Rafter Double U Ranch Cattle Brand West Country Alberta

The Rafter Double U Ranch Cattle Brand commission measured 16 inches high x 40 inches wide. The brand was inserted into a china cabinet door frame. This was an interesting commission as we combined 2 inch sq bevels and Spectrum # 451-20W Ruby Red Waterglass for the border and brand.

For the centre portion we used Spectrum # 100B Clear Barnwood, however it was a tricky layout and cutting of the barnwood glass as we wanted to match it across the brand. The barnwood glass is raised and all of the pattern had to be laid out on the reverse side of the glass where much time was needed to ensure that the glass matched. When one is doing this kind of matching one only has one chance to figure out things and cut the glass accordingly or no more matching and or starting all over on a new sheet of glass.

We were most fortunate to have been able to obtain the Spectrum glass our clients wanted before the closing and sale of Spectrum Glass Company last year.

To help us with this design we once again enlisted the design help of Martha from Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland.

The panel had to fit exactly into the reverse side of the cabinet door and the outside was surrounded with Cascade Zinc # ZB 932 which has a width of just over 1/4 inch.

The first picture shows the completed design before being inserted into the wooden cabinet frame.

The cabinet frame had a 30 – 40 year old came stained glass panel which our clients did not want. We had to remove it, then clean out the old glue/cement and we found new rubber replacement material to hold in the new brand. Before installing the rubber, we used a clear silicone cement, then carefully hammered in the rubber material into a thin slot in the wooden frame.

The following picture shows the brand installed into the cabinet door frame.

The last photo is the brand and frame all installed in their ranch home.

Their Cattle Brand is a Registered Alberta Brand

Brand Panel designed by Paned Expressions Studios

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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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