Saturday, February 13, 2010

Times and Places, Two Kinds of Faces

Did you know that I create the round glass for enclosing the images for these glass soldered charms?

It's a messy deal, I take the thin glass and with a circle template I draw the circular shapes on it with a permanent marker, then coat it with a thin film of Vasoline.

That's to keep the permanent marker from washing off while I'm shaping the circle on the grinder. The grinder bit has to have a flow of water on it, so there's lot of splashing and glass particles flying around when I do it.

And inevitably I grind my forefinger nails - they're a mess.

I get completely covered with glass dust, so I make sure I'm wearing my leather apron, eye protection and a dust mask over my face.

These I made last night, but I didn't make a late night of it. I do feel better now that I'm on my prescriptions, but I didn't want to push it. That's the thing about walking pneumonia - you start to feel better so you get up and start running around and then you relapse. So I'm being more careful.

These are vintage french bistro clock faces. On the backs of some I put an image of fancy brocade cloth in a matching color, and on others I put a portrait, very old-fashioned looking. Clock faces, people faces.

I made some of them very simple, and some with a few little fancy flourishes.

One of the circle pendants is a portrait of two hugging children in a very old photograph. Very sweet.

If it warms up a bit today, which seems unlikely, I want to pour some resin. I haven't been able to do that for weeks.

I got the news yesterday by email that my resin article for Belle Armoire Jewelry will be in the Summer Issue instead of the next one, for Spring. That's okay, I'm happy to have confirmation that it's being published - I'll just have to wait a few months more, that's all.


Greer said...

Lynn you might like to try "Osmer" white outdoor waterproof markers. Flat glass industry use them and it survives the waterfed drills and industrial washers. White typeing corrector fluid also stays but markers are easier

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Greer, that's interesting - I've always done it this way since my stained glass lampshade days.

I wonder how do you remove the waterproof markers when you want to get them off? I just wash the Vaseline and marker remnants off with isoprophyl alcohol which also cleans off the glass bits and cleans the glass. Are the markers you mention hard to remove or do you have to use hard chemicals?

Denise said...

I love these little clock faces they are so fun. Are you going to be selling these on ETSY?

EmandaJ said...

Ooo Lynn, Love these little clock faces! Now, take really good care of yourself -- don't want a relapse, like you said.


LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Yes, I went ahead and added them to the shop - I was sorely tempted to make something myself - maybe another day!

stregata said...

These pieces are simply fantastic!
Hope you are better soon. Pneumonia is not to be taken lightly - so please take care of yourself!