Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
This week you are learning your fun project, before you blow your graded project. This way you can practice the ring seal technique.
- 14, 8 mm tubing & 2 mm rod
- # 1 tip
- Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter/screen/corksBlow tube
Bells (14 & 8mm tubing & 2 mm rod):
- Use a # 1 tip.
- Make a clapper from 2 mm rod: small ball on one end and closed hook on the other end. This part is the part that makes the ding. Make it as long as you like. I make mine about 1.5". Make another hook on a 2 mm rod. Close the hook around the closed hook on the bottom part. Make sure the clapper moves and you didn't seal the two closed hooks together. Leave this part long so it will go into the 8 mm tubing.
- Make an end-to-end seal using 14 mm & 8 mm tubing.
- Insert the clapper assembly into the 8 mm tubing.
- Collapse the 8 mm tubing, fusing it around the 2 mm rod.
o Do this step slowly and don't trap any bubbles during the process.
- Cut off any extra 14 mm tubing.
- Flare and the end of the 14 mm tubing.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Variation on Rose Rogers's Round Robin
This pattern can be found on Il
Chiacchierino di Edda GuastallaBianchetti website.
This is the rest of the special order, from yesterdays post. The doily measures 12" across and was made with size 10 crochet thread with a gold filament.
16 of 25 Challenge
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Finally Got It Right!!
This is part of a special order. Last time I attempted the bracelet, I made it too small for the average person. So, I got a new bracelet...I've been wanting one anyway. So here is the customers bracelet and earrings. The bracelet is Nina's pattern and the earrings, I adapted from the bracelet. The jewelry was made with DMC Embroidery Thread.
15 of my 25 challenge
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
And The Winner Is.....
Several weeks ago, I posted four sample borders. This one was chosen to be the border of the paraments, for the church's alter and lectern. The border was from Ann Ore's, Tatting, from 1951. The pattern was called "Scalloped Edging #37", done in size 10 thread.
Monday, August 20, 2012
- # 3 tip
- Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter/tweezers
- 6 mm rod
Birds [Humming Birds (6 mm rod)]:
- Use a # 3 tip.
- Using the 6 mm rod, make a maria and flatten it.
- Heat the flatten maria, remove from heat, and pull the wings.
- Using tweezers, detach each wing.
- Make maria for the tail and flatten.
- Make marias for the body and head.
o Slightly, pull out part of the beak.
- Remove the extra glass rod from the tail.
- Using tweezers, attach the wings.
- Add hanger, feet and eyes.
- Using tweezers to hold the hummer, remove the handle to form a beak.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Here are a few of my silversmithed jewelry. These are for sale on my face book page: West Pine Creations. Click on the blue highlighted words to get the the links.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Round Bottom Flask
- 14 mm (or any large size) tubing
- # 3 tip
- Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter
- Blow tube
Round Bottom Flask (14 mm tubing):
- Use a # 3 tip.
- Make a test tube.
- REMEMBER TO KEEP THE GLASS ROTATING TO PREVENT UNEVEN GLASS.
- Heating the bottom of the test tube, collapse the glass to form a thick lens
- Remove from the heat and blow a small bubble.
- Heat again to create a thick walled flask.
- Remove from the heat and blow a larger flask.
- NOTE: The flask should NOT exceed 2 x’s the thickness of the tubing.
- The round bottom flask should be lens free, smooth, and bounce, when dropped from an outstretched, at arms-lengths.
If your flask survived the drop, which it should survive a few drops, you now have a C.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I made the long trip down to the "Big City", yesterday and discovered our Jo Ann Fabric store is no longer carrying Lizbeth size 20 thread. This is an extreme shame, since we live a long ways to any other city. Good quality tatting thread is not accessible in our area.
By the way girls, our Jo Ann's displays their clearance stuff along an obscure wall. Therefore, look all through your store, to see where they hid the clearance things.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Mice Swizzel Sticks
- Colors/6 mm colorless Pyrex rod
- # 3 tip
- Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter/graphite paddle/long nail/tweezers
Mouse Swizzle Stick (6 mm rod):
- Use a #3 tip. Colorless or colored rod can be used.
- Form a small ball on the end of a piece of rod, flatten the ball and pull off an ear with a tweezers.
- Make another ear about the same size.
- Make two marias with your 6mm rod. Make one of the bulges larger than the other. This will be the body and head.
- Pull off the excess rod on the head. This forms the nose. Heat the tip of the nose to form a small (nose) ball. Add the eyes and the ears.
- Add a tail and fire polish the end of the swizzle stick. Do this step carefully!!!!
REMEMBER HOT GLASS LOOKS THE SAME AS COLD GLASS!!!!!
The mouse is on the left and a hummingbird is on the right.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
These are three, lovely tatting shuttles, I had bought with my birthday money. They are from The Scarlet Scarab and are ONLY $6/ea!!! She has them in bone, horn and shell. The sizes are 2" and 1.5". There are also fish-shapped suttles. Check out her site, she has alot of wonderful things made out of shell and horns...like bobbin winders.
I bought each of the shuttes in size 2". They are a little tight in the tips, but use 800 grit wet/dry sand paper to open the tip slightly. They work great!!!