Category Archive: Tips and Tricks

15 Tips for Moving with Glass Rods

I’m almost done packing all my glass for the second time within a year! The second time was much easier, less frustrating and less bloody than the first one, so I thought I’d share some tips with you.   What you’ll need: Rubber Bands Bubble Wrap Cardboard boxes Packing Tape Red Marker Band-Aids Patience   …

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New Rings: The Oyster Series

As some of you know, I have been a vegetarian for many years. When I started making jewelry, I knew there would never be any animal products involved – no leather (I don’t wear any leather myself), no bone, no silk, no pearls. Actually, as described in Victoria Finlay’s Jewels: A Secret History (a fantastic …

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Blowing Bubbles

After a couple of days of obsessively blowing shards,  I began to realize that some of the glass bubbles I was blowing were actually quite pretty, and it seemed a shame to keep smashing them. What to do, what to do… I decided it would be a good time to try some blown vessels. The first couple …

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Mixing Color

Yeah! I’ve been mixing glass this week to create my own colors! It’s a bit time-consuming and my shoulders are sore, but it opens up so many new color possibilities. Here’s a batch of my own hand-mixed colors:   And the best part… having a whole new palette to make beads with!   And here’s …

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Preparations, Public Relations and Other Sensations

The past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy, in more ways than one. My exhibit opens in just a few days (yikes) and I’ve been preparing everything, photographing everything, photoshopping everything and doing everything else. There’s a whole lot of everything. Today, I finally took all my stuff over to the gallery to start …

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Murrini Mania: Part 4 + More Hollow Ramblings

I’m back! I promised to show you the results of the latest murrini batch, so here we go. First of all, some focals: I learned a couple of interesting things making these. 1. “Fuzzy” spiral murrini actually produces cool effects, as you can see in the two top beads (I know how to make smooth …

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Murrini Mania: A Work In Progress (Part 3)

—————————————————————————————————————————————————– Before I go on – don’t forget to wish Q & G a happy wedding! I had a funny feeling those two might get married someday.—————————————————————————————————————————————————– Back to Murrini Mania. After my long murrini session, I decided to take a closer look at my transparent murrini focal beads from Part 2. I was very …

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Murrini Mania: A Work In Progress (Part 2)

So, I made a whole bunch of triangle murrini. With this batch, I learned some more important lessons: 1. In murrini, opaques contrast with transparents very well.2. Spreading layers of glass on vertically really does work much better than just coiling them on as if you were encasing a bead.3. Most importantly – with all …

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Murrini Mania: A Work In Progress (Part 1)

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been somewhat murrini-obsessed since I got back from Murano. Suddenly, commercial millefiori became a “legitimate” material to use in my work – I had never really liked the idea before. I’d tried it once or twice in the distant past, could barely lift up a piece with tweezers, couldn’t figure …

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Thanks and Thoughts

First of all, I owe a big thanks to all of you for your support after my last post. Writing that was not as easy as some may think. I wish I could afford to send a free bead to each and every one of you, but since I can’t – here’s a little tip …

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