Friday, August 31, 2012

Do You Want To See My Setup??

You don't need a fandangle Studio room custom built for you in the backyard.
SURE, it would be the bees knees and yep, I'll probably kill for one....but most of the time us beaders are stuck in the garage.

Wanna see my fancy setup?

Here is my burnt little desk in the corner, in amongst the paintcans and power tools.  Oh, and my ventilation?  The double garage door right next to my chair! ;)


The glass. Yep, I'm a glass ho. And that's not even all of it....I have another 30 kilos stashed away in a box.

My Paragon Bluebird XL kiln. Big enough for a whole day's beadmaking, and even then it won't get filled up. It also gets hot enough to fuse, if I ever want to venture into that one day.

I have a couple of torches and currently I have the CC hooked up. It runs on a 5 LPM oxygen concentrator and a gas bottle.

The graphite shapers, imprinters and general tools.

Frit, leaf, foil, CZ's and powders.

Last but certainly not the least, most of the presses.

Got any questions? Please comment!

I would also love to see photos of other lampworker's work spaces.  If you have any photos online, pls point me in the direction of them.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Glass Porn!

I'm excited by my latest purchase of silver glass from DoubleHelix because it contains test batches! And something else that is making my heart race.....

Opaque Sparkle Lusters!!  ARGH!!!!! Look at those sparkly rods!

I also stocked up on Zephyr, the best Clear that I can find on the market. I usually get the 'seconds' lots from Doublehelix as I really cant see the difference between them and the 'proper' lots. More Helios, Olympia Rain and of course, the most Fantabulous glass ever created....Terra.

I have been on a 2 week hiatus from beadmaking, self imposed, as I bead everyday leading up to a major Bead Show. Since the next one is not until November, I gave myself a couple of weeks rest. Can't burn out the MOJO! But now that this glass has turned up....I may just turn on the torch a little earlier than planned.

Stay tuned!

P.S, do my photos fit into the left column correctly without riding over into the right hand column?  On my monitor they look fine but I've had an email from somebody saying that the photos are too big....please leave a comment and let me know!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Melbourne Bead and Gem Show

Well, I've just spent 3 days in Melbourne at the Bead and Gem.  Unfortunately attendance was extremely low....I don't think anybody knew it was on due to it not being advertised. 

I did get to catch up with my beady pals tho which was super fun!

Looking a little tired.

Miss 11 helped me out for 3 days. She also spent what profits I made on beads and made a heap of jewellery for herself and friends at school!

Hello Georgina from Georgie Girl Beads! Georgie puts my stark white simple display to shame.

And there's Helen from Fields of Clover peeking out!

Pauline Delaney demonstrated beadmaking several times a day.

My next outlet will be The Square Handmade Market on the 15th of Sept at the Bendigo Town Hall. Then at Kingston City Hall in November for The Bead Expo. Mark it in your iphones girls!