Calvert Cliffs Vacation

My friends and I took a trip to Calvert Cliffs this past September, and boy did we go at the worst time! The weather couldn’t have been nicer, but even though the skies were clear, Hurricanes José and Maria tag-teamed the east coast causing coastal flooding. THE WHOLE WEEK. And the tides never went down for us.. Somehow we managed to find a few teeth – and a few cow shark teeth! I was pretty stoked about those, and the gorgeous scallop shells!

Learning Decorative/Stained Glass!

This summer, while cruising a craft show, a beautiful faux stained glass angel wing caught my eye. The artist used 3-D paint on a sheet of clear glass and it was super pretty, but I didn’t get it because the snob in me wanted the real deal. It was then that I decided that I wanted to learn stained glass. I watched a ton of YouTube videos, bought some equipment, and FAILED on the first step of cutting the glass.

When I was a child, I cut my hand pretty bad when I fell while I was running with a crystal goblet filled with chocolate chips (another story). Ever since then I’ve been afraid of breaking glass. That first score I made in the glass was not a good score. It broke all wonky and although I put it down that day, I enrolled in a class and have been slowly learning this summer.

This was my first piece: A cross. I figured, how could I go wrong with a cross? Well, I broke the glass all funky the first time I cut it, then I found out the hard way that my brand new iron hadn’t been tinned, so it charred the lead and burned right through the copper foil. I had to bridge it and all kinds of stuff. But, I think it turned out perfectly imperfect for a first try and it has a special place on my mantle!

 

After my first class, I sketched out a heart with wings template that I really wanted to make for my MoM. I didn’t want to use anyone else’s design, and heck, what’s a BFA for if you can’t draw something simple? This was my second attempt at cutting and first attempt at cutting curves. Let’s just say I broke a couple of hearts before I figured out how to cut those! 😀

Since I finally figured out how to cut wings, I took a stab at an angel wing. It’s OK, but I need to go back to the drawing board and refine the shapes.

Next, some fun for my niece – a cupcake and a mermaid admiring a REAL fossil shark tooth (of course!), plus a few projects for friends!

 

Mississippi trip!

Here are some finds from my most recent Mississippi trip. Lucky for me, I found a gorgeous honey-colored sawfish rostral tooth and my first Cephalic Clasper from a horn shark – Probably Hybodus!

South Carolina Photos

Here are some cleaned up photos of some of my favorite finds from South Carolina!

South Carolina Beach Hunting at Night!

We recently enjoyed a second trip to South Carolina, and found so many lovely fossils right on the beach! Whenever you visit a beach, go sit in the shell hash and you’ll find all kinds of cool things! These were found over a couple of nights of fossil hunting, but doesn’t include everything we found. That first night, I texted back and forth with my MoM as I found them and it was SO MUCH FUN!