114: Enamel Stencils

I've always been curious about enameling, but I wasn't ready to buy lots of equipment for something I wasn't sure I'd do regularly.  I understood the basics of enameling - powdered glass is fired to its melting point, and it adheres to the metal beneath.  Designs can be drawn on (well, the powder can be [...]

113: Mother of Pearl Veneer

The inspiration for this week's post is Carry A. Nation, the famous barroom smasher.   Carry believed that alcohol was the root of all society's evils, and she  took hatchet to things she didn't like (namely bars, whisky bottles and paintings of scantily clad ladies).  Though some called her mad, her barroom appearances had the strange effect [...]

110: Resin Topped Stud Earrings

I've been wanting to experiment with resin for years!  I just never got around to it - in all honestly, I read so many horror stories, I was a little timid.  So let me tell you - just do it.  It's not hard, the mess can be contained, and the results are worth it! My [...]

109: Edge-Lit Acrylic

I've been playing a lot lately with a new toy I picked up from Inventables: a powered LED strip for edge lighting acrylic. It's made in particular to work in tandem with specially made acrylics that transmit light efficiently, but I've found it works really well with simpler transparent and fluorescent acrylics. My first test [...]

108: Preparing Laser Cut Wood for Paint

This month I thought it would be fun to add a new skill: properly preparing a wood surface for painting.  I have painted laser cut wood in the past (Week 64 is a notable example), but honestly, the preparation and finished result is not what I'd consider fine art.   So, with the help of [...]

106: Quilting with Wood

So, only posting one new project a month was supposed to give us more time to get more complex projects done.  I started this project 3 weeks ago, I swear, but didn't get finished until 15 minutes before post! (...don't mind the few threads I still have to tuck in).  So, here we have one false [...]

104: One Word Affirmation

I'm not a huge fan of New Year's Resolutions - sometimes I can be too much of a perfectionist to have it work in my favor.  Instead, I come up with a one word affirmation for the new year ahead. I know it sounds a little hippy dippy, but a one word affirmation is designed [...]