Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
My current web site will be eliminated some time in the next month or two. I am working on a new site that will offer lots of new and exciting things for those of you who design and make jewelry or simply like to collect hand crafted beads.
The new site is a combined effort with my daughter (Tammy). It will be known as "Flame Kissed Art Glass II". She makes scrumptious hand dyed/painted silk ribbons of superior quality. Our new site will offer ribbons, lampwork beads and hand made sterling silver findings.
For the time being you can view her ribbons here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/dfer7666
To introduce you to our new endeavors we are offering a give-away. Actually will be three give-a-ways. To be eligible all you have to do is become a follower and leave a comment. If you are already a follower please post a comment and request to be included in the drawing. Winners will be chosen by a random generator.
Our first give-away will take place Sept. 19th, the second on Sept. 26th and the third Oct. 3th.
Sept. 19th. drawing:
This fabulous silk ribbon called "Chameleon. Ribbons are 3/8" wide x 42" long.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
He produces a fabulous line of reduction and striking glass. For those of you who don't know what this means I will try to explain. The glass has a high silver content making some wonderful things happen when you strike or reduce it.
Glass is melted using a torch as you all know. The torch is powered by gas (usually propane but natural gas is often used too) and oxygen.
Below the spacer beads have been struck in the flame to acquire the mirror like finish. Striking is done by turning up your propane flow and flashing the bead in and out of the flame until you arrive at the desired results.
Then we have reducing....cool reducing is turning down your oxygen. Hot reducing is turning up your propane. Some glass requires hot and some require cool reduction. The bead below was done with cool reduction.
Lamp Working has certainly come a long way from it's crude beginnings. If you would like to know more about it's history this is a great article: http://www.theglassmuseum.com/lampwork.html
Please come back soon. At some point next week I will be posting a "give away". I think you will like the gift.
Have a great weekend everyone.