Oct 182012

I am currently a bit farther behind in my bead orders than normal but I have a really good excuse! Since my last ‘spacer’ post I have been out of town more than I’ve been home. I was working on a new skill that has almost taken over bead making. GASP! Yes, its true. While I do pretty much eat, sleep, and dream in bead, here, recently I have been volunteering my time and learning to tile. Yup, good ol’ porcelain tile. I have learned everything from how to cut to mixing mortar to finishing with grout. And I love it. Can’t stop thinking, designing, and wondering what’s next.

Ok….but what about your beads. I should be mostly caught up sometime next week. Of course, caught up does still mean that beads ship within 2 weeks of payment.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of what I got to help create earlier this month. I also have a picasa album up with more pictures if you are interested.

 Posted by at 10:51 pm
Mar 312011


I have always had a healthy respect for the acid I use to etch beads, but after finding these beads I am now just plain fearful!  I am seriously considering not buying any more ever again and just tumble etch my beads.  I etch A LOT and just hate this acid, but its much quicker and easier than a 2 hour tumble. 
So any experienced lampworker might have already noticed that these beads are still on a mandrel (duh) with the bead release is indeed intact AND that the beads are etched. Somebody who has never etched beads before may not even think this is anything worth making note of or something to be feared so let me explain.  Etching beads is done after the beads are removed from the mandrel.  The beads need to be submerged in the liquid acid for several minutes. (I have been meaning to do a quick tutorial on how I etch beads – have the pictures done already so I will follow up with this here soon.) So far as I am aware of there is no way to etch beads and end up with what you see in the photo above.  Unless…..you leave them in a basket next to your etching solution for about 10 days.  Yup, that’s how this happened.

I used to leave my etching solution bottles in a basket hanging above my kitchen sink. This is where everything gets etched and its just close and easy. But now I fear just what this stuff is doing to even the air I breathe.  How in the world did this happen?  The beads were placed in that basket about 2 weeks ago. All they did was sit right there next to the bottle of etch bath! So now if you don’t want to touch the acid and have a week to ten days to spare, just leave your beads close to the acid and the etching will happen while you eat, sleep, make more beads and who knows what else.  But just remember, just because its safely stored away in a bottle doesn’t mean it isn’t doing its job.  Ugh, the stuff is now being stored in the laundry room.  

So, where do you store you acid?

 Posted by at 8:30 pm
Oct 272010









I just listed my 600th orphan set tonight on eBay.  I can’t quite believe I have put together 600 different sets of orphaned beads.  And these are most definitely created from odds and ends that get left behind for one reason or another. They are never inferior in themselves, just didn’t match the set that was being sold.  I tend to be a bit particular about what I will sell and therefore finally found a good use for all those leftovers.  I want well balanced spacers that match nicely in color too. 

But I do have to admit that I have had help over the years putting these sets together.  Thanks Mike!!!

 Posted by at 10:32 pm
Aug 052009

So what do you do with a bored 6 year old who isn’t allowed to watch TV and is super excited for an impending road trip? You have them help you photograph new beads! All the pictures here were taken by Elijah today. Honestly, I expected them all to be blurry and be horribly off-centered. But as you can see that’s not the case. He did a fantastic job capturing the denim blue matte, super sterling blue, commando green, adamantium and carnival disks and dots set!

 Posted by at 7:43 pm
Jul 302009

Ta-da! They are done. After a very slow start to my day that had nothing to do with Dance Revolution and more to do with boring sit-n-wait visits to the doctor (for Tia’s eye allergies), I thought I wouldn’t get it finished. After an enormous rainstorm, but before it was too dark I found a quiet moment to photograph the new beauties. If you wander over to my color gallery you can get a little sneak peak at all 11 new colors. Five of them are already released, but I didn’t have them in the color chart yet. The 6 new colors are all fabulous and I think most are going to be nice additions to the soft glass palette. I am real curious how close some of these colors are to the already available choices and hope to snap some quick pictures to compare. But for now I am going to talk about most of them one at time a bit here so that you might now a bit more than just glance at a little picture. I think these will all be available next week, but I might be wrong about that.
The one shown above is Gunmetal. As you can see it developed a nice metallic finish and most resembles metallic black in the effetre line. The 2nd bead from the left was the first one I made and honestly it had the best appearance after a trip through the kiln. I tried hard to replicate that, but could not get it just so. The others did get shiny and strealy at the same time. Very interesting. BUT I was a tad nervous while fiddling with them in the heat because the rod was extremely shocky. It took more than half of the rod I have just to make these 4 beads! They also did not etch very well – they came out all blotchy, but then why would anyone want to remove that gorgeous metallic finish with acid anyhow. So, hopefully not all the glass is as shocky as the one rod I have and that its not as costly as metallic black. Can’t wait to see what I did to that one bead to make it shine so nicely.


 Posted by at 11:11 pm
Jul 292009

I didn’t get to play with the new colors yet. So all you get for now is this photo of the new CIM colors in rod form. Kind of a slacker, I am. But, in my defense I got sidetracked by the Dance Revolution 2 for the Wii that came in the mail today. We had alot of fun and it made me lose all track of my day. Oh well, maybe I can still get it done tonight.

 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Jul 262009

I love getting stuff in the mail, especially packages I wasn’t even expecting. Friday I got a package in the mail that Elijah swore was filled with air. It was a larger priority mail box that was extremely light for its size. It came from Kathy over at Creation is Messy. She sent me a bunch of the newer colors – some that have been released already (like commando and phoenix and such) but also some that haven’t been. Oh I am so tickled. I get to play with Split Pea, Maple, Mojito, Gunmetal, Soylent, and Oz. And they are all for the color gallery. So look for a few new colors coming up here real soon.

 Posted by at 8:12 pm