I have 2,000 non-digital photos from years 1987-2000, stored in 4 photo albums. I’ve wanted to scan them into the “cloud” for years, and finally started 2 weekends ago. My last post covered my favorites from PHOTO ALBUM 1. This post covers my favorites from PHOTO ALBUM 2 and were all taken during 1995 & 1996, when I was 24 & 25 years old.
Growing up, photography was always a hobby. I didn’t get my first digital camera until 2001. Prior to that, I used a variety of SLRs and point-and-shoots. I have 2,000 non-digital photos from years 1987-2000, stored in 4 photo albums. I finally started scanning them into the “cloud” last weekend. Here are my favorite photos from PHOTO ALBUM 1.
Between the end of November and the end of December I made roughly 20 stained glass stars! I gave many out as Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, and kept 8 for Jim and I to hang in our living room window. I made them in a variety of colors and textured glass.
This weekend I created 3 new stars for our living room window. I dressed them up with pre-tinned copper wire to make them look like snowflakes. Pre-tinned means it’s already been dipped in solder so it saves me the headache of trying to lay an even layer of solder over it. It’s very easy to hold the wire designs with needle-nosed pliers and solder them to the stars.
Abbie warned me a couple times that the stained glass spider web I made in October was probably too heavy for the hooks I added in November, since they were soldered directly to the copper foil border. She wasn’t kidding! Today I took the web down to my workshop and barely applied any pressure before the hooks peeled off, taking the copper foil with them.
I’m on a roll! Holy cow. I made a raspberry one last night before bed, a garnet/blood red one this morning, and a smaller, clear glass polka-dot/bubble wrap looking one this afternoon. The clear one was for hubby’s boss’s wife. We went to a surprise party for him at his house and I decided to make a star for his wife [who I’d never met] as a hostess gift. She loved it 🙂
Today I made another stained glass star! I went into work this morning but got home at 1:30 and immediately headed down to my workshop and started another star. The glass I used today is a dark teal color, and has a wavy pattern to it. If you hold it on it’s side it looks like the surface of a lake. So pretty! it only took me an hour and 15 minutes to make the 2nd star, versus 2½ hours for the first one 🙂
And it only took 2½ hours!!! So I’ve been thinking about my next stained glass project ever since finishing my spider web last month. However, I haven’t had any time for stained glassing. Until today! They let us out of work 3 hours early [woohoo!], and since I’m not traveling for Thanksgiving [thank god] I headed down to my basement workshop the minute I got home.
I finished my stained glass spider web today. Abbie gave me an awesome lesson in soldering. And when I got home I painted on the magical liquid that turns the solder from silver to black. Woohoo! Now I can cross that off my list of 2015 projects. 9 done, 3 to go 🙂
I woke up this morning at 7:00 with a pounding headache [could have been from the 3 Mike’s Hard Lemonade’s I had last night, but I’m thinking it was more the changing weather]. Hubby brought me some aspirin and about an hour later I leaped out of bed and announced “I’m creating art today!” and hubby was like “um… OK?”