Archive for November, 2007

27
Nov
07

Tips Tuesday – Storing and Labeling Glass Rods

I take my rods and create bundles using coated hair elastics.  They still rot over time, but the coating keeps them from sticking to the glass.  I label them with a Sharpie marker.  The marker will burn off in the flame, yet stay on the rods as long as you need it to.

 Please post other ideas for storing labeling your glass rods.

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23
Nov
07

I am Thankful – Blog It!

I am thankful.  What are you thankful for?  Blog it.

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20
Nov
07

Tips Tuesday – Etching Beads

I love the smooth, silky feeling of beads etched right.  When I first started etching beads, I used Etch-all and a dunk in baking soda solution to neutralize the acid.  Often I was left with a chalky feeling and bits of white residue.  I now use milk.  Any milk with fat in it will do.  After you pull the beads out of the etching solution, drop them in a cup of milk.  The milk will curdle, but when you rinse off your beads I think you will be pleased with the results.  If they are transparants, they actually glow a bit in the light.   

Susan

Please add a comment about how you etch your beads.

15
Nov
07

My Studio is….. Blog It!

Finish the sentance “My studio is….”  Blog it!  Write about whatever comes to mind, and no cheating.  Write your blog post before you read any others.

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13
Nov
07

Tips Tuesday – Creative Outlets

This weeks Tips Tuesday is brought to you by Heather Hertziger of Square One Beads

Heather says “Have more than one creative outlet.

Everyone has days where no matter what they do nothing seems to go
right. For artists who make their living from their art this can be
incredibly stressful as they watch unsellable pieces flow from their
hands. For many artists this stress can be made worse as the artist
struggles to work past the block. It is for those artists that I offer
this tip.

Have more than one creative outlet.

When you’re making a living from your art you cannot financially afford
to be blocked. If the stress of a block starts to feed on itself the
block can stretch out for days and cause even more stress creating a
self feeding loop that is not healthy either mentally or financially.

When this happens to me I find the fastest way to work thru it is to
work on something else. My most common release is working with clay,
both silver clay and polymer clay. I feel that being able to shape the
piece I am working on with my fingers is different enough from working
with glass that my block doesn’t carry over to working with the clay.

Sometimes though, the block just kills my desire to do anything jewelry
related. This is why I recently took up oil painting. I found that
having an outlet that has nothing to do with jewelry design or glass is
incredibly freeing.

Sometimes I only need a couple of hours playing with either my clay or
my oil paints to make my block disappear, and often, I find that
something I did with either of these mediums inspires my work the next
time I am at the torch. So next time you are feeling blocked give
yourself permission to walk away from the torch and play with something
else. You just might be pleasantly surprised.”

 

 

Post your comments! 

08
Nov
07

The Witching Hour? Blog it!

Do you list auctions at a certain time faithfully every week?  Are you all over the time zone map?  Does it even matter?  What is your listing time philosophy?  Blog it!

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06
Nov
07

Tips Tuesday – Finding Inspiration

“Finding inspiration for your beads can be tough. When I get in a slump, one of my favorite things to do is to go to a book store and just browse.  I mostly look at the photography books to get ideas.  There are many books on my bookshelf that were purchased specifically to help stimulate my imagination.”Deanna