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Monday, January 26, 2015

Say, "I Love You" with Gallery Glass

St. Valentine's Day is almost upon us and you may be searching for the perfect gift--something that will be a lasting reminder of your love and devotion. Candy is quickly eaten and flowers wilt and fade, but your Gallery Glass heart will be a visible daily reminder of your lifelong passion. Add to this token of your love a dinner reservation and movie tickets complete with popcorn, and you have successfully executed a Gallery Glass moment. I painted this with Ruby Red, of course, but I outlined the segments with Hologram Glitter then filled in the center with the color. I did the same thing on the Hot Pink "lace". The Gold Glitter caption completes it for a very elegant festive look.

But what if you aren't giving the gift until the exact day. Sometimes you don't want to give a gift that is seasonally specific when the season will be over tomorrow.  How about a Floral suncatcher that is seasonally appropriate? The unsung hero of winter, the only flower with a heart brave enough to peek out of earth that just yesterday had snow on it--the humble crocus. How noble and breathtakingly beautiful. This is one of my favorite panels because it heralds the beginning of a fresh new season of brightly colored landscaping. Why not present your "love" with something that will cheer them up for many weeks to come. It can brighten a window view that will remain colorless for several more months.

And maybe your recipient is not into flowers or mushy Valentine symbols. There is certainly room for a gift that says, "I love you," but appeals more to their hobby and activities interest. How about a precious toe dancing bear complete with ballet shoes and a tutu. What little girl wouldn't love to hang this lovely suncatcher in their room?

Ballerina  - 6"x9" Oval

Gallery Glass Supplies: 16002 Snow White, 16423 Hot Pink, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16014 Amethyst, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 10" Styrene Blank

I Love You Heart -  10" Round
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16440 Gold Glitter, 16423 Hot Pink, 16015 Ruby Red, 16002 Snow White, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 10" Styrene Blank

I outlined the heart sections and even put a drop of 16442 in the top of each of the lace sections and combed it into the paint to give the heart a little style.

Crocus  - 10" Round

Gallery Glass Supplies: 16423 Hot Pink, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16455 Sunflower, 16020 Amber, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16008 Kelly Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16024 Ivy Green, 16014 Amethyst, 16457 Plum, 16081 Crystal Clear16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 10" Styrene Blank

I applied a line of Hologram Glitter along the edge of the petal sections and combed it into the paint to give the flowers some sparkle. It almost looks like dew on the tips of the flowers.

Valentine Jar Designs with Gallery Glass

I love Valentine's Day because it's all about flowers and candy. I never met a candy bar I didn't like, be it chocolate, sugar or marshmallow. And what better way to give candy as a gift than in an appropriately styled container made just for the occasion. These Valentine jars are elegant looking, but simple and easy to make. You can find so many beautiful clear shapes for practically nothing because glass is cheap. My favorite "surface" source is one of those stores where everything is a dollar.

The big rose jar in the center was done by the Horizontal Method--meaning it was leaded and painted right on the jar--easy to do because it is rather large, creating an almost flat surface. First bubble cut around the pattern leaving almost no margin. Then roll it up and stick it face up inside the jar. Center it so that the jar seam is on the side. Lead the design as usual, using books on both side to keep it from rolling while your leading is wet. Let the leading dry overnight and paint some pleasing "rose" colors in a couple of various shades, giving the design a more sophisticated look. Now wasn't that easy. The other jars in the photo were done as Clings and placed on the clean jar after they had cured. For detailed instructions for making Clings, check "Snow Fun" under Winter projects.  .
But maybe you don't have time to go out and buy something, look around your kitchen. If you save pleasingly shaped jars that food comes in, you can often cover the thread lines on the top with lace, ribbon or fabric. And what about the ones that have printed lids? You can cover them with fabric and a coordinating ribbon.

These are great patterns for jars. The large jar and the pitcher can be done directly on the jar because they are bigger. The smaller ones will be easier to do as Clings, then place them where you want them on the project. See post "Snow Fun" for Cling instructions.
Supplies list:
16001 Crystal Clear, 16002 Snow White, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16006 Canyon Coral (disc. use 16003), 16008 Kelly Green, 16009 Emerald Green, 16011 Blue Diamond, 16012 Royal Blue, 16015 Ruby Red, 16016 Rose Quartz, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16020 Iridescent Violet (disc. use Hologram Shimmer 16848.), 16021 Frost White

These are great patterns for jars. The large jar and the pitcher can be done directly on the jar because they are bigger. The smaller ones will be easier to do as Clings, then place them where you want them on the project. See post "Snow Fun" for Cling instructions.
Supplies list:
16001 Crystal Clear, 16002 Snow White, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16006 Canyon Coral (disc. use 16003), 16008 Kelly Green, 16009 Emerald Green, 16011 Blue Diamond, 16012 Royal Blue, 16015 Ruby Red, 16016 Rose Quartz, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16020 Iridescent Violet (disc. use Hologram Shimmer 16848.), 16021 Frost White

Hearts -- Framed and Wired with Gallery Glass

"Framed" and "wired" are two words with bad connotations-- unless we're talking about them in a Gallery Glass context. It's easy to make mobiles and free floating ornaments using Cuttable Plastic and wire. If you can't find cuttable plastic, you can also use leading blanks for the shapes--they just won't be quite as rigid or transparent. The wire is Armature Wire and is available at craft stores. Lead and paint the shapes and let them dry. Cut around the cured shapes leaving 1/8" of space outside the outlines. Cut lengths of wire and curl loosely around a pencil. Stretch wire slightly. Make a hole in the edges of the plastic shapes and string them up! See patterns for more details.

Colorful glass panels or Clings hanging in a window add brightness and life to home decor. The colors are at their best with light coming through them, so hanging a piece of glass art in a window is the perfect place to show off its beauty. Framed panels can also be a substitute for curtains because they bend the rays of light and create a sunscreen--if they are large enough. These three hearts are a good project for a styrene ceiling diffuser. They are easily scored on the smooth side and popped into the size to fit a small elongated frame. Always paint on the smooth side so that the color will be even, not blotchy.

This 11"x14" picture frame takes on a whole new life when you throw away that faded floral print and outline and paint this "Funky Heart" on the glass. Remove glass from frame. Position it over pattern and outline the design. Let dry and apply colors as shown, or create your own color palette. Fill in around the design with Crystal Clear leaving it very bumpy. Place glass or plastic into frame and secure it using Liquid Leading as a "caulk" between the edge of the glass and the back side of the frame. Let caulking dry overnight before standing upright.

If you can't wait to get started, print out the patterns and select your surfaces. In a couple of days, you'll be able to give one of these heartfelt treasures to your favorite Valentine.

Supplies needed for Hugs and Kisses Mobile:
16003 Cameo Ivory, 16001 Crystal Clear, 16015 Ruby Red, 16002 Snow White, 16079 Gold Metallic Liquid Leading (heart and O's), 16080 Silver Metallic Liquid Leading (wings and X's), 16240 Cuttable Plastic, 16225 Tool Set.
Other Supplies: Armature Wire, Needlenose pliers, Wire cutters, Craft knife with blades, Scissors, pencil.

Supplies needed for Funky Heart Framed Art:
16001 Crystal Clear, 16035 Lime Green, 16015 Ruby Red, 16037 Sapphire, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16225 Tool Set,
Other Supplies: Wooden frame with glass, 11"x14"

Supplies needed for Three Hearts Framed Art"
16014 Amethyst, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16009 Emerald Green, 16005 Orange Poppy, 16012 Royal Blue, 16015 Ruby Red, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16076 Liquid Leading or 16089 Redi-Lead Strips, 16224 Tool Set
Other Supplies: Wooden frame with glass, 8"x20", Craft knife (for cutting Redi-lead

Supplies needed for Love Mobile:
16001 Crystal Clear; 16423 Hot Pink, 16438 Magenta Rose, 16455 Sunflower, 16076 Lquid Leading, 16782 Crystal Beads (discontinued), 16240 Cuttable Craft Plastic, 16225 Tool Set
Other Supplies: Craft wire, pink and yellow pony beads, other beads as desired.

It's time for Love, Hearts and Flowers!

It's not yet Spring, but once we put up the colorful Valentine's Day decorations, we begin to look forward to it with wild anticipation. I have always been an advocate of the holiday, although my participation is often limited to scouting out beautiful calorie laden goodies for my grand daughters.  I love to start hanging Valentine projects soon after the middle of January so that there will be ample time to enjoy the decorations and binge on Valentine treats.

 I love to make Valentine Clings and we have some projects coming up that feature this versatile category. Here the simple "LOVE" message is shown on a window, but you can stick them on mirrors, even car windows, to remind your loved ones that you care. And how about putting them on those inexpensive clear plastic plates from the party store. They have several sizes and this style is really inexpensive. I like the large one for all my round designs, since the 10" blank has been discontinued in many stores. We made an apple for the teacher on our dessert plate. You can burn a hole in the top and put a piece of curling ribbon or satin ribbon through it to make a hanger. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gallery Glass Suncatchers serve dual purpose

Who doesn't love pictures of their family--two legged or four legged--it doesn't matter. Everyone loves to frame snapshots and spread them around their home. My close relatives smile at me in almost every room and I am especially fond of seasonal family pictures displayed in the windows. They add a unique touch to comprehensive accessorizing. Once you hang the hook, you can change the Suncatcher (and the smiling folks) to coordinate with the current weather--maybe daisies for Spring? Get the idea? We will be having lots of picture framing Suncatchers in the future, but for the record, this is first set. So, you haven't missed anything, so far.
The Snowflake is easy to lead and paint. I did it in blue because it is non-Christmas colors and I was so ready to ditch the red and green theme. But you can do a snowflake in any color. If it is a frame for a younger person, think about using the primary colors--bright and cheerful. This is the time of year that I use the most Hologram Shimmer. It lends the most wonderful glimering snow-like effect. I used it for the background on both of these projects. You can coordinate the color scheme of these two frames and display them together. However, just a tip for you, make sure the people in the photos are bundled up. 
How does the Suncatcher become a picture frame? Easy, lead and paint the Suncatcher to coordinate with the color palette of the picture you wish to feature. In the example, the blues were picked because the center person's suit is two shades of blue. Print a copy of the picture. Now hold the finished Suncatcher up to the window and trace the outline of the center area onto a piece of copy paper. Cut out the shape that you have traced and use it as the pattern to trim the picture--making sure that the people are centered in the design shape. Now turn the Suncatcher over and tape the trimmed picture to the back of the Suncatcher with thin slivers of invisible tape, so that it won't show when placed in the window. You can hang it from a suction cup. Tip: tie a coordinating color of bow around the hanger tab, before it goes onto the hook. Be sure to store the Suncatcher when Spring comes so you can pull it out and update the "snow scene" for next Winter. And don't forget-- a picture frame Suncatcher makes a great gift for Grandma.