Every year around this time I can see a little light at the end of the tunnel with that Thanksgiving pause, I call it. Everything slows down just for a moment for the turkey, table settings, family travel and so forth. Only to start right back up into hyper shopping/selling mode for Christmas. It is a break none the less, so I will take what I can get.

For the last 7 days I have looked into my future binoculars towards this mini break so I can Chill baby LOL

I have been so busy barely time to fuse glass and get studio time with all the shows and running here and there. I finally had to tell my self to chill out and this little guy came to mind. I painted and fired this little penguin this afternoon as I was listening to New Soul by Yael Naïm. “I’m a new soul, I came to this strange world hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give n take.” That after all is why we are all here right?

Alway remember to chill :))

Hey and don’t forget to comment in my blog and be entered to win $20 to spend in my shop- Drawing is December 1st.

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Before During After

A glimpse into the enamel world.
This is a glass panel, semi Jackson Pollack If I do say so my self LOL As you can see the piece stays pretty true to when I start to the finish. I put in some really good music and go to town. I love enamels, the colors are so wonderful, they get kinda smeary as the heat takes hold. This process takes about an hour Mixing dry enamels to painting then the kiln time is over an hour. Slow and steady wins the pace.

Now Should I cut it? I really want to cut it up for jewelry LOL

If I leave it as panel art I should mention it is kinda skewed not quite squared. So help me decide friends.

It became art! Sold in the gallery! Wooohooo!

So what is frit? Crushed glass used by lampworkers and fusers to add color and design to their glass creations.

My EGA friend Rhonda Willis from www.rwillisglassartist.etsy.com shares with us a great way to make frit:

A friend of mine works at a local glass store, and she is always coming up with wonderful ideas. Well, her dad (an engineer) came up with this idea for a home-made frit maker. After seeing it, I made a quick dash to the Home Depot (Lowe’s or Ace should have them too) so that I could make one for myself.

Materials from hardware store:

One 1-1/2″ x 8″ heavy lead pipe
One 1-1/2″ cap
One 3/4″ x 10″ heavy lead pipe
Two 3/4″ caps

From a glass supply company:
Glass Frit Sifter set (I love this set!!)

The coffee grinder just doesn’t do it for me, and like many glass artists, I’ve been hammering the glass in plastic bags to make my frit. Now I just put my glass in the 1-1/2″ pipe and use the capped 3/4″ pipe to crush the glass. Then I poor the contents into the glass sifter set which separates the sizes of the frit. I then poor the frit into my 2-oz. storage containers (a gold-mine find at a local thrift store).

The caps aren’t flat, so I have to store the frit maker on its side. I’m sure you could flatten the cap. But, I’m not particular. I’m just thrilled to have this! The weight of the capped 3/4″ lead pipe makes it quick and easy for me to make my own frit. And, to make the “crusher 3/4″ pipe” even heavier I threw in some heavy fishing weights (a garage sale find). Rocks, lead balls, or anything else you can find to add some weight to it will work just as well. Smile

Happy crushing!

It’s true good things do come in small packages. With one purchase you can get a sample of 8 artists work.

The Etsy Glass Artists (EGA) have put together a selection of sample sets for our summer promotion, a celebration of all things glass. Each collection will include 8 pieces. By one of 12 artists. The collections are composed of jewelry, gifts and designing components. Priced well below their value, it is a wonderful way to try out a variety of glass pieces. Shipping is included in the price of the EGA Collection and each participating artist has a different collection so be sure to check them all out.

The members participating are as follows:

To see all of the collections available search for “egacollection” or “egacollections”

EGA would like to thank Susan Sheehan for all her hard work putting the glass collections together and organizing this project.

Kumquat Tingle - Wire Wrapped Fused Glass Pendant Large

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come from almost anywhere, the littlest things can spark inspiration. The way a crumpled piece a paper lays, the way a shadow cast across a yard, even in my case when a batch of glass falls to the floor and makes a large crash and a huge mess even music can inspire us-so why not a scent a glorious smell. Can a scent inspire us to create? maybe if it is a great one hey? Anyone that knows me knows I love orange and struggle not to use it in my work but oh man after I got a whiff of this soap by daisycakessoap all bets were off it rekindled my love for the color orange LOL No kidding!

I shopped late for my own mothers day gift again this year and I popped over to JM’s shop knowing full well I would buy something fresh and fruity. Kumquat was perfect because it was orange. I had no idea what it smelled like- I totally trust JM and I knew it would be good but never knew it would smell this yummy. I keep telling her I swear I didn’t eat it but it smells good enough to lick.

Now everyday I can smell that soap at my studio sink and it really sunk into me because now I can’t quit making orange pendants- Like I ever could ha ha!

This pendant is in honor of JMs soap and my love for Kumquat Soap- Thanks for making my studio smell great!

Well the outdoor Route 66 festival we planned on doing is rained out for today. Saturday has hopes of being a great day so fingers crossed it will pan out.

I have been working on Show display that is always a challenge for me because my mind is always on making product not displaying it so it will attract customers. I got my thinking cap on, that along with dollar frames small and large with some thin foam and crazy paper, cut to fit the frames I placed them on easels. The idea is set upon wearing art so when people walk into our booth that is exactly what they will see wearable art in frames easy to remove because the jewelry is pined inside the frame. the customer can happily walk away with their purchases. My hope tomorrow is to get photos of our full display. EZ up tent, Shoozles banner, swag, risers and table covers, my dollar frames and lights.

Wish us luck with this and many shows to come this season.

The trouble with being creative is all the “other” work that goes along with it. I have been working like crazy to get ready for some trunk shows(thanks C) I just keep adding pendants and earring and pins to a little round box and tell my self “okay ya got to put all that on cards” I may have to hire my kiddos again to card my jewelry. I really dislike that part of the process LOL.

So here is a peek at the box I have been adding to for a few weeks. What does not sell will slowly be added to my Etsy shop I am sure.