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Flower Power!

Lately, I’ve been making flowers. I purchased 3 used flower presses, but while I was waiting for them to arrive, I started making these lovelies:

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I’m having so much fun free handing it, that even though my presses have arrived, I haven’t been using them. I tried 2 of the presses, but the free hand flowers are way more fun to make.

I’ve never really liked flowers much (not a girly girl), but I absolutely adore these! They’re so pretty! They make perfect little desktop bouquets!

 Desktop Bouquet

These little bouquets are available for purchasing in my shop, with your choice of a clear, blue or tall vase. Or you can get just the flowers with no vase, single or bundles of 3.

I’ll also be adding more items to the shop this week, including angel wings and hearts, so keep an eye out. (Shameless plug 😉 )

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Lampwork Cabochons, No Mandrel!!

Glass cabochons are really easy to make and, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a mandrel to do it! I free-hand all of mine. Not that I make a lot, and since I don’t, I never felt like a cabochon mandrel was something I wanted to add to my already overwhelming collection of stuff I don’t use.

So anyway, here’s a short video showing how I make mine. I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Whooty Whooooo!!

<—-See that? That’s me doing a happy dance. Why, you ask? Because I’m finally done with that damned bulk buy!! Well mostly. There are still some items missing, but at least the main part is done. The rest is just clean up. Never again, I say. Never again! Now maybe I’ll have a little more time to actually get some torching in. Yayyyyy!!! I get to make pretties (or not so pretties, depending on taste). So anyway, that’s about all I have to jab about today. I have a lot of orders to get shipped and I’m a couple of days behind. Here’s some eye candy, though:





That’s all, folks!!!

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Torch Time, Baby!!

Woo hoo!! I finally decided to have some torch time, no matter what. So, despite being sick as a dog, courtesy of Mr. Tyler, I made beads this weekend. It was AWESOME!! I finally got to play with my new stash of Uroboros and I think I’m in love. The black is heavenly!! No reduction and no pitting at all!! And I have a tendency to cook the snot of black when I make godesses. Take a gander:

Isn’t she lovely? I even added backfat and cellulite! I call her Big Mama II. Mr. Tyler smashed the original Big Mama and I was crushed! 🙁 I still tear up a little thinking about her… Anyway, I digress. So I’ve decided that I really like Uroboros. It’s a lot stiffer than Effetre, so that took a little getting used to, but I have a nice size torch (GTT Cheetah). I just needed to crank it up a little. I love the colors and even though the color palette is limited (only 39 colors), it’s compatible with the furnace canes so I have hundreds of colors to choose from. Not a good thing for a glass ho like me who has to have every color out there. I guess it’s a good thing I’m poor…

So anyway, I’m just about finished with my nightmare of a bulk buy and I must say I will NEVER EVER have anything made in India again. I apologize if any of you reading this are Indian and are offended, but you have your fellow countryman, Imran Khan of New Designs, Inc. to thank. What a freakin’ crook!!! I still don’t have my entire order, so I had to find a local company pick up his slack, so now I’m paying double. I know a lot of people are bitter about things made in China, but hey, at least the businesses are honest and reliable there. This is just my opinion gathered after working with Chinese companies for years.

 

Once I finish getting everyone’s items out to them, I will be adding the rest to my store. Here is a letter opener that I made this weekend, also:
The beads are Uroboros Cherry Red Semi-Opal with R58 Old Gold Aventurine frit and some fine silver wire. I haven’t played with silver wire in ages. I’d forgotten how cool it is.
Well, it’s time for me to skedaddle. Maybe I’ll go make that ice pick, now…
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Didja Miss Me??

It’s been ages since I posted any news, so I figure it’s time to get back in the swing. I’ve had a helluva time these last few months, but I won’t go into detail. Let’s just say it’s been rough and leave it at that.

I just revamped the site and I finally finished my store! Aren’t you proud of me? Well, even if you’re not, my arm is in a sling because I strained my shoulder from patting myself on the back. I’m pretty happy with the new look and the way it integrates with the rest of the site. Stroll on over to The Goodie Shop and take a look-see for yourself. I’ve added a bunch of new items and I’ve got some great stuff that will be coming soon. Beadable serving sets, canape knives and other goodies. Here are a couple of photos of the beadable swizzle sticks (aka drink stirrers):




These are pretty cool and I can’t wait to get them added to the store and yes, I know the beads are crappy. I didn’t make them, so there! Now, If I could just find some time to play with my new torch and glass I wouldn’t have to use crappy import beads in my pics. I bought a GTT Cheetah a couple of months ago and I’ve only made 3 beads on it. Ack!! I also switched to Uroboros and BE. I haven’t used any of the BE I bought. I really need more hours in my day… Oh well. So life goes.

Well, that’s about all the updates I have time for right now. I’m swamped and I really should be working, but I’m slacking. I guess I’d better crack my own whip.

See y’all later!!

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Somebody shoot me, PLEASE!!!

There was/is a short discussion on LE regarding children’s television shows. Yes, I watch them! You gotta problem with that? Jack’s Big Music Show and The Backyardigans rock! Really, they do! I love it when Pablo does his James Brown moves. And Jack’s just has good music. So anyway, back to why I want, no, need to be shot. Someone mentioned the show “Johnny and the Sprites”, which I can’t stand, by the way. Well now, the stupid friggin’ theme song has been STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR 2 DAYS!!!! (Thanks a lot, Kendra!) Ugh! Help me, please. I can’t take it any more…

Ok. On to the good stuff! Have you tried the new Pineapple Sparkle (Vet 941) yet? OMG! This glass is sooooo beautiful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I need more of it! (Hey, I’m a poet and didn’t know it!) I made this fish just to see how the color looked with Lt. Sky and White and I was just floored. I’m a decent photographer. Not professional, but I can take some pretty decent shots, but try as I might, I cannot capture the sparkle of this glass; Which I purchased from Galaxy Glass on Ebay, by the way. Deonne is such an enabler. She often carries a lot of difficult/impossible to find colors (like DoubleHelix Olympia Rain and Kronos). When I was dying for more Slate Blue, where did I find it? Galaxy Glass. I bought 8lbs of it. She’s also got some of the yum yum yummy Intense Tangerine (Vet. 939). Here is a test bead I made with Tangerine and Periwinkle. Yes, I know that it isn’t technically perfect, but so what. It’s just a color test. I wanted to see how the Tangerine looked with my favorite glass color, Periwinkle. I am in love with Periwinkle. It goes beautifully with everything and I always have at lest 2-3 lbs of it on hand. Probably more like 4 or 5lbs, lol. It’s good stuff. You should try it some time. It’s wayyy awesome with Lapis (any of them). I mean, don’t get me wrong. I don’t love periwinkle in real life. Just in the glass world. I don’t think you’ll ever see me in anything Periwinkle. It’s totally not my color. Hmm. What is my color?

Anyway, back to the subject at hand: Pineapple Sparkle and Intense Tangerine. Love ’em! You need to get some! And if any of you have any tips on capturing the sparkle, please clue me in. You can email me at shawnette@hotglasschick.com, but I would prefer that you post here so that everyone can share the knowledge. Plus, it will save me posting time. I’m lazy.

One more thing. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I sell lots of Lampwork goodies (accessories, beadables, all that jazz). Anyway, one of my customers (Janelle Zorko) emailed pics of some of the pulls she’s been making with my changeable bead fan pulls. (Insert product pimping link here) They are absolutely gorgeous! Here is my favorite of the bunch:

If anyone else would like to submit images of items that they have made with some of my goodies, feel free. I will be setting up a customer gallery and will provide a link back to the artist’s webpage. I’m all about promoting others. (And myself, of course!)

Well, that’s it for today! I’m out!