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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to find a clear glass pendant? on: July 01, 2008 02:36:16 PM
There's a pretty cool technique where you print your picture onto a decal, then fuse it to glass - that might make something cool for you. I've never done it myself but people do it all the time at the glass studio I play at.

2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help...I have a dilema. on: July 05, 2007 11:13:29 AM
Some merchants are really good about walking you through programming. Depending on where he bought it, you might get lucky with a phone call.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: glass working questions, please respond on: July 05, 2007 10:53:14 AM
Since it sounds like you're in michigan, here's some ideas:



Western Michigan:
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP : Getting Started With Glass Bead Making on: July 05, 2007 10:45:34 AM
Hi, I'm a bead maker & I teach beginner & intermediate classes in Portland, OR. This is definitely a craft you want to take a class to get started, esp. if you don't have any experience working with a torch. Its pretty easy to find a beginner class which should run about $100 & include all materials, tools & supplies. Its a good way to find out if you like it without buying any stuff, anyways.

Other options include renting videos (www.smartflix.com has a bunch) and books. Also, http://www.lampworketc.com is a great beady community as well as http://wetcanvas.com/forums/channels.php?s=&channel_id=40

If you do decide to go it alone, there's lots of info & vendors on these sites to help you get started. Good luck & have fun, its a fun hobby!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: glass bead making on: February 02, 2006 01:39:11 PM
wow, i stumbled on this post from like 2 years ago - how time flys! now i teach into torch classes at a glass studio in portland. lol! anyways, i think you can teach yourself from a book as long as you pay really good attention to the safety stuff. ventilation is probably going to be an issue if you make beads inside, unless you have a fan sucking all the nasty fumes outside. if you've ever played with a torch - welding, silver smithing, ect. its not much different. if you've never played with a torch - do yourself a favor & take a class. the flame is hotter than you'd expect & can be scary to get used to, esp. if you're unsure about what you're doing. if you live in or near a decent sized city, chances are either your local stained glass shop or community college offers lampworking classes. if you live in or near portland, oregon check out the studio  i teach at, its groovy!

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Any tips on shipping costs to non-US destinations? on: October 26, 2005 03:16:05 PM
The cheapest is USPS Global Priority Flat Rate. However much you can fit in the small envelope costs $5, large envelope is $9 I think

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dancing Bear Hat! Now w/ baby sweater! on: April 16, 2005 09:00:34 AM
i want it too! i have just the right hemp wool blend for that hat Smiley although maybe some rainbow multi would be better.... andi at andiluke dot com

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8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: i am in love with noro !!!!!!!!!*lots o pics on: April 16, 2005 08:52:33 AM
beautiful stuff... i feel up the noro whenever i'm in the lys... so much $$, but such purty yarn!
btw, i felted a purse made with lion brand landscapes, which is a multicolor wool/acrylic blend. the colors of the wool all blended during the felting process. i did it in the washing machine. anyways, try a test swatch & see if you like it! I like my results, but the pretty multicolor effect was seriously muted. Maybe since noro is much better quality it wouldn't be a problem for you.
9  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: NEW KNITTING?CRAFTY GROUP... on: April 04, 2005 09:43:21 AM
Is this happening? What's the details?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How do I pick keywords for search engine optimization? on: March 21, 2005 11:57:42 AM
sorry but its not that easy anymore!
metatags such as keywords & description, and the title tag are useful to display a nice listing in the search engine page, but don't have much (if anything) to do with your site actually being found. there are 2 things to do - use text in your pages that is "keyword rich" and have people with similar sites link to you. try to cover the bases of what people might search for in your text, and if possible make those keywords link to pages that contain more text about that subject. also use keywords as text links. instead of saying "buy my thingies, click here" with click here being a link, just say "buy my thingies" with thingies being a link. you should be more descriptive than that though.  crafty link exchanges rock. also very helpful, but seldom to be helped, is a descriptive url. www.homepage.com/~yourname sucks, while www.linoleumblockprints.com is darn tootin.

good luck!
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