Various stages of done-ness

It’s time to make more face pendants. Here are a few in varying stages of the process. One thing I like about the one below here is that yellowish color. It’s an attempt at blending multiple colors in this style rather than staying in the same family. I tried this when I first started doing the mosaics and didn’t like the results. In the last two years I have learned more about how colors work together (or not) in this technique. So much more to learn.

glass micro mosaic tile

The guy below has a cute little mouth murrine. I don’t remember who I got it from. Greg Chase and Jim Anspach have sent me face part murrini over the years but I also have some that I got from an artist’s studio close-out. I think this one is kind of cool except for the fact that it’s a chip that is very very thin on one edge. I hope it doesn’t get swallowed up by the rest of the design.

glass micro mosaic tile

Here’s one that has the mosaic part complete. See my little signature cane in there? I love that thing. It was the first stringer stack murrine I did. I’m excited about these because I’m going to try something new. I have showed a couple pieces where Chris Mode has done the silver work to make them into pendants. This time I have an idea an I’m going to build the prototype setting in cardboard and see if she will be able to fabricate it for me in silver. While I have some soldering skills, cardboard and glue is a lot less intimidating to me that sheets of silver and solder.

glass micro mosaic tileIf you can’t tell, I’m also messing around with a new photo set-up. I purchased the light boxes from Doug Baldwin. It’s hard adjusting to the look that I’m getting because I do like a little shiny glare on my pieces. I mean, they’re glass, and I’ve been liking my pictures for a long time. So, I’ve tried a could different things to rig them up to my liking. I’m not sure I’m there yet though.

Why did I change? It just looks like an easier set up than what I have. I don’t know though. When will I get it and be satisfied? Maybe if I ever get that macro lens and learn to use my ‘good’ camera?

 

Quick update of recent work.

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Last you heard I was making those cool enamel pendants for Tucson inventory. I am happy to say that despite the show being very slow, the pendants did very well, as did the micro mosaic pendants. Yay! I have long since recovered from Tucson and have been a busy busy bee. A good busy where I’ve actually accomplished a lot.

I finished the Clockwork Orange mini mosaic that I started back in October.

Glass micro mosaic

 I just completed another one of Christopher Walken, shown here before and after fusing. The colors do change slightly and even though I like them before, the after is more of what I was aiming for…more subtle and less pink.

Christopher Walken glass micro mosaic

Then I got the wild hair again about making a cold built stringer murrini. I went to Home Depot, got my pipe, set to pulling stringer and am now working on building my signature cane or, at least part of it. I haven’t decided if I want to do the year as well to add to it at a later time.

cold built glass stringer murrini

I haven’t quite decided if I like this process yet. When I first started I thought oh h@ll no. But I also know that I need to give myself time to get into the groove and find all of the little shortcuts and tricks that make it easier. I already have some up my sleeve from doing the mosaics and I think it is transferring nicely.

Here is a size reference between the most recent portrait and the murrini assembly:

glass micro mosaic lori greenberg

So far, the portraits are holding my interest and I’m dying to get to my next one, Jack Nicholson, by popular vote. But I will also diligently work on the signature cane too.

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