelry designs that I have started using the following supplies that you see in the sneak peak photo below! It's going to involve brass and a rich redish toned dichroic glass.

I'm also going to give a little teaser peek at a portion of the design I drew for this piece.
This is all I am going to give out for now, but as the work progresses I will post more pictures and hints here! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sweet Holidays

With the holidays coming quickly into view who could possibly resist some delectable sugary treats? While browsing Etsy for fantastic gift ideas while my latest batch of glasswork melts I came across The Frosted Petticoat, which features some adorable candy goodness.

Large Iris Flower Lollipop

25 Chocolate Steampunk Gears

25 Edible Chocolate Buttons

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

An Artists Return

Oh goodness it has been awhile since I have updated this blog! I found myself out with some medical issues, but now I am back and feeling more motivated then ever!

During my time off I managed to complete a new design in glass I have been working for a few months now.

The swallowtail butterfly wing design is the newest member of my growing glass work portfolio. This protype piece has already been claimed by my grandmother (I mean who can say no to grandma!?) and the second one I made was snatched up at an art show I attended before I could manage to get a picture of it.

Now to figure out more colors to use for this pattern!

As always you can find my glass creations for sale here: In My Etsy Shop!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Every Journey Starts With a First Step

Hello Everyone and welcome to my very first introductory blog post!
While I get used to this whole blogging thing I would like to tell everyone a tad about me and what I do.
My name is Lindsey, a self taught self representing glass artist currently residing in central Florida with a love of things handmade. For those who do not know what a self representing artist is, it is a person who makes a living selling their work. Right now I make glass jewelry with a specialty in glass butterfly wing pendants. I also make other things including enameling and various metal works.

You can find my work for sale here in my Etsy Shops:

Fused Glass Works:
Metal Work and Steampunk:
Enamel Work:
That is it for now everyone! Thanks so much for reading ~

Examples of Things I make:

Fused Glass Pink Rainbow Butterfly Wing
Antiqued Brass Tree of Life Earrings
Enamel Elegant Swirls Necklace
Tree of Life Blue Red Orange Double Disk Necklace
Bumble Bee Landing Brass and Glass Necklace
Butterfly Wing Fall Fused Glass Pendant