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Jan 24

Greenman Barette

This is a present I made for Jane, whose birthday is tomorrow.  My camera isn’t here right now, so I had to photograph it using the scanner instead.  It would have scanned better if I had done it before gluing on the barette backing, but I think the detail came out well enough.  This piece …

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Jan 15

Altered Book Cover Part Two

After the leather dried, I painted it with acrylic paint.  They do sell dyes for leather, but the guy at Tandy, who was perfectly willing to sell me hundreds of dollars of crap I don’t need, said that acrylic would work just fine. I first painted the sun red, then painted over it with gold …

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Jan 14

Altered Book Cover Part One

Here’s the cover I’m doing for my altered book.  I used a piece of vegetable cured leather, 4-5oz.  I wanted to have the look of cord-bound book, so I wrapped plastic over the book (to protect it from water) then wound it with twine.  I got the leather wet and stretched it over the twine to …

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Jan 13

Altered Book

Altered Book 7 Altered Book 6 Altered Book 5 Altered book 4Altered book 2 Altered book 1I started a round-robin altered book project with three other artists.  Each of us chose a book and altered it in some way.  I chose to alter the structure, and cut windows through the pages. I used paste and scraps of paper …

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Jan 13

Blue and Violet glass

This glass is made with amethyst frit and cobalt frit.  The cobalt turns an iridescent lavender when it’s incandescent hot.  It reminds me of the pinkish-lavender that some cobalt based underglazes have.    It’s hard to see the color in this light, because it’s so dark, but it’s intense dark blue with dots of violet.