Friday, June 23, 2017

It is Hot in Texas!

I will start with Fiery Yellow!

And End with some Water.

Stay Cool...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Something New

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

What are Lampworked Glass Beads??

When I am selling in person, I get so many people that walk up and think my beads are rocks :)
I have a brochure with the following explanation about Lampwork.  Thought this would be a good place to share it here.  Also, Pendants are on sale in the Etsy shop right now thru May!

SALE! Lampwork Glass Pendants

So, What are Lampworked Glass Beads?

Lampworking, also called flame working or torch working is an ancient form of glass work, originally using oil lamps.  Today a small oxygen and propane mix torch is used to melt glass rods. The two most common glasses used are soda-lime, and borosilicate.  Once in a molten state, the glass is wound around a mandrel that has been dipped in bead release so that is can be removed later.  The base bead can be shaped, sculpted and formed with the use of tools and gravity with the hot molten glass.  Smaller pieces of glass and metals can be used to decorate the base bead.  Once the bead is completed it is "garaged" in a pre-heated kiln until the bead making session is over.  After all the beads have been made, a digital program is run to anneal the beads to remove stress from the glass.  After the beads are cool they are removed from the mandrel and cleaned with hand tools, or dremel attachments under running water.  At this point the beads are finished.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Lampwork Glass Pendants

Some New Pendants up on Etsy.  Like my Facebook Page for a coupon code for 10% off!

Lampwork Glass Pendants

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Few New Pieces, and Art Squared this Saturday April 8th!

A few new pieces to share.  Thrilled to be joining the gifted artists at  Art Squared this Saturday!
these new pieces are just a few of what will be going with me.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello March!

The weather has been amazing in Texas! I wanted to share a few finished pendants.  I have been working a lot on finished pieces, but will post some beads as soon as I get caught up.