Totem for my sister

ravencajun Zone 8b TXAugust 16, 2012

I just made this totem for one of my sisters, she loves those colors and I made it a bird bath because she has a beautiful courtyard garden at her home in Louisiana, it has a fountain and a lovely Koi pond, but no bird bath so now she has one.

I bought the top bowl piece, I couldn't resist it even though it was much more than I would normally pay. It is hard decorated by artisans in Tuscany, Italy. The glittering effects are awesome.

I will be making a completely different one for the other sister.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Top

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 6:29PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

One more

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 6:31PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Trying to get the sparkling

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 6:35PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Inside the bowl

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 6:36PM
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marie_ndcal

Beautiful! Too pretty to put outside, maybe inside with some artificial water and birds?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 6:38PM
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houstonmom_gw

I love that top bowl! That is striking.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 6:49PM
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pam_25f

That bowl is beautiful

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 7:52PM
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maybee_gw

Beautiful...you inspire me :o)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 7:54PM
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jasdip

Wow! That's beautiful, Raven.
Would it be too sparkly for the birds? Will it deter them from drinking out of it I wonder.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 7:57PM
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missmaggierock

That is just too pretty. She should love it. The color
is great!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 7:59PM
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foggyj

Great job! Love the whole piece. Lucky sister.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 8:00PM
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patti43

It's all so pretty--I really like the bottom section. Did you put the "jewels" on or did it come that way? She will be thrilled with it.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 8:29PM
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susanjf_gw

raven on the top piece did it have any caution about useage? sometimes the awesome color change is caused by lead...and can leach into food and i presume water?

even if it's for decoration only, once again you've created a lovely piece...

i'm c/p and sending this to my stained glass pal...

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 8:42PM
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Fun2BHere

Very pretty.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 8:55PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

All of the painting and decoration are from the outside so only glass on inside and it is food safe. I wouldn't think the sparkling will bother the birds since water itself can be quite reflective and sparkly.
I think she will be happy.
I did add the jewels, I found some that have streaks of the orange color through them, like the old cat eye marbles.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 8:57PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Here's a question I ask out of ignorance...is that GORGEOUS bowl safe for edibles (or drinking water for birds)? Doesn't some glassware leach toxins and can't be used for food?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:13PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

As I said it is labeled food safe there's no decoration or paint on the inside of the bowl it's all on the outside and viewable through the clear glass of the inside. Inside is strictly regular glass.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 12:05AM
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donna37

Awesome, she will love it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:45AM
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susanjf_gw

raven had posted it to show a pal who's into stained glass and this is what she posted, lol maybe you should go into business??not quite sure where yellow springs is..she lives in cinci oh, but has gone on that 600 mile yard sale, too...of course she loved yours...

"Saw some In yellow springs. Larger pieces were big bucks! As in $1000 's".

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 9:16PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

wow I have never sold any I have given all of mine away. I have some I kept for myself also. I have a lot of glass to make more I just got busy there for a while and quit.
I will be making one for my other sister and a small one for my mother that will have a vase on top so I can give it to her for her 90th birthday on Aug 24 with her fave roses in it. then one for my mother in law who turns 90 on Sept 21! I already made one for my friend and neighbor who will turn 90 on Sept 1st. that is a lot of 90 yr olds lol. I hope they keep on keeping on for many more years too.

I need to sell a few to keep me in glass to feed my habit now!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 10:50PM
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taigen_gw

Really very beautiful! You did a great job on it.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 6:53AM
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jasdip

Sounds like you might have a fairly lucrative "cottage industry" going, if you want it to, Raven. :-D

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 9:53AM
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kacram

very nice Raven. That bowl is gorgeous!
Your sister will love it!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 12:41PM
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katlan

Holy cow, I LOVE it! I adore the sparkles.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 12:56PM
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bee0hio

VERY pretty!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 2:09PM
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kathyg_in_mi

So pretty!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 11:53AM
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