Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stained Glass Geode Night Light

Okay, I've gotten on a bit of a run with the stained glass, but they are so pretty. I finally made one of my geodes into a nite lite. Simple pattern, just traced my geode onto poster paper and drew a shape around it. With each geode being naturally formed therefore different shaped, I will need to make a new pattern for each one. My daughter loves this one. My son can't wait for his.

Happy Birthday to them both!

Important: Use Lead Free Solder if the kids will be handling!

Stained Glass Window Replacement Project

A New Stained Glass Window for a TV Entertainment Center Door.

I traced the shape through the opening on to a piece of poster board. Then I measured the overhang on the wood door, and added this measurement to my traced shape. I cut out the shape along the most out side line.

I test fitted the poster board into the opening to make sure it fit very well. Make sure everything fits just how you want it to. Then proceed drawing your pattern. Remember that some of the edge of the project will be hidden by the wood on the door. Just don't have any detailing or beveled glass get hidden behind this edging. From here on out the project is just like any other stained glass project.

Here is a picture of all the glass cut and numbered before I started putting the copper tape on the edges.

Up Close Picture of the completed project.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Gifts - Stained Glass

 Greens and Oranges - this is one of my first patterns I did when I learned how to do stained glass. Usually I do a heart beveled glass in the center, this time I tried it a little different.
 This Stained Glass piece is for my mom. She wants a garden trellis with stained glass, not of anything thing and with lots of color. I finally found I project to incorporate one of my Geode Slices - yeah! I also included some flat marbles, leaving some open holes and a dragon fly for remembering my sister and my grandma who both have passed away. If you've never heard of the dragonfly project you should check it out here.

This one is to send rainbows all over the place.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Home Made Peanut Butter Cups

1 24oz package of Chocolate Almond Bark
2 cups Peanut Butter
1 Stick of Butter
Small Paper Candy Cups (Mini Cup Cake Papers)
Double Boiler (You can make one using two different sized saucepans, just be careful not to let the water boil to hard and splash water into your chocolate.)

Melt 6 squares of Almond Bark in a double boiler with ½ cup of peanut butter and ½ stick of butter. Stir often, and once melted turn down temp to simmer.

Lay out candy cups onto cookie sheets while melting.

I use a tablespoon and put the chocolate mixture into each paper cup. You want the chocolate to be about ⅛” high in the bottom of the cup. It really doesn’t matter, more is good too. Once your tray is full place in your refrigerator until cool. If the chocolate doesn’t level itself out in the cup try adding a little more butter.

While the first layer cools place 1 cup of peanut butter into double boiler and melt.

Layer the melted peanut butter over the chocolate layer and repeat cooling process.

Now melt the remaining Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Butter in the double boiler, and spoon over the cooled peanut butter layer.