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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 ūüėČ )

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Cleaning Brass Tools Without Chemicals Or Harsh Abrasives

wpid-wp-1442632799541.jpegAs a glass artist, I use a lot of brass tools because hot glass doesn’t stick to brass.¬† They tend to get tarnished (patinaed) when left sitting unused, which really isn’t a big deal, as this doesn’t generally affect the use of the tool, but it’s not very pretty.¬† Recently, I’ve come across a bunch of antique brass German fruit knives, which are AWESOME for moving hot glass! They’re over 100 years old, so some (most) of them have a lot of tarnish. I’ve been reselling them, so if you’ve purchased one, here’s how to get it all nice and shiny, like new, again.

These methods work on ALL brass, so if you have some old presses, doorknobs, buttons, etc., that need a good cleaning, here are a couple of inexpensive and environmentally friendly ways to do it.

Method #1

Ketchup (Catsup or however you want to spell it.)

Yep. That’s right! Good ol’ Heinz isn’t just for hotdogs & hamburgers. Just spread some wherever the tarnish is, let it sit for a while and then rub it off, rinse and dry. You may have to repeat a few times, depending on how bad the tarnish is.

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Method #2

Lemon juice

Put your tool in a container and pour enough lemon juice in to cover the area to be cleaned. Let it sit for a while and then wipe off the tarnish. If needed, repeat. Once all tarnish has been removed, rinse and dry.

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Once the tarnish has been removed, there might be a little discoloring (orangey or pinkish color). This can be removed by polishing with super fine steel wool (000 or 0000). This will give your item a nice shine and won’t scratch it as long as you don’t press too hard.

If you would like to purchase a knife, I have them listed here.

Tips:

1. Vinegar can also used, as well as citric acid dissolved in water.

2. If your item is really bad, you can add some salt to your lemon juice or vinegar to make the reaction stronger. Make sure the salt is completely dissolved in the lemon juice or vinegar BEFORE you put your item in the container.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Low Carb, Low Cal, Gluten Free Deliciousness!

wpid-dsc_0168.jpgOn my never ending quest to maintain some semblance of slimness, I’ve been trying to cut back on my carb intake, so when I saw a recipe for cauliflower crust pizza I just HAD to try it! The original was a little bit bland and didn’t hold up that great so I tweaked it and this is what I came up with.

It’s FABULOUS! I promise you, no one will know it’s cauliflower!

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(Measurements are approximate as I rarely measure anything!)

1/2 large Cauliflower (raw) (1.5-2 cups)
1 egg
1 cup shredded cheese (Italian, mozzarella, etc. Whatever you like)
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Basil
2 Tbsp Dehydrated Minced Onion
2 tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp Pepper Blend
1/2 tsp salt
Note: Use any seasonings that you like, but only DRY seasonings. Don’t use anything wet, other than the egg.

Preheat your oven to 400F

If you have a juicer, juice the cauliflower and then squeeze out any additional liquid, using cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. If you don’t have a juicer, just grind the cauliflower in a food processor or blender and then squeeze out the liquid using cheesecloth or a nutmilk bag. You want to remove as much liquid as possible. The goal is for the cauliflower pulp to be dry or as dry as possible.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower with all of the dry ingredients, including the cheese. Make a hole in the middle and drop in the egg, beat it slightly and then combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Once everything is combined, press it out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or a silicon baking mat. Press it as thin as possible, but not too thin. (I know, how thin is too thin, lol?!) About 1/8″ (2-3mm) thin is perfect.

Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes (crispy edges). Remove from the oven, flip over and top with your sauce & toppings.  (My sauce recipe is below.)

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Tips:

1. I don’t really measure anything. When adding the seasonings, I keep adding stuff until the “dough” smells yummy.
2. I roll my crust between 2 sheets of wax paper until it’s the size that I want. I then peel off the top sheet and flip the crust onto my baking surface. I then peel off the other sheet of wax paper. (Peel carefully to the side, not straight up, or you may tear the crust.)
3. Coconut flour absorbs liquid. If you don’t have any, you can leave it out, but I suggest you just go get some.

Pizza Sauce:

1 can tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce
2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
Italian Seasoning
Minced Garlic
Onion powder
Salt
Pepper

Combine all ingredients. (Season to taste.)

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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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Yogasm!


I like yogurt. Preferably whole fat or 2%. A few days ago, there was a discussion about Greek yogurt over at my favorite hangout, Lampworketc.com and I’ve been craving yogurt every since. Weird because I eat yogurt almost every day, anyway. Well, I’m of the opinion that Greek yogurt is by far the best yogurt around. Or so I thought, until today.


After dropping Tyler off at school, I decided to stop and get some Fage. I found it sitting next to Libert√© M√©diterran√©e. I’ve never heard of this brand before but it was wayy cheaper ($1.19 6oz vs $1.67 5.3oz) and it’s whole fat, not 2%. The name sounded kinda Greek, so I figure what the hey. Picked up 3 flavors: Strawberry, Blackberry & Coconut. The stocker guy said the Plum Walnut is really good, but I’m not into nuts. (At least not that kind, *wink*wink*…)

I am not a big fan of plain yogurt or Fruit at bottom but wow! Holy CRAP!!! This stuff is the SHIZZZZZZ! Have you seen the Yoplait commercial where Heidi Klum is moaning and licking her fingers? Well, that’s totally what I felt like. I had my very first Yogasm!

By the way, it isn’t Greek. It’s Greek & Turkish style, made in Canada with milk from Vermont. Deliciously creamy and just the right amount of sweet and tang… OMG. I need more!!!!
(Funny how my 1st post in 3 years is about food, not glass. I’m such a slacker…)
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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!