Sue, This One’s For You!

“Are we there yet? ”

“Are we there yet?”

“Are we there yet?”

Ok, it hasn’t been like that at all. But you know the feeling you get when your conscience is bugging you about doing something and yet you keep finding ways to avoid doing it? Even though you know you would feel, and be, a lot better if you just got yourself organized/brave/virtuous and did the blasted thing?

Well, Sue has been my Jiminy Cricket for the past (sigh) few years about sharing more of my glass work. Specifically, my jewelry. And I kind of have a love-hate relationship with my jewelry. It gives me so much joy to make, but that Yankee angel on my shoulder tells me I really should be doing something more beneficial to the world. I can sell it, which is good because it’s therefore not too indulgent of an activity. But it’s not Serious Art with capital letters or any underlying meaning, and that Art School angel whispers that it’s not a very worthwhile pursuit. So I dither on about sharing it or hiding it, until someone like Sue ( although there’s really no-one like Sue) baits me by saying she has already promised someone, two people, a whole conference room full of people, that she will have some pictures of what I am working on by Monday afternoon.

So welcome to Monday afternoon.

This is just one of the piles of scrap glass that lives and grows at Angel’s Share Studio. (aka the back porch) This glass forms the foundation of all the jewelry.


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The glass is cut, smashed, and splintered…yippee! It is stacked 4 to 6 layers tall and covers about 4 square inches. Then it is set into the kiln for about 8 hours. When it comes out, it looks like this slab, minus the magic marker lines. I drew those in hopes of cutting the slab into maximally-useful pieces. Or something.

 

I use a tile saw with a very thin and very expensive diamond coated blade to cut the glass into smaller shapes. They have to soak in water until the next step or they will get scummy the next time they go into the kiln. Here’s a bowl full of good intentions.

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After the rough cut, the pieces are shaped on an electric diamond grinder, and then kept wet until they are hand-sanded on a diamond sanding block. (Yes, I do love to keep myself surrounded with diamonds, although it’s not exactly what I imagined as a little girl.)  Then the pieces are cleaned again, and put back into the kiln for fire-polishing. This is what they look like after that stage.

What happens next?  Depending on the individual piece, it may be time to set it, or I might decide it needs some more work, in which case the cutting, firing, grinding, cleaning, sanding and fire-polishing repeats.

I had a great pop-up event last week.  The good news is I sold a lot of pieces.  The bad news is I don’t have any in the final stages to show you today.  (If you’d like to see some jewelry that has been re-homed, look here.)

So Sue, go ahead and flash this post on the Jumbotron at work.  Thanks for your encouragement.  This one’s for you.

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6 Responses to Sue, This One’s For You!

  1. i love the blue colors!!!!! you have a lot of talent Melaine!

    • Melanie

      Thank you very much, Terry. I’m honored you stopped by. Your blog is so heart-warming.
      I love blue, too.. When I first started out, the only things I made were blue, because that’s the color I kept being drawn to. Eventually I had to branch out. I play with all the colors now, but blue is still my favorite.

  2. Sue

    OMG you totally made me laugh tonight! I LOVE it! I am happy to be an inspiration behind such a truly wonderful talent. You do PLENTY for the world – how is making people smile wearing beautiful one of a kind art not a great thing? I’ll be sending this to some people – love you! XXOO

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