Tag: beads

Quickie

No, not THAT kind of quickie ::frown::. I spent all evening doing all the show prep stuff that I know not to put off until the last minute but do so anyway. I always end up cleaning the last batch of beads on the last night, and then they have to be sorted, culled, placed …

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ALMOST Indestructable Mandrels

I work mostlywith borosilicate glass (better known as Pyrex), which tends to make me a mandrel-killer. These mandrels are stainless steel TIG welding rods so are meant to handle heat…just not the kind of heat I need to make that glass MOVE where and how it’s supposed to move. I burn through 3/32″ mandrels routinely …

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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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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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Christmas Presents

DH and I don’t make a big huge deal out of Stuff as possible for Christmas, since we pretty much have everything we want/need anyway, and if we don’t we get it for ourselves if we really want it. My family has gotten so darn big (parents, five kids plus spouses, eleven grandkids) that the …

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Cynthia Rutledge’s Class

I haven’t done any seed bead work in ages. It didn’t stop me from squeezing in a Cynthia Rutledge class on her annual trip to Beads by Design, because her work is phenomenal. The class levels were advertised as intermediate to advanced, but I figured I knew just enough to get by if I was …

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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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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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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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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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