The Glass Barge Progress
First I must appologise for not keeping the blog up to date!!
We have spent most of 2014 juggling committments in Sussex, Birmingham and elsewhere, trying to spend as much time as possible working on the boat refurbishement.
Our target is now to have the boat ready by the Open Weekend here at Hawne basin in May.
Weather stopped work on the painting of the outside, but the hull is done and about half of the cabin sides have been prepared up to undercoat. Since November work has been concerntrated on the inside, with the electrics and lighting well on the way to completion and all the flooring and lining completed.
We took time out to run a practice course back in Eastbourne, for 2 willing guinea pigs! We felt it went well and was good preparation for running courses on the boat in limited space. It also gave us information about the layout needed in the work areas.
Fused Glass at GREENBELT
We are getting ready to go to Greenbelt tomorrow and look forward to a good weekend. The weather forecast is not too bad and Saturday looks like being sunny!
Over the last few weeks we have been making a supply of crosses for the event and also etching Celtic Knots to mount on pendants and earrings, so look out for the new designs.
Hope to see some you at the festival.
Etched Motifs on Fused Glass
Following our success with the musical clefts and notes at Chippenham, we have been creating new designs to etch in dichroic glass on our pendants and earrings.
Some of the designs have been on the request of customers and other are our own inspiration.
The Girraffes were at the request of a festival going at Chippenham
These are a selection of the musical designs we have done, but are open to suggestions.
Seahorses on various backgrouds.
Fairies are now appearing as well!
Do get in touch through are contact page if you are interested in any of these designs, or have your own ideas.
Fused Glass at the Festivals
The weekend of the 17th & 18th May found us taking a break from working on the boat and taking a short cruse to Titford for the Birmingham Canal Nagivation Society Summer rally. It was a lovely warm weekend and very nice to get out and about on the canal again (and also to make a few sales!).
We had to leave Titford straight after the rally to return to Eastbourne and pack up the camping gear ready for Chippenham Folk Festival over the bank holiday. Before we set off we spent time designing and making a new range of jewellery with musical notes and treble cleffs in etched dichroic glass. These were well received at Chippenham and will now form part of our range.
Now that we are back home I am continuing the work on the online shop and hope to have it up on the site in the near future.
Progress on the floating Gallery
Spring weather has been with us this weeks as we continue work on the boat that will become our new Floating Gallery.
Progress is slow, as we clean off an accumulation of rust on the inside of the hull where water had got into the boat over the last couple of years. The engine has gone back in now, though, which is cheering and we have a new self draining front deck and doors.
While we are working on this boat we are doing a reduced number of shows and will not be about on the canals as much as we would like.
Please do contact us if you want jewellery and cannot make it to one of the events we are doing.