Letters to Heaven

This time of the year when we all make wishes, set goals, look after a better life, drop or hope to drop a bad habit…. Hope or try getting a new one… (with the best chances to be a good one..)

That all is ok but since I am the kind of rebellious one I have decided to go the other way around.

Nope, it is not that I will turn bad or anything like that. It is just that I will make my life easier. How? Living one day at the time, doing the best I can do, doing the things I like and love. Forgetting to be perfect, just doing it better to my liking, not to other’s expectations.

See?

Life sometimes is just like a balloon, and like a letter attached to it, being it all our dreams waiting to be read… not knowing when that balloon will go off or if the letter will get its destination.  My best guess is just to hang on to it and enjoy the view at the heights, just like a tourist learning new ways, persons and customs, from a far as an spectator, with no judgement and just looking how things are done and said in some other places.

My only wish for this 2015 is just to be happy, and I think I can make this single task each day and if not I have 365 chances to get better at it.

Let’s just be happy.

Doves – Stained Glass

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.