Monday, February 16, 2015

Glass holder IDs

Upon making my glass holder/storage units, I wanted a way to identify the glass in each one for projects and in case I ran out, which to order. I found one I really liked, but the pieces would take a lot of work and they wouldn't fit my unit. Maybe when I revamp mine...
This, which I found here:

How I made mine:

You'll need to know how to make basic beads and simple wire wrapping.

Basic Beads:

Wire Wrapping:

You'll need:
Earring Findings
  • Lampwork beads - basic, about 5 mm or so. A standard "newbie" bead.
  • Fishhook earring findings 
  • Wire headpins, approx 6 cm long (with (eyepin) or without loop) or wire

  • Plastic baggies (ziplock, snack size or small) to hold each color until you can attach them to your system)  If you are only making a few, an egg tray would do fine.
  • Wire tools: one or two chain nose pliers (or small needle nose), wire cutters (flush or end cut), and three-step and/or round nose pliers.
  • Optional: label maker or printed labels  (you can use a magic marker to indicate which are which on the holders instead)
  • PVC pipe holder system or other system that you can use this with; along with a drill with a small drill bit

Supplies and plans laid out.
Tools: wire cutters, pliers, and three-step pliers
ID Beads made previously
Wire pins (I like the ones with the loop on the end)
Fish hook earring findings
Label maker

This was where I stored my ID beads until I could make the holders.
They are taped to a large piece of paper with the name and number of the glass color.
These particular beads are from Mountain Glass Arts.
The string in the middle are those I haven't been able to identify.

Starting (why it's sideways, I don't know).
A bead, a label and findings laid out.
The bag is to hold the bead and the label.
Most of my findings I got at Fire Mountain Gems

Twisting the headpin around the bead.
These I had on hand. I cut off the head of the pin.
I used these rather than wire as I had them on hand and they are stiffer. 

Bead attached to headpin.

Other end of headpin twisted and wrapped into a loop.
A looped headpin can be used as well.

Loop attached to the earring finding.
Both the label and marker into the bag!
I did 66 of these at once.

This is my red striking indicator (ID) bead.
I took a piece of the unmelted glass, wire wrapped it and added it to the
earring finding.
Works for glass that changes color after melted.
On the label, the M stands for Mountain Glass, the number is the number of the color.

Sample of how to attach it to the pipe.
Drill a small hole in the top of the pipe, near the edge, for the "earring" ID bead.
Having the bead on the earring finding means you can change it around easily.
I put the label inside the bottom of the tube so I know what to order when I run low.
Using plastic label tape, I can remove or change when needed to reorganize.
Fold over one edge of the tape (about 2mm) for easy removal.

Here are some on my main rod holder.
My temporary glass storage.
I used silicone sealant to "glue" them together.
This way, I can take them apart and re-do it.
Most of these were scraps from other uses and projects, and different diameters, cut down to 10" long.
The back is a scrap piece of peg board.
Most of the PVC pipe is 1 1/2". I plan to get more of that and put all those on the bottom,
with the smaller tubes on top.
Then maybe it won't be so wibbly-wobbly.

My "most used" glass holder.
You can also use the "earring beads" on this as well.
Drill the hole in the front of the pipe to hang bead on.
The glass rods in the window are my Devardi Glass rods, awaiting
their own rod holder unit.

I also plan to do a board with a bit of the glass rod and the info in table format.  Ideas from the Internet:

These would be good for colors that react with others, or how they look with others:



2/16 Update:

Here is the first board for my Mountain Glass Collection:
First board - all the MGA glass colors I had.

And THIS is the whole list of COE 104 rods from MGA
waiting for all the colors to be placed (when I get them).
The colors on the board already are the same glass ends from the first board.
The only set missing is the Dichroic: 14 colors.
Just getting ready to paste that list to the right-hand board in the empty space.

Designs (c) Lisa Murray 2015: Thistle Rose Studio. Readers may use and modify the designs for their own use without permission.