Nadeene Horak

             Artist & Owner of Say it With Glass

How I Got My Start............ 

Playing marbles, making rainbows with prisms, collecting bottles & sea glass are all vivid memories of my childhood! I still have sea glass from my teenage years romping around Singer Island & Palm Beach. Back then I knew someday I was going to learn to make cool stained glass art. It took many years to finally pursue it. The years of delay were spent in my home state of sunny south Florida where I grew up, went to school & spent too much time at the beach and lived a barefoot Florida lifestyle. At 20 years old I was living aboard a 50' Chris Craft Constellation on the New River in Fort Lauderdale with my husband. During those 32 years of marriage if we were not working on a boat, we were buying one to live aboard before we resold it and started over again. Boats, water, fishing & beaches. Fast forward to today and Im doing the same thing in a whole new way! When I became a widow in 2008, guess what I did? I signed up for those stained glass classes that I knew I would do 'someday'. I have been working with glass ever since. I still buy & sell boats and now I hold a Florida Yacht Brokers License too. Boats & Glass......What better way to combine my two interests? Maritime Signal Flags have always fascinated me. I would see them in Marinas, displayed on nautical items or boats & I always tried to figure out what the flags spelled. I thought it was a whole new way of communicating with secret colorful symbols! How cool! I hope you also enjoy all the items I have created at Say It With Glass!

So what EXACTLY are you buying here? Let me explain.......

If you love nautical art and want a colorful accent or decor in your home, business, boat or yacht or if you want to WEAR signal flags as jewelry, you have come to the right store! What is fused glass? It is several pieces of glass that has been first cut to size and then placed in a kiln (oven). Heated over 1400 degrees the glass melts & 'fuses' together! Want to spell your name? Intials? A message? All 26 letters of our alphabet & all 10 digits of numbers are represented by an International Code of Signals also known as Maritime Signal Flags. Still in use today, these flags were used in ancient times aboard ships so that they could communicate with each other. Aside from the alphabetical letter that is represented, some individual flags have meanings all their own. For example the flag that represents the letter "T" means "Keep clear of Me". Send that one to the person you don't want around anymore. The letter "V" means "I require assistance". Send that to the person you do want around! The letter "X" means "Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals".  Put that one at the head of your bed. The letter "Z" means "I require a tug".  Well, use your imagination! These cute and colorful flags can be used anywhere! Come up with something clever.....want to spell that 4 letter word and turn it into 4 coasters? See where Im going with all this?! You can also wear signal flags and dress yourself up by clicking on the link for our signal flag jewelry for the Captain and the Mate. Nautical wearable art for men and woman. If you love boats and a nautical lifestyle, you are going to LOVE this jewelry collection! Check out all the signal flag 'stuff' for the galley too! Galley = Kitchen for you landlubbers!

How to Buy...........

For all the plaques and name plates, the signal flag squares are 3" glass tiles that can be bought just as you see them and used any way you wish.  All the 3" letters and all the 3" numbers are $10 each. If you want to display them on wood, you will also need to buy a wood display depending on where or how you want to show them off. Want a name plate for your desk? Buy the wood 'rack'. It is made just like the letter tray from the game Scrabble that held all those letter tiles when you were a kid. Your 3" fused glass tiles will slide right in and be instantly ready to sit on your desk or shelf.  Rather hang it on your wall? The wood plaque would be your choice. You decide if you want to display it vertically or horizontally and order it accordingly. I will then permanently glue each tile to the wood plaque for you. I ship & you are ready to hang! Click on 'Display Your Signal Flag Art' under the 'shop' menu to see various options for displaying your signal flags. Don't want wood? Some names (depending on how many letters) can be all fused together & hung vertical or horizontal, without the wood. These too are 'ready to hang' because they contain a small metal hook already fused into the glass to create an anchor point for hanging. Simple & colorful art! Display it or wear it. Now you know what I know....lets go shopping!

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