Monday, April 14, 2008


I have fallen off the blog wagon big time, eh? I am still here and all is well. I have had to work almost everyday. Our WNY SCS event is now less than 2 weeks away and most of my free time has been spent preparing my swaps and other things. Pretty soon I will have plenty to blog about ;).
My husband bought me a soldering gun for my birthday a few months back. I have been wanting to try my hand at soldering for some time. I did a little bit of it back in high school art class when we did a unit on stained glass. I loved it back then but have not done it now in 20+ years. Well, let me tell ya...I have a lot to learn, lol!! I didn't set the house on fire, so that is good. I managed to disintegrate 2 soldering tips but after looking into that I think my tips may be to blame and not me. I plan to take them back for an exchange.
I wanted to make some pins for a swap. I am not sure they came out well enough to give away but I thought I would share them here anyway. They are 1.5" square and use Memory Glass that I got from Ellen Hudson's store. I really like that size, it makes nice pins or necklaces. The bird image is from Hero Arts and I did all coloring with Copic markers. The edges were going okay until the tips started to melt away, then it became difficult to get a smooth edge. I had such trouble with attaching the bottom jump ring that I finally gave up after 3. I added a bead or two to the rings. I attached pin backs with Crystal Effects.
Tomorrow we leave bright and early for Lancaster, PA. We are attending a conference for pastors. The facilities are wonderful, I don't have to cook, and the weather is looking sunny. They even have programs for the kids so my son is very excited about the trip as well. If we have wireless access, I will post again tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by.


SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!!
I have never used my soldering stuff....... but I drool thinking about projects like these.

broni (waterchild12) said...

Tracy! These pins are awesome!! You brave girl! I KNOW I would burn my house down!!!

Anonymous said...

For being 20 years out of practice you did a fantastic job!


Trina said...

These are beautiful!! I am sure that anyone would be happy to receive one!! Great job!

diane (cookiestamper) said...

Your pins turned out great Tracy!