Sunday, 18 March 2012

Not dead! Just...squid.

Whoa! I bet you all thought I died or something. So long since my last post! Well, you'll be relieved to hear that reports of my death were greatly exaggerated.

What have I been doing all this time? Glad you asked! One thing I've been doing is working with The Scotsman to clear out our loft/attic so I can have my own work space up there. He then took the top from an unused desk and built me a cutting table that's the perfect height for me. Isn't he awesome? Here's the new cutting table workspace:

The cutting table my husband built for me. It's the perfect height. Goodbye aching back!

He also built me a nice cubby holder for my glass:

The glass holder The Scotsman built for me. Best husband ever!

I love my new workspace! I've gotten my new Cutter's Mate set up now too. I'm still practising with it; it's taking a little getting used to. 
My new Cutter's Mate
I had an idea for a piece last week and got all excited to try and make it a reality. Here's my initial sketch:

Yes, it's a squid. Why a squid? Don't ask me. My Muse just kind of springs up and says weird things to me sometimes. This time she said, "SQUID!" and I was like, "Really? A squid?" and she was like, "YES A SQUID. IT WILL BE COOL!" (My Muse is kind of shouty sometimes. I think she has to be to override the noise that's usually going on in my head.)

So, yeah. I'm making a squid. A stained glass squid. I think it's going to be cool, just like my Muse shouted!

This is how far I've gotten on it:


The squid itself is mostly opaque translucent glass, and the water will be clear blues and maybe greens. I'll be using, fittingly enough, what's called "water glass" for the water parts. Water glass has ripples in it, and for some reason I just love it. Pretty much all of my pieces so far have been done with water glass exclusively, so adding in some translucent opaque glass is a bit of a departure for me. But I like it!

The only thing that worries me is that cutting out and fitting together all of those little round suckers on the tentacle is going to be a nightmare. Thanks for the super-difficult-to-cut idea, stupid Muse!

I'll post more pictures when it's done. Hope you're all having a great day!
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  1. Love it! Your shouty muse is fun!

  2. Thank you! And my shouty muse says "THANK YOU!!!!" too! :)

  3. I am so happy that I found your blog. You are inspiring me. I want to learn stain grassing as well. I can't wait to see how squid turns up.

  4. Thanks Bayra! I hope to finish it this weekend, I'll post pics when I do. Good luck with your efforts too!