Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beads made by torch

I went to second torch class for making beads last Tuesday. It was so much fun although little bit overwhelming with so many technicality, angles, name of tools, glass rods.. etc. WOW!!
I experienced how I let the glass too long away from the torch and got little bit too cool so when I tried to put stringer on it, little glasses jumped all over. Pheww!!
At the end, these 4 beads are what I made. Not so bad for the first time bead-making me.
Can't wait to make more beads. I think they will start renting the studio hour so I can make my own beads.

Beads made by torch, Mar26,13

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pink glass flower pendant made by torch

I've learned something new!! This time I learned to use torch to make glass pendants.
I went to the class for the first time last Wednesday and just got the result today. It turned out really really nice. I wanted to make some kind of  flowers and played around with so many different colors of glass: pink, white, red, green, grey, clear lavender and clear glass.

Here is the result:
Pink flower glass pendant, Mar 22,13
Close up pink flower glass pendant, Mar22,13

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Landscape Stained Glass, March 21, 2013

When I was going to university in San Francisco, I used to live in the city called San Bruno, about 20 minutes away  from San Francisco city. I lived there for a year or so. During my stay in that apartment, I met a very nice neighbor. He was few years older from my Dad and we became close friend. We went to the same church and hung out sometimes.
Now, over 20 years later, we still keeping in touch and still communicating through emails often. His health is ailing and he's having hard time walking. He kept falling down and stuck in his apartment for months now, because his apartment is on 3rd floor and he's not strong enough to even go down the stairs.

Today is his 79th Birthday. Since he can't see any beautiful view from his apartment, except the view of noisy highway, I thought I would make him a landscape stained glass to brighten his moods and view.
Keep fighting and get stronger soon, my dear friend!!

Landscape stained glass foiling, March 20, 2013
Landscape stained glass is done, March 21, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pink Glass Paperweight, Mar9,13

During Christmas season last year, I bought class for 2, to make glass blowing paperweight with my friend, Atsuko. Since we both were so busy afterwards, we finally were able to set up the appointment and time to do the class together on March 9, 2013.

We had such a great time together in class:
Me with the instructor, Jessie

Atsuko, taking the glass to glory hole

End result from top, mine is pink one

End result from the side

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Clownfish Stained Glass suncatcher

My dearest brother loves saltwater aquarium and owns a big tank of saltwater aquarium with a lot of beautiful corrals in it. I wanted to make him something and decided to make clown fish suncatcher for him.

This has 16 pieces of glass, including the yellow eye. The black colored eye I painted on.

Clownfish foiling, Mar5,13

Clownfish, Mar7,13

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Teddy Bear Stained Glass

My friend is going to have a baby boy in 2 weeks or so. I thought I'd make her something special for a gift for her and the baby. I learned to cut and grind almost U shaped for the bear's nose and decided to paint the bear's eyes instead because I want the whole bear's head to be a full piece of glass.
I hope she likes it.

Teddy Bear, foiling, Mar2,13

Final Teddy Bear, Mar2,13