Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Two Really Good Days

I love it when melting glass is just fun, when I can just play. (Without third degree burns!) I'm putting some new work on eBay tomorrow, but I'm concentrating on gallery orders, and building some inventory.

Also....I'm getting REALLY excited about my trip to Scarab Glass in California next month!! I've never been to California....I can't wait. This will be fun!

I'm doing really cool stuff with metal in my beads; I'm not sure why I'm so obsessed with this, but it's what I have to do right now, so I'm following my muse...or spirit guide....or whatever critter is influencing me. My studio is so tidy, it's a good feeling to work in an orderly environment. Next project: My study.


Monday, February 16, 2009

When you don't feel like making beads....

Clean your studio! Seriously, it was getting so bad, "stuff" was encroaching on my floor space slowly but surely; so I'm having what my Mom used to call a cleaning "blitz". I've bundled up all of the glass that I'm not using these days....POUNDS of Satake, at least a pound of boro, several pounds of reichenbach....geez.

It's actually fun, right now I'm going through my books and magazines....that's a tough one for me, because I'm loath to get rid of written material, but space is an issue. I think I'll have an evening of magazine clipping, and just keep the bits that I need.

So I'm having a productive day at least, and tomorrow I'll be back to bead making with a clean studio.

Peace, everyone!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Clear Glass. 104 COE. Nope, not happening.

I posted a rant on a lampwork forum today, because I was really badly burned by a chunk of molten glass that attached itself to my 'upper' chest area. I mean really attached, in that I had to pluck the glass away from my flesh, and tear the skin.

I can't tell you how much this sort of have to be there. The thing is; there is, at the present time, not ONE reliable clear glass in the 104 COE line. Not one.

Most soft glass artists get it....we've been fighting this battle for years. Just how hard is it to give us clear glass??? Suppliers give us endless "odd lot" garbage, (otherwise known as 'mistakes' that they suck artists into paying huge $$$ for), but they just can't seem to manage the one thing that we want, a dependable, compatible, non scummy/seeded with crap/bubbles clear glass.