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!