Thursday, January 31, 2008

found another!!!

I'm adding one more recycled item for the month. I think this one is really special!!!It's by Lynn Foley of etsy!

"Heart of a different color - because it is made out of recycled Shiner Bock Beer bottle glass. I break up the bottle, then melt the glass in my torch, and finish the pendant "off mandrel". I've strung this simple,elegant, heart on a 16" gold filled chain.

The heart has been annealed, which adds strength. I know it looks delicate, however, I have been testing and wearing my beer bottle glass pieces around for weeks, and nothing has broken. It should last a long time as long as you don't drop it on concrete ;)"

last recycled piece for the month!

January is just about over and here is the last entry in the cgge January Recyle Challenge, and a very nice one at that!
"I used an old micro chip from a cell phone, (I think?) and some scrap piece of iridized glass from the studio. The picture makes the glass and chip look huge..."

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Transparent red

One of my favorites, when I first started fusing I ordered this red transparent glass. I ordered way too much because I loved it and had no idea how much I'd need. Still have plenty. It's perfect for Valentines and Christmas!

Monday, January 28, 2008

glassprimitif, what not to do!

She's a riot!!
"The Creative Glass Guild of Etsy set a challenge for January to create a piece of art glass from recycled materials. Here is my contribution. To find out what I made, how I made it and why it went wrong please go to: "

Sunday, January 27, 2008

from artglassfusion

I just love all this recycling stuff.
This lovely barrette is from artglassfusion. There's never a good reason to throw glass away!
"This multi hued and shimmering barrette is my second entry in the Creative Glass Guild of Etsy’s January challenge. The theme for this challenge is “recycled”. This barrette stared out as part of a large tray that unfortunately went a wry.
The process of layering clear glass and the base glass can trap tiny air bubbles between the layers, which does not affect the structure of the barrette, but adds to the uniqueness of each and every barrette.
This barrette is approximately 3 ½” X 1 ¼” "

Friday, January 25, 2008

It IS the real thing!!!

Yes it's glass from a coke bottle formed into a heart. Yes still part of the recycle challenge on the cgge. Did you search etsy for any I may have missed? cgge challenge.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

new one for me....

again with the recycled wine bottle. See the heart slumped in the backside of the glass pendant? I like the shabby sheek look of this.

missed one from eccentricity!

This silly little guy has captured my heart. I almost threw him away but kept redoing him until I finally decided he was a "keeper". He was actually an experiment in copper "inclusions" whereby you place pieces or stips of thin copper sheeting between two layers of clear glass and then fuse in the kiln. His head and tail are examples of this process. His boney body is light green and light blue opaque glass with bits of dichroic glass and stringers added for accent. His facial features are also dichroic glass with the exception of his red nose. I originally planned to have him hanging up but the weight of his head made him hang unevenly so I covered the little hanger with colored threads and placed a rectangular wall hanger on his back. He is a fun fish and looks cute on the wall either alone or in a grouping.

I also love her fraggles!!!! He's the cute little guy with the hair!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

another from craftyhag

She also made the wonderfyl button box previously posted about. This is equally as unique and creative.
"What the fork?
antique fork is the focal point of this far out stained glass suncatcher. Secured and soldered in with bright orange red and amber tones of glass, this piece is for sure one of a kind. Pointy triangles of glass at the bottom mimic the forks tines.
vintage flatware is recycled and repurposed!"

available on etsy in her shop

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy birthday to me!

I have recieved this absolutely awesome pendant for a birthday gift from a wonderful friend. Dyzart from etsy made this item. I highly recommend her work. This piece is a favorite!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

more from me!

I'm getting a little carried away with the recycle challenge. I'm inspired by this challenge sponsored by the CGGE.
Here I have a few more items from the olive green wine bottle. I have enameled a design on the glass and decorated them in various ways.


He made these lovely beads from bottles headed for the trash, aren't they georgeous?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

one more from desertroseartglass

I rummaged through my box of rejected dichro cabochons and found some old hearts from my beginning fusing days. Made this panel and beaded a hanger for it using small glass heart beads for accent.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

crafty hag has one!

Smokey gray glass, opaque white, and textured clear glass form a checker board pattern on the sides of this glass box, then red, black and white buttons are soldered on for a fun effect!
Both the glass is reused from other projects as well as the buttons were old, fallen off of garments and in a jar of eons... now both are refurbished and ready for a new purposeful life!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

next recycle piece is....

by artandartifacts. Hats off to you, an excellent use of repurposed items!
she states
"This piece is constructed using an 8" octagonal "orphan" salad plate. The eyes are glass millifiore, the leaves are small ceramic pieces. Textured stained glass fills in gaps. Glass gems highlight certain areas within the design.

The rest is created by incorporating orphaned, chipped, cracked beautiful china pieces. Meakin china ridges, the handle from bavarian creamer, a foot from a bavarian sugar bowl, tea cup handles, the bottom from a dainty cup and the edge of a nut bowl; all are used in this piece.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

shasglass recycle challenge

another for the challenge, They're all terrific!
here are her notes
"I took a drawer from an old vanity table that was water damaged, old kitchen cabinet knobs, glass nuggets removed from a broken clay flower pot and glass scraps from a panel. I cut the drawer from the front and drilled two more holes for cabinet knobs. Glass nuggets were glued into the groove in the drawer and I cut glass scraps and glued them around the outer groove on the drawer face and grouted it. I attached a metal hanger onto the back so it can be hung on the wall."

Friday, January 11, 2008

tanya mcguire's recycled beads

Aren't they neat. I love the freeform shape of each bead!!
this is what she writes about them....

This set of beads was made from the glass of two different wine bottles. As a special project I have embarked on, to reuse more and waste less, I have a friend who has been bringing me wine bottles. I take them and break them and then melt the glass to form these lumpy bumpy bottle beads. Making them from the wine bottles does not make them lumpy and bumpy but I liked them that way so that is the way I left them. There are 13 beads in this set of various sizes. The set measures about 3 and ¼ inches long.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

scrap glass!!!

There is no such thing. Glasscat of etsy has creatively recycled this glass into a beautiful pendant.
This is what she says about it "The glass came from the floor of Kokomo Art Glass. It was headed for the trash. I took it with permission. I melted and reshaped and melted and reshaped and drilled the hole and melted again. The little crystal was also salvaged from some old jewelry.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

church glass!

This is an awesome entry in the recycled glass contest by the CGGE. This piece was entered by desertroseglass. Absolutely ebautiful!!!
" Recycled glass Hummingbird suncatcher. This piece of glass art was made with glass that was removed from an old church in Chicago that was torn down in the mid-1970’s.
Designed and made by me in my home studio.
This delicate suncatcher is made in the copper foil method, patined and polished to a shine. Would look beautiful hanging in a breakfast nook, studio, or kitchen window."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


The CGGE January challenge is recycle, WHAT FUN!!!! I'm having a blast with this!
When I started and as I was working the ideas just kept rolling. Here are a few of mine. I used smokeylady's lampworking ends for the first two and the green glass earrings are from a used wine bottle. Search cgge recycle challenge for all the results of the challenge. It's just getting started so remember to check back. I'll be posting a few of my favorites here!

The winner is............

Elizabeth Bonura and the lovely polymer clay orchid, Congrats to you and all the winners!! It's always inspiring to see the varieties of work!
Take a look!

Monday, January 7, 2008

pcagoe votes again

The monthly challenge votes are in and will be anounced tomorrow. Challenge theme was the New Year resolution. What was yours?

Friday, January 4, 2008

CGGE feature

It's my turn!! The Creative Glass Guild of Etsy gives away a donated prize once a month to the lucky winner of a drawing of all those who have signed up to recieve our monthly newsletter. You too can sign up at .The prize is my dichroic glass pin with a pearl dangle with the accent of a clear swarovski crystal.
The winnewr will be drawn at the end of January. Feel free to enter!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Laney's Beads

Wow, Look at this, my Christmas exchange gift from the CGGE. Laney's beads had my name, Thanks so much this is a beautiful gift!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Polymerclay inspiration...

I spent a few hours on the internet exploring Polymer clay and new techniques. Thanks to some wonderful artist I've been inspired to try some of them. I worked on these items the other day but there's more to come that I'm excited about!

Happy New Year!!