Giveaway on Andrew’s Blog

Check out the giveaway on Andrew’s blog today – it’s a giveaway of my beads! I stole the photo that Andrew took, because I forgot to take my own photo when I sent the beads to him! He took such a fab picture anyways! Please note, today until midnight August 31st, you will receive free shipping in my etsy store! I’m going to change the charges this instant!!!! Just leave a comment on Andrew’s blog for a chance to win the beads!

The Secret of the Glass

I just finished reading this book, The Secret of the Glass, by Donna Russo Morin. This book would be of interest to lampworkers, or people who love glass. It’s a historial fiction novel, which means that although there are some historical facts in there, the story itself is not true. It tells of the glassworkers in Murano, how they were treated by Italy (Rome in particular) and what they had to live through. The secret refers to the fact that they were not allowed to leave the country because they were the only people in the world at the time who knew how to make glass! While at some points it reads like a romance novel, which I am personally not into, it is a good book and gives a great historical perspective on glass!

The Rat

I have been making some orders this past week, so I haven’t done much to show you. Therefore, here’s a cute photo of the rat. He is still alive, after 3 years and 3 months. I believe he’s dancing his last dance, though, as they are only supposed to live 2-3 years. We must be doing something right here!

Edited to add: He’s really a gerbil, his name is Flash but I call him Ratboy, and so do my friends! Sometimes ratty, too, when I babytalk him!

Happy Accident!

Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it – as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn’t spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn’t a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can’t wait to get more copper cutouts!