Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Which, really, is the beauty of boro glass work. Boro is manufactured with a lot of silver in it (and some other elements as well) which results in a lot of shifting colors, special shine and depth. Rather unpredictable and addictive.
I work my boro beads and wands on a Nortel Minor torch with 1 O2 concentrator. With a stronger setup, you might get brigher colors and less haze. Many of my boro beads are up for sale on StringyThingy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
- Replant - let's keep Israel green by planting more trees. Once our country was tropical.
- Renew - renew our vows to go "green" and our commitment to Israel's (and the world's) environment
- Rethink - be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things
- Remember - this is the only planet that we have, and most of its resources are limited
- Remind - remind others, especially our children, the what, how and why of healthy environmental practices
- Reward - give a good word to people who do the right thing
- Respect - the needs and opinions of others, but don't be afraid to stand up against poor practices and attitudes
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I'm now the proud owner of several house gods, although owner might not be the right word - perhaps it should be "protectee." These are my first off-mandrel creations. I made them with boro glass and they have plenty of bling and a lot of charm. Much easier to care for and quieter than Spike and Buffy, our beloved yard dogs, who do tend to bark at night sometimes.
Meet Bear-Dog, family protector:
and the Striped Stallion, house god of creativity and passion:
And here is poor Curly-tailed Aardvark. I accidently snapped his tail off (ouch!) and while I'll try to repair him (whence he might become a curly-butt Aardvark!), reintroduction into the flame is tricky even for house gods like him, and he might explode.
Bear-dog and Striped Stallion are looking for a new home (Aarvark is simply looking for a new tail!). Click on my link on the right "Shop for Lampwork Beads" to find them.
Tip for Lampworking Artists:
Interested in learning to make animal figurines in the flame? I can highly recommend Pipyr's tutorials, which you can find here her Etsy store.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I'm now offering my tutorial, From Bottle to Bead, for sale on Etsy. Bottle to Bead is the happy result of many months of research and experimentation working with bottle glass: specifically, recycling my wine bottles into lampwork beads. My tutorial includes how to harvest bottle glass, what to expect when you use it and an annealing schedule for your kiln. And of course, I've illustrated it with lots of photos from my studio!
Tips for Glass Artists:
Interested in purchasing my lampworking tutorial? You can find it at StringyThingy, my Etsy store. And if beads aren't your thing, keep an eye out for my "soon-to-be-published" tutorial for stained glass artists, which will be sold through Glass & Light.
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