Tag: beads

Please let it really be in stock!

Glass Alchemy discontinued several of their Boromax colors right after I got into working boro.? A couple of them were colors I had tried and very much liked, so when AuraLens put their remaining stock on sale, I was able to get some Phthalo Blue and Teal Carnival, plus one lone rod of Blush which …

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Demo Day

The Southern Flames Demo Day was yesterday. For $10 you get to sit there all day and watch demos by your fellow glass artists, schmooze with them, and eat a yummy chili lunch. I always opt for Gerry’s white bean and chicken chili — not too hot and utterly delish. The six demos were as …

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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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Serendipitous Show Scheduling

Sometimes opportunities fall into your lap, and it’s up to you to recognize and seize them even if they don’t seem convenient. Last night I was helping out at the GPC-Dunwoody Open House, just standing there talking to prospective computer science students. Suddenly the woman my department head was chatting with turned to me and …

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Getting ready for eBay

I’m at the point where I’m going to be dragged kicking and screaming into selling my lampwork on eBay.? I’ve tried the Annealer Boutique for six months or so, and in that time I have sold one item.? It’s not just me, either; other lampworkers have indicated that it’s just not working for them either.? …

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Who are my idols?

From Flaming Hot, this week’s BlogIt: Who do you admire? Aspire to emulate? Look to as the artisan you wish to be? In setting goals and reaching higher where do you find your benchmarks? Blog it! There are plenty of beadmakers and artisans whose work I admire, most of whom are listed at my web …

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Keeping track of creative ideas

This week’s Flaming Hot Tips Tuesday topic is keeping a journal of your lampworking trials and ideas. I don’t exactly do that, not like Jennifer describes. What I have is notebooks. Gazillions and kaboodles of notebooks. For starters, I’ll find and print out tutorials and the like from the web, and put them in an …

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Creating Color Combinations

This week’s Flaming Hot Tips Tuesday asks how we come up with color combinations when working with glass. Sometimes I’ll have a color combination in mind based on something I’ve seen lately; sometimes I’ll just use colors that “feel” right for the current season. As an example, I’ve been doing a lot lately with autumn-type …

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Boro color thoughts

When it comes to boro glass, playing with color is what it’s all about. Sure, some of the colors are WYSIWYG, but those aren’t the colors I especially like to play with. What thrills me is when I take one color of glass, stick it in the flame, play with it, manipulate it, and it …

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Wasting propane

With this nasty spring cold I haven’t felt up to torching once I got home from work for several days. Last night I finally did, but after looking at what came out of the kiln this morning I think it was a waste of propane. I have a pair of purple crystals that look decent …

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