Monthly Archives: February 2008

Pipe, Tape, and Glue

So today after dinner and a little bit of clothes shopping, we (my mother and I) went to Home Depot and bought a 10 foot long length of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe. We also bought some PVC cement, and white duct tape. The goal here is to build some sort of contraption to hold my glass.

I have 58 different colors of glass; 25 transparent colors, 29 pastel colors, and 4 other. I am such a glass geek – I had a grand time taking all my colors out and separating them on the floor so I could count. I thought it was going to be a chore, but it was a lot of fun. While I was at it, I should have taken note of what colors I need more of. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to do it again. 🙂

I’m planning on putting in a glass order on Monday. I’m also going to order a couple of kiln couches, steel chopsticks, Pyrex punties and a rod nipper. I decided not to use a bolt because I thought something designed for the job would work better. The kiln couches have two levels so I should be able to get lots of beads in there at once without having to worry about them picking up texture from the kiln or sticking to each other.

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Just Another Day

We (my mother and I) just registered for the NAMI convention. It’s in Orlando, FL this year. I wasn’t that enthused about going to the convention, but the idea of being in a large group of people who are all dealing with mental illness in some way… well, it just sounds like it might be nice.

I received a flickr e-mail today from someone in art school in Japan who is building a design dictionary website and would like to use one of my photos on the site. I’m not sure which one it is, but I think it’s this one. I said it would be all right with me.

Not much else is going on. I made a few beads today and then spent some time surfing the net. I was looking for blogs to read. I found a few, some very new, and I will have to set up bloglines to follow them all.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

More on Double Helix Gaia

img_0122.jpg

I haven’t made any Double Helix beads in the last few days so I better write out my process so I don’t forget. As you can see, I’m working on a Hot Head. I use a piece of tin foil to create the reducing flame. I read somewhere on the net that you could just slide a collar of tin foil on and off the holes, but I found that the shape of the Hot Head was not conducive to that. Instead I have been holding the tin foil together with my hand. This could be a problem.

First, form the bead in a regular neutral flame. Then, let the bead cool until it is no longer glowing. I use the time that the bead is cooling to grab my tin foil and hold it over the holes in the bottom of the torch. Gaia reduces very quickly. Just a few seconds in the reducing flame right above the candles should do it.

I’ve rethought my method of creating a reducing flame. I’m going to try a clothespin to keep the tin foil in place and try encasing the bead in the reducing flame. I will post the results.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Double Helix – Gaia

This little guy just didn’t want to come off its mandrel. In the process of trying to remove it, I think I wore off some of the reduction/ metallic sheen. Now I’m thinking that the DH Gaia really needs to be encased, but the reduction burns off in a neutral flame, so I’d have to encase it in the reduction flame. This means that I have to rethink my current technique of creating the reduction flame because I would need both hands to do the encasing. I’m beginning to think that the DH is difficult to work with.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

ocean 1


ocean 1
Originally uploaded by gaialai

And then it’s things like this that make me think – yeah, I can do this. I mean, here we have a transparent base with some stripes and some dots. A little bit of shaping, and voila! I can do that. These are very nice beads, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t require any skills I don’t possess.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Switchback Canes


Switchback Canes
Originally uploaded by villadesign

It’s things like this that make me think I have no business aspiring to be a glass artist. I don’t think I’d ever have thought of this. I just deleted a whole bunch of stuff I wrote – I’m not going to whine. I’ll just enjoy doing what I can do and see where it goes.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Today’s Torch Session

I’m feeling better about my lampworking after today’s torch session. I made six beads, four tiger stripe and two regular stripe, and all before noon. My gas ran out on me again, but no problem as I have the kiln to keep the bead warm. At this point I’m allright if the beads come out poorly, as I think the tiger stripe will. I have plenty of glass to practice with and I’m building my stamina. Now I’m off to get more gas and a couple of big bolts to put in my kiln so the beads won’t get marred resting against the insulation. I probably should have gotten the bolts a long time ago but oh well.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized