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Bloglovin and a Sewing Project

You can follow me on Bloglovin, if you’re so inclined. I’m loving having a list of the blogs I follow in one email I can quickly scroll through each morning!

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I’m also happy to finally have some photos of my Frankenpattern dress that was a mash-up between Simplicity 1652 and Simplicity 1882.

I forgot to staystitch the back neckline and my yarn-dyed linen stretched out a little in the back. Still super comfy and eminently wearable. Princess seams are my new best friend and another dress is already being planned..perhaps one with sleeves.

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Publication, Teaching, and White Copprclay

IMG_5742 IMG_5743I’ve been remiss in not sharing my recent good news- I was in The Flow’s 9th Annual Women in Glass issue! Seriously awesome since not only was I fortunate to be included with other very talented ladies in the gallery, there is also a tutorial for my Mermaid Scroll Hollows.
Time got away from me this holiday season and New Year with family visiting, sick child, sick me, etc.

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Another wonderful piece of news is that the ISGB Gathering booklets came out in digital format for members yesterday and I’ll be teaching two classes and presenting in Houston, TX July 16-20 2014. So much to get ready for!

Also. In about a month’s time I should be in Santa Cruz, teaching at Kiss My Glass on April 5 & 6th.

Then June 7 & 8th, I’ll be teaching at The Mandrel in Harbor City, CA. Other than these three venues, I currently have no other plans to teach in 2014. I’m planning to sell at the Bead Bazaar in Houston and again in Nov. at BABE!

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Here are the aforementioned Z-99 Hollows with White Copprclay bead caps. I love having more options for capping and coring my hollows. The next to last photo shows the large center bead with PMC Pro and a patina’d bead cap for comparison in silver tones. (You can click on the pic to enlarge!)

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Here is a quick comparison: top/left is bronzclay that’s been tumbled and LOS’d, White Copprclay, tumbled White Copprclay, and PMC Pro. You can see how gray or pewter-y it looks next to PMC Pro- but it also reminds me of silver with a patina- guess it depends on how you look at it.

Very excited to get my hands on some more of this.

Can’t leave well enough alone. Lots o’ bead caps for hollows.

The bead caps and chain in the foreground are from Bills Struve’s new White Copprclay that is due to be released next month.
Meant to mimic silver, it reminds me of pewter and will go nicely with many of my beads!

feb 13 blue and mustard trio white copprclay1 feb 13 blue and mustard trio white copprclay feb 13 blue and mustard trio white copprclay handHad no problems firing- he recommends two stage firing if you’re working with thicker/3D pieces. I did an open air firing with the chains and pendants then covered them with carbon to finish sintering. Doesn’t matter which carbon you use- which is nice for me since I’m currently befuddled with which carbon is coconut and which is acid-washed.
For the rest of the bead caps, I did a slightly slower ramp and fired for two hours all in one stage. Still worked, was able to dap them with no problems.
Looking forward to getting more once it’s out!

Will post more capped and cored beads once I get photos- they look great against my Z99 hollows.

My first handmade soldered earrings

 Pretty excited to show you my first soldered lampworked earrings!
Made possible with Vickie Hallmark’s excellent tutelage. The bead was something I’d had for a while and couldn’t throw away even though it had a thermal crack running down the middle. I finished breaking apart the bead with a round file which made them perfect for a pair of earrings.
These probably took me a good 4-5 hours to make! Vickie’s studio was like being in tool heaven, I have a long xmas list of goodies for the studio. You won’t see me asking for expensive jewelry or clothes, just get me some tools!
My mind is a-whirl with new ideas, hope to get to them after the show and my first teaching gig next month.

Copprclay beadcaps, before firing

Gearing up for capping and coring a lot of hollow focals. The Gathering is only two weeks away and I have sooo many things left to do before I’m ready!
Looking forward to seeing my glass people, feels like eternity since I’ve been able to ‘talk shop’ with someone. Should be an exciting time. I’ll post some more pics once I’ve gotten a few more beads done…also having fun playing around with patinas, we’ll see if anything comes of it.