Best of the Fortnight ending 5/4/2008

Things are still a little slow in the blogosphere, so another Best of the Fortnight (ending 5/4/2008): At Watch Me Create, Kerry Bogart describes how she found a host of new possibilities from beads she already had in front of her. In response to a recent Flaming Hot! topic, Amy Kuczewski describes a week in the life of a typical lampworker. Also at Watch Me Create, Linda Morrison blogs about the trials and joys of working with recycled glass. Still watching our fellow artists create, Terri Lovins shows her creation process with a start-to-finish description of making a necklace. Need …

Best of the Week ending 3/16/2008

Here they are — the best posts from the world of lampworkers’ blogs for the week ending 3/16/2008! Lori Greenberg has just set up The Glass Directory, a free directory of all things glassworking-related. List yourself in it; use it as you plan your next trip and add on some glassy goodness! Does one’s Muse keep to a regular schedule? Deborah Gregory isn’t sure, but she’s trying to work one out with hers. It’s always fascinating to hear about someone’s journey to glass. This week Suzanne Tate shares hers with Collective Creatives. This week’s Flaming Hot! asks lampworkers to blog …

Best of the Week ending 3/9/2008

Once again, the best lampworking blogs of the week, for the week ending March 9, 2008: Etsy’s The Storque newsletter brings us ideas for doing a craft show withougtbreaking the bank. “Bead porn” has to be special to make Best of the week — Amy Kuzcewski’s Khaos set and quark set are definitely something drool-worthy! Kim Miles mulls over how things are different lately. The Flaming Hot! topic of the week was discounts — to offer or not to offer. Lori Greenberg discusses how she handles wholesale pricing while Lyn Foley describes how offering a one-time discount can come back …

Best of the Week 2/24/08

Ran a bit late posting this because I’ve been mostly out of pocket the past five days, but here you are, for your reading pleasure! Best lampwork blog postings for the week ending 2/24/2008: Amy the Flamekeeper puts the old saying of “location, location, location” into a proper context for the Internet. Lori Greenberg (aka BeadNerd) provides her perspective on self-promotion. Luann Udell adds to her list of “interesting” customers with your “new best friend”. Hooray!! ColorAddiction is back, as Kandice Seeber, the Queen of Pink, tests the new CIM Cranberry Pink. Art Bead Scene interviews Timothy Adam, designer of …

Back to the Future???

Time for another Flaming Hot! Blog It! You fall asleep and think you are dreaming. But really, you have just traveled through time forward 5 years. What does your glass world look like? Blog it! Hmmm.? Well, I think it looks, ah, full of glass… Seriously, now. Honestly, I’m not sure how different the studio, at least, looks from today.? More glass, perhaps.? I hope I’ll have decided by then whether I’m giving up the Bullseye or the COE104, since I already do mostly boro and two soft glass COEs is probably unnecessary.? There’s always the possibility that I’ll have …

The little things…

Last week Flaming Hot asked us: What are the little ways you enjoy glass and the business you run? That was a stumper for me, because there’s not much about glass that I don’t enjoy.? If anything, it would be easier to say what I DON’T enjoy about glass and the business I run. There are two little ways, though, that I particularly enjoy my avocation.? One is just watching the glass itself melt.? For me, that is mesmerizing and utterly relaxing, even if I tense up immediately afterward because I’m trying something new or very complex. That little moment …

My current staple glass object

From Flaming Hot We all hang on to the familiar. What is your staple glass object you continue to make and why? Blog it! My staple glass object right now would have to be something like this: These are really just very basic beads from boro glass. I start by making a twistie cane of three or four or six colors striped over a clear core. This one was made from Northstar Caramel, Elvis Red, and a green (possibly Glass Alchemy Aqua Azul, but I am not sure). Once I make the twistie, I use it as the core for …

Goals and Objectives

From Flaming Hot! How do you track the progress of your glass business? Do you set goals and benchmarks to be reached? Do you have detailed directives? Do you just plod along and let it happen? Tell us what you do to keep your business thriving. Blog it! Up until now I haven’t really had goals and benchmarks for my glass business. The “business” part of it just sort of happened. A year or so after I started lampworking, I started selling the occasional bead or set, and that made me realize that it was becoming an endeavor that had …

Get it Done — Flaming Hot! Blog-It

This week’s Flaming Hot Blog-It!: Being self employed has it?s rewards and challenges. How do you manage to get your work done? Blog it. I’m not altogether self-employed — I do have that “day job” teaching computer science. The lampworking is very much a side business.? It is very hard some days to come home, switch gears, and work on the side business.?? If it’s an evening when I need to make something, usually that’s not so tough.? I find that melting glass is relaxing and stress-relieving, and I look forward to doing that unless I’m just too tired to …

Etching beads

This week’s Flaming Hot! Tips Tuesday discusses etching beads.? That’s one of those techniques I’ve never gotten around to yet, so I’m reading everyone’s tips with great interest.? Apparently milk (not skim, has to contain fat) is the magic ingredient to stop the chemical process.? Who would have thought it! I’m pretty sure etching won’t work much, if at all, with boro glass.? However, I do have a lot of Moretti/Vetrofond beads that haven’t attracted any real attention at a couple of shows now.? It might be worth a try at etching some of those and see how well they …