Tag: glass

On the Road to Roanoke

Observations: Even after rush hour ends, Atlanta traffic, even in the off-direction, is no fun. There’s a Carhartt outlet at Commerce. I wonder if they carry women’s stuff. Bulldogs are loveably slobbery fun to pet. Playing tug-of-war with a 40 pound bulldog is a good workout for your deltoids & such. The guys at Mountain …

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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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Meh

Here I am trying to blog every day for a month, four days in, and I have nothing to say. Do we call this “blogger’s block,” akin to writer’s block? Or is it just symptomatic of the entire day, when I couldn’t get moving this morning, was blah all through class, came home and fell …

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One World One Heart Giveaway Winner

First, thank you to everyone who visited my blog to enter! I’m quite shocked to have received 415 comments on the One World One Heart Giveaway post. The Random Number Generator has spoken, and the Random Number generated was… 324 Comment number 324 was left by Candie L.! Candie, look for an email in your …

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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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Mandrels and Bead Release

As a boro glass beadmaker, I’m prone to pushing my “consumables” to the limit and beyond. Mandrels and bead release both take a lot of abuse at my hands. It’s no trouble at all to melt through a 3/32″ stainless steel welding rod as I smooth out the glass I just wound onto it…that is, …

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A Safety Tip

I found out tonight that it is NOT a good idea to let crud accumulate under one’s torch table. My table is a converted utility shelving unit, with a particle board shelf on the bottom to hold my oxycon and act as a footrest. There is about a one-inch gap between the bottom of the …

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Thanks a lot, Glass Alchemy

Dear Glass Alchemy, Thanks a lot.? I've been on a self-imposed until-we-move-this-fall glass buying moratorium recently, because I already have so much glass to move that merely thinking about it makes me cringe.? I was doing just fine until I got your newsletter in my email this morning.? Sure, I'm delighted to see that the …

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It’s the hands, not the tool

The Eternal Tool Debate reared its pointy little head once again in the lampworking cyberworld recently, fueled in part by the same Belle Armoire Jewelry article on Carter Seibels that I wrote about a couple of days ago: …there are all kinds of other shortcuts that bead buyers need to understand.? Many bead makers have …

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Ageism isn’t okay either.

Most of us know better by now than to make racist or sexist comments, at least in public.? Ageism, though, seems to still be considered fair game, at least among certain venues in the craftosphere. First there was this little gem from the Etsy Forums: Vanessa says (snip) Here’s the thing. We really want to …

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