Wednesday, 29 July 2009

classical crystal flutes

Well have I had flu of the curley tail variety or just normal??? Who knows, but it has hit me hard and is VERY annoying. I did take 1 and a half days off, but that was it, (when I did have a fever). But now a sort of horrible head cold is lingering. Best part is I have no appetite and therefore it is very easy to stick to my diet ;-) I have no sense of smell, very interesting.

I have a folder with several emails waiting to be answered (as in quotes and enquiries) and another folder full of engravers questions. The pressure is on to make a serious engraving DVD just on the basics of engraving. I need time...and also I have to wait till the nails on my right hand grow as lusciously as those on my left, have been using them far too much as tools (picking tape off sandblasted glasses, unpacking endless boxes of glass etc etc..) I can't make a DVD with grotty nails!!

I have several tricky, challenging and fun orders to do, as you can see above is one I am in the middle of, this has been an extreme challenge in computer graphics (well for me anyway) using Serif PhotoPlus X2 , Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 and CorelDRAW transform and create the music artwork, each glass has different music. I will now be adding more lettering on both the body and the base. I am sandblasting these sumptuous Dartington Crystal Celebration Flutes and will touch up any areas by hand that require it at the end.

Another "beut" lined up is a gorgeous decanter with a fine green tint inside. The customer wants large styalised waves going round, mmm I like this idea.

As soon as I have posted this I will be answering the emails in the "quotes to do" folder!!! If any of you reading this are waiting for answers, once again apologies to those who have been waiting, I usually try and keep it to only a couple of days.

Well keep healthy and drink lots of water......and exercise. Muscles Must Move.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Mighty serious video to watch!!...a change from glass engraving

Engraving inside and out of the vessel

I have just watched this video and have to share it with as many as I can. I totally believe in pure health, eat what has recently been living / growing/ breathing, prepare it yourself. Get yourself a nice fresh juice and a small bowl of nuts and raw carrots and sit back and watch.

I could add to the video the importance of MOVEMENT (exercise) and happy positive thoughts. Avoid people who are negative and miserable. I personally have a completely adverse reaction to sarcasm and teasing, it is a form of bullying. People who love to make others feel stupid in order to feel clever. Avoid them! Breathe properly and deeply, fresh air. Drink lots of water.

Now back to work, loads of engraving in my workshop so I had better jump to it ;-). I am also putting together a new page for my website showing loads of examples of what I have engraved on the Dartington Crystal range. Another little note to mention is that I am presently waiting for the result of a very large quote I was asked to submit. I will not explain now, the results will be announced mid September, what a wait! However things will be a little different around here if I get it, and if not then it has been a great honour to have been considered. The work technique itself is very basic, but it is just very big and very many ;-) sorry but you will have to wait now !

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Answering emails

Hi all,
once again I am completely pushed for time and I must let you know that anyone waiting for answers to their emails (quotes or otherwise) I will be attending to them ASAP, I have a considerable amount of work to get through and I will get to answer them. I am thoroughly enjoying the variety of work coming in. ;-)

There is some lovely new stock from 3 of my main suppliers, items I will suggest according to your requirements. Some you will see if you type "2009" or "2010" into search in the catalogue which is an affiliate site direct to one of my suppliers.

“He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.” Proverb