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1  Re: Fused Glass Boxes in Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions by speedingpullet on: February 21, 2014 09:06:37 PM
You pretty much have two choices - you can slump or you can glue

Its possible to make boxes with lids (fused separately obviously ;-) ) by using slumps. IIRC there are such things as butter dish molds that might be repurposed. The problem with doing it with a slump is that - for something that deep - the edges very often 'scallop' i.e. pull in in the middle and then flare out again towards the corners. Its a nice look, but if you're looking for dead-square boxes its probably not what you want.

Or, alternatively, you can fuse each side and then glue/tack fuse it together once you have all the pieces. I've seen glass birdhouses and decorative houses made this way. I've never done it myself, so can't comment or advise, sari.

Here's a picture of some glued birdhouses

Heres a butter dish slump

Would love to see what you come up with!
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2  Big Glass Bowls! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by speedingpullet on: November 11, 2013 03:15:02 PM
So, I've been spending my time since I bought my Evenheat 24" kiln earlier this year, in trying to make the biggest pieces possible in it.
Sadly, I haven't seen a 24" slump I like (or can afford at the mo), but I have an 18" one, and I'm busy filling up my house with 18" 9 lb fruit bowls pretty much as fast as I can ;-)

So, in no particular order.




And, all three of them on a table

I'm having a blast making them! I'm finding the intellectual challenge of figuring out how to modify my fusing and slumping schedules really satisfying. Plus, I've managed to get rid of almost all my scrap glass - and that's unpossible because I never seem to get to the end of my scrap glass, no matter how hard I try.

Still, i guess almost 9 pounds of glass, times three, will put a big dent in anybody's stash of scrap glass ;-)

The only problem is that I'm terrified and unwilling to ship them anywhere. My only solution is to keep them for myself (hah!) or to sell them locally to anyone who can carry them home by hand
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3  Elasticated Daisy Chain Bracelets in Beads: Completed Projects by speedingpullet on: September 20, 2012 09:47:33 AM

After going to a Bead and Gem Expo recently, I found myself - once again - clutching a bag of bright and shiny seed beads. I can never help myself, I just get mesmerised by the colors and the shapes.

I love seed beads.....
So much so that I already have 3 tackle boxes - about 15 kilos - of the little buggers.

So, this time - instead of putting them neatly away and forgetting about them - I decided I would actually make something from them!
Seeing as I recently moved house, all my other glass equipment is still in boxes, I needed something to occupy my hands when I'm not busy painting or unpacking

Made from size 8 and size 6 seed beads and 0.7mm stretchy elastic. Each bracelet is 8 flowers spaced by 8 light green beads - approx 6" (15 cm) in circumference - but obviously being strung on elastic means that it should fit over almost all hands. Or feet.

Hope you like them!

At some point - when I've stopped compulsively making them - I will put them on Etsy and Ebay for sale.
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4  Re: Smoothing edges? (for safety) in Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions by speedingpullet on: September 16, 2012 08:25:01 AM
Another alternative is to get a sharpening stone - iirc they're called Carborundum stones, and buff off the edges using the stone with a little dish soap. The soap acts as a good lubricant and isnt as messy as oil.

Though, I have to say I like the idea of rolling a jar under my feet for a while... ;-)

FYI, I bought a cheapish ($30 or so) tumbler about a year ago, and have found uses for it constantly. I also use it to harden metal wire in chainmaille and jewelry, so have a variety of different abrasives I use in it. I have ground walnut shell as my finest grit, then sharp sand, then for the coarsest grit I have some stainless steel shot. The shot will take the edges off glass in about 30 mins.

I haven't made wind chimes yet, so I'd love to see some pics when you're done!
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5  Buttons! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by speedingpullet on: May 03, 2012 10:38:12 AM
I learnt how to make lampwork buttons in class on tuesday, and wanted to share my happiness at how quick they are to make and how regular the shape and size is to achieve.

I posted a photo on my Facebook page and a friend already wants these for a cardigan she's knitting! So I suppose I'll have to go and make more now  Grin

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6  Re: Lampwork beads! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by speedingpullet on: August 28, 2011 09:44:04 AM
A bit late to the party - but I do lamp work beads too!

I started by using a Hothead torch about 4 years ago, then had a hiatus, and have recently made myself a 'girl cave' (read - the garage) with a small kiln and a Mega Minor torch. So now I'm not only making beads, I'm also fusing glass.

At the moment, I seem to be obsessed with making as many small beads on one mandrel as possible. I've managed to get 8 at once without any of them cracking, but I seem happiest doing 4 or 6 to a mandrel.

Needless to say, I'm making a LOT of stitch markers! Here's a set I photographed yesterday:

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7  Re: Anyone up for a 200 Crochet Blocks Crochetalong? in Crochetalongs by speedingpullet on: May 30, 2009 10:34:57 AM
Hey playswithneedles - and anyone else having trouble with # 35...

I think I figured it out! Grin

You DO do the 'chain 5, sl st into 2nd of 3-chain, ch5', and you DO start the next round by doing the trs into the chain-3 space of round 2 (a small, but vitally important step my eyes skimmed over the first...ooo...37 times I read the instructions).

What happens is you crochet OVER those extra chains as you work into the 3-chain space. As the stitches in Round 3 fan out, the 'extra' 5-chains from round 2 sort of mash into the clusters, and make the flower/cluster a bit fuller. Once you've finished cramming all those trebles into that little space, the extra chains are hardly noticeable as unconnected to the main cluster.

I actually finished it yesterday -

I haven't sewn in the ends, or blocked it, so its still a bit wibbly-wobbly. But, hopefully, you can see what I mean about the clusters.

Slightly OT - but why are crochet patterns so hard to read? Do they pay for them by the letter or something?

I understand the need to be succinct, but nowhere in the intro or instructions does it say "hey guys! You'll need to do something tricksy with the clusters! Pay attention!!"
Especially for total n00bs like me. A simple 100-word 'overview' or 'big picture description' at the beginning would be really helpful.....
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