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Encased Stringers for Leaves and Vines

Posted on July 21, 2013

Add some extra detailing into your floral beads with realistic leaves and vines.

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Beads 1

Posted on June 4, 2013

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Emerald- The 2013 Pantone Color of the Year

Posted on May 23, 2013

The 2012 Pantone color of the year is everywhere- from clothing to purses to jewelry, learn how to use it in your designs!

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2013 Pantone Colors

Posted on May 13, 2013

Check out the 2013 Pantone colors- translated into glass!

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Photo Boxes

Posted on July 13, 2012

A couple of pretty easy ideas for making yourself a homemade photo box for about $35.00.

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Stretching Yourself as an Artist

Posted on March 5, 2012

I hear it all the time, artists who feel stagnant, stifled and frustrated by where they are in their artistic journey. I don't think it matters if you have been making art for twenty years or twenty months, it happens to us all at one point or another. I spent most of the winter feeling this way, so I decided that the only way out was to try something new, something that would push me in different directions, and enable me to look at my work with fresh eyes.

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Organizing your Workspace and Storage Space

Posted on December 30, 2011

How to store all of that glass you've bought and how to (hopefully) keep your workspace cleaner and more organized.

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Color Me Purple

Posted on October 12, 2011

How to creat dramatic purples!

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Pink Comparison

Posted on July 1, 2011

Comparing some of the pink available in COE 104 glass. A few tips bus basically a color reference.

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New Effetre Colors

Posted on July 1, 2011

Testing of three new colors from Effetre- as of June 2011

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Beads 2

Posted on May 3, 2011

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Setting Up Shop on Etsy

Posted on April 14, 2011

Step by step guide on how to set up your Etsy shop and list your first item!

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The Oxidation of Turquoise Glass

Posted on March 9, 2011

An easy way to get around the oxidizing properties of dark turquoise (and light turquoise for that matter).

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Pulling Goldstone Stringers

Posted on January 11, 2011

Making your own goldstone stringer will give you a better quality product, one that will stand up to the heat and not burn out so quickly! Plus, it's cheaper (and who doesn't like that?)

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Etching Bead Caps

Posted on December 28, 2010

How to etch and dome your own metal bead caps to finish off your silver cored beads!

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Striped Disc How-To

Posted on December 1, 2010

Two different ways to make a striped disc- step by step instructions with lots of pictures!

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Making Layered Twisties

Posted on September 29, 2010

Creatw your own twisties by layering opaque and transparent glass to intensify the color! A step by step tutorial with pictures!

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Encasing "Special" Colors

Posted on September 15, 2010

Encasing the "special" colors can be tricky- but who wants to settle for just blues and greens/ I'll give you some easy ideas and tricks to encasing these colors successfully.

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Layering Transparent Color

Posted on August 17, 2010

Examples and explanations of how to layer transparents over an opaque base color when encasing to keep vibrancy and color saturation clear and bright in your beads.

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Opaque vs. Transparent Glass

Posted on August 11, 2010

What are the some of the charactaristics of each of these kinds of glass? And how can you use them to your advantage in creating lampwrok beads? A brief explanation and examples of both show some of the advatages and disadvantages of each.

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Picking Color Combinations

Posted on July 28, 2010

How do you decide which colors look good with each other? Have you ever picked out colors only to find the finished product leaves a little something to be desired? Here is what works for me..............

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The Whimsical Bead

Posted on July 21, 2010

Want to catch a customer's eye? Stand out in a crowd? How to find that special nitch in the lampwork community? If organics are not your game, so if you like bright colors and patterns, maybe a whimiscial set is the way to go. So what makes a set fun and whimsical?

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Intensity, Encased

Posted on June 29, 2010

Welcome to my new blog- I hope you'll find the information I post to be helpful and inspiring. Let me know if you ever have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them!

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