One of my hobbies, stained glass. Once I saw a friend working with glass, that is when I literally fell in love. (with the crafting). I thought it was easy and that I was made to it. It took me a while to learn that it was not as easy as I thought!
Took me years to learn and I think I did it well. Here are some photos of the process of this piece, from the finished one to the starting steps.
Stained Glass Doves. (30 centimeters diameter)
The design. So very important to have good design. If it is well performed you have a pretty good chance that it will turn out good. In this step you will see if the piece is doable or impossible.
For this one,in order to keep the dove balanced I drew one and then I transport it to make 3 match.
After the drawing is finished, you make 2 copies of it on cardboard. One will be the guide for assembly and the other will be cut into pieces to be used as patterns over the glass, and the cut it.
Once all the pieces are cut they are refined (cut all excedents to make them match to the cardboard pattern), to be covered with copper foil and start putting the puzzle together, one by one….
Once they are all together, you start soldering… There are some other steps, but I will just stop here. Don’t want to get you bored with details.
My daughter had this great desire to do dubbing for Disney’s TV programs, from English to Spanish. She really never gave up thinking she would find the way to do it.
I always think nothing is imposible, but thought this might be not that easy since she is only 13 years old. Good things come with one’s hard work. That is the lesson she taught me and I know is not the only lesson I will learn from her.
Here is the recording for her casting (in Spanish, and of course worth listening to), and she chose: Reflection, a song that plays in a film named Mulan. The photograph at the very bottom, is she in the studio.
The lyrics really show my daughter’s character. Yes, she got in.
Look at me,
I will never pass for a perfect bride,
or a perfect daughter,
can it be,
I’m not meant to play this part,
Now I see,
that if I were truly to be myself,
I would break my family’s heart
Who is that girl I see,
back at me,
why is my reflection someone I don’t know,
somehow I cannot hide,
who i am,
though i’ve tried,
When will my reflection show,
who I am inside,
when will my reflection show,
who I am inside
Kokopelli, the flute player symbol of abundance, joy and fertility. What a better wish for this time of the year?
This is a stained glass piece I made and it is the final look. It was a challenging one because of the irregular forms on his/her body trying to resemble patches on. also the curves along the whole design. I used a technique called copper foil which virtue is that it is harder to work than using came along the glass.
It is about 70 centimeters high by 37 wide.
Often depicted as a humpbacked flute player, this mythic being has survived in recognizable form from Anasazi times to the present. There is something appealing about Kokopelli which fascinates all kinds of people, even in our modern technological age.
Long-distance trade networks and migrations from Mexico apparently helped spread cultural and religious elements, so that by 1500 A.D. fluteplayer images were also included in the Hohokam, Mogollon, and Fremont cultures, in petroglyphs (rock carving), pictographs (rock painting), kiva murals, ceramics and baskets. Today, Kokopelli is one of the Hopi kachinas, and is in many traditional stories and songs of Native Americans of the desert southwest