Soldering Iron vs Torch

   Artist Lois Krieger saw yard art similar to that pictured. She gave me a call and we spent an afternoon in my basement making one. We were thrilled with the outcome except the solder lines that touched the copper pipe were rough and uneven.                                                                                                                       No matter how many times we went over the solder…

Flamingos

  The mosaic in my new bathroom (shown below) was finished and I was excited to show someone, so I sent the picture to my sister. She liked it. In fact, she liked it so much that she wanted me to do something similar in stained glass for her living room.  I received the dimensions for the…

Mosaic Repair

A couple weeks ago I repaired a small but integral portion of a large mosaic in Newaygo, Michigan. There were many considerations when accepting and deciding what to charge in restoring a central piece that has meaning and memories for many. You have to assess the amount of damage, the tiles and or ceramic pieces…

Let’s Talk Design

How do you decide what your next project is going to be? Do you choose your pattern first? If you use a pattern, tell us your source? My muse whispers an idea, the brain seizes the thought and elaborates, as I check to see the colors of glass that I have on hand. Sometimes I see…

Kasia’s Mosaics

We often learn from watching others, so I’m always on the lookout for creative people. Well, I found another gem. Let me introduce Kasia Polkowksa in her studio, Kasia Mosaics. She holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, New York, but now lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Nature holds the key to…

Stuck on Spectrum Glass

            I’m not sure that I’ve used anything but Spectrum Glass, not that other glass isn’t readily available. I could easily grab the Bullseye brand, Uroboros, Kokomo, or Youghiogheny, but I find myself gravitating to Spectrum. Could that be because when I began that’s the brand I was steered to…

Life of Glass

Glass is as old as lightening and sand. I would love to walk the beach and find a Fulgurite. The sometimes hollow tube of fused sand, if small, would make a lovely necklace after wrapping with silver wire. Often the lightening glass is too large and appears in the shape of the lightening itself as you…