Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
The internet's many articles on the subject basically define a whittled appearance, as having a choppy look likened to whittled wood or pounded metal. Also referred to as wrinkles, or ripples. Internet articles also go on to say the cause of whittle marks are the natural reaction of hot glass hitting a cold mold surface. But of course, actual people are always your best source for an answer on anything. The internet also defines "Deliverance" as a good movie, which we know is not true.
Members of my fruit jar group had a lot to say on this topic & I was pleasingly entertained by the banter & actually learned quite a bit. (Which is unusual for me to learn anything, learning requires thinking and i try to avoid any process of thought as it makes my head hurt.)
Comments from Fruit Jar Group members:
The explanation I always heard and which makes a lot of sense to me is that when the metal molds were cold, the hot glass would shrink when it encountered the cold mold which caused it to "crinkle" into the whittling we see today.
It is from the metal mold being too cold. The surface of the glass hardens slightly when it first hits the metal. With this "skin" on the surface, the glass does not flow smoothly into the mold.
~D. Cole Muncie, Indiana
Many Many comments stemmed from the topic of whittling. Including the possible use of wooden molds to the way a jar is vented. My opinion is that of a mold being too cold to allow glass to flow smoothly. Like me and my old cold bones when I wake up.
Our Moderator Says: I suppose I've heard many stories concerning whittling and I think both the cold mould and trapped air theory are both the real story together.
~Bruce Wayne Schank
& special thanks to Scott:
When hot glass meets cold iron, well, its about like my warm butt , meeting a freezing cold toilet seat........ ......Instantaneous Retraction! Some puckering might even be involved. :-)
Thank you to the many others who contributed to the 'whittle' topic, i didn't include everyone, but i thank you all the same. Regards, Lisa
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Last of these quite large boxes, I found this little cutie and asked if I could have it. Early 1940's round Kerr wide mouth squat pint.
It took me about 6 months to notice SELF is spelled SELE.
Group of three: Top jar is an unusual color in olive green made in sand springs oklahoma. Bottom Left is a very rare steele blue made in chicago ill. Bottom right is an unusual pink mauve that never turned amethyst after years in the sun, also made in chicago~must just have a touch of manganese dioxide which is unusual for a chicago jar especially embossed kerr and not just economy.
Single jar, simply embossed economy, made in portland oregon. I turned this jar a nice deep sun purple myself, only took a short while to turn so it must have quite a bit of managanese. It started out clear with an ugly rootbeer brown tint in the base.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The coffee is gone.
The jars are empty.
But I salvaged the lids.
Wide Mouth Upcycled Mason Threaded Vintage Coffee Jar Lids:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I bought this desk at a rummage sale for charity. I paid 1.00 for the desk. I salvaged all the drawers. This front panel was from a drawer with broken sides.
Shabby white paint, primmy tole roses, sandpaper and sealant.
I will attach two hooks to hang it and some chic antique white cupboard knobs auntie found at a salvage store.
Shabby coat hanger for my daughter's room.
not bad for a buck.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Repurposed metal vintage jar lid ornies:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
& the style is
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Pixicreationz makes individually hand crafted polymer clay beads & charms based on yummy foods and sweet treats.
Follow pixicreationz on her blog:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This is my last single Eclipse. After this I have one more pair in stock and then no more until I find more.
I normally would write some quip to go with this jar, but associating short, fat and wide just reminds me I need to go on a diet.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The picshure ish blurrry because i drinked the contents
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
You deserve a random piece of wrapped chocolate in your coat pocket every so often & a surprise present left on your car seat or in your coffee cup once in awhile.
Hope the tulips remembered to thank you for your generous gift of a brand new brita water filter.
~Fairy Princess of all Things Sparkly
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
When I was unfortunately a slave to eBay, I got a reputation for using the "sparkklejar MaGiC LeTTeRs". ~Which became a running joke that using lowercase alternated with uppercase letters in your listing title somehow magically attracted hoards of bidders with a phenomenal closing bid.
Someone in an Etsy forum likened the look to a ransom note which I think is quite hilarious.
I also gained the MaGiC LeTTeR bLoX reputation, & once sold a set of 4 shabby pink letter blox that said PINK to a woman in France for 42.00~CrAzY. Then as typical non creative eBay droids do, I got copied by about 20 sellers. It's tough being an innovator. Etsy artists are respectful, and talented enough to have their own ideas & don't need to rip off someone elses.
MaGiC LeTTeRs bring wOrLd PeAcE!
Vintage Upchic'd Wooden K block available:
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I have a passion for collecting assorted bits of ephemera, mostly vintage (usually from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s), and recombining them to create something new. The juxtaposition of initially unrelated items is exciting to me, as I see the new ways in which those items interact, the new ideas they bring forth when combined. I am a poet, and I find that the idea in poetry of “disparate ideas yoked together” also holds true regarding my collage and mixed media ACEOs, as well as larger pieces.The inspiration for this particular ACEO, titled “a more blissful life”, was my longing for a life in which I can actually “follow my bliss”, as mythologist Joseph Campbell famously philosophized. We all have days (weeks, months, years) when we must simply put our hearts and minds to the business of slogging from day to day, without being able to focus on the goals we truly wish to achieve. This ACEO was my way of reminding myself that the life I want might be just beyond the next door, beyond my next effort – that attaining the life I desire is possible.As with most of my ACEOs, I spread out all the pieces of ephemera in my collection and waited to see what would call to me to be used in this piece. As it happens, “a more blissful life” features mostly more modern bits of ephemera. The background shrubbery image and the text came from a discarded fashion magazine, and the red door was originally part of a photo of an armoire in a discarded design magazine. I cut the twig with three green leaves from a roll of wallpaper I purchased at one of my local thrift shops. I layered the images used in this ACEO, as I do with all of my ACEOs, using Mod Podge. Once a given ACEO is complete, I coat it with a few layers of varnish to seal it – usually matte varnish, sometimes glossy, depending on the feel of the piece. For “a more blissful life”, I used glossy varnish, to emphasize this ACEO’s inherent optimism.“ACEO” stands for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”. The only requirement for creating an ACEO is that it must measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. ACEOs may be created using any medium and materials an artist desires; my own preference is to make ACEOs via collage and mixed media. Initially these small creations were called “ATCs”, or “Artist Trading Cards” – artists made prints of their art, measuring the standard 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, and both traded them with each other and sent them to galleries to introduce them to their work. Once artists realized that people wanted to own these small versions of their work, some began creating them specifically for that purpose, and the ACEO market was established. Personally, I find that ACEOs are a wonderful way to create small pieces of affordable art – to my mind, they are very much like visual haiku.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Mary & Richard Black, currently in Paulden Arizona, are known as funandtrendy on Bonanzle.com. Not new to online selling, but new to Bonanzle, this husband and wife team feature walking sticks, pet supplies, and a new line of eco friendly bio degradable products by a U.S. company called Wheatware.
Most beautiful & appealing are funandtrendy's magical assortment of hand-woven beaded bracelets. These Stunning adornments are fair-trade jewelry, made by & support the women in the highlands of Guatemala.
When asked what she liked so far about Bonanzle, Mary's reply, " I really enjoyed the community feel of it. People are amazingly supportive of one another. Really super people here."
Many Bonanzle sellers also use Etsy.com too, when asked if funandtrendy was also on Etsy, "No we don’t Etsy although I am in the process of making some cool, hand-knitted, funky scarves." All this & she knits too! Looking forward to the scarves!
About Richard & Mary,
"My husband and I are modern day Gypsies! We sold our home 18 months ago and travel around pet/house sitting. We have a pet/travel blog:
We’re kind of renegades cause we up and left our kids, parents, grand kids and all the rest of the family! We figured “The time is Now” better get doing what you always wanted to do. It just fell into our lap and we have been loving it.Our philosophy is "be as kind and forgiving to others and yourself as you possibly can…no matter what. Life is too short for fear and bitterness. Joy and Smiles, Mary and Richard Black"
You can visit funandtrendy on Bonanzle. A variety of well photographed unique items make funandtrendy's Bonanzle booth a must to add to your faves!http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/funandtrendy
Has anyone seen my MaGiC LeTTeRs?
Always A Sparkle Pimp
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Vintage upcyclers know how to take the old and used & give it new life & a new purpose.
With little effort & no talent, wooden spools are reborn into shabby little objects of affection.
3 large wooden spools with partial labels still intact evolve from a naked circle of wood into whimsical shelf sitters.
Making the old into something new that looks old again requires paint, water slide decals, glitter & a good sealer.
After sanding any loose label smooth, paint your spools in titanium white acrylic paint. For small wooden projects like these spools, I use a thicker craft acrylic. Using uneven brushstrokes going against the grain & allowing to dry, your spools are now ready for a quick distressing with fine grade sandpaper.
Water slide decals are easily applied to one side of these shabby cuties. Finishing touches added after the decal is allowed to dry overnight & include a generous all over smear of acrylic suspended silver glitter, deco art makes my favorite. Deco Art twinkles come in a variety of colored glitter & smear beautifully with your fingertip. Allowing to dry once more, lightly seal your spools in matte enamel spray.
Sometimes, we take for granted the thread we love the most. We use it to darn our emotional socks, embroider a smile on our faces & mend our broken hearts. We often find it easier to thread our needles than appreciate the core. I love you Mom, I know I don't say it enough. Thanks for letting me use your thread.
These Vintage Spools Available on Etsy
Fabulous waterslide decals available here:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Twisting a vintage laundry pin into a pretty gift tie, place card holder, or ornie bowl filler, is an inexpensive unique way to make a sweet presentation.
No talent required for creating cottage clothes pins.
My personal favorites use a deep mauve acrylic paint fused out with a wonderful delta color called tapioca.
Generously spreading uneven brushstrokes of this whimsical tapioca pink over a vintage clothespin, allowing to dry, sanding in all the good places, and painting a primitive rose on one side, gives you a joyful chic piece of reworked vintage. Finish with lacy white dots and an enamel based matte sealer. My favorite red primmy roses use tomato red, butter cream and extender for acrylics.
A wonderful seller that is new to Etsy has provided me many a clothes pin, I gave him some blog love now give him your Etsy hearts!
I love red~I love marquis~I love sparkle
Well photographed with pleasing shipping. Stuff hails from Enid, Oklahoma.