Tag: beads

Working BIG

Tonight I decided to try out my other new press, the Zoozii XL Straight-Sided Lentil.? The blurb says it takes a fair bit of glass and they are not kidding, not for a bead 1.5 inches in diameter and 18 mm. thick!? It took close to a rod and a half to just make the …

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Back to COE104

So Mincot and I melted some glass yesterday after Thanksgiving dinner.? Mostly we got into the Moretti and Vetrofond — you know, the soft stuff.? Of course I kept trying to lose it off the mandrel, and kept having to tell myself “waft it, don’t just slam it into the flame” and “easy, easy, don’t …

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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 …

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If the nightingale will not sing, wait

Yes, good things will come to those with patience.? The show was vastly better today than yesterday.? Foot traffic was definitely higher, and people were evidently in much more of a spending mood.? We had one couple that accounted for probably over half our sales, as it turned out (though I don’t know for certain …

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Disappointing show so far

Indeed, this weekend’s show was certainly disappointing on the first day, not only for us but for all the other artisan-vendors we talked with.? I thought all day that there didn’t seem to be the attendance I was accustomed to seeing, and both Diane and Lisa confirmed it.? I do not even think we have …

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Getting ready for the show

No matter how organized you are, there is always a certain frantic scramble in getting ready for a show.? I’ve been pretty good about keeping my display stuff all packed together, but since the tables at Down the Street are eight foot tables and my display stuff is for a six foot table, I had …

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Peer inspiration

One way to get inspired is to occasionally hang out with fellow lampworkers.? I’m fortunate enough to live near Atlanta, which is large enough to have a community of lampworkers and beadmakers who come together as the Southern Flames, which is a chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.? People always come to the …

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Buckle down and accomplish something

I don’t know if I work better under pressure, but I certainly get more done under pressure.? With the holidays looming on the horizon, the bead show this weekend, family and friends coming next week for Thanksgiving dinner, and the end of the semester around the corner, I have a lot on my agenda. In …

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Weer in ur bede show, scopin’ out ur displaze

Since DH decided not to go to his martial arts classes today because he was still achy from this week, we went out to the Intergalactic Bead Show in Duluth.? It’s not a show I attend frequently because it takes about 40 minutes to get out there, and it’s not a show I’ve heard that …

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Finding Inspiration — Flaming Hot Tips Tuesday

I spent the last day since Tuesday’s tip was posted trying to think where I find my inspiration for my beads. Nothing specific came to mind! I don’t ever really go LOOKING for inspiration anyway, it seems. It just seems to appear spontaneously out of my subconscious when I sit down to the flame. I …

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