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New Val Cox Frit Colours!

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Well, here is something to get excited about – a whole new set of blends from Val Cox Frit! I just got mine last week so all I have had time to do so far is spacers, but I am absolutely loving each and every one of these blends, and I can’t wait to see more of them… when I get caught up on my orders I will be doing a ton more experimenting!

Go buy the blends here – at ValCoxFrit.com!

Check out my Etsy shops for ready to ship and made to order spacers as seen below…
http://lampworkbyamy.etsy.com/
http://madeforyoulampwork.etsy.com/

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Ooops… the REAL Black Friday sale

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I am a silly Canadian (at least that is my excuse). I thought last weekend was “Black Friday.” And now I have realized that no, it’s actually tomorrow. So I’m going to put my Etsy shop on sale again – actually this time, both shops 🙂

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Receive 50% off all items at my ready to ship Etsy shop : https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy

And 20% off all custom orders from my made to order catalogue at: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/madeforyoulampwork

Starting Friday at midnight, going until Sunday at 11pm. Score some great deals just in time for the holidays! And please share this post with your friends if you think they might be interested 🙂 Thank you so much for your support and happy holidays!

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More Orphans?!?

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I’ve been doing a lot of made to order work lately and the result is… orphan city! I usually make at least a few extra beads for every set that I sell made to order – I select the best/most matching ones and that’s what gets shipped out.  But then I have so many leftovers, which is great because I know there are lots of you out there who aren’t as picky about exact matching shapes/sizes and colours, and who love an awesome deal. This is really unbelievable value.

This is one of my biggest and best orphan lots to date I think. Loads of matching beads here, tons of spacers, and great variety. Mostly 1/16″ hole size. Come grab them before they’re gone 🙂

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/207990509/huge-orphan-lot-of-handmade-lampwork

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Val Cox Sweet Dreams

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Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Sweet Dreams

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This frit is sold by Val Cox. “A fantastic blending of several soft opaque colors with a few light transparent tones. Together they give this complex blend a wonderful color-play quality that shifts when paired with silver. Try this blend on the surface or encased for different reactions. Contains a reactive Iris Gold.”

I had some of this frit on hand but never played with it enough obviously – this past week I have been doing some experiments and LOVING the results. It has some similarities to another Val Cox blend, Laurasia, but it’s a lot more on the pink/pastel side. I think they both contain Iris Gold which accounts for the yummy gold tones that come out in them both.

Sweet Dreams K100
Val Cox Sweet Dreams swirled in Kugler K100 Clear

Sweet Dreams K100
Val Cox Sweet Dreams encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Sweet Dreams K100
Val Cox Sweet Dreams swirled and speckled in Kugler K100 Clear

Sweet Dreams 004
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear

Sweet Dreams 204
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Sweet Dreams 219
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green with core of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine

Sweet Dreams 224
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 224 Pastel Light Sky Blue

Sweet Dreams 266
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow with a core of Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

Sweet Dreams 955

Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

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Back to School & Pink Incantation

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It’s September again, and all over the place there are kids going back to school (well, not here in BC, but that’s another story). University and college students are starting new courses, moms (well, some of them) are finding a bit more time on their hands. Back to school time is one of my favorite times of year. I love it when seasons change – and my two favorites are Summer turning into Fall, and Winter into Spring. Well right now we are on the tail end of a beautiful Summer, with just a hint of Fall. There’s that little bit of crispness in the air, it’s not quite so stiflingly hot, and we’ve had some rain. I’m not quite into Boot time but starting to think about wearing leggings again. Boots and leggings and sweaters are some of my favorite things… but that’s a bit of a digression from glass…

Anyhow, I think what I like about Fall is the feeling of new beginnings and new possibilities.

I have a new Etsy shop that I’m promoting. It is a Made to Order catalogue of all of my designs (or at least, the ones I am able and willing to reproduce). I still have loads to add to this store from my current “catalogue” and am always adding new designs as well, but it’s starting to become fairly fleshed out already, so please go visit! For 10% off at checkout, use coupon code TGL10PERCENT.

I want to share today some preliminary results another of Val Cox Frit’s new blends – this one is called Pink Incantation. “A richly layered blend of pinks, peaches, willow-green and cranberry. Fuss free. Lovely with silver.” I loved the kind of old fashioned feeling of this blend. It is sort of girly and a bit dainty. Very pretty.

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Pink Incantation K100 Spacers
Val Cox Pink Incantation swirled in Kugler K100 clear (spacers)

Pink Incantation K100 BHBs
Val Cox Pink Incantation swirled in Kugler K100 clear (Big Hole/Charm Bracelet Beads)

Pink Incantation K100 Swirls
Val Cox Pink Incantation swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 clear

Pink Incantation K100 Encased
Val Cox Pink Incantation encased in Kugler K100 clear

Pink Incantation 219 Copper Green
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

Pink Incantation 266 Opal Yellow
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

Pink Incantation 680 Green Tea
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 680 Green Tea

Pink Incantation 031
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green

Pink Incantation 204 White
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 204 Pastel White

Pink Incantation 955 Seashell Swirl
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

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Lampwork by Amy on Artfire

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I’ve been working on a shop on Artfire again. I really actually like Artfire’s layout for sellers a lot, and the fees are much more reasonable than Etsy or eBay. So I am offering a 20% discount for Artfire patrons in my shop! Incentive to come over here and check things out. This is made to order bead sets, similar to my eBay shop (basically the same stock but with a discount!) I am working on adding my made to order inventory to the shop so it’s still sort of in progress. Come on over and check it out!