Category: Lampworking & Glass

For posts about beadmaking and beady stuff

Crystals & working BIG

Last night’s crystal-shaped beads were more successful than they’ve been in the past. Definitely I don’t need to be making encased crystals until I get the unencased ones down, though! These also look better in lighter colors, and in transparent/translucent colors. Also, I love my two Zoozii’s XXL presses (the Kalera XXL and the Straight-Sided …

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Meh

Here I am trying to blog every day for a month, four days in, and I have nothing to say. Do we call this “blogger’s block,” akin to writer’s block? Or is it just symptomatic of the entire day, when I couldn’t get moving this morning, was blah all through class, came home and fell …

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Respond and Rework

I got this from Kandice Seeber, who got it from the BeadedLily’s Sketchbook blog — sounds like a fun meme! THE RULES: Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your own blog; replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention; add one more question of your own. THE QUESTIONS: What …

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One World One Heart Giveaway Winner

First, thank you to everyone who visited my blog to enter! I’m quite shocked to have received 415 comments on the One World One Heart Giveaway post. The Random Number Generator has spoken, and the Random Number generated was… 324 Comment number 324 was left by Candie L.! Candie, look for an email in your …

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One World-One Heart 2009 Giveaway

UPDATE: Comments are now locked, and I’ll be choosing/announcing the winner later today! The third annual One World-One Heart event, started by Lisa “oceandreamer” Swifka to bring bloggers around the world together, starts today!? The event encourages people to visit participating blogs and get to know other bloggers, and as incentive many bloggers are hosting …

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ArtFire

I’m not hugely sure about this move, but after monitoring a lot of chatter, I’ve gone ahead and opened up a studio at Artfire.? At the very least, it is an alternative outlet to Etsy for beads that I want to sell as is. I’m planning to keep finished pieces, including earrings and the majority …

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Mandrels and Bead Release

As a boro glass beadmaker, I’m prone to pushing my “consumables” to the limit and beyond. Mandrels and bead release both take a lot of abuse at my hands. It’s no trouble at all to melt through a 3/32″ stainless steel welding rod as I smooth out the glass I just wound onto it…that is, …

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It’s a new year but it’s the same old me

Notice there’s been no recap-of-2008 post here at Art of the Firebird, nor has there been a looking-forward-to-2009 post. I’m not writing about New Year’s Resolutions, goals, or any massive self-improvement changes coming up. I may have taken down the calendar that I’ve looked at behind my chair for the past twelve months and replaced …

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The 99 Things Meme

There’s a meme going around the blogosphere where you go through a list of 99 things, indicating the ones you’ve done, the ones you haven’t done and never ever want to do, and the ones you haven’t done but would like to do. Here’s my take on the list, with Things I’ve done in bold. …

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Finally Live at 1000 Markets!

It took some doing, but my shop at 1000 Markets is finally approved and open for business! I got the products and new pictures up and resubmitted it on Thursday, only to get a message back today saying that my pendants needed to be offered ready-to-wear on a cord or chain. Well, the cord/chain wasn’t …

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