Friday, August 20, 2010

Can't stop melting...

and no, not because I live in Arizona!! although it has been
hotter than heck here this week. After taking a class the other
month with the wonderful Mike and Lesley I have finally
broken my melting pot out of it's box. I bought it after
watching a DVD that I got called "The Journey Continues"
with Tim Holtz.
Now it must have been a year and a half ago at least but I
was very intimidated by it, really the likelihood that I would
burn myself is what has put me off. Well not any more, lol!
I went over to my friend Lisa's earlier this week and the
photo above is what I made there after only being there a
couple of hours. This was done by melting clear UTEE
(Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and then adding in different
UTEE colours. We had so much fun doing this that when I
got home I dug out the DVD and watched some of it again.

This led me to another project which Tim demoed on the
DVD, picture below.
This project was title Glazed Mosaics, and although mine are
not quite as good as Tim's I am very happy with the results.

So my next step was to find video's by Suze Weinberg who is
the queen of melt art. I found one where she made a whole
bunch of tiles and used them to decorate a plain mirror. I was
really keen to try this but had to go out and purchase a
silicone ice cube tray for this project. Well I finally found one
and this morning I made these:
So now the question is what am I going to do with all
of these ?? Well I am not exactly sure myself but I think
they will be added on to some of my art projects. Right
now I am just enjoying trying out something new, and
for me that is part of what art is all about.


Deb said...

Ooooh! Your pieces are beautiful, Marlene. I had the same question after looking at all the pieces you've made: What are you going to do with them? I'm sure you'll figure out something...and I can't wait to see it here on your blog. :o) Have a great weekend.

Lori said...

Ok, must go watch Tim's video again, I just don't remember that one, but now I want to make some... lol! These turned out fabulous, Marlene! Isn't UTEE FUN???

Nancy Lynn said...

These are really cool Marlene. Once you get started on that, you don't want to quit. I haven't played with my melt pot in a long time. It makes great embellishments. The mosiac pieces look great around a mirror. And they make great embellishments for different pieces of art.

CuddlyBunny said...

COOL! Awesome creations!

inge said...

hello Marlene,

i thought I made some examples, but when I see your treasures !!!....

Ok, so i must buy some differerent colors if I see your results with the colored UTEE . I only have the clear one for the moment.

I need an icecubemold too...your examples are really great to see and they will be perfect as embellishments !

greetings from belgium

KAT said...

These are really beautiful - Love how your mosaic tiles came out!

sam said...

Wow I love the utee tiles, they are sooooo fantastic, I'll have to get the old grey cells working and see if there is anything different I can create.