Glass & other crafty goodies

Are you fascinated with glass? Do you often wonder about all those little glass beads that we all 'play' with...How are they made & Who makes them? Well here is the answer...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holidays...the countdown begins!

Perhaps many of you know, I purchased my own kiln this fall! Now I don't need to rent kiln time from other local artist. Of course, along with the new kiln came a new line of glass which is a better fusing product. This has meant a HUGE learning curve. However, this does mean that I have been playing with my kiln & new glass....We love playtime...don't we crafty people! Lately, I have been doing screen melts. This is where you take broken pieces of glass, melt it at a high temperature so that it drips through a stainless screen and swirls together to form a new piece of glass. So fun!

In the process of doing these I managed to melt some glass into the floor of my kiln...Ahhhhh!
So now I have had a DIY lesson in kiln floor repair as well...LOL!

Please check out Studio Equinox on Facebook & Twitter

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Long time...No blog!?*

Well, it has been a while since my last post…

My poor, poor neglected blog! Sometimes I just get so lost in the day to day... It is those moments when I wonder...What do I really have to say to the cyber-world?

I have been quite the slacker in the crafting department as well. This is really on account of the fact that I am very busy falling IN LOVE with my new kiln!





On the other hand I did manage to single handedly renovate my bathroom…paint, flooring, vanity, light fixtures and of course plumbing hook ups…now if I could only find the perfect fabric to make a curtain for the nek-ed window!
Girl Power!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Did you know...



Dichroic (di-kro-ic) glass is all the rage is glass art, but what the heck is it, really? And what is more, why is it so expensive? Well let me tell you...

NASA had originally developed what we know as dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors! Dichroic glass is made by vaporizing...YES vaporizing...quartz crystal and metal oxides with an electron beam gun in an airless vacuum chamber and the vapor then floats upward and attaches then condenses on the surface of the glass in the form of a crystals. Usually either black or clear glass is used as the base glass. This can be done many many times over. In fact, some dichroic glass has many of these layers, yet the thickness of the total coating is approximately 35 millionths of an inch...Imagine...Most primary colours require about 15 layers of material while other colours require up to 30 layers!

The purpose of all these little crystal coatings is to bounce & reflect light making this type of glass appear iridescent...think fire opal, dragonfly wings and hummingbird or peacock feathers...


Dichroic glass is made many different colors, such as magenta, emerald, gold, and silver; many different patterns, such as marquis, jet stream, and boxes; and many different textures such as ripple, herringbone, and accordion.

What this means is that making dichroic glass is NOT a DIY project...sadly the process is complex, requires much effort & specific instrumentation, which only a handful of manufacturers are capable of. Now, it makes sense that dichroic glass pieces are more expensive...considering a sheet of dichroic glass is itself expensive costing up to hundreds of dollars wholesale!
Don't forget to follow my tweets and join my facebook fan page...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Studio Equinox is at Bead Rhapsody!


Well Studio Equinox has been at it again!




Studio Equinox beads are available at Bead Rhapsody...
for the next month or two!
I designed a few special hand lampworked beads for my fellow bead gal to sell at her bead studio in Duncan BC & during a couple of pre Christmas extravaganzas!
You can check her stuff out here http://www.beadrhapsody.com/index.html


Yes, I know it is only the first day of autumn, but before we know it the Christmas season will be upon us...so get beading, knitting, felting, painting, firing & just creating in general! Here are some pics to get the creative juices flowing...



Don't forget to check out Studio Equinox on Artfire...much to come!

Happy Equinox!










Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jewelry Makers Alert!

I am sending linky love to the Jewelry Markers Network this evening! I found Karen Ferrante on Twitter...don't we just LOVE Twitter?...and then she found me! Crazy, I know that is how it works...we checked out each others websites...Voila, next thing I know there is a direct message for me to check out her network...nudge, nudge & maybe join...
Check out my new badge....
So very cool of her to send out an invite & to develop a forum where creative jewelry makers can run amuck freely with our ideas!
Thanks Karen

http://www.jewelrymakersnetwork.com/

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Road Trip!


Well we just got back from an amazing whirlwind road trip to Washington State. We ate, we shopped, we toured, we drove & amodst all of that we got some culture! These pics are from an amazing installations at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Dale Chihuly is a very well known, well respected glass artisan and he created the Bridge of glass seen here! Truly gorgeous individual pieces, but when you see them 'en mass'...as a collection... the beauty of his work is almost overwhelming.

I say almost but what I really mean is that it WAS an overwhelming experience. As a humble bead maker...I can only imagine creating the enchanting scrolled & fluted glass architecture seen at the museum.

Posted by PicasaI highly recommend a trip there. Even my teenaged son found it spectacular! For more info... http://www.museumofglass.org/

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tickled...


So here is another little glimpse into my trinket making! This particular collection was created using pinks, purple & greens...it also includes a fused piece, The center pic is off a higher end piece which is set into 925 sterling...so cute!
Posted by Picasa