Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mini sale!

It's my birthday and I am having a minisale at my Etsy shop.
10% off any item, for today only, untill midnight in my own timezone.

And I will be away for the night, going to a Double Helix demo at Bifrost, my local glass vendor. Yay!


Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm in a treasury :)

It was created by Flamekist whom I don't know, which makes it just a little bit better than a treasury made by a team member (though those are nice too:)


Monday, September 22, 2008


I had the best day saturday. All glass, all day :)
I drove around 670 kilometres in all, and enjoyed myself doing it. I were happy to have breaks on the half-way though, as this is the longest I have ever driven, and the hightway is not all relaxation after all.

Months ago I had seen advertized that Anlaglas were having an anniversary open house sale on saturday, and I had marked the calender hoping to get to go. Then the new danish glassgroup webglas were formed a few weeks ago, and people started talking about meeting up there, and it turned into a priority. So I went, and I visited Lenette on the half-way and picked her up so we could take the rest of the trip together.
I had never shopped at Anlaglas before, and didn't know what to expect. I don't know if they are more geared towards fusing or it is just because the sheets of glass and slumping forms take up so much more space than the rods we use for beads, but there were tons of sheets around, and they were so delicious one might be tempted to try fusing at some point :)

Anyway - we located the glass rods, and it was fun to see a whole bunch of people (all ladies) all wearing their own beads and shopping for rods. Except for Lenette and the sellers at Bifrost (my local rod-dealer) I find it very hard to meet beadmakers. We don't have the great shows here, that I read of in the US and UK. It's just me and my torch and the internet, so this was great fun.

Now I am not one to go around chatting up strangers, but luckily others are, and the founder of the Webglas group Lone were spreading the word of the group to anyone wearing their own unique beads, and so we met her.
One of our webglas group members were hired there to do demos of beads all day. It was the lovely Louisa of Moeslund Glas.

So we said hello to her, and while we were all chatting away at the demo table, another member introduced herself, Eva of Streva Beads. This is her and Lenette shopping for rods later on.

We were of course checking out each others beads, and Louisa asked how I made the pendant I was wearing (picture will follow shortly). I told her, and she asked if I would like to do a little demo of it - so I did :) Yay! And it was fun. I didn't even mind having (a few) people looking at me, because I knew what I were doing. I got a little bit nervous when it got a bit crooked to the one side, but in all I really liked it, and I don't think I would have a problem doing demos for real some time. That would be fun! :)
So you see, I am not a complete introvert after all :D

The loot -
I were looking for a larger graphite paddle. The one I have is fine, but I keep rolling over the edge when I make drops and other shapes which is a bit annoying, and I found a nice big one, roughly the size of a hand.
As for rods, they had Moretti, which I have enough of for now, and Bullseye, which I am not ready to branch into, since it is not compatible with what I have. So no rods, but they had some nifty dichro stringers that I had wanted to try so I shared a bunch of those with Lenette.
And in the bargain bin I found those inward pointing tweesers that make holes in off mandrel pieces, and also a small graphite paddle with indentations the shape of lentils and tabs. Yay! Both are things I have been considering buying for a while :)

And I also won the lottery. There was a draft of tools and supplies, with a lot of prizes, and so I got one too :) It's a sample box of sheetglass, frits and stringers. It's in COE 85 though, so I don't really know what to do with it quite yet.
And we got free pancakes :)

So in all it was simply a thoroughly great day, that I am still a wee bit high on, although I were sore all over and very tired all of sunday. A great big 'Thank you!' to all the lovely ladies I met, and I hope we can meet up some other time.

And finally, also a big thank you to my lovely driving companions, Meat Loaf and Queen, who had to put up with my very loud (and often incorrect) singing of their timeless hits.


Monday, September 15, 2008

I made pendants

And I love them!
It is so great to see a finished product, even if fondeling loose beads is a joy in itself :)
I have to say, gluing in the sterling bails was not as easy as I had thought. Things were either too slippery or too set. I used two-part epoxy, that dries up in 5 minutes, and I had to remix several times to get these done. Any tricks to it that I should know of? (Angela?)

Anyway, they came out great in the end, and I managed to get a couple of pics of them too, in the last rays of sun for the day. Here we go:

These are all I have for now, as I had only bought 10 bails. I need to order more right now. They are brilliant!
Now the rubber cords I have been talking about - that is an entirely different story. I think I may need to order a lot of sterling chains instead :/


Friday, September 12, 2008


You wouldn't know it from reading this blog, but I have infact been doing things for the last 2 weeks, and here is an update on that.

Firstly - I haven't been making too many beads, only a handfull during the last 2 weeks. It's a very odd thing that happens every time I get beads back from annealing. Even though I know my show is coming up, my mind says:' Whoa! Look at all those beads. You did good, now relax, take some time off', and I get very sleepy and complies. I have made some earrings, charms/mini-pendants and a few teeth-necklaces though. These I can make sitting on the sofa, while watching a movie, and of course I need to do those things too, but really - I need more beads!
One thing I have noticed, is that even though I really love to look at and fondle my lose beads and contemplate what to do with them, there is also great joy to be had from holding a piece of jewelry. It just seems so much more finished and useable, and just plain neat to hold a selfmade piece up and dangle it in the sunlight. Before there were nothing, and now there is this! I am really looking forward to having all the pieces laying side by side at the show, and be able to look at it all and say 'I did this'.
(Photos may appear during the weekend ;)

While I may not have made a lot of beads, 2 nights ago I did make a nice pile of very nice and good sized ones. The special thing about these is that it was the first time I hooked up my oxygen concentrator, rather than get it from a tank. And it worked wonderfully. I generally tend to drag my feet when changes are about to happen, and this time has been no exception. I had worried the pressure would be noticeable lower, and that the glass would take forever to melt, but apparently I have been holding back on the tank pressure, and the difference was minute. I am running out of gas too, and I suppose when I get a fresh one there will be no difference. Except in my glass funds, which will last much longer now, Yay!
Thank you a million times Lenette (who arranged for me to have one).

A very important thing to bring to a show is of course business cards/postcards so that people may remember you and be able to find you again. So far I have not had any cards, but now is the time to get some. I wanted to have my logo, the swirly P, on them of course, but I tried to print it once and it came out quite fuzzy. So now I have had a very nice Etsy seller do it up for me in vectors, so I will be able to print it to my hearts delight. I will also change my banners to include this new P of course, as soon as I get the time to fix it. Anyway, here it is:

Much better than the old one, and done by malien00 in no time at all :)

Now I am getting a stamp made from it too. I have gotten a lot of boxes to sell my goods in, but they are quite plain, and I wanted to make them mine, put my mark on them so to speak. So I am getting a stamp made from just the P, to stamp on the lid, and another one with my full webaddress to stamp the inside of the lid. It will be quite nifty I can tell you, and I am looking much forward to getting them. It feels very businessy :)

The last thing I have done, is buying a set of little glass cabinets to display in at the show. I think it will end up quite grand :)

That is all for now,
'later dudettes,

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Facebook anyone?

Oh great! Yet another time-sucking vortex I can keep refreshing all day long :)
Well, I have made a profile on facebook. It's a glass related profile, and I am keeping my vampires on my personal (and in Danish) profile, so this one is nice and clean (so far), and a 'business' type thing.
This is it: profusion. I also made a 'page' for it which is here. So if anybody would like to friend me I would be happy to add you. And take a look at my events, even if you can't attend, just because I have them :)

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