Craftastic!

Part of this vacation has been feeding my inner craftiness. I love crafts. My craft interests run wide and deep. Starting a business where I get to exercise my skillz for the babies isn’t enough. I’d love to try everything, if at least once. Enter my mother-in-law. She is crafty too and has a lot of the tools I don’t. So we’ve played. And played. And played.

Before:

After:

 This is fused glass using dichroic glass. I’m realizing it looks like the anarchy symbol. Whatever. I like it. AND I put a pendant doodad on the back so I can use it as a pendant or a key chain. I’m all for multipurpose.

 This is the second dichroic fused glass pendant/key chain I made. If your screen is at just the right angle you can see that there’s something happening underneath the glass with the coloring. It’s turning grey…It was so cute before that and I was thinking of giving it away on the ol blog.

 

I couldn’t get a great picture of this one. Granted, I didn’t try very hard. This is a pink glass with iridescent zebra stripes. Also a pendant/key chain. I’m already putting this one to use. You can see that the clear top glass slid when we put it in the kiln. I liked the size so I didn’t want to file it down. And who’s perfect so I wanted to leave it that way.

 This is a pendant I made for Reagan. Rhonda made the glass stone. I wrapped it with wire and added that bead. That’s about as right-brained as I get.

 This is a different type of glass fusing. I used a piece of base glass, sticks of glass and sand-looking glass. The sun center is dichroic glass that I sanded down into a circle. It’s got ridges on it that are hard to see in this picture. There is no top clear glass on top. I’m planning on making this into an ornament either by drilling a hole in it or wrapping it with wire.

 I don’t know what I’m going to do with this. My idea was to create a pendant for Reagan with her initial and then wrap it with wire to put on a necklace. This didn’t turn out like my mind envisioned it so I haven’t messed with it again.

Alright, so diversity in the craft room hasn’t been my strong suit here. However, I have done other things:

 These are two 12″x12″ stepping stones that I’m in the process of making. Nicole, this is where you’ll be proud of me. I picked out the natural stones and glass tiles, placed them in patterns, glued them on, then grouted them. I’m now waiting for the grout to dry before I apply sealant. The glass tiles are amazingly clear now that the grout is in place. Here is where you can tell how my mind works. I’m realizing I’m more right-brained than left-brain. I like lines, symbols, geometry (as much as I don’t like the math) rather than random patterns. Let me reword that. I like random patterns, but my mind doesn’t create them. I have to enjoy them when someone else does it. The only thing I would change is to make the four corner stones on the right a darker color. They kind of blend in with the grout. These will look nice at our house in Alabama.

 

There you have it! My craftastic vacation. And I believe there’s more to come…

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