Monthly Archives: April 2008

Studio Pictures!

I have pictures of my new studio up on Flickr. They can be found here.


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Done! (Well Almost)

My hose came today, so I rushed out to Lowe’s to get a couple of screws and a canister of propane. Tonight after dinner, we went down and attached my new GTT Lynx to the table, connected everything, tested the connections for leaks, tightened up the connections, and turned on the torch! I made a couple of boro beads on my new torch, turned off the oxygen and the propane, bled the line and turned off the fans. It’s a complicated set-up, but it works!

Now all I have to do is clean up the mess we made tonight putting everything together, and move everything from the upstairs “studio” to the new basement studio. I don’t have to go to Curves, but I do have bell choir practice and Wednesday night supper. So, I should get some torch time in.

I’m going to have to study and play around with this torch – it has a lot more variables than the Hot Head does. I don’t think the beads I made today were very good because I didn’t have a reduction flame or oxidizing flame or whatever. It might take a while to figure out this torch, but I’ll enjoy doing it.

Yay! I got my new torch up and running! Whoo Hoo!

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Closer and Closer

Tuesday was tax day, and my mother stayed home to do her taxes. I kept her company while making a mock-up of her mother’s day present. It’s going to be a nice necklace. I made a second mock-up last week, just to be sure I knew what I was doing. Yesterday I started on the real thing and I have the short strand completed.

Wednesday I was feeling very tired and dragged out. I only got a little torching done, but I came up with a fairly nice tree and a couple of floral beads that I’m happy with. That was an accomplishment. Then, I had bell choir and Wednesday night supper.

I didn’t get any torching done Thursday because I was waiting for the propane man to come by and look at the yard. He made a very expensive estimate. So my mother called a plumber who said that they could hook up the natural gas line to the torch. The plumbers arrived on Friday (the air conditioning people came on Friday too), and once he figured out what was wanted explained that to get the appropriate pressure from the natural gas we would need a split meter or something. So, my mother called the gas company and arranged for someone to come out and set that up. Meanwhile, the air conditioning and ventilation people were banging holes in the house to set up my hood and ventilation. It was a little stressful.

We went to Flame Tree Glass on Saturday to buy the torch and hoses and connectors and things. Maureen was extremely helpful. She suggested that we get a standard barbecue tank of propane. After the ups and downs of trying to figure out how to supply fuel to my torch, this sounded like a great idea, so that is where we’re headed now. When we got home, we found that the hose was not long enough. So, I called Flame Tree back and they are going to send me another hose and a connector dohicky. That was a bit of a let down because we were going to do a test fire, but we couldn’t because the hose wasn’t long enough.

Today I read the call to worship in church. I was nervous, but apparently I did a fairly good job because a lot of people said so afterward. After church my mother and I set about painting my studio. I painted the table top and stained the legs while my mother did all the cutting in work in the studio. Then, I did all the roller work in the studio. We don’t have much more to do as far as painting goes, but we have to move a lot of stuff first. Maybe next weekend. The table looks real sharp now. I’m very happy with how it came out.

So, it has been another busy week without much torching. Hopefully I’ll get the torch up and running sometime this week – once the hose gets here. I’m looking forward to it!

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Frit Wire Wrapped Bracelet


I forgot to mention that I registered for The Gathering – the convention for the International Society for Glass Beadmakers. I made hotel reservations today. I’m staying in the convention hotel which will be expensive, but convenient. Now all I need is plane tickets. I’m so excited!

I also forgot to mention that I got my hair cut on Thursday. My hair is still falling out so the hairdresser said the best cut for me is a real short bob, so that’s what I got. I don’t like it, but it looks a lot better than what it was.

Saturday, I went to a wire wrapping class at Beads By Design in Marietta GA. I made the bracelet pictured here and a matching pair of earrings. This was in preparation for making my mother’s day present for my mother. it was a simple thing to do, but the instructor had some great tips. I think it was worth it to learn how to do the wire wrapping correctly. And, people were very complimentary of my beads.

The air conditioning people were supposed to come out today to install the hood and ventilation for my studio, but the sheet metal mechanic had a stroke last week so they couldn’t come out. This is a bit of a set back, and I’m a little disappointed. We worked so hard to get the garage and basement ready for the hood installation today, and now we don’t know how long it will be before it gets done. To use my mother’s words, “bummer!”

This bracelet is for sale on Etsy:

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Busy Week

Tiger Stripe Beads

Gosh this week has been busy. Tuesday night was the NAMI meeting, Wednesday I had bell choir and Wednesday night supper at church, and yesterday I went to the circle meeting with my mother. I haven’t had much torch time this week, but hopefully once my studio gets situated that will change.

We got the table legs cut down a few days ago and we are supposed to work on the table a little more tonight. I bought some metallic hammered silver paint for the table and I plan on staining the legs a very dark color. Monday the air conditioning people are supposed to come if the sheet metal mechanic is feeling better, and I might be able to go buy the torch Tuesday. I think we are going to get the gas hooked up after I buy the torch, and have all the hoses and connections.

Tomorrow I have a wire wrapping class at Beads By Design in Marietta. This is the class that will hopefully prepare me to make my Mother’s Day present. It’s from 11:00 to – some time. I’ll have to get up a little early in order to drive over there. I want to give myself a little over two hours.

This past Tuesday, at the NAMI meeting, I sold the tiger stripe beads pictured here to Sally. She had been having a hard time with her daughter and was really upset. But getting the beads made her so happy! I only charged half as much as I had originally quoted her, so I didn’t give them to her as I originally planed. It felt good to think that my beads could make a sweet old lady (she’s 81) happy. I think that’s the best praise there is.

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Getting Closer

We went to another opera on Saturday. It was La Boheme by Puccini. Sort of a sad story – most operas are. It was nice, but with my memory I hardly remember the story now, and a week from now I’ll have completly forgotten it. Still, I enjoy going. Next season there are going to be 10 live broadcasts, and I’m sure we’ll go to all of them too.

I took a couple of landscape beads into church and showed them around. I was a big hit. Karolyn, the pastor’s wife, suggested that we might could do a collaberation. I don’t think I responded well to the suggestion, but on further thought it sounds like it might be a good thing to do. I’ve always been the type to want to work by myself, but this could be an opportunity for growth and I like growth. David (the pastor) said Karolyn is good at wire work, so maybe I could learn a thing or two about jewelry making.

Sunday afternoon a man my mother works with came by and took the cabinets and counter top that were in the basement, so they are out of the house. Tonight we are supposed to work on getting the table cut down. I’m not sure how the table is going to get altered. My mother has told me a couple of times, but I just got confused. I guess I’ll figure it out when it happens. Tomorrow I have to go to Lowe’s and get a whole bunch of stuff – paint, wood, etc.

And, my hood just came! Also, my bussiness cards arrived in the mail today. So things are moving along. Hopefully I’ll be set up in my studio in a couple more weeks. I’m looking forward to it.

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It’s pretty cool, but I had some problems getting the video to this site. I ended up creating a YouTube account and importing the video to YouTube and then getting the embedding code from there to put it here. Well, I got it here anyway.

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