Alberta Rose Lapel Pin

Flory required a gift for Alberta’s Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star earlier this year and one of his favourite flowers was the Alberta Rose. We reduced the size of our Alberta Rose and made it into a lapel pin. We then attached rare earth magnets to the back which are strong enough to hold the rose on lapels and can also be used as a fridge magnet.

The first photo shows the rose before having black patina and polish applied, and the last photo shows the completed Alberta Rose.

Design by Flory Wilkins

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Poppies & More Poppies

We were asked by the Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star to make a small boxed poppy to be given away as gifts at the Alberta Grand Chapter meeting in Calgary in early June 2017. They ended up going across Canada and the United States.

The poppies measured approximately 3 inches in diameter. We used Spectrums # 359.1 Red & White Wispy Glass for the petals and Spectrums # 1009 Black Cathedral and # 1009W Black Waterglass.

In total we made 75 of these Poppies.

Unfortunately we forgot to obtain a photograph of a completed one hanging in the sun. The photo shows 8 ground poppies ready for foiling, then soldering and cleaning after the various stages with Kwik Clean, they then had black patina applied along with Clarity Polish.

Design by Flory Wilkins

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ArtWalk at Carstairs Artisan Market

ArtWalk is up and thriving for 2017 !   The Artisan Feltmaker (aka Judi) is happily settled in the airy and spacious Carstairs (Alberta) Artisan Market for the summer.  The hand-made, hand-felted hats range from a cuddly Cauliflower Beret to exotic butterflies and flowers on a purple Squishy bit of whimsy; don’t miss the Floppsies with their wide brims that dip and rise to meet their unique flower trims.

 

Being created of Canadian wool, the hats are sturdier than you expect, packable, and weather resistant.  They love to travel !

 

Custom orders are available by first choosing your style from my photo album (each is numbered as well as named), then contacting me at

403 442 2733    so that we can put our energies into designing your treasure.    

 

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When the Sun Burps

      We all do it. Some are discreet and others not so much. Little boys do it for entertainment. In some cultures it is considered rude and in others it is a sign of appreciation. Burping. A normal and natural response of the body to expel excess air from the stomach. People may have differing views on the degree of offense taken when in the vicinity of a loud, relieving belch by another person. But the words ‘rude’ and ‘offensive’ are the last things that come to mind when the nearest star to our planet suffers from indigestion and releases a belch of cosmic proportions. No, when the sun burps, all we think about is beauty and awe. Why? Because the result is an amazing display of glowing colors dancing in the night sky. The northern lights!
     A quick lesson at Google University explains how this happens. Storms on the sun send charged solar particles through space, some of which are intercepted by Earth. These particles are deflected by earths magnetic shield as a protection for life on the planet. But around the poles, this shield is weaker and some of the particles enter our atmosphere and collide with atoms and molecules. This collision causes the atoms and molecules of oxygen, nitrogen etc. to become ‘excited’ and during this process they release a particle of light or photon. The varying colors of this display depends upon which gases in the atmosphere are being affected. If the charged solar particles are interacting with oxygen the color produced is green. If you see blues or reds then most likely it was nitrogen. This is by no means a detailed, scientific explanation but it gives us an idea as to what causes this amazing light show.
     While I appreciate the reason behind the aurora, as a photographer, I am more interested in capturing its beauty to share with others. A few nights ago, one of the best displays in years was witnessed across the country. When I was alerted to the event by Aurorawatch early in the evening, I knew I was in for a late night. I still haven’t caught up on my sleep! But it was worth it!
     Below are a few images from that night. So to the sun I have this message: Burp! Burp long and hard! It doesn’t bother me one bit!

    
    

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Beveled Transom Window 2017 Olds Alberta

This beveled cluster transom window measures approximately 12 inches high x 36 inches wide.

We made the same design a couple of years ago for our clients farm home SW of Olds using the same bevel cluster with Spectrum’s Sky Blue Wispy in the centre with the border made from Spectrum’s Clear Artique.

This time our clients wanted to have the border made from Spectrum’s # 100B – Barnwood and for the centre Spectrum’s #6022-82CC Congo Pearl Opal. We fortunately had sufficient lead time from our clients that allowed us to obtain these Spectrum’s glass before their closing and selling of their business last summer/fall of 2016.

The next picture shows the window installed in a new duplex in Olds Alberta, initially a temporary piece of molding was employed until additional material could be obtained and it is now all properly completed.

Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

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