Since we’re still not caught up with the backlog of blog posts, here’s another installment of the catchup series. Today, we’re featuring some “eye candy” posts!
Here you go, the best of the lampworking blogosphere this week:
- Most of us have beloved pets, but sometimes their mischief in our studio can wreak true havoc. Andrea Winkler’s four-legged guest caused quite a panic when he got into her lampworking supplies last weekend.
- Sheila Morley shares some of her recent murrini experiments at Watch Me Create.
- Andrea’s been experimenting as well, in her case with color mixing.
- Amy begins a new series on starting an online business with some words on business names.
- Kandice Seeber shares the results from a color experiment that, well, just worked.
Kandice Seeber at Coloraddiction pointed me to the “What Tarot Card Are You?” quiz online. I can’t say the result surprised me at all — that’s always been the Major Arcana card I’m most drawn to, and the “make or break” card when it comes to whether I’ll like a particular deck or not.
You are The High Priestess
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.
The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluctuation, particularly when it comes to your moods.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Really. It’s a real Best of the WEEK. I’m not caught up with posting the backlog yet, but I’ll put up another special mid-week post or two to finish that process.
- Going back to color, Kandice Seeber has something new to say about seasonal color at ColorAddiction.
- The Art Bead Scene helps us create a business plan for the new year.
- Lori Greenberg makes us all pea-green with envy (or would that be Envy Green?) with a virtual tour of Fire & Friends Z Studio. After seeing that, we’re all going to want to move to Arizona!
- Once Kelley received her own copy of Val Cox’s new Frit Secrets book, she was on a frit-melting roll!
- If you haven’t already heard (have you been under a rock this week?), our own Maureen McRorie won the Frabel Novice Glass Artist award! Andrea Winkler shares her delight, and a picture of the winning image, with the world.
Here we go with Part 2 — COLOR!!!
- From Kandice Seeber at ColorAddiction,
- Karolen’s been playing with CiM Sangre – A Luscious Pomegranate Red
- The Art Bead Scene gives us The Trendy Bead — Color Reports.
Next up — some philosophical musings!
Okay. I admit it. The blogosphere hasn’t been THAT quiet; I just keep neglecting to post the “Best of.” But thanks to Tinroof saying how much she’s missed it, let’s see if we can’t get caught up a bit! Given how many are built up in the backlog, I’m going to break it down into a couple of postings. This first one will cover web tools and other useful things for the glass business person.
So here goes:
- For all the Etsy shop owners frustrated by the lack of browser tools provided by Etsy itself, Etsy Bitch introduces Etsy Hacks and more Etsy Hacks, courtesy of the husband of an Etsy shop owner. These work with the Firefox web browser only, and are Greasemonkey scripts.
- Trying to figure out how to make the best use of Twitter? Humblebeads has some Twitter Tips for Artists & Designers. While you’re at it, make sure you’re following @artofthfirebird, @4TailsLampwork, @flamekeeper, @Kandice_Seeber, and @JudithJohnston, the GlassHaven Tweeters. Oh, and if you’re a TGH member who Tweets, make sure you add your Twitter ID so we can follow YOU.
- Melissa Lee talks about the ethical issues in reusing old beads.
- Henry Grimmet of Glass Alchemy simply says “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!”
- At Watch Me Create, Linda Morrison ponders the idea of series creation.
- Etsy recently added social bookmarking options to their website. Now you can bookmark and share your favorite items on most of the big social networking sites.
Next up: All About COLOR!
In between computer maintenance tasks and upgrades, I pause to bring you the Best of the Week!
- At Ghost Town Glass, Janine videos John creating a border collie in glass.
- Marcy Lamberson shares her Picasso-ish homework assignment from Sylvie Lansdowne‘s creativity class.
- Lydia Muell turns her love for roses into a new series of beads.
- Lori Greenberg politely gives the lampworking forum world an etiquette lesson.
- What does a lampworker do when she’s in a creative slump? Ask her fellow lampworkers for homework, and find some new glass to play with, or at least you do if your name is Andrea Winkler.
- There’s an interview with lampwork/jewelry artist Kerry Bogert at Art Bead Scene, complete with colorful eye candy.
Some recent lampworking goodies gathered for your reading pleasure!
- Etsy recently published the Etsy Seller Handbook, a list of links to many articles on the nuts and bolts of selling on, of course, Etsy.
- If you love Lydia Muell’s beads, you’ll be blown away by her blown glass perfume bottles.
- Lori Anderson gets inspired by the latest Tierracast catalog over at Watch Me Create.
- Can you believe it? Sarah Hornik organized her glass!
- Luann Udell has some tips for making sure you get paid in this tough economy.
- Lori Greenberg finally succeeds in pairing the perfect blue with the perfect brown.
- Rachel of InfernoGlassBeads shares how three of her favorite lampworkers adorn their (and your) life with their work.
- Seraphim Flameworks doesn’t just play with Double Helix Glass — they’ve experimented with ASK Silver Rattan and Vetrofond Black recently with some stunning results.
It’s a veritable plethora of bloggy goodness out there this week!!!
- At the new Glass Arts blog on CraftGossip.com, Lori Greenberg finds two bead artists inspired by American Gothic.
- Seraphim Flameworks tests out the latest Double Helix odd lots and test batches.
- Karolen’s still learning about Pandora as she tries restriking some unstruck beads in the kiln.
- Karolen didn’t spend ALL her time at the torch this week, though — she found a useful new tool for Etsy sellers on the Web.
- Can you make a living as a lampworker? Deanna Chase does it.
- That Marcy Lamberson is a busy, busy person! First she finds the perfect tool to help with the glassy details on your beads.
- Then she coaches Fiona in making a blackbird and a penguin at the torch.
- For the week’s Major Eye Candy, Hannah Rosner knocks our collective socks off with her latest necklaces using not just lampwork, but a plethora of seed beads and crystals as well.
Here’s your latest “Best of” list from the Lampworking Blogosphere!!
Some COLORFUL posts this time:
- Dogmaw’s been experimenting with Glass Alchemy’s Jamboree lately.
- Karolen’s playing with Double Helix’s new Pandora.
- Kandice finds plenty to love in new and old Creation is Messy colors.
We have two artist interviews:
In the miscellaneous category:
- Lisa Liddy compares her current studio and her ideal studio at Collective Creatives.
- Lori Greenberg’s bead designs continue to evolve at Watch Me Create.
- Luann Udell identifies her legacy in the midst of cleaning her attic.
- Finally an anonymous Etsy Bitch Auxiliary member shares a different perspective on Etsy’s “Quit Your Day Job” series.