Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I knew I should have been focusing on my studio table instead of laughing at the jokes on Last Comic Standing. It was just one little stringer that did the damage- I grabbed it (and dropped it), but it seared me and I could barely finish my bead before hitting the kitchen for ice water and supplies.
But the cup is half full- I got to decorate my bandages, blog about it for sympathy, (I'm expecting you to tell me much worse stories than this paltry excuse for a whine) and I'm debating a new series of sculptural burned fingers beads for the glass artists who need a talisman to ward against this perennial problem.
So nothing like a little cheese with my whine...see you tomorrow. I expect to be fully healed by then. (...now tell me, are margaritas medicinal?)
Monday, June 28, 2010
Manuela Thoma's website, Bavarian Beads has been a lot of fun to check out.
She has some interesting and different presses that have me intrigued about the possibilities. For example, the Angel Wing pictured above, would look so pretty with transparent glasses, translucent and a host of various decorative touches.
My favorites tend to be found on the left side of her press homepage. Go down about 2/3 of the way and see her "New" section.
Now, what I'm pondering is that the dollar is strong right now in Europe. Will a German based purchase be a good buy for someone in the States? I'm going to have to check that one out a little more thoroughly. But meanwhile, enjoy the photos and dream a little like I am.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
They list on their website where they have left these organic pieces with their art embedded in it. The pieces have their website inscribed on it, to help the finder find them. What a delight that must be.
Josh Simpson has been hiding his gorgeous glass planets for quite a while too. In fact, my daughter was chosen to do one- at an archeological dig in Hell Gap, Wyoming.
And the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) has been doing something similar too. Asking beadmakers to place their beads in a small bag with their card and info telling the finder to let them know that they received it.
So let me know. Do you leave your art in places for folks to become finders keepers? Tell me about it.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I'd give it a robot name like Rosie or Elroy, and probably decorate it a little Jetson-ish, but wouldn't it be fun to push a button while working at a hot torch and have a cool drink at your fingertips? There's room for 12 cans or bottles. That's a lot of diet cokes, and I know I'd be working at warp speed with that amount of caffeine in me.
If you are in the market for one of these glass studio essentials, you can find The Remote Controlled rolling Beverage Cooler, (with a lifetime guarantee) at Hammacher Schlemmer. Just $69.95 plus shipping, it's yours to command... as long as it's forward, backward, left or right.
See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Theme:~ ARTISTS CHOICE ~
This is an Artists Choice Glass Challenge. Any theme is welcome as long as it is a glass creation that YOU created for this specific glass challenge. Soft or Hard glass welcome. All skill sets welcome. There will be one prize.
The winning entry will become the property of MGA and will need to be shipped to MGA before prize will be issued. The piece will be placed in a show case that is on display now showcasing other's work. The winning entry will also have the artists information attached to piece. The staff and owners of MGA will be picking the winner.
Deadline: is August 31st, 12pm EST ~ ALL skill sets are welcomed and encouraged to join in this challenge!
And here is the link to read more....
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
And you thought wax tasted good.
These are not offered for sale, but it's
worth a peek, to see the pretty photos taken of the product and process.
You can check them out here.
Now I'm just waiting to an improvement on my old pre-school taste favorite, white paste. Can't wait to see a new take on that one.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
If you were a fan of the game mousetrap as a kid, you might just have a ball with this game...Tinker Ball.
Click on the link here and creatively find a solution with the objects on the right, to get the ball from plank to the cup below.
I know, finding solutions to life's problems aren't as fun, but it's good mental exercise and playful at the same time. Let me know how you do. And what equipment you used to be successful.
Thanks to the Smithsonian Museum for posting this. I love that place!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
See that little dot in the air? That's me and my tandem partner, Chuck.
My family chose to do a jump over Memorial Day weekend. With my daughter Sparky being home, it was time for a little family adventure. She was the only one who hadn't gone sky diving yet and was game to try.
If you haven't attempted this before, it's a kick. None of us are certified, so we go as a tandem jump, which means we are each VERY securely attached to a jump master who is in charge of us getting down safely.
We fly up in a Twin Otter and then pitch out the plane's roll up door at 14,000 feet doing somersaults as we go. I fall through the air at over 100 mph on my stomach with a bit of a back arch- think "modified Superman". Then it's a free fall until 5,000 feet and the parachute is opened.
This time, we exited the plane with a big cumulus cloud right below us. It was a very different feeling. I have always flown in airplanes and wondered what it would be like to be standing on that cotton-like fluff. Well to be honest, it's kind of cool and damp. Very refreshing on a warm day. And as we broke through the cloud, all of a sudden, I could see the bright green pastures, tree tops and other surrounding landscapes.
When Chuck opened the parachute, he let me steer and take us in circles. Pretty easy. Pull on the left if you want to go left. The corkscrews were not my favorite part...I prefer floating and chatting. When you've slowed down that much, it's easy to converse with your partner. Folks who know me well, are aware I ask a lot of questions. Chuck answered all of them.
Our mini adventure ended quickly. We landed just right and after being detached from Chuck and the chute, I headed over to meet the rest of my family members who landed shortly after me. Lots of discussion and comparing notes and then off to our favorite watering hole for our final tradition- an adult beverage called a kamikaze. What a perfect ending.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Need a way to easily transport your fragile art- like glass beads?
I found this website through the lovely and talented Andrea Guarino, who mentioned it on facebook. This is http://www.battlefoam.com
It's foam inserts made specifically for gamers - and this stuff is for army games. But our beads tend to fit into some of these inserts really, really well. Poke around on the website and find the sizes just right for you. I had seen Jen Geldard use something similar with a hardshell case a year ago. It sure makes it easy- especially for those of us who make sculptural beads.
I might even reduce the use of my Dollar Store baby socks that I currently use for packing up my little treasures. (six socks for a dollar!) This might make it even easier.
I haven't bought one of these outfits yet. I noticed on the website that there is a shop that carries them about an hour plus from my house. I think it's worth a field trip down there with some of my beads in hand to see what works best./
If you have already invested in one of these containers. Would you let us know how you like it? Did you buy yours from another source, and if so, would you mind sharing the website? Thanks so much.
See you tomorrow!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
My four beads that went up on The Atlantis Space Shuttle have returned to Earth.
I know that their experience in space is only what dreams are made of.
I don't know their next location, but I believe they will be displayed by Beads of Courage in a variety of locations.
I'll let you know. And you can read about some of the beads here.
And by the way, I live near Roswell GEORGIA, not the other "one".