Tag: beads

Bead Mercantile Day 2

Day 2 was a bit disappointing. I did do better on Saturday than on Friday, but not by much. From talking to customers and to other vendors, I understand that the attendance was way down from what they usually expect. I don’t think the competition from the other show at the Galleria hurt it too …

Continue reading

Bead Mercantile Day 1

So far, so good. It was a slow but steady stream of customers for most of the day, very manageable. I had covered my table fee by noon, which was a relief! I am SO glad I set up to take VISA/MC — that accounted for 75% of my sales easily. Today should be quite …

Continue reading

Bead Mercantile

I’m doing it! It crept up on me and I nearly missed it, but I’ll have a table at the Bead Mercantile show this weekend in Smyrna. There was still room available when I inquired early last week, so I got my application to Jodie, and talked with her today to make sure I was …

Continue reading

Larry Scott Class

The Larry Scott class offered through Southern Flames last weekend was, to me, many things: A huge education. Larry demonstrated many tricks and techniques that I had never before seen, and explained some things I had seen before in a new way so that I finally “got it.” I sort of understood the idea behind …

Continue reading

Where has my mojo gone?

I got back on the torch tonight, after almost a month away from it. Ugh. No mojo. I’ll be surprised if there’s one decent bead in the lot. Between a month off, trying to adjust to the new torching glasses, trying out a new type of bead, and trying out a couple of my new …

Continue reading

Press-challenged no more?

I’ve been feeling press-challenged ever since I started lampworking. First I got a Zoozii’s Kalera Long & Lean press (aka a Bead Squeeze) — too much glass squeezing out the sides no matter what I did. Then I went with a couple of the Tapley lentil tongs — very hard to get just the right …

Continue reading

Music to melt glass by

I’ve had my stereo hooked up in my studio for a couple of months, but rarely remember to turn it on before I fire up the torch. Today I remembered, and put the newest Putumayo Celtic compilation, Celtic Crossroads, in the CD player. I have a huge passion for contemporary Celtic music, and now I …

Continue reading

Finding Myself in Business

I ran into my next door neighbor, Carla, this evening as she was sitting in the alley behind our condos exercising Dusty-Puppy. We’ve been chatting off and on for some time about my beads and her jewelry, and apparently we’re both about at the same point of setting up in business with our avocations. After …

Continue reading

A nice compliment

At the last Southern Flames meeting, I was off to the side filling out my form as I tried to choose which of three beads from the Folk School class I was going to submit to be photographed for the 2006 postcard. Walter, one of the long-time members, looked over my shoulder to see the …

Continue reading

What I Did on My Spring Break

I took Marjorie Langston’s glass beadmaking classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in western North Carolina. Yes, I could have stayed home all week and torched, but I would have had a multitude of distractions and no feedback. This way I learned new techniques, played with new ideas, fed off of my classmates’ …

Continue reading