Saturday, December 20, 2014

Plug in for Stoney Heights Farm and Laurie's Country Cupboard!

First, goats, eggs, and handmade goat milk soap!

Billie makes the BEST BEST BEST soaps!!!
Soap page:

Windsor soap she has available for sale, among many other scents!

Contact Billie:

Check out her blog for more information on what's going on with her farm!

Next, Laurie's Country Cupboard!  
I love Laurie's homemade vanilla extract and natural products.
See her stuff here on Facebook:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bead making

I finally got caught up enough to spend some time with the new torch and kiln today.  I couldn't do a lot, thanks to the health issues, but I did manage to get about a dozen beads made - testing the flame and seeing how it all worked.  The dual fuel torch melts the glass faster, so I am having to relearn, as well as adjust to the larger work area in the flame.  The kiln works great - programmable, so I can just set it and let it go.

I have made myself a list of bead projects - kind of a self-taught class - using Corina's book "Passing the Flame".  I'll start with basic beads and work with each until I get relatively good at it, then go to the next: shaped, dots, encasing, sculpture, and florals.  I have the tools and a bunch of glass now, all I need is the time and energy!

School keeps me pretty busy with the four classes and all the other extra-curriculars I'm in, but I will find time!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A sparkly of my very own...

And happiness is a new shipment of glass, or two.

Shipment of mixed color sets from Devardi Glass
Devardi Glass
All glass in its place.  Devardi, Mountain, & Fireworks mix.
Mountain Glass
Fireworks rods on Amazon

Monday, September 8, 2014


School has started back up again (for me) and four classes are being hacked through.  But, I have managed to find some time to finally update the glass studio (and craft work area).  It still needs work, but this is a start!

9/9: The studio is finished! At least, for now.  Pics here:

Rod warmer and Paragon Bluebird Kiln on just made wheeled cart topped with 18" ceramic tile.
The kiln is about 28" wide.
The cart wheels around away from the wall for use.

Work bench with oxygen condenser ready to hook up. If it weren't for homework...

Tools specific to lamp working.

Bits and parts for the torch hook up.  The torch is a Spartan from Devardi Glass.
Fan parts ready to be installed in the window board for ventilation.
New glass rods by window from Mountain Glass Arts

Outside propane tank storage area. 

Now all I need is TIME to melt some glass!!

Next acquisition: the apron!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Something practical...

Not that I've had a lot of time to play with the torch of late, but I made some new beads today for something to relax with.  And, I made something relatively practical with it!  A four-strand bracelet, strung with glass seed bead separators and metal beads (didn't make the seeds or metal).

This is the first practical thing I made with my beads - small round beads for markers for my first glass rod holder.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Supplier page listed

Check out the new LampWork Supplier and help page

Three weeks until classes, et al starts for us all - me with four business classes, Charlie with to LGM classes, and Ash with her Homeschooling.   I hope to squeeze in time to melt glass!

I did these today:

I was trying my hand at some new techniques (new to me) from my new book, Passing The Flame.  An awesome page and very awesome book that any newbie (such as I) can follow!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Studio Update

My hideout - the laundry room!  But, since there is plenty of space, it is now the craft room!   Much of this room was put together with items I had in storage and garage.

Shelving units.  

Peg board and glass shelves

Spice racks

Dremel stuff

Glass rod holder made out of PVC

Peg board for lampwork tools

Work bench

Cork board

The room

Work area

Movable table for books


More holders

Tools at hand

Parmesan container - reuse for bulk beads, etc

The lid also fits canning jars

Various things can be used for beading

Clay roller

1# gas holder

Wood yardstick screwed to edge of 1x12 shelf worksurface provides a lip to catch runaway beads

Bead board

Monday, July 21, 2014

Progress on the beading...

With a bit of work reorganizing the garage and utility room, I now have the perfect place for my beadwork. Near future plans include upgrading to a dual-fuel torch system with the propane source (will be housed just outside, there is a convenient hole for the pipe right by the dryer vent) and an oxygen concentrator, a vent hood system that will have a fan seated in the top of the window unit, and a full-wall shelving / workbench unit with a dedicated electrical outlet for the kiln.

Right now I'm still on the single-fuel Hothead torch and doing very well with the bead making.

First shaped beads made

The work area:

The bead making table

Glass storage

Some glass shelves I made once
The area that will soon house a shelf unit, a work table and the area for the kiln.
An old heating unit was removed from the wall with a convenient power source of the right amperage.
The workarea will be storage, beadwork/wirework, clay work and other crafts. 

Current Glass Craft Bookshelf

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Back to Beading...

The summer has brought a break from college and homeschooling, not to mention a bout of diverticulitis resulting in a 5-day hospital stay and a pinched nerve in the neck, and time to set up my beading studio in the garage.  While I've been doing beadwork for some time, as well as stained glass, I have just recently begun lampwork - the making of glass beads.  It will take a while and lots of practice to master, but I am hoping to get a good handle on the skill before college starts back up in fall.

Upgrade the glass work table with parts from a very old treadmill we took apart this weekend:

The "shelves" will be filled with pieces of PVC drain pipe as the bottom shelf is, to hold glass rods. The metal frame was the base of the treadmill, while the "shelves" were the plastic trim.

The table. The foil on the back is temporary until I can build a vent system with sheet metal going there and up.

The other side of the pipe rod holder area, where I attached a piece of peg board I just happened to have lying around.

The whole kit and caboodle.  The table was made from scraps and bits and pieces I had around the shop. 
The old defunct treadmill.

Beads on a stained glass shelf unit I built some time ago.
First practice beads - getting used to the single-gas flame and molten glass.
Glass work has always fascinated me.  I started out with a handful of collected beads, findings, and my stained glass tools.  For my 50th birthday last January, I got a bead making kit and a book.  They are both excellent beginnings and the book takes one through what is needed, how to make the beads all the way through advanced beads.  As I progress, I will be building storage units, a ventilation hood, adding a kiln and incorporating a dual-gas torch system.  One of the nice things about glass work it that it is easy on the arthritic hands as the flame and gravity does most of the work.  Of all my hobbies, glass is my favorite. It's the one I could forsake all others for.

The book - I highly recommend this for anyone interested in bead making.
The kit has the equipment, but is very shy on instruction.  This book has it all.
Available on Amazon.

The kit.  All that is needed is a well ventilated space, a work bench or table, and a can of MAPP gas.
It's a great way to start and see if this hobby is for you. This kit runs around $100 but is a cost effective way to start.
If you take to the bead making, it is easy to add on.  The book above shows how to build the studio and what is needed.
It uses soft glass and a single fuel torch system, which is great to practice on.
Available at Hobby Lobby or on Amazon.
A rod storage system I will be building soon.
The kiln I want to get - Paragon Bluebird. They run $650 - $850

Someone's studio from the Internet.  I like the ventilation unit on this and will be using it to design my own.
Ventilation is VERY important when working with torches and gasses. It will be vented with a fan through the window.
Simple surface mix dual-fuel (propane/oxygen) torch - tend to run $100-300 depending on complexity
As time goes on, I will be building a page here for glass supply and bead links.  As you can see, it's a rather expensive hobby when one gets really going, but very satisfying.  One really has to love glass work to put forth the practice, patience, effort and cost for set up and supplies.

My Pinterest Glass and Jewelry Board: