Monday, October 1, 2012

Altered Bottled Class- Art Is You 2011

I'm a little bummed that I'm not going to Art-is-You this year in Connecticut. This would have been my fourth year attending and I will definitely miss seeing all of my art friends and looking at all of the different artwork produced. Last year was my second workshop with Michael deMeng- I can't remember the name of the class, but we altered bottles.
Here he is demo-ing the proper way to cut glass-

The proper way to cut off a doll's head...

And here we have some of the other students work....  I just love them- so inspiring!
Just loving the pipe fitting on the tall bottle

And ....tada! Here's mine. Getting that little spout on was a problem.... I cut out a hole in the bottle, inserted the victorian gas fitting into the hole and then tried to get it to fit snugly by shoving apoxie clay into the extra space. The only problem is that it was taking so long for the clay to cure that it kept going sideways on me. So, it's a tad lopsided... However, I did learn a great trick with the Aves apoxie clay- did you know that you can get it to harden quicker with a heat gun???? 


  1. G'day Laura
    thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. You do some awesome work yourself. I too have done Michaels classes and loved it...hated the self critic part though as I'm rather shy LOL. Mary Hettmansperger classes were so awesome and I highly recmmend them if she does by chance get anywhere near you. I wish we had jewellery classes when I was in High school...lucky you.
    Annette In Oz

  2. WOW, your altered bottle is so gorgeous!. I haven't tried cutting glass yet :), a bit scary. I LOVE the beautiful copper blue patina and the key is the cherry on top for me :)

    1. The class cutting isn't so bad- if you notice, Michael is holding a paint brush- he has that wet so he can add water to the glass as he's cutting it. The other technique- my preferred- is to submerge your glass object just until barely submerged, and then use your dremel with a diamond tip to cut it. I think a flex shaft would be better because then you don't have to worry about the water getting into the motor!

  3. I haven't been to Art-Is-You in 2 years now...wish I had been in that bottle class. The pieces are great, including yours of course! I have been thinking of my artist friends all weekend.

  4. Great looking bottle assemblage, and thanks for the tip on curing Aves faster. I envy you being able to attend Michaels classes in person, I'm hanging out for when he comes down this way, rumour is Sydney next year.

  5. Gorgeous assemblage! I bet you loved taking his class. I was able to take one with him last year... what a creative person and great spirit he is!


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