I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
The story: A few quarters ago they offered a guitar making class at my volunteer job. For some sad reason or other, someone left this half-made one behind and it finally ended up on the free table. Since I was out of boards at the time (this was like a day before I found the Etsy stash), and had been looking at mosaicguitar.com, I snapped this puppy up!
It's freaking awesome.
I will say this for anyone who wants to grout within holes in the future:
(a) it's freaking HARD to get in there, it's hard to keep the grout in there on the sides, and it's especially hard to clean inside the holes.
(b) Use painter's tape to block off the holes (or the rest of the piece) to do different color grouts.
(c) Be prepared to grout inside the holes twice: once to cover the glass pieces in the center and another time to re-grout the sides because that shit came off quite a bit on time #1. It still comes off in some spots, grrr. I'm a little burned out on grouting after this summer...
No, I don't play guitar, but I figure it'll make a nice birthday present for someone who does at some point or other... or I'll just enjoy it in the meantime. 'Cause it's awesome.
This feather came out more birdlike when the center glass piece wouldn't cut into one straight line. I looked at it and thought, "Eh, if I try to break it more it'll just shatter anyway. Might as well go with it." Now it's a wee bit peacock-ish, which is cool.
Yup, another tower. I used the set of freebie tiles I got off Etsy for this one. No lightning storms on this one, it's just all fairy tale princessy.
And, of course, a castle. Uses leftover tiles also purchased off Etsy.
Note to self for future reference: grouting the edges of these things is hard. Hoo boy.
I did a little stained glass-- jewelry pieces-- years ago, but this was my first time taking a full on class in it.
It's surprisingly difficult to cut the pieces so precisely. Hell, I cut a square here for my first project and it's still kind of off.
I decided I was going to do ONE giant (er, bigger than this one anyway) window piece, just to say that I've tried it. As per usual, since I do the TowerpieceinapproximatelyeverymediumI'veeverdone at the CC, I did another Tower. It took me a month to do this puppy, and I ended up redoing the sky because cutting all of the pieces on one layer was really difficult, given what complications come from cutting lightning. And attempting to cut clouds--that really didn't go well. And even then, the edges on the sides obviously just DID NOT LINE UP FOR SHITOLA. Grrr.
Well, at least you get the idea of what it is, right?