She Sells Sea Shells…

I can’t believe I have been in the new studio for almost a month already!  Still, it’s not surprising that time is whizzing past as I have been having lots of fun 🙂

So I rearranged the display space to make way for a new work bench to cater for my growing mini-laboratory.  I’m quite pleased with the cosy  feel of it!

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The windows are looking nice from the outside too 🙂  Anyway, I have been making lots, as usual… Dragon Eyes – there are a few one eyed Dragons flying about now!  Herbert the Killer Whale, a commissioned piece that was fun to make 🙂  A sweet little owl, inspired by the birds of prey at the Falconry SouthEast centre, which is at Quex too.  A Dragon’s head – for lampworkers out there, my tutorial for this can be found in the Soda Lime Times…I think it was the June issue.  A Goddess who was inspired by the full moon and eclipse, who as fine silver accents.

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Then there is a toga clad maiden, who is as sparkly as can be with lots of dichroic glass inside – you can just make out the flowery dichro in the bottom half of her toga and finally, a commissioned pair of sculptures, covered in fine silver and copper.  I have made them to look ancient and I’m pleased to report that my client was as pleased with them as I was – I wanted to keep them!  They are safely with their new owner in America now 🙂

So a new project I set myself, was to try to make realistic looking sea shells, which was inspired by an experiment I had read about, where hermit crabs would happily live in a glass blown shell.  My shells turned out ok – can’t say the same for my attempt at a Hermit crab but I guess he has a certain appeal 😉

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I shall continue to play with this idea as the possibilities are endless, plus I quite enjoy blowing glass – makes a change from all that hot air! 😉

And on that note, I shall leave you with this little fellow and say ‘smile’!  Make the most of each and every moment and put your phone away for a bit, look around and see what a beautiful planet we inhabit 🙂  May you all live long and prosper…nannoo, nannoo (Mork and Mindy) 😀

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