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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1827: All That Glitters

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-10-2017 01:47 PM 2648 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1826: The Business of Running a Business Part 1827 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1828: I'm Still Here! »

It has been a wild and incredibly busy week. I have spent most of my days up in my shop, working on cutting my wood orders. It is difficult to call it 'work' because I do enjoy doing what I do so much. With the release of Lynne Andrew's Noah's Ark series last week, there has been a huge rush to purchase the wood pieces from me. Along with this have been our regular orders and all the other business tasks. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined being in such a wonderful and productive place for our business. I am so grateful.



In order to keep my sanity and not get burned out in the process, I have been adhering to a strict limit of my time in the shop. I have been closing things up at 6 pm (or thereabouts) and I have allowed myself the evenings to be 'free' to do as I please. After all – I get up pretty early and start answering emails and doing paperwork early – not to mention this blog – and I am smart enough to realize that if I spend every waking hour pushing myself hard, it won't be long before I either get sick or tired of doing it. I have to have some down time, too.  I have made this apparent to those who see me online and I have sent messages to my customers who ordered that I am doing my best and it may take a little longer than the usual 1-2 days for me to ship things out. Everyone so far has been wonderfully understanding and hasn't had a problem with it. Sometimes just hearing the words (or reading them) from people makes all the difference in the world. Instead of feeling tense and pressure about the influx of orders, I feel happy and thrilled. That is how it should be. 



With that said, after a day in the shop yesterday, I spent my evening 'playing'. When Keith went to the "postie" (my word for mail) I had received one of my shipments that I ordered of alcohol ink.  I was beyond excited!  Last week I was looking for some German Glass Glitter in black for some new Halloween designs and to use when I paint the designs from Amy Mogish's upcoming Halloween Ornament Club. (You can read about that HERE. It is going to be AMAZING!) 



I have done several projects now with Amy, providing the wood pieces for her adorable painting projects, and it has been a lovely relationship. For Christmas this past season, she sent me this beautiful "Glitter House" (which is much like the German "Putz Glitter Houses".  Google them if you want to know more!) 





When I saw the house, I knew that it would fit just beautifully with my skating pond scene that I have set up on my sideboard for the winter:



What I noticed most about this charming piece was the incredible shine of the glitter that Amy used:



The sparkle was amazing and it was not like anything I have ever seen. (And you know how I love sparkle!)  



I asked Amy and she said that it was German Glass Glitter. She said it came in colors and she used black for her Halloween ornaments for the upcoming club.  I knew I had to have some.



I began my search online and found that it was very expensive. A small package (about a tablespoon) ranged in price from about $6 US to about $15. And that was prior to shipping to Canada!  I am not a cheap person, but I know I would be using LOTS of this for subsequent projects so I kept up the search. (Yes – that is what I do in my time off!) 



Amy had told me that she used FloraCraft Diamond Dust for the clear on my house and I also looked for that. I found a sizable jar (14 oz) on Amazon.ca for about $16 CDN with free shipping. (It is also on Amazon.com for those in the States)



I received it very quickly and it is truly beautiful. It is fine shards of glass. "Flakes", if you will. 



The shine is awesome!  I was thrilled with it, but me being me, I wanted it in COLORS.  So I kept searching. . . 



In my internet travels, I came across a photo of someone using Alcohol Ink to 'dye' the glass glitter. I researched further and found a video of her doing just that. I had questions about it, though, as the video was very brief. So I looked up Alcohol Ink and came across the Pinata brand by Jacquard.





They had a nice sampler "Exciter Pack" on Amazon.ca and I jumped in and bought it. I am still waiting for it now, but after I ordered, I remembered that Dharma Trading out of California carries Jacquard products and I checked to see. They do carry the FULL LINE of "Pinata" inks! and the Exciter Pack that I bought the day before was about half the cost of what I paid! (Live and learn!)  But I decided to order up on the colors that were not included in the "Exciter Pack" and they arrived yesterday. (I am still waiting for the Black, but it should be here any day!) 



They had a light orange color that they called "Tangerine" and I tried that first. I put some of the glass flakes in a glass bowl. (NOTE: This is GLASS – It is NOT for using with kids and you need to be very careful with it. It is for decorations that are to be respected and not "played with" or handled, as the glass can 'bite' you if you get it on your hands. Do not use near kids or pets and keep it tucked away. Use COMMON SENSE!) 



I added a couple of drops of the Tangerine ink and stirred it around with a fork. At first, it stuck to the drops, but the fork broke the pieces apart and distributed the color evenly after a couple of minutes. On the video, the girl used a ziploc bag, but I felt the static in the bag would make the glass stick and hard to get out. I like the bowl better. I liked the white bowl, too because I could really see the color and also when I cleaned I was sure that none was left in it. 





The result was stunning!  





I made some in Chili Pepper red next with the same beautiful result. 



Finally, I tried the Metallic Silver to see if the metallic would dull the glass. 




I am thrilled to say it looked like Mercury Glass almost, similar to a mirror.  This will be a wonderful addition to my creative arsenal! 



The shine is simply amazing:





I wish that the pictures did it justice. I can't wait to try them on real projects! 



I posted this on a painting page and there were several questions from the girls. I am going to do further testing to see how this works in practical application. It was late when I finished up and I promised a post about the process this morning. Amy says she uses clear-drying white craft glue to adhere her glass to her houses and ornaments. I will try that with a couple of common brands. I also suggest that the glitter is applied OVER varnish and that you do NOT varnish over it. I never varnish over my glitter, anyway. I would think it would dull the beautiful shine that sets the glass glitter apart from the plastic stuff. 



I am also going to see how it works with different bases, although I think that dried acrylic sealer wouldn't pose any type of issues at all. The Alcohol ink does reconstitute using alcohol. So that will be avoided in order to avoid running. Again – common sense prevails.  



Any tests that you all have tried is also welcome. I promise to explore this subject further. But for now, I am THRILLED that I have found a very economical solution to colored glass glitter! I think it has lots of promise. 



That is all for today. I am going to be packing up orders all day and called in the reserves (Keith's mom!) to help me. 



I hope you all have a wonderful day and a great weekend. Enjoy it to the fullest and have lots of fun! :)



Happy Friday to you all!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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jaygrey

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 02:44 PM

very beautiful! I’ll send this post of yours to one of my friends from paper writing service. I believe she’ll enjoy reading it as she is also into handmade things. By the way, she’s a really good writer.

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 02:51 PM

I do hope your expanding business does not completely crowd out your posts, to do a post like this would take me a long time and even for your nimble finger is a time commitment. It is so interesting learning about new products and to see how you use them.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 11:17 PM

Hi Sheila, thanks for sharing this product and your experience with it. There are so many new products on the market these days, it’s hard to know what will work or not. Your input is always very welcome and well received. This looks like an awesome product especially when you can add colours. Looking forward to seeing more about it.
Have a great weekend.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 01:10 AM

Hi, everyone. Thanks for the nice comments. I am glad you liked seeing this part of the process. :)

Things ARE changing, Brian. Evolving may be a better word. It is thrilling to be reaching the goals that I have been striving to achieve for so long. It is busy, but it feels good. There have been so many people in my life that believed I should get a ‘real job’. There were times when I didn’t believe in myself, too. That was when I listened to the negative people around me.

I think the important thing is that I am not only doing something I love, but also bringing a bit of happiness and joy to others by creating and sharing. I always say if I make even one person smile or happy each day, then I have had a successful day. It feels so nice to hear back from others who benefit from what I do.

The blog took about two hours this morning. I knew I had a busy day ahead so I got up a little earlier to fit it in. There were a few people on Facebook last night that said they were anxious to see the process. Even though I don’t have all the colors and haven’t tried all the experiments with it that I plan to do, I thought I would at least show what I was up to.

As I mentioned, I may not be blogging as much, but hopefully, the subjects will be interesting. I cut a tremendous amount of pieces this week (in excess of 25 dozen) and most required two cuts, routing and all required sanding. I couldn’t stack cut anything. Today I spent the day packing orders and I have about 20 boxes going out. Then time to get back to the shop to make more. In between, I will play as much as I can. I see things slowing down, as this was the first rush of the new series that came out last week. Then I will get back to ‘normal’ whatever that is.

I am glad you like to read and hopefully, I will supply good content. After over 1800 blogs, it is not as difficult for me to put up a decent post as it used to be. Practice makes “better”.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend back. Thanks for stopping in. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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