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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Big Glass Bowls! 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
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Elasticated Daisy Chain Bracelets 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.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Buttons! 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

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Looking for a supplier of recycled tissue paper and Kraft bags? on: February 15, 2007 09:00:12 AM
I thought I'd come and pick your brains and ask if anyone knows of a cheap, reliable site/store that sells recycled paper products.

I'm doing my first craft fair in early march (yay!)  - all my knitted things are made from the finest natural yarns, so it sticks in my craw not to be able to use decent recycled paper products for wrapping them in.

I've tried Uline, but they don't seem to have anything 'envorinmentally friendly' - which is a pity, as they're usually very reliable. I've not needed bulk quantities of tissue paper/bags before, so I wonder if anyone has either) good websites or) knows of a store in the Los Angeles area that sells these things.

Any advice or suggestions gratefully recieved.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Disturbing Auctions on: December 23, 2006 06:03:32 PM
Hi everyone - my first post here!

So good to find a bunch of people who feel no need to crochet toilet roll holders and the like. i was beginning to think I was alone in my hatred of 'cutsey', but now I realise that I am in good company.

I'm in the process of teaching myself lampwork beads - so have many mangled and misshapen specimens. Who'd a thought making something as simple as a bead was so prone to disaster...I'll try and take some photos of the most awful ones, as I'm sure we could all do with a good laugh.

Anyway, regarding this board - and maybe also "Crafts gone bad" in the Blog section - have any of you ever been to Disturbing Auctions - www.disturbingauctions.com? The guy who runs the site has trawled many online auctions andcome across some truly, deeply hideous stuff. Really, really disturbing. More so, when you realise that people actually want paying for this tatt.
It made my cry with laughter when I first found it, but it seems not to have had any new items recently. I'm sure that there are many specimens still undiscovered...

Seemed appropos for this board, enjoy.
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