Letterpress, Crawfish Boil & Stained Glass

Wheat once told me that people would get bored if I kept calling my weekend recap posts “Weekend Recap.”  So please excuse the randomness of the title.

However, that is precisely the three main things that my weekend consisted of: a trip to visit the badass gals at Paperworks Press in Tallahassee, a Crawfish Boil at Ventry Farm with Marc and Anna Jo, hitting the stained glass jackpot on Craigslist, and then spending all day Sunday in the shed working on a stained glass project.

I shared this video on Instagram Saturday morning, but it’s worth sharing again.  Letterpress is so fascinating! I think because it is such an old technique – you know me: the older the better!  Sheri and Alicia created some custom letterpress notecards for me with the oyster and pearls I hand drew for my logo.

So cute!  Much more to come on these two ladies very soon!

Saturday afternoon, Wheat, my parents, and I went to a crawfish boil with Marc and Anna Jo at Marc’s family farm. His parents go to Louisiana a few times a year and always bring back an insane amount of mudbugs.  We were SO excited to be invited to the 75-pound feast!

Live Crawfish | Oysters & Pearls Crawfish Close Up | Oysters & Pearls Boiling Crawfish | Oysters & Pearls Crawfish Boil | Oysters & Pearls Crawfish Boil at Ventry Farm | Oysters & Pearls

Believe me, it was as awesome as it looks.

Back to Saturday so I can tell you about Sunday.  After an impromptu lunch date on Saturday with a friend at Whole Foods, I hit the stained glass Craigslist jackpot.  I am a firm believer that if you put good vibes out into the universe, what you want will come to you.  I wanted a glass grinder, and I found one in no time flat.  Along with a tupperware full of glass, extra grinding bits, soldering iron and stand, lots of tools, patinas, and other supples – even a pair of gloves that somehow fit my tiny hands!  It was meant to be.

Craigslist Stained Glass Jackpot | Oysters & Pearls

I took a stained glass course my last semester of undergrad, and I’ve wanted to get back into it ever since.  Now that I have a shed/workspace – never mind that I most likely have no business taking up another hobby at this point in my life – I’m back at it.

I had some scrap glass leftover from that college class (I finally made it worth toting it around in all my moves in the last 4 years) that I had made some random pieces with a couple weekends ago, including a couple of sun catchers, a wall vase, and a couple of necklaces.  Nothing mind-blowing, of course, but good for practice and getting reacquainted.

Stained Glass Mini Projects | Oysters & Pearls Stained Glass Necklace | Oysters & Pearls

Also in the Craigslist box, was a tiny, unfinished project from the person it all once belonged to.  I felt compelled to finish it for her before I got started on my own project on Sunday.

Found Stained Glass - Unfinished Suncatcher | Oysters & Pearls Tiny Stained Glass Suncatcher, Finished | Oysters & Pearls

I don’t know if the original owner intended for this to be a sun catcher or part of a larger piece of work, but it’s a sun catcher now and I’ll think of the original owner when I see it. :)

Once I got all my new-to-me supplies and tools organized and that little sun catcher finished up, and set about starting my first bigger project utilizing my new grinder.  You can do so much more with a grinder.  It makes tiny pieces and curves possible, so I found a hummingbird stained glass pattern I loved (along with a few more I plan to make for a certain mom who loves hummingbirds) and got to work.

Cut Glass for Stained Glass Hummingbird Suncatcher | Oysters & Pearls

Again, I’m a complete amateur, and my pieces aren’t pattern perfect, but it will be okay.  And just to give you an idea of how time-consuming a hobby this is, I started this project around 1:00 p.m.  I took a quick break for lunch and another for supper, and got to the point where I took this next picture around 10:00 p.m.

Copper Foiled Stained Glass Hummingbird Suncatcher | Oysters & Pearls

First you have to pick a pattern, use pattern scissors to cut out each piece from a copy of it, label each piece, pick out glass for each piece, trace the pattern pieces on to the glass and label them, rough cut each piece of glass, grind each piece of glass, wash the glass, copper foil each piece, then you finally solder them all together.  Whew!  It’s a long process, but it’s really meditative for me.  I’m so glad I jumped back in after all this time.  And thankful for a husband who cooked me a steak dinner while I was doing it.  (In my defense, he did get to play golf all day…  And then eat a steak dinner.  ;)

At lunch yesterday I soldered everything together, added hooks, painted on the black patina, waxed it, and added chain.  It’s hard to tell how pretty it is, but here are some iPhone pics of the finished product.  I’ve still got lots of practicing to do, but I was pretty excited about how this turned out!

Handmade Hummingbird Stained Glass Sun Catcher | Oysters & Pearls Handmade Hummingbird Stained Glass Sun Catcher | Oysters & Pearls Handmade Hummingbird Stained Glass Sun Catcher | Oysters & Pearls

If anyone has any great stained glass resources they recommend (either online or IRL), I would love to hear about them in the comments!  Or feel free to shoot me an email.

Now back to that steak dinner. ;)

Jones Meats Ribeye, Hopkins Farms Squash and Onions, and Whole Foods Truffled Mac n Cheese | Oysters & Pearls

While at Whole Foods, I picked up a couple of these truffled mac n cheeses from the deli counter.  They were so good alongside a hand-cut ribeye from Jones Meats and some fresh Hopkins Farms squash and onions.  This meal was a little ridiculously indulgent, but I think we earned it.

We have some exciting things going on this week that I’ll share when the time comes… but until then, I hope everyone has a great week!

Shop this post:
custom letterpress goods (Paperworks Press)
waxed canvas koozie (Anhaica Bag Works)
stained glass supplies (Glassworks by Susan)
stained glass necklace (unintentionally similar by Canadian artisan Here and Now)
stained glass wall vase (inspired by Athens artisan Copper & Torch)

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Until Next Time

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9 thoughts on “Letterpress, Crawfish Boil & Stained Glass

  1. Cathy Stevens

    One of the men in our church does wonderful stained glass – we have a nice piece of his in the chapel. I’ll be glad to share it with you if you want to see it. He has also sold some pieces at our church bazaar. i really like how you find the stained glass process meditative when you make these pieces. That means it has more meaning and love in it! Nice blog post.

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    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      Cathy, I would absolutely love that. You don’t meet too many people who do stained glass, so I would love to see some local art and hopefully run into him one day! Thank you! And see you tonight. :)

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  2. Jim McClellan

    You have so much more patience than I do. The only things I can do for that long at a time involve guns or poles. As usual, however, your handiwork is incredible and your writing and photography make it interesting to read about as well.

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    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      I think we all have patience for certain things we enjoy doing… I’m sure I wouldn’t have nearly as much patience for the same things you do! Except maybe fishing – I think we can agree there. :)

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  3. Mary Miller

    Well,you know how to get the most out of ONE day !!! I, too, love stained glass–always have..Gene tried his hand at it ,as well…made a light fixture for a lake house that we had at the time. I noticed your cool necklace the other day,and wanted to ask you about it…so now I know!!! Looking forward to hearing about the “exciting things” going on this week….LOVE excitement!!!!!

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