Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More Belated Art & Soul Goodies


My second day of classes at Art & Soul was just as much fun as the first - maybe more! It was a little more stressful, but still a lot of fun. Sally Jean Alexander taught us to make these adorable little houses. The class was called, "Little Pink Houses," and I had no intention of making a PINK house! But, LOOK! my house turned out to be a rosy pink after all! I don't even know how it got to be that color. My favorite color is blue - Carolina blue, to be exact - but, somehow, my house is not blue. When I started, I'd actually planned to do it in black and white with blue or red as accent colors. Shows how things change when you're doing art, eh?

This project was so much fun! We first had to make 6 tiny collages, keeping in mind that they had to fit the glass sides, AND that they had to be transparent. Because these houses are designed to sit over a light and glow! I wish you could see how pretty all the houses were at the end of the day, sitting over a string of Christmas tree lights - a gorgeous miniature village!
Now 6 collages, tiny or not, could have taken me the whole day!! Luckily, we had Sally Jean, cute as a button, reminding us to "just do it - tear it, glue it, don't think about it!" Every few minutes I had to put it between the glass, hold it up to the light to check everything out, work some more...
Then we put the collages between the glass, taped them with copper tape and we were ready for the big thing we had come for - learning to solder! Oh we looked so professional with all our tools all around us. We had soldering irons in stands, flux and brushes, sponges and stuff to clean the tip. We were so ready! Sally Jean and her husband, Brad - also known as Mr. Sally Jean (this was what his name tag read!) - were really great about coming around and helping us with our soldering, making sure we had smooth edges, and that our corners look nice, etc. Each piece was soldered and we were proud! Yes, we were! Then came the time to assemble the house. It was a little tricky to get started, but once we got one side attached to one end, it went pretty easily. I say that, but I WAS the last person to finish. I don't care - the key word there is "finish" because I did finish my house! I walked out of class with a completed house! Ok, Mr. Sally Jean had to help me with the roof, or I'd probably still be sitting there, but, I had a house to show for my day's work!! And isn't it a lovely little house??


The best part of this class, besides all the fun we had - We learned to solder! Now, I can make those really cute glass charms that I've been dying to make. I've already got the glass. I just wish I had the time! This is going to be my first project to do as soon as things lighten up around here.

4 comments:

Mo said...

How awesome! Thanks for posting this creative piece.

Jood said...

Hi there! I'm taking this same class in August and am quite excited! Can you please tell me what you use to do the collage but still keep them see-through? I'm doubting you use transparencies. Thanks! Jood
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