Thursday, November 29, 2007

Some shop pictures and Glass Orniments.

The wall of tools. As you can tell I have purchased maybe more than I need. What is it about tools and guys anyway we can never quite have enough of them.

What I like to call "The Mini" which is in no way an relation to MiniMolli. Ok other than they are both small and cute. When I get the electrical all fixed up this will become a bead annealer and color bar pickup over. Right now it is where I am putting all the things that I make at the home shop to cool down. As you can tell it is not very much room considerting I have made pieces that are bigger than this thing.

This is the burner for the glory hole. It is a Gibberson burner and man does it put out some heat! It sounds like a jet engine when it is at full tilt. I run it at about 20% and it is plenty hot for my samll glory. When I built a larger one I can just use this burner for it as well.

The Furnace. It is currently holding only a 40 pound pot in it. Which is just fine because I could not use the 80 pounds of glass anyway. Again, in a couple of years I will have to upgrade. I have plans my friends oh yes...I have plans!

Ok here we have a collection of some of the orniments that I have made over the last week.

Little bit closer view on some of them. I think all of these have already sold.
Here are the sacks full of "base glass" or "cullet" that I use for the furnace.
Close up on an orniment that is to grace a tree in Indiana I think.
One last picture because I like them so much.

I worked all last night and made a couple more pumpkins for special requests. I tried to make a "BAP"(BigAssPumpkin) for a friend as well but for the second time it has not worked out. I think that is really has something to do with my process. I am just going to have to work it out.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Glass blowing in the back yard.

I really enjoy making stuff in my new shop. Granted I only have the really really small annealer right now which pretty much hamstrings me into only making only really really small stuff. It is interesting the amount of glass that I can cram into a 1x1x1 foot space.

So I have been making shells and christmas orniments.

Pictures to come.


Monday, November 19, 2007

More Pumpkin pics.

This is my first try at some "artistic" pumpkin pictures. I might add this one makes an awesome desktop background! These are my new colors that I got in the other day and I wanted to test them out so I made the same sized pumpkin in each color.
Here is a non-artistic picture just so you can seem them all. Pink, green, orange, red, and pink again.
Here is the Yoke that I have been working on. Next is the heat shield. I will try and pick up some sheet metal tonight and get to welding the frame for the heat shield tomorrow.
**Disclaimer - MiniMolli is not responsible for my picture taking **

Friday, November 16, 2007

Flashback Friday!


Chad, Jason, Kendal, and Scott.


Jason and Scott.

Every picture here is over ten years old.

Hope you have a great weekend.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Online Glass Web Store

Ok guys I hear you. It has been something that Mini and I have been kicking around on the back burner for quite some time now but we have never offically "talked" about. I think maybe the time has come to actually build the online site. is where the new site will be. I will still be updating this place much more than that but I will be posting most of the pictures there and just linking them.

I have to get with MiniMolli and see how much she will charge me to make it. I could make that site but honestly it would not be anywhere near as nice and take me twice as long. So the online store will be up sometime in the near future(months).

On the shop front I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon fabricating a yoke and roller stand for the glory hole.

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The hood in Pamana City Beach did not work out as it was just way to big for what I needed. I am just going to go ahead and fabricate on myself. Now that I know what I need to do it is just a matter of getting up off my butt to do it.

I also need to go check on my 400amp box which should be in now. Baby steps.



Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I had a great night.

Ok last night is going down as the official first night of glass blowing at Strong Street Studio.

It was a good night for so many reasons. It was the first time we where able to keep anything that we made in the studio so that makes it the first real night of work. I got to work with MiniMolli in the back yard in our own studio. I got to relax while drinking a red stripe to cool down and not worry about the time I was wasting.

Four Acorns, 3 marbles, and 2 drinking glasses. One of the acorns looks like it fell from the ugly tree and hit a couple branches on the way down but I don’t care. Our shop! They are sitting in the mini annealer cooling down as we speak. I plan on lighting that puppy back up tonight as well. More acorns, more marbles, more drinking glasses.

Strong Street Studio…I think I need to make some shirts now.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bring the Shop online for some fun.

Loaded up the scrap from the demo night and brought it online. Welding the rollers on the yoke tomorrow right when I get home while everything is getting hot.

Figured out he color box so that I can use it as a mini make shift annealer. MiniMolli and I are going to make some really small things we have an order for. Seeing how the Belmont is having some serious thermocoupler issues and I might not get to work on my night I will just get by with the mini annealer to have some fun. Maybe Kim will see my post and drop by tomorrow night to have beer and a go. We might even be able to do it tuesday night as well depending on how things go.

Hi Kim.

I am going to pick up the hood in Panama City Beach on Sat. as well as get my hands on my 400 amp breaker box for outside the house. It is all getting real now. Hold on kids everything changes the moment that the electrical gets run and the hood is up.