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Spoon Rests

Postby Mike Jordan » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:45 pm

Here are a few of the things I've been working on recently, spoon rests. I did the round ones first and then used the same slumping mold to do the square ones. I'd done the paw print tiles a while back and decided to try slumping a couple of them in the same slumping mold. They can be used for spoon rests, change holders, tea bag rests, etc.


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Postby Valerie Adams » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:29 pm

I really like the paws!

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby la suisse » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:02 am

Me too, the paws ... :wink:

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Postby Drewcilla » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:53 am

Paws are adorable.

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby Judd » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:59 am

Paws!!! Make lots of those. They'll be your cash-cow.

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby Mike Jordan » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:02 pm

Thanks, everyone. Back when I originally did the tiles I did do a bunch of them. I had thought of using them for coasters but a glass sitting on top slid around to much. I had thought of doing a curve of some kind but didn't have a mold at the time and I was using my thicker fiber paper for other things, so I put them away. I'd forgotten about them until I was looking for something else and found them so decided to give it a try. As a tile or a spoon rest, the red and black is my favorite ones and I have some more of those. I've got another spoon rest mold on order, it's a round shaped one with out the arm that comes out. I'll use the other tiles I have on that mold. I also made a couple of molds out of clay but I didn't get the bottom very smooth. It seemed smoother when the clay was still soft but not so much after it's dried. :D I'm thinking of just cutting the bottom out of it and have it like an open ring, which will make it easier to get a smooth bottom. I plan on making some more and then will give the best one to my mom for Mother's Day. No telling what she will do with it though. I gave her a big bird bath a couple of years ago and it's been sitting as a center piece on the dresser of the spare bedroom since. :D

Anyway, thanks again for the comments and I think paws down it was the paws that got the vote. :D

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Postby Marty » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:39 pm

Come up with a name for them and trademark and copyright it quickly.

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Postby Haydo » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:23 am

Marty, are you being a cock? Mike,to me you may need to keep pushing because I reckon you'll do your head in if these take off. I've only got time now for experimental work catering towards pendants reflecting my region of the Whitsundays. What I've found is that something that really got me buzzing one week becomes stale the next. I only say this because you've been around glass for some time. peace, haydo
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Postby Marty » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:34 am

Is that Aussie for "dick"?
Haydo- one has to finance one's habit somehow. When one finds a technique or look or product that's unique and clever and easy like those Paws I say go for it. Ride it out and then move on. You may have the luxury of navel-contemplation and waiting until the stars are in conjunction but others don't.

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Postby Haydo » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:52 am

Marty, copyright and trademark comment is is what the cock-ness is about. No luxury here mate, all slog in my corner. peace, haydo

PS- and I don't think they would be easy. Look at how much work is involved.
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Postby Cheryl » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:10 pm

It's a shame that the shape has to be cut out. Lots of time there! Or you could get the basic paw jet-cut I suppose. What are you doing now?
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Postby Mike Jordan » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:49 pm

I would love to have something I could call my own, but there are way to many paw themes out there that I wouldn't even try. Besides, I'll bet you there are at least 8 people that saw these that already have their kiln full of them. :D Thanks though. I do appreciate the comments.

Cheryl, yes, they do take a bit of work. I cut out the paw shape and the pads with my Taurus ring saw. I could probably do the pads with a glass cutter but they look better cut out. Having a bunch cut out with water jet would probably be the best way to go, although I don't know what the cost of doing that would be. I've always wanted to have a few things cut out of glass by water jet and there is someone local to me that has a water jet shop, but I have no idea what the cost would be. Usually things like that cost more for the initial setup than the actual work does.

I just got in the other mold I wanted to try so I'm going to do a couple of more with that one to see how it looks with that one. Thanks for all the comments.

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby Mike Jordan » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:36 pm

Here are two more Rests I did with a new mold I received yesterday. I like how it puts the lip on the tile. I have two more paw tiles left and then I'll either have to make some more or come up with something new. If I was to make some more of these I think I'd check to see what the cost would be to have a couple of sheets of glass cut out by water jet. There are several in the area and one in Hillsboro where I live that has done work for other glass people. I'll have to see how much the set up and cutting fee is. On guy I read about says he stacks and cuts 3 sheets at a time. I can see that would be a quicker way to do different colors too. It's a thought anyway.

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Postby Cheryl » Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:54 pm

From what I know about having things jet-cut (which is from others) it's all about volume. Ask them how they need the file (jpg, tiff, etc.) and have them maximize the space - fill it with paw prints!!! Have them do as many sheets at once as you can afford. One question I would ask others on this board is whether devit is an issue - and if so, I would use colors that are less fussy (which leaves out white and marigold for example). You will have to clean the glass afterwards, just not sure whether you'll need to spray.

As the mother of 3 cats and one dog, I am constantly amazed at the market for pet stuff. Yes, they are my children. Yes, I dress my dog. And yes, I wish the paw prints had been my idea :) I periodically do cat stuff but have always thought about what to make for the pet, as opposed to the pet owner. Duh!
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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby Barb R » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:36 pm

The paws are really cute Mike - I'm sure you'll sell a lot of them! I have to say that for whatever reason, I like the more rounded paws up above than the ones below - but I'm sure the ones below would hold a spoon better. Cute, cute, cute.

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Postby Mike Jordan » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:59 pm

Cheryl, I agree with you about the amazement of what people will buy for their pets. :D The first thing I bought my wife before we were married was a fridge magnet that said "Sleep with me, sleep with my dog". I won't elaborate on all of the dog things (mostly for the breed we have, Bouvier des Flandres) that we have collected over the years. It was the desire to do "dog things" that got me into glass. Little did I know what I was getting into... come to think of it, it was the same with the fridge mag I bought. :D My paw in a heart were well liked by dog people as well and I've been meaning to do more of those.

Thanks, Barb, although I'm not really selling them. These are for gifts. If I tried to sell them, then I really would have to have the blanks cut out by water jet and then fuse them and slump them. I may do a set to donate to the auction our national club has each year at the specialty to raise money. I'm always trying to think of things to create that I can donate, but I usually run out of time before I've come up with anything. Now I have a good idea and 6 months to do it in... now if I just don't procrastinate to long. :D

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby jim simmons » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Mike.
I would suggest that you do give John a try. He is really good with glass
I would suggest that you go to his shop on NE Lincoln instead of phone or email as he doesn't respond to either to well.
Maybe because he is to busy.
Good guy and fair pricing.
He also stacks and cuts.
Jim




Mike Jordan wrote:Here are two more Rests I did with a new mold I received yesterday. I like how it puts the lip on the tile. I have two more paw tiles left and then I'll either have to make some more or come up with something new. If I was to make some more of these I think I'd check to see what the cost would be to have a couple of sheets of glass cut out by water jet. There are several in the area and one in Hillsboro where I live that has done work for other glass people. I'll have to see how much the set up and cutting fee is. On guy I read about says he stacks and cuts 3 sheets at a time. I can see that would be a quicker way to do different colors too. It's a thought anyway.

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby Mike Jordan » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:50 pm

jim simmons wrote:Mike.
I would suggest that you do give John a try. He is really good with glass
I would suggest that you go to his shop on NE Lincoln instead of phone or email as he doesn't respond to either to well.
Maybe because he is to busy.
Good guy and fair pricing.
He also stacks and cuts.
Jim

Mike
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Thanks for the recommendation, Jim. I like going to someone that is recommended. The first chance I have to stop in his shop I'll do that. I've sort of put together a template based on Bullseye's 35x20 sized sheets so I'll have something to show him. I can get about 18 paws per sheet which will give me 54 if I can do 3 stacked sheets at a time and don't count pads. Or take away enough paws to leave room for the corresponding number of pads I'd need to fuse to the paws. Once I talk to him I'll have a better idea of how many sheets I can stack (if any) and how much room I need to leave between each cutout, etc. If I do this, there are some other shapes I've been wanting to cut out so this would be a good time to do that as well if it can all be set up at the same time. The major cost will be the glass and Bullseye doesn't have their next half price sale until July. I knew I should have gone to the one in Feb. I'll have to put together the other shapes I want and have him give me the price for all of it at the same time.

Thanks, Jim.

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Re: Spoon Rests

Postby S.TImmerman » Sat May 04, 2013 1:20 am

These are pretty out of glass, I have one thats just like this made out of ceramic. There is an artist on etsy who makes these too.

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Postby jim simmons » Sun May 05, 2013 10:49 am

Mike.
I have had him stack 3 sheets high.
Just be sure to cut off the curly edges so the glass is flat together.
Good luck
I am working with him for the possibility of having Patty Gray teach a 5 day class at his studio.
Jim

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jim simmons wrote:Mike.
I would suggest that you do give John a try. He is really good with glass
I would suggest that you go to his shop on NE Lincoln instead of phone or email as he doesn't respond to either to well.
Maybe because he is to busy.
Good guy and fair pricing.
He also stacks and cuts.
Jim

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