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I have only been fusing glass for about two years now and am a self-taught artist, besides the fine arts classes I took in high school. My husband Rich and his father used to have a custom stained glass window & door company in Santa Clara, CA, so one day he offered to teach me stained glass. I am just in love with the process and that I can incorporate all the different crafts I have learned over the years into this hobby. In an idea to recycle I started making decorated dog backpacks out of thrift shop cargo shorts, and learned to build a website. I had also began beading and began making decorative dog collars. My husband signed us up for a fused glass lesson at Ocean Sky Beads & Glass in Oceanside, CA. I was so taken by it, that I asked him for a kiln for Christmas. From there I started making more western style jewelery and changed our website name to http://www.GiddyUpCowgirl.com from Pugpockets . Discovering or making up new techniques inspires me the most, but I am also inspired by horses, animals, the sea and Southwestern culture and style. I grew up in Imperial Beach, CA, which is a border town to Mexico. I used to body surf at the beach in the summer, and ride horses to the Border Field State Park and beach all year round. I love Native American Indian art and silver jewelry. I also have Central American Indian, and African-American heritage. Besides my horses and motorcycle, my other hobbies include painting, scrapbooking, oven bakeable clay work, wood burning, and making handmade paper. Because of the myriad of products available at Delphi, I have been able to purchase products that I am familiar working with, like glassline pens, fusible paper and glasclay. It makes me feel right at home with this new craft! Sincerely, Michelle Rodriquez
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GiddyUpCowgirl comment on How to: Fake a Kiln Rake
June 10, 2013

@Grampat Hi, bejeweled frit is a medium, multicolored, frit. It comes in 1oz. reclosable jars, that you can purchase from Delphi. The color combinations are very pretty and they are very convenient. http://www.delphiglass.com/glass-frit-96-coe/blends-assortments/bejeweled-frit-blend-1-oz-96-coe

Spectrum Hi-Fire Iridescent Dark Blue Transparent - 96 COE

Spectrum Hi-Fire Iridescent Dark Blue Transparent - 96 COE

Item# X136I
0 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Absolutly beautiful iridescence, August 16, 2012 5 stars
Pros
Easy to cut, striking iridescence, consistent color blue, multilple firings
Cons
not all iridescence is the same on every piece but that is the nature of iridized
Other Thoughts
The color is so vibrant everyone loves my pieces in this color!
GiddyUpCowgirl comment on How to: Fake a Kiln Rake
April 22, 2012

Hi Pilisa, You are so welcome! I did have a lot of fun doing this as there was alot of suspense of how it was going to turn out. I think it looked very different from the powder version that went in the kiln. I did like how the purple darkened up, as it had been a long time since I had used it, not remebering what it was going to look like. Next time I think I would not make the powder so thick, maybe use fine frit instead of powders, and would spread transparent fine frit all over the top to thicken it up instead. I'm going to do it again, and have some fun with it towards Christmas, making some co-workers kids, "Cookies for Santa" plates. Thanks so much for reading this article and I can't wait to see your creations! Michelle @ Giddyupcowgirl.com

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on Sea Glass Meditation Ball
April 10, 2012

@Julie thank you I can wait to check it out and work with it :)

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on The Busker
April 7, 2012

This looks so realistic! Absolutely fantastic!!

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on "20 thousand Leagues"
April 7, 2012

Fantastic!!!!!!

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on Misty
April 7, 2012

The detail in this is incredibly amazing!!!!!

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on Galaxy in Your Eyes
April 7, 2012

Stunning!

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on dichroic galaxy bezel set rings
April 7, 2012

These are gorgeous! Is this something I could create by fusing with bubble powder? They also have very pretty colors :) Michelle, [email protected]

GiddyUpCowgirl comment on Sea Glass Meditation Ball
April 7, 2012

This is beautiful! I bet it is stunning sitting on a light box. Do you know if there is a solder that doesn't have lead so i can wrap my fused cabochons in it and wear them? This is being handled alot so does it have a special solder? Thanks, Michelle @ [email protected]

   
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joined:Sep 16, 2011
location:El Cajon, CA US
display name:GiddyUpCowgirl