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Mini Tutorial – Ribbon Cane

ribboncane2I made this mini tutorial several years when I had an “Aha” moment.  I’d never been able to make a proper ribbon cane until Jeff Barber took a moment to demonstrate it for me in a class I took back in 2006. (I raved all about it in this post.)  I posted the tutorial on LE, but not to my blog. Pretty dumb, huh? So, anyways, I’m sharing it here, now.  I certainly hope it helps someone!

First, choose a rod of a pale transparent (clear or whatever color you like):
1. Melt a blob (gather) and mash it into a paddle.
2. Square off the sides.
3. Paint a color (thinly) on 1 side of your paddle.
4. If you want a 2-tone ribbon, paint another color on top of the first color.
5. Cover the colored side with a big blob of the base transparent.
6. Flip the paddle over and put another big blob of of the base transparent on that side and all around the edges. (your color should be right in the middle of the blob, now.)
7. Attach another rod of the base transparent to the other side so that you now have a handle on each side.
8. melt the blob evenly, keeping it from getting distorted.
9. When it gets soft enough (melty but not quite drippy), flip it semi-vertical and start to pull and twist at the same time.

Don’t twist too fast or pull too fast because that will cause the ribbon to become distorted.ribboncane1

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Gnomio, oh Gnomio…

I am still a  slacker!  I still  hardly ever torch at home, although I’m trying to get in the studio at least once a week. Emphasis on trying.  Nothing new going on except these little guys. They make me smile!



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Bead hoein’ and color sharin’

Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a safe 4th of July holiday. I most certainly did. Tyler, my little one, is afraid of loud noises so we stayed in. Poor kid doesn’t know what he’s missing. Oh well. At least I got some much needed torch time. I signed up to do a twistie exchange on LE, so I decided to make a bunch of those. Well, I used some really cool combinations and I liked them so much that I ended up using them all, lol. I’m such a knucklehead, sometimes. The focal over there <—-, which is called Dreamscape, by the way, is made with a couple of them. Actually 3, I think. And some Light Iris Gold stringer on a Vetrofond Dark Ivory base with Vetrofond 927 Sea Green ends and accent beads. Yeah, I know. You didn’t ask, but so what. I feel like sharing today. I also made another great set using Effetre Light Brown and Vetrofond Fish Pink. Everyone hates the Fish Pink, but I love it. I think it’s one of the most under-appreciated color in the Vetrofond palette. Take a gander:

Now, the set on the left (Caramel Delight because it reminds me of dark carmel, which I absolutely LOVE. I’d sacrifice a tooth to caramel any day!) is made with Effetre Light Brown and drizzled with Vetrofond Fish Pink. I think it looks really nice and I like the slight reaction between the 2 glasses. The bead on the left is a base of Fish Pink rolled in silver powder. Silver turns it brown, but I like the effect. The bead was supposed to be a peacock feather, but it reminds me more of a blue comet.

The Vetrofond ODD pinks are also under-appreciated. The Dark Pink is awesome, but people don’t really take the time to figure it out because the rods are a pale lavender color. Well guess what? It works up to a nice pink. Pink Pink. Not Purple Pink. I made this set a while ago:

At one point it was a quite lovely set. And then one day I, being the genius that I am, decided to etch it. What’s wrong with etching, you ask? Nothing. Just don’t be a dumbass like I was and forget about your beads. I left them in the solution for 2 days! Now they’re all rough and yuckala to the touch. They still look nice but they feel like ick. Ick, I say!

So anyway, that’s about all I have to say today. Did I mention that I don’t even like pink? I am starting to enjoy working with it, though. So everybody run out and buy some Vetrofond Dark Pink 956. Bill (islandglass!!!) has some in his eBay store (Moretti & More) for $16lb.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out my auctions on You could be the first to ever purchase one of my beads! (heheheheh. More pimpin’! )

See ya!!

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Pimpin’ my wares!

So, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and listed a “set” of beads for sale. Yeah, I know it’s only 3 beads, but hey, the focal is gorgeous. It’s prettier in person. Can you tell I’m proud? I’m like a mom on her baby’s first day of kindergarten. Happy, yet sad at the same time. I’ve been hearing how I really need to sell my beads for quite a while, but I’ve never really felt like I was ready. Or maybe it was just laziness. Probably the latter… So anyway, here’s my my auction ( My seller id is glassgoodies.

I finally got around to taking pictures of more of my beads and since it’s obvious that I’ve been too busy (read “lazy”) to add a gallery to my site (, I put up a gallery at a cool little site called It’s a great site to look at lots and lots of bead porn! there are a lot of talented artists there. I’m so jealous. I really wish I could torch for hours at a time, but I guess I should be happy with the time that I have and make the best of it. And I do. I really do. I just like to bitch and moan sometimes. Doesn’t it feel good to whine sometimes? (Pass the cheese, please.)

Oh. And major vent time:

A few weeks ago I did a little write up on a really nice pink that came out, Light Pink 260-BP aka Bubblegum Pink. I really liked this color because it’s actually PINK and it isn’t 40 damned $$ a pound, which is a totally ridiculous price for pink anyway because it is almost always washed out and barely discernible from white.

So anyway, I mentioned how a couple of sellers were selling the new Light Pink Bubblegum version as Dark Pink (scroll down to see the original post in May). The BP is actually a lot darker than the DP, but it’s $25 cheaper so they were majorly ripping people off. Well, I recently found that a big supplier, and when I say big I mean a major player in the glass industry, is doing the exact same thing. He has flip-flopped the 2 pinks and is selling what was previously BP as the new DP and selling the new DP as BP. Now how effin shady is that? Ugh!! I am totally disgusted! At the time I noticed this, I was about to place a $400 order with said distributor. I know that’s chickenfeed to some of you, but to me, that’s a lot of money. Well, that’s $400 that I will be spending elsewhere. I’ll never do business with someone so unscrupulous as to blatantly rip off their customers and act like it’s no big deal. Kind of makes me wonder how many other times it’s been done…

I know that what I think doesn’t matter to a lot of people and this post will probably piss several of you off, but hey, you’ve been warned of the goings on (twice now) so if you get taken it’s your own damned fault. We make our own choices as to who we deal with and what kind of bullshit (yes bullshit) we’ll put up with. If we keep taking it, they’ll keep dealing it. He is a major player, but not the only one, so I for one will no longer be on his list of customers. If enough people say “I’m not going to stand for this,” maybe things will change. At least a little, but until then, it’s going to be the same ol’ same ol’.

Ok, I’m coming down off my soapbox now. Here’s some new eye candy (Bead Porn alert):

This was my first attempt at a mask, but my “vision” turned into a Tiki about halfway through. I swear I have the attention span of a goldfish. And you wonder why I don’t do sets…

I’m out folks! Don’t forget to bid on my auctions! (Just a little last minute bead pimping )

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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, 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!

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Ouch, Ouchie, Effin’ Ouch!!!!

Dammit, dammit, dammit!!! I just burned the shiznat out of the index and middle finger on my right hand. Roast Digit, anyone? Like the big dummy I can sometimes be, I stuck my hand directly in the flame! How’d that happen? Ugh! I walked away from the torch and left it running. I never do that. Well, maybe to step across the kitchen to get a drink, but I never just leave the torch running and go piddle around elsewhere. That’s just stupid. And dangerous. Ok, so back to how I burned myself. When I came back to the torch, I noticed the flowmeter on my oxycons were reading low, so I stuck my hand in front of the torch jets to see if the air was flowing. Normally, this would be just fine. Air poses no danger, but when you’re a dinklemeyer who left the torch burning… Well lets just say Barbeque Phalanges… But you know, today must be “Let’s do dumb sh*t” day. I’m not even going to go into the other bonehead crap that I did. Let’s just say it involved pop (soda to you non-midwesterners) and a 1-year-old.

Ok, so anyway, I just got 4lbs of the “New” Light Pink, Effetre 260. Man, this stuff is wayyy darker than the Dark Pink (256). I feel like such a sucker! I paid 40 bucks for 1 stinkin’ pound of the Dark Pink. Not only was it not dark pink, it was nearly identical to my Light Pink, which was only aroun $12/lb. Ugh! And I don’t even like pink. I’m just a glass whore. (FYI, I am not a girly girl. I just play one in the movies.)

So anyway, I’d like to say thank you to Jon at LBSupplys (Ebay) for his super fast shipping and excellent packaging, as always. Also, I just want to mention that I did notice that at least one seller is selling the new Light Pink 260 as Dark Pink 256 and not selling the “new” light pink batch at all. I’m not going to mention any names, but just beware. Look closely at the pictures before you order (the new 260 has a slight lavenderish tint. Dark Pink 256 does not). Jon still has some listed, so I suggest you click the link ^up there^ and buy it from him at the regular price. Not the jacked up “Odd Lot” or fake “Dark Pink” price.

Toodles for now!