Category: Lampworking & Glass

For posts about beadmaking and beady stuff

Sometimes it IS the equipment

I've been struggling with photographing my lampwork, that is, when I could make myself TRY to photograph it with our Kodak point-and-shoot digital camera. No matter what I did, I ended up frustrated. It was almost impossible to get decently focused pictures even using the macro setting; getting enough light was a herculean task; finding …

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1000Markets — Maybe not…

I got this response back today: Hi, I appreciate the work you put into your product and that you took the time to set up your shop and seek approval. Unfortunately, we are focused on “finished” products and do not yet have a place for wonderfully handmade supplies like beads and yarn. There’s just one …

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1000 Markets

Andrea found a new online site for selling handmade craft items, 1000 Markets. As soon as she mentioned it on Twitter, I popped over and checked it out. I liked what I saw and signed up right away! It’s pretty easy to set things up, and the fees are comparable to other venues once you …

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Listen to the little voice

Signing up for the latest swap on one of my Yahoo! groups was a mistake, I figured, but I went ahead and did it anyway.? I was right.? It was a round-robin, on a strict deadline, and I do not do terribly well with strict deadlines at the best of times. Right now, with my …

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Forums

As I said in my last post, the lampworking community and my place in it has a lot to do with my current state of mind. Last year I started the Glass Haven as a response to what I thought was what people were saying about the existing forums: The Big Forum (BF) is too …

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The need for civilized discussion

I love my GlassHaven peeps — we’ve had a very lively political discussion ongoing this week, but everyone is keeping it very civilized in its liveliness!!! I’ve been doing the “Best of the Week” posts here, (and cross-posting them to the GlassHaven) since TGH started. I’ve tried to include every lampworker-authored blog that I could …

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Politics, Economics, Attitude, and Irony

Warning:? Most of the time I stay out of political discussions. I’m not a fan of the current government of this country; actually I’m not a fan of a whole lot of government involvement in society at all.? Yet I’ve been following the current presidential election with more interest than in any past election, and …

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Letter to the Editor

The fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry was on the stands at Borders Saturday afternoon.? When I picked it up, the first thing I turned to was the Letters to the Editor section.? It contained four very brief, nothing-but-praise entries — not even a breath about the negative responses to the Carter Seibels feature in …

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Three Things You’d Save in an Emergency

Sara at On Simplicity wrote: what three non-essential things would you save in an emergency? Your family, friends, pets, and any medical needs are considered essential for this question, so we?ll assume you?ve already got those. As I think about my own answer to this, it really brings home how little I really need in …

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How I Do It

Not too long ago, Twiggy, one of my fellow lampworking-forum members, said to me: I don’t know how you keep all your online stuff up to date, run a forum and actually get to melt any glass. As I told her: Ha ha ha. The secret is I DON’T do it all as well as …

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