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Old 10.06.2014, 14:36
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You can see my chores are up to date huh? ..... Now I tried making "butterflies" out of pet bottles.....Now to figure out what to actually DO with them? hahahaaa
Those are beautiful!!! What did you used as color? You could do a mobile with them.
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You can see my chores are up to date huh? ..... Now I tried making "butterflies" out of pet bottles.....Now to figure out what to actually DO with them? hahahaaa
They look great, especially in my garden.
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Old 10.06.2014, 16:05
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Those are beautiful!!! What did you used as color? You could do a mobile with them.
Thank you Nil.

I inherited a box of mixed colours window paint so used that. The colours I didn`t have I substituted nail varnish.

Actually, thinking about it - any el-cheapo nailpolish would work just as well as the window paint (that is much more expensive).

The only "essential" window paint is the "black outlining" one.
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Re: What do you make? Show us your stuff...

Glass and Paper are my mediums...
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Glass and Paper are my mediums...

I have been dreaming of working with glass for a while but I can;t seem to find the right tools. maybe you could point me in the right direction? I am looking for a kiln either a place that can let me rent their studio or something that I can bring home.
also I am searching for good quality bottle cutters. does anyone have a good one to recommend?
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I purchased my kilns in the US and have both a Paragon and Skutt. Both work great and have benefits. My Skutt is considerably larger and has pre-set programs that are great to use in the beginning when you are trying to learn how to program, etc. The Paragon is small and has a very user-friendly programmer. Both allow you to put in the price per kilowatt and calculate the cost of running a program. If you put in one piece, that is the cost for fusing that item. If you put in more than one, you divide appropriately to determine your cost per item. That said, it should be fairly easy for someone with a kiln to calculate what it costs for you to use their kiln.

A couple of words to the wise, do not fuse glass in a kiln that has been used for ceramics. The ceramic material that is cooked off during the baking process can create a cloudy surface on your glass and/or leave residue that becomes fused into your glass.

Once my kilns are up an running I can consider renting them out to folks who are interested in fusing glass projects. I don't know how soon that will be though because I am currently renting and might not want to invest in setting up the electrical system for using them while in this house.

I have not checked into the availability of kilns and glass supplies in Switzerland. Before I moved I was told I would need to travel to Germany for supplies. Hopefully, I will find this out soon.

Other tools vary and I would gladly give you a demonstration and an explanation of the tools if you want to travel to the Basel area.

I hope that answers all your questions.

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I purchased my kilns in the US and have both a Paragon and Skutt. Both work great and have benefits. My Skutt is considerably larger and has pre-set programs that are great to use in the beginning when you are trying to learn how to program, etc. The Paragon is small and has a very user-friendly programmer. Both allow you to put in the price per kilowatt and calculate the cost of running a program. If you put in one piece, that is the cost for fusing that item. If you put in more than one, you divide appropriately to determine your cost per item. That said, it should be fairly easy for someone with a kiln to calculate what it costs for you to use their kiln.

A couple of words to the wise, do not fuse glass in a kiln that has been used for ceramics. The ceramic material that is cooked off during the baking process can create a cloudy surface on your glass and/or leave residue that becomes fused into your glass.

Once my kilns are up an running I can consider renting them out to folks who are interested in fusing glass projects. I don't know how soon that will be though because I am currently renting and might not want to invest in setting up the electrical system for using them while in this house.

I have not checked into the availability of kilns and glass supplies in Switzerland. Before I moved I was told I would need to travel to Germany for supplies. Hopefully, I will find this out soon.

Other tools vary and I would gladly give you a demonstration and an explanation of the tools if you want to travel to the Basel area.

I hope that answers all your questions.

Holly

Thank you! that helps!
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Old 15.06.2014, 20:36
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I purchased my kilns in the US and have both a Paragon and Skutt.

Once my kilns are up an running I can consider renting them out to folks who are interested in fusing glass projects. I don't know how soon that will be though because I am currently renting and might not want to invest in setting up the electrical system for using them while in this house.

I have not checked into the availability of kilns and glass supplies in Switzerland. Before I moved I was told I would need to travel to Germany for supplies. Hopefully, I will find this out soon.

Other tools vary and I would gladly give you a demonstration and an explanation of the tools if you want to travel to the Basel area.

I hope that answers all your questions.

Holly
I also bought my Paragon kiln from the US. It's a small one. But I saved over 300F by importing it directly than they were being sold for here. And yes, you need to get an electrician in to work out the connections, even for my tiny one.

There are a few glass suppliers in Switzerland and Europe in general. But it's almost always cheaper to get stuff sent from the US. Unless you go on a road trip to Italy.
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Re: What do you make? Show us your stuff...

Next batch of recycled Pet bottle butterflies This time I did them the "right" way and theirwings shape came out better. (I think so anyway)

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Next batch of recycled Pet bottle butterflies This time I did them the "right" way and theirwings shape came out better. (I think so anyway)
yea...look almost real
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Re: What do you make? Show us your stuff...

Hi,

I'm pretty new to switzerland, and trying to find my feet, i do a whole range of stationary designs and also beauty!


Please take a look at my work, i make personalised cards for special occasions.

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Tayjal
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Re: What do you make? Show us your stuff...

Thats quite an unusual style you got! Very nice I must say

What is the medium you use? And what sizes are your paintings?
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Re: What do you make? Show us your stuff...

Thanks Smokey.. Its acrylic (with a finishing gloss) and the slzes of these ones range from 18x24 cm to 40x70. The reason they look a bit outlandish is because I have been using the works of the Canadian "Group of Seven" (whom I am a bit obsessive over) to teach myself. I fear I may never get away from this "style" now. Anyhow, it is frustrating trying to teach oneself but slowly and painfully I am seeing some progress and enjoying the ride. Your kind words are much appreciated!
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this isn't exactly making, more making good

used my sewing machine to blind hem all the trousers where the hand sewn hem had fallen down. 3 in all , i think i got it by the third pair of trousers!

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Wow, a seamstress! Very neatly done too

I`ve been sewing all my life, and still battle with blind-hemming - because my machines here don`t allow me to alter the zig-zag width! So mostly I just go sit in the sun and do it by hand
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Re: What do you make? Show us your stuff...

I've never got the hang of sewing machines, so I hand-sew everything. I'm impressed, Cath!

I'm posting to say how wonderful this thread is for the variety of interests. I love the surprise element, each time there is a new post. My curiosity is often piqued to see what people are inspired to do.

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oh thank you, i put it up because it took almost a whole saturday ,

to work out how the sewing machine works after 4 years of not using it, spatially how the blind hemming works, then sew a straight line harder than i thought!

anyway i'm hoping this was less of a 'lost' saturday and more of an investment of my time and they don't continually fall down again.
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oh thank you, i put it up because it took almost a whole saturday ,

to work out how the sewing machine works after 4 years of not using it, spatially how the blind hemming works, then sew a straight line harder than i thought!

anyway i'm hoping this was less of a 'lost' saturday and more of an investment of my time and they don't continually fall down again.
Definitely not "lost" time investment!

Now you can hem your own curtains, make tablecloths, alter trouser/slax/skirt hems, make duvet covers, cushion covers, and .....and....and.......... repair things.
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Ok..... Please, be gentle. My first painting since over a decade.

Here we go...

*Forecast*
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