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.


Thats Right! Anyone that post comments to my blog for the next 2 weeks will be entered to win a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in my Etsy shop. So Today it Starts Nov. 17 to December 1. I will draw the name of the lucky winner.

How fun and easy is that? Just think you get a chance to pick your own prize just for commenting in my blog.

Please comment on current Posts so I can keep track. Good luck and thanks for all your support this year, and good Luck.

This coming weekend Nov 8th and 9th you can find me at the Edwardsville High School Craft fair Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday 11am to 4pm. I will be having a Free Gift Drawing so come sign up and See how lucky you really are.

I will have some great deals so come shop with me and get ahead of the Christmas rush!

Main Street Art Gallery (Next door to Bead It)

237/239 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618/655/9999

Main Street Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new art exhibit:
GROUP SHOW in conjunction with ARTEAST
October 3 - November 1, 2008
Gallery Hours
Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday closed (Sunday, October 19, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
ARTEAST)

Please join us for an artist's reception on Friday, October 3, 2008
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet the artists. Wine Tasting by Mary
Michelle Winery.

Participating Artists:
Participating Artists:
Jessica Erickson - Metal
Scott Evers - Photography
Melvin Harris - Wood
Larry Hesterberg - Lampwork Beads
Kathryn Stullken Hopkins - Paper Assemblage
Judith McLaughlin - Jewelry- metal & beads
Meg Solon - Photography
Michelle Strader - Fused Glass
Kate Tegtmeier - Jewelry - Chain Maille
C. Alana Tibbets - Fiber Mixed Media
Tanya Varble - Fiber Mixed Media

ARTEAST Demonstrations
Sat., Oct. 18 – Sun., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Larry Hesterberg - Lampwork Beads
Kate Tegtmeier - Chain Maille


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.