Friday, July 20, 2012

Fairy Vase


Here is a sweet fairy from my bottles under the house series, really must come up with a better name. Well anyway this is a small piece and even tho its a “vase” I made it with a perfume bottle so only a small amount of “flowers” can be used. Having said that I think its all it needs. It comes with the flowers you see but they can be switched to anything you may have that has more meaning to you.

In the making of this piece I used polymer clay, a stencil for the fairy, paint, wood for the base, and of course a perfume bottle from under my house. The sides are painted gold and it has a recessed hanger on the back so it will be flush on your wall. This is small so it would also sit nicely on an easel.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Under the house wall vases


 
One never knows what treasure you will find when you buy an old house, for us it was hundreds and hundreds of pounds of broken glass under the house. Yicks, you might say, as we did, but among those hundred’s of pounds of broken glass we also found many unbroken bottles. We had a few ideas as to what we could do with them but nothing seemed very exciting. How do we show off the bottles how do we share the history that goes with them.

The result of that search is the creation of my mixed media wall vases. Each one is made by hand using many different materials, and of course a vintage bottle from under my house.

A little history about the bottles told to us by the former owners
When they bought the place they discovered a hole in the floor, not having any idea why it was there they just ignored it until one day they needed to get under the house. A hole was cut in the floor, big enough for a worker to get under there, that was when they discovered the bottles and broken glass. They then put two and two together, for many many years after they moved in they found liquor bottled all over the property and had heard story’s about the old farmer who liked to drink. Well apparently when he drank in the fields he just threw the empty bottle on the ground but when he drank in the house he threw it under the house !

I did a little more research and learned that way back when it was very common for farmers to throw there bottles and such in holes on there property’s. Most just threw them in there outhouses ( if you want to find old bottles learn were farmers had there outhouses and start digging.) since most of what we found were, poison, medicine and household bottles it stands to reason that’s why they were there. But I will agree with the other people about the drinking as there is also cigaret burn marks in the floor and its a much more colorful story!.

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Why is my glass bottle cloudy in spots. Well that’s what is called “sick glass”\ there are many reasons for this happening but I would say in this case its from being under the house for 100 years. But rest assured your bottle has been cleaned and sanitized so no worries its just part of the charm.

ride mixed media wall vase
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Ride side view

Red horse mixed media wall vase
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mosaic Mixed Media Mirror WINE THEME


Another wine themed mosaic piece, this time its a mirror, ready to hang in your home or vineyard. Each tile is hand made, hand painted, I then fit them together perfectly There are over 80 tiles each different and special.

The mirror measures about
    outside dimensions of frame 15 x 38

    mirror opening 7 x 28
    the Chanel for the tiles is about 2 ¾ wide.

Most tiles are made from polymer clay, they are embellished with paint, and found objects. The frame is a recycled mirror I found in a thrift store. Hours of love have gone into this piece, I am really tempted to keep this but since I already have a wined theme mosaic in my wine tasting room I really want to offer this to you.

This one of a kind mosaic mirror is $500.00 plus shipping and packing. I don’t usually charge to box up a piece but this will need to be done through UPS and I am going to have them take care of everything.


Want a smaller mosaic, or perhaps you own very special theme just give me a yell it would be a pleasure to work with you.


This piece has sold but custom orders are welcome.