lampworking studio

After

 What a huge relief to have this space more organized, not sure how I worked before with all the mess. I even managed to recover some buried treasure! Always a plus in my book. There are still a few things left to finish- but it’s now much easier to find a place to stick my work and keep track of inventory for my upcoming show in November.
The crazy thing is that I’ll be breaking all this down and moving to San Antonio early next year, the joys of being married to the military.

the ugly truth

 This is what I’ve been tackling this weekend as a birthday present to myself. I thought about getting a manicure since my nails are actually long enough for once, but figured cleaning up my workspace would give me more pleasure. Besides, I can always paint my own nails 🙂

So here’s looking at you 31- may it be a fierce (and more organized) year. Pics of finished space tomorrow..

Translation from Mind to Making..

My mind is a sometimes dizzy place, with way too many thoughts bouncing around and then going off on tangents..which then forces me to work backwards towards my original thought similar to that guy in Memoir.

This idea of ‘leveling up’ (Scott Pilgrim reference, sorry lol) has been on my mind and using raking w/ stringers has been something on the back burner for a while now.

I finally decided, “what can it hurt?”, and just jumped in w/ no planning. Turns out, for me at least, that every d’oh! moment eventually leads to improving my technique. The first d’oh! happened when I dropped one of my brass micro shapers on the concrete, and wouldn’t you know it, it was the supa sharp pointy tip that hit the concrete and caused a slight kink on the end. Which worked great at raking the stringers today!

The next time was when I blew a hole out on a hollow big hole bead and I was determined not to chuck it since I’d already spent 20 min. making it. Once I patched the hole, it had an interesting raked edge that my squirrely brain stored as an idea for later on. There’s been a few other instances but I don’t want to bore you or me listing them all.
While the execution of the idea is still a little rough, perseverance will now be my friend until I’m satisfied.
I’ll try and get pics tomorrow after they’re done tumbling.

Closer to Fine

It was an Indigo Girls’ kind of day today and my space is almost finished- now the finishing touches such as putting my glass in its place and hooking up my equipment, etc. need to be done. Behold my fabulous new work space:I’ll be sure to get more photos of everything in its place by Monday- after some torching, of course. Have a creative weekend!

Progress w/ Garage Studio

The studio is coming along- the table is done and next comes the ventilation box and set-up. Things were changed midway, as many projects are. We had talked about switching the back door to one w/ a doggy door and using that as our vent, but I decided we use that door too often to have it stay shut. Instead the vent will run outside when I crack the garage door open and the make-up air will be the back door (the one in the garage, not the main house).Now to get ready for my son’s doctor appt. an hour away..maybe by this time tomorrow I’ll get my torch set up!

Garage Studio..Part I

First pics of future garage studio space. Planning to refresh the paint on the walls today and try and clean up around the space a little more since the electrical guy is coming tomorrow. Notice the perfect location of the fuse box! This will be saving me money since the electrician won’t have to run a bunch of wire for my kiln outlet.
One of the things I had to keep in mind was permanence- or lack thereof. Being married to a military man means we move every few years and this means my studio has to be easily dismantled and the space goes back to the way it was since this is a rental home.
My contractor should be making my tables and ventilation box this evening w/ set-up scheduled sometime tomorrow. We have a plan for ventilation since I’m sure you noticed there’s no windows..hopefully it’s easily set up as we planned.

To be continued..