Greg and I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day. We got hit with Tropical Storm Lee, so we saw a lot of rain. Other than a few downed limbs, everything is fine and the sun is shining today. A perfect day to celebrate our 25% off everything After Labor Day Sale.
And if that wansn’t enough. My good friend Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This is having a sale as well.
Her After Labor Day Sale.
Stop by her Etsy store today through Thursday (until midnight eastern time). Spend $50 or more and receive a FREE set of bead caps (2 pair of BHB caps or 4 pair of regular beadcaps).Just put in the Notes section if you prefer Copper or Brass and if it’s BHB, let her know if you want to fit sterling tubing or copper tubing. Pattern and cap size is her choice, but you know there are no bad choices there!
FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50 also. Use the Etsy FREESHIP coupon at checkout.
Best. Hubby. Ever! I asked Greg a while ago to make some murrine of the image on the cover of my book. He did make it and it’s been sitting on the work bench waiting for me to get time to make something with it. I did of course ask him to make a marble,but he balked and sort of ignored my request.
Okay. No problem.
So, imagine my surprise when he pulled this out of the kiln this morning:
I love it! It is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for when I asked him to make me one a month ago. One side has the silhouette image and the other side has houses with silhouette ghost people. The bottom has skulls and flowers.
And on the top: The word Bourbon.
Again, I have to say, I love it! Thanks, Greg.
I’ve put it on eBay with the other marbles and have included a signed copy of the book in the listing. You can check it out here.
I know, I have been a terrible blogger lately. Please don’t hate me. Seriously, I have been one busy girl these last six months. First, let me start by thanking all of you, my loyal customers, since part of the reason I have been silent is all the time I have spent making beads. Business is still strong enough to keep us going and more times than not I have custom orders to fill. In these economic times, Greg and I both feel very lucky and blessed to have such wonderful and caring clients.
I bet you didn’t know that come December 29th it will be our five year anniversary of making beads and marbles full time. That’s right, in the last five years we haven’t worked for anyone but ourselves. And you of course. So Thank You! The time has flown by and we were just remarking today about how our time spent at our last jobs, which was roughly about five years also, seemed like an enternity while we were there. Neither of us could imagine going back. So here’s to the next five years. Catch ya online (or if you are in Tuscon this February at Best Bead stop by and say hi. We’d love to meet you).
A while ago Bullseye glass company came out with a limited color called glacier. It was a mix of clear and light blue that was one of the prettiest blues I’d ever had the pleasure to use. I just loved that color. I used it all and searched around for more in my stash and pouted heavily when I ran out. You see, it was a special production color that they don’t make anymore. I tried to con some of my girlfriends into letting me buy the few rods I knew they had, but no such luck. They didn’t love me enough.
I guess I could have put a call out to the lampwork community and offered to buy any loose rods various lampworkers had lying about, but I somehow felt bad asking people to part with this lovely color. So I decided to make my own. It isn’t exactly the same, but I still love it. I get this color by mixing a few regular colors together. I mix powder blue and a special blend of clear and white mixed together. I also sometimes go wild and mix robin blue with white and clear. Just call me crazy. I actually like to mix glass. I just take the rods and melt sections together and mix them up right there at the torch. It isn’t hard, just a little more time consuming.
The following beads have a base of powder blue and white and clear all mixed together.
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This months Ornament Thursday topic is Brew. So I brewed up a few witches for your viewing pleasure. Glass witches that is. I want to share with you how I started on my journey of witches. I asked my girlfriends to brain storm with me on new ideas for sculptural beads. They came up with a range of things, none of them sticking to my creative side. Then one of them put “witch” out there.
At the time I was pretty young in my lampworking days and just didn’t know how I would go about making such a piece in glass. So I searched for tutorials on one of my favorite lampworking sites lampwork Etc. I didn’t find a witch, but I did find a goddess tutorial by Sarah J Schalken.
I studied her tutorial and spent about three days working on my new witch design, and suddenly she was born. An excellent example of taking someone elses instruction and making it your own.
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I don’t know what happened on Friday, but clearly I was busy doing something else, as I totally forgot to post 99 cent Friday! But never fear, there are still four more days to get your bidding in. I just love these, the look like they glow.