Archive | May 2009

Playing with Murrine

Last week I went on a murrine binge.  For those of you unaware of what murrine is, it is a design made in glass cane and pulled down, like fimo clay.  Almost all of Greg’s marbles are made with murrine he has made.  Well, he has bins and bins of glass chips of murrine in all kinds of designs, fish, flowers, bugs, butterfly, space themes (aliens, spaceships, rockets), lizards, turtles, people, houses, all kinds of animals and lots lots more.

So he told me last week I could use as much of his murrine as I wanted.  So I did.  I made some pressed beads and some focals.  Using these type of murrine in pressed beads can be a challenge because it is so easy to distort the design.  So I put them on after I do my first press, then repress and reshape.

I worked with sunflowers (Most of you know how I LOVE sunflowers):

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Remember how I wrote earlier Greg said I could use as much of his murrine as I wanted?  Yeah, just after I made these he said, “Hey! You used all of my sunflowers.” So?

Fish and crabs:

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And finally some butterflies:

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All of these are currently on ebay.

All Caught up. Time for a sale!

Hello,

The middle of this month finds me all caught up on orders for once!  So, here is your chance to put me to work.

I am, again, running my buy one get one half off sale in my etsy and artfire stores.  I’ll also honor it on my website.  Just order what you like and either pay and I’ll refund you the sale price, or wait to pay and I’ll invoice you the correct amount. Which ever you prefer.

You can combine orders from any of my sites for the discount and there is no minimum.  Buy two get two half off.  Buy three get three half off and so on.

Just a reminder, we take paypal and credit cards and checks and money orders.  For credit card, just indicate you’d like to pay that way and I’ll send an email invoice.  Simple and easy!

www.cdlampwork.etsy.com

www.cdlampwork.artfire.com

www.chase-designs.com

Sale runs through Memorial day!  Happy shopping.

Deanna

*The lower priced item will receive the 1/2 off discount.

I took the morning off and read a book.

Yeah, so those of you who know me, realize this isn’t exactly earth shattering news.  However, I have been working awfully hard this last month, and working half days on my so-called days off.  Thursday’s torching session left me all caught up on orders and with three new sets in reserve.  WOOT!  I am actually ahead for once.

On Monday I took my time reading my usual book/agent/publishing blogs and ran across this post on Author! Author!  Beren deMotier, author of THE BRIDES OF MARCH, guest blogs about her road to publication and why she ultimalty decided to self-publish.  The memior takes an inside look at a same sex couple who married in Mutltnomah County, Oregon in March of 2004, during the brief period of time, same sex marriages were legal.

After reading deMotier’s guest blog, I popped onto amazon, read the first chapter, and immediately ordered it.  The book arrived this morning.  Greg knew I was a goner as soon as he saw me open the amazon package.  Ohh, a new book.  New reading material (like I don’t have a to-be-read pile twenty books deep already).  I wasn’t disappointed.

Throughout THE BRIDES OF MARCH, I laughed with deMotier at the everyday trials and tribulations all families experience and was moved to tears as she took me through the feelings of finally being married and what the right meant to her and her family. And then what it felt like to have to it taken away.

As an artist, a former vagabond, and self-described hippy of sorts (minus the drugs), it’s hardly a secret I am a liberal democrat (though I rarely talk politics here).  I’ve always been for gay rights, was appalled when I saw signs advocating the passage of banning gay marriage on lawns of people I knew and loved in 2004 when the measure was on the ballot in Oregon, and was terribly disappointed when California passed prop 8 last year.  However, I can’t say I ever really understood what marriage meant or could mean to my gay friends.  This book changed that.