Category: Flaming Hot

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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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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My studio is…

(This week’s Flaming Hot Blog It!) …an appalling mess to look at, but in all that mess is a haven of creativity and serenity. It’s almost always that way, so it must work for me somehow.? I always have a small space for a studio, and try to cram an insane amount of creative paraphernalia …

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Tips Tuesday – Creative Outlets

Flaming Hot’s Tuesday Tip is to have more than one creative outlet, so that when your creativity goes south in one area, you have something else to work on.? This shifting gears lets other parts of your creative energies get exercised while the exhausted area rests, and is supposed to get you back on track …

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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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Flaming Hot — Someday I want to…

…find a true signature bead style, something that, when people look at it, they think of me.? After a bit over two years of lampworking, very part-time, I feel like I’m still a dilettante.? I still spend a lot of time trying to learn the glass, how it flows, what the heat and flame do …

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