Tropical Glass Mosaic

Stained Glass work has been a passion of mine since I took my first class in college. I love all of the techniques used with this medium but one of my favorite is the mosaic. I’ve given tutorials for this method in previous posts so you may refer back to them to get the idea of how to accomplish this art form or craft form if you will.

Here are two panels that I have created for a lighted bar top. Very cool. I never got to see the end product as there was another craftsman building the bar but as soon as I see it I’ll pass on the pics.

God Bless!


Beach Bag 1

Although it is only April, I start thinking about the warmth of the summer days approaching. I love the beach and all of the wonders to be found there but alas I have to drag a few things with me. Thus I have created a fun beach bag to tote all of those little things that I feel I need either for sand sculpture or lunch.

Here is the first version of said bag:

If you’d like a custom bag to fit your style let me know!

Have a great sunny day!

Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table Part 4

When I color this project I want to make sure that I have a rich mottled coloring. I’m going to start by applying two different colors of dye. One will be a yellow toned tan, the other will have red tones. Apply the dye with a wool applicator in circular motions. Once that is done and dry apply brown shoe polish and buff it out.


This is what it should look like once the leather is buffed out.


Let the leather sit for a full day before you apply the last colorant which in this case is a gold glaze. This was by request of the client that I made this table for. This glaze is also applied with a wool applicator so that you are sure to get the glaze into all of the crevices.


Buff out the leather one more time and place it on the table. In this case the  the leather will be held to the table by a heavy piece of glass.


I hope you have enjoyed this project and will try one yourself.

God Bless.

Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table Part 3

Tooling this harder leather is actually easier than tooling the softer belly leather because it stays where you put it. It also means that mistakes are easier to make because there is no going back once you have sunk the tool into the leather.

I’m going to use a beveler, a pear shader, and 3 spot tools.


I’ll start the process with the bevel tool and bevel both sides of the cut lies.


After all of the beveling is done I’m going to use the pear shader to give the scrolls some depth then I will utilize the swivel knife again to cut in some detail into the scroll design, and cross hatch onto the crevices.


Lastly I’ll add the dots with the three sizes of spot tools. Then the tooling will be done.


Stay tuned for the coloring process.

Happy tooling!


Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table Part 2

Now that I have the leather cut I’m going to draw out my design and transfer it to the leather. Because I’m following a design from a piece of fabric I’ll have to modify it slightly to make it work for the leather. Test the design on the leather to see if it fits properly.


Now transfer the design to the leather. Slightly dampen the leather so it will readily accept the design when you redraw it on the design paper.


Now that the design has been transferred being careful not to punch through the paper during the transfer, cut the design using your swivel knife. Be sure to hold the knife perfectly perpendicular to the leather while cutting so there is no undercut.


Stay tuned for the tooling process.

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Happy tooling!

Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table

I really love unique furniture and I love it even better when I can design and make it myself. Tooling leather is one of my passions and I like trying new techniques and designs.

Today I’m starting a new design that will coordinate with a piece of upholstered furniture in the room.

First off I’m going to Select a piece of leather from the upper side of the hide. The leather is harder there and will tool more precisely. Once I have chosen the leather that I want to use for the project I’ll measure and cut it to fit the table that the leather will be adhered to.


Check the leather with the size of the table and when you are satisfied that the cutting is complete begin the next step.


Stay tuned for the next steps. This table is a design winner! Follow this blog to get automatic updates.

God Bless.

Sangria Set Part 3

The hard work is done now that you have the painting done.

The glass pieces have dried overnight, now it is time to bake the finish onto the glass. This is much the same process as firing only the temperature is much lower so the glass doesn’t melt.

Put the glassware into a cold oven.


Set the oven temp to 340 degrees then set the timer to 40 minutes. When the timer goes off, leave the glass in the oven 5 more minutes then take it out to cool.

I bake it this way so the glass warms up slowly and therefore won’t break in the “firing” process.

When the glass is cool to the touch display it as you wish. Since this project is a gift I’m going to put it in a gift basket for the bride and groom.


Happy Painting!

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Sangria Set Part 2

The grapes have all been painted and are now dry. It’s time to start the leaves. You don’t have to use the colors I choose for your project, have fun and develop new trends.

Okay, the leaves are painted on with the wider of the two flat brushes whereas the grapes were painted on with the narrower of the two flat brushes. Use the same loading technique as with the grapes.

sangria4The leaves are basically a jiggling of the brush around a pivot point much like the grape but ending in a point rather that meeting at the beginning of the stroke.

Add the leaves where you deem fit on all of the pieces.

While you’ve got the green paint out , go on to the next step.

Using the liner brush, add the tendrils of the grape vine for a nice detail in the painting.

Let the glass dry overnight on a cooking sheet.

See ya next time with the finishing of the set.

God Bless!


Sangria Set Part 1

I was hand painting glassware long before it was popular and actually made a good business of it but all good things must come to an end. Now I paint special pieces for weddings and other special occasions.

I’m going to share with you a step by step project painting a sangria set.

The first thing to do is to choose the piece that you wish to paint. In this series of blog pages I’m going to paint a sangria set. It will have a pitcher and four glasses.

To start, wash the glass thoroughly with dish soap and hot water then dry the piece well.

then decide what you want to paint on the piece, I will be painting a Tuscan theme as the people I’m giving the set to happen to like that.


Here are the supplies you will be using. I prefer the Pebeo® glass glaze to any other glass paint out there. The color is rich yet subtle. The brushes are a #4 shader for the grapes, a #6 shader for the leaves and a #1 liner for the tendrils.

I use a white plate as my palette because I want to see the true color of the paint I’m going to put on my piece.



Now that my glass is clean and dry I will start the painting process.

You can see the paint on the plate and the way that I load my brush. When the brush has been loaded, brush off on the palette to blend the color. Now apply that color to the glass.


The technique for the grape is a simple turning of the brush keeping the pivot point in the same place and working around that pivot point. Brick-lay the grapes quickly one above the other until you get the desired look you want. Let it dry overnight before you start the next step. You don’t have to do that but if you are a beginner with this it will make it much easier to correct any mistakes you feel you may have made.

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Happy Painting!