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Phil Hoppes
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New Sink just delivered

Postby Phil Hoppes » Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:46 pm

Here is a picture of a sink that I just delivered to my customer. ... 4f04614546

They were quite happy and now so am I..... :D


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Postby Amy on Salt Spring » Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:49 pm

Nobody, but nobody would be brushing their teeth or washing their hands in that sink if it was mine. I'd have a little sign next to it reading "Please wash your hands in the tub".

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Postby Doug Randall » Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:50 pm

That is one nice sink Phil. You should be proud of it. Good going.

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Postby Patty Gray » Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:29 pm

Beautiful Phil, breath taking.


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Postby Brock » Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:41 pm

That's incredible Phil, nice work! Brock
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Postby Tony Smith » Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:01 pm


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Re: New Sink just delivered

Postby dee » Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:37 pm

Phil Hoppes wrote:Here is a picture of a sink that I just delivered to my customer. ... 4f04614546

They were quite happy and now so am I..... :D


WHOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WUNDERBAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby charlie holden » Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:48 pm


Is there clear over the irid to protect it?


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Postby Kitty » Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:43 am

a tour de force, phil
wish it were going to be in my house

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Postby Bert Weiss » Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:56 am

Nice sink! Was it profitable?

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Postby Jenny » Fri Mar 12, 2004 1:15 am

Oooooooohhhhh! Aaaaaaahhhhh!

Gorgeous! I would've had a hard time parting with it.

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Postby Jackie Beckman » Fri Mar 12, 2004 1:28 am

Phil, as I said off the board, it is absolutely fabulous! =D>

Now tell them all about the rest of the powder room . . .

Oh, never mind. I'm here, you're not, so I'll do it.

He also made a bunch of fantastic 20" x 2" black tiles mixed with some very narrow, equally long irid tiles that go beautifully with this sink. Please, please, please take photos after the install. We'll all be dying to see. You are just fantastic Phil - great job!!

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Postby Barbara Muth » Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:57 am

The sink is gorgeous, and I am imagining the whole bathroom. Sweet. Really fine work on laying out the irid design. I would have hated making the tumbling block design fit the curves!

Check out the glass manufacturer's recommended firing schedules...

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Postby Pat Loboda » Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:19 am

I am in awe, Phil. Soooo Beautiful!!!!

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Postby Phil Hoppes » Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:25 am

Thanks so much for all of the wonderful acolades. I was really sweating this commission. When I took it out of the kiln after the final fuse with the irid on something must have dropped from the top of my kiln and made a small hole on the top right near the edge. I thought I might be able to firepolish it out. With irids you can only go to fuse once otherwise the metal sinks into the glass and becomes very faint. An interesting look but not what I'm going for on my irid work. Anyway, long story short, it came out a little when I polished it but it was one of those things that when I look at it, my eye goes right there. I was ready to scrap the whole thing but in talking to Jackie and some others they said I'm being way to picky and the customer will never notice, of course unless I point it out. Well I went ahead and the customer loved it, in fact they were blown away with it so that makes me feel very good.

To the other questions, no it is not capped. Capping again mutes the colors which I didn't want and after quite a bit of asking around especially at the source, Bullseye, it is not necessary. The irid coating is as hard as nails, maybe even harder than the glass itself, so it is not a problem leaving it uncovered.

Profitable, well depends on how you define profit. Dollar ways this one was probably a break even. But this is my very first commission on a big scale. I'm still learning a lot of the ropes. What was most important to me on this on was getting a customer that was willing to work with me. This took longer than it should due to all of the other stuff I had going on plus I was in a bind for a mold, which Jumping Jackie (CALL ME next time you dress like that to cold work......I can be of assistance :shock: ) helped me out with the use of her mold. This customer was someone who wanted to experiment and have fun. We started with the sink, it then grew to the tiles and listelles around the wall and to shades for the lights. Thats fun. I also got LOTS of contacts from her which could very well lead to more future business. So for me, all in all, yea it was profitable and for certain the future one's will be too from the $$ perspective too!

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Postby suzmary » Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:13 am

As well you should be happy, Phil. That's one beautiful piece of artwork, and I wouldn't let my kids near it. I'd probably install it in some guarded corner with barbed wire, the way my family can go at a sink.

So very glad for you, I know this will lead to many future commissions for you. Please photo the rest of the work when it's installed. Can't wait to see! :D
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Postby ellen abbott » Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:41 am

Very impressive Phil.


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Postby Stephie » Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:01 pm

That is WONDERFUL Phil! =D> You must have a great deal of patience.

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Postby Melissa Terman » Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:20 pm

It's awesome. I am soooooo jealous of you for making a sink that is so beautiful and I am jealous of the people who get to see and use it everyday.

Melissa (she who wishes she could make sinks)
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