Friday, November 20, 2015

more upcycled glass chickens

Meet the newest member of the glass menagerie, Haddie, she's always on the look out for a treat. Her body is a big chunk of thick tabletop glass. It's the only piece like it I've found in the yard...where's the rest of it? 

Another recent addition to the flock, Techno Chicken. She enjoys Kraftwerk and watching the West German talk show, Sprockets... She's got a huge crush on Dieter. 

The flock is growing every day. There's 10 of these hanging in the kitchen windows and my husband is asking what I'm going to do with them. It's a great question and I have an answer. Some will be incentives on our 2016 Kickstarter campaign to get the coffee table book into print. Some will be sold elsewhere to raise funds for the book printing. And some will live with me or friends forever because I love them all so much. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Transforming trash to treasure

I've been saying for some time that I would make chickens out of all the glass they dig up. At some point, I must have figured it would never happen and I tossed a bunch into recycling. Oh how I regret that now...

Meet Number One. She's a serious little hen that loves to sparkle in the sun. Before you judge her craftsmanship, please know, I had never soldered anything before her. She was baptized in my tears of frustration and learning. Of course I had to learn this notoriously difficult skill working with jagged, curved, insane pieces of glass on one of a kind sculptures. Hooray me! 

And then there were two... Atron is a smart little rooster with a relaxed attitude. It's very difficult to capture their personalities in a photo. 

There's eight of these guys now. Not all chickens, but I'm keeping to the bird theme. The real chickens are working hard at the dig to find more but there's less and less glass these days. I mean, I have been picking it up for 4 years. 

If you read this, and you are experienced with soldering glass, can we talk? I would love to hear your tips and tricks. Also, if you have photos of Tiffany's glass workshop or tools, I would love to see them. I feel like I could benefit from some Victorian tech.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wile E. Coyote Super Genius

One of the great silent actors. Missing an arm, but still very cool, Wile E. Coyote made an appearance recently. He's a pretty large toy and sturdily built. Those sweet peppers in the background are scheduled to become jelly real soon now....

Sweet childhood memories here...Saturday morning Looney Tunes with my pop. Understanding years later what he was laughing at then, and appreciating it even more. It's a good memory, worth preserving...laughing with my pop.