Winter is coming

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And by winter, of course I mean, Christmas! I know it’s a little bit early to be thinking about Christmas, for most of us anyway, but when it comes to ordering online, I suppose September is not so crazy early after all. On that note, I probably should be thinking about making some Christmas themed beads.

In the mean time, my dad has opened an Etsy shop recently. It’s featuring a select few of his original paintings, along with Gicli reproductions, art cards, and digital downloads (if you want to use his images for yourself). Of course I am a huge fan of my dad’s art because I’m his daughter. He has been working on a series lately featuring The Beatles (yes, that is John Lennon, not Harry Potter, in the image above).

And, back to the topic of the winter holidays, dad’s just made some of his Christmas cards available on Etsy. Dad has a whole series of these wonderful classic images; the originals are in the family collection. Anyway, you should go check out his shop and his art work – send him some Etsy love! <3

And while we are on the subject of family members on Etsy, my mom has also opened a shop recently. She is de-stashing some seriously cool and unique vintage stuff – stamps and other paper ephemera, loads of vintage glass items, and other odds and ends. Also very much worth checking out.

So what am I up to these days as the summer slips away into Autumn? Well, I am still working on school. Still working at my day job. A lot has been going on in my life so I haven’t been as active online as I was previously, but I am still very much working on glass as well. I am currently testing some new blends for Val Cox Frit, which I will be talking about more in the very near future I am sure.

And with that I will sign out – hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!


Playing with boro

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Here is a dragon from Pipyr’s tutorial on working with boro while using an oxygen concentrator.

And here are some icicles I am working on for xmas. They are kind of blobby looking atm but I think I can get them a little better in time for xmas fairs. They are also boro, doing anything big like this is a billion times easier in boro because it doesn’t shock like soft glass does. I’ve been doing them kind of like an encased twistie – start with one color, add a blob of another right onto the first rod, then encase the whole thing in clear, and pull and twist with a puntie. I can make skinny twisties this way quite well, but to keep the whole thing thicker and have control over the shape is where the challenge is at.

Also, I really need to work on my light box setup. I got a new camera for my birthday so now I have way more control over the camera end settings, but I still need better lighting! The light box is too small for some things and I only have one light for it. I don’t even know what I need really but I do know I need to keep playing with the setup to get it just right.