Glass Prices on the Rise; Web Site Bead Sale

“Because we can no longer absorb these rising costs on our own, we are writing to inform you that we must implement a general 10% price increase, effective November 1, 2008.”

This is copied out of an email I received today from Bullseye Glass Co. While I don’t use that much Bullseye Glass, I do know that moretti glass is also going up, due to the price of gas, etc. Unfortunately for bead makers, it means that they will have to raise their prices to keep up with the rising price of glass, gas, etc. I guess everyone is feeling the pinch – check out my web site for the rest of September for a 10% off sale!

Large Hole Beads on Etsy

Hi! I put two new large hole beads up on etsy – one is a teal bead with silvered ivory swirls, etched, and the other is a really pretty pink from Bullseye – it’s an oddlot, so there’s not a whole lot of that glass around, if you like pink!

If you have noticed the time and temperature setting to the right of my blog paragraphs, you will see that we here in Pittsburgh are getting a bit of a much-welcomed cold front moving in. I certainly appreciate it – sitting in front of a 940 degree kiln while using a torch makes for a hot work session. Having my basement a little bit cooler is great! Although I’ll be complaining in the winter, when it’s really cold down there. That’s why I love fall so much – the temperatures are so great! Now, if we could only get some rain – I mean real rain! We had a little bit today, but not nearly enough to turn my backyard green again! How did my kid get strep throat already? He was only in school for 5 days, and he missed today and will miss tomorrow because he has strep throat. I figured we’d have a month or two before the illnesses started – hmph!

New Beads on Ebay; Stand Up 2 Cancer

Hi everyone! There are new beads on ebay! Take a look.

My daughter’s class was at a leadership camp overnight on a school trip. It’s called Outdoor Odyssey and looks pretty fun! They have a great big climbing wall and they stay in “rustic” cabins. So, her first day of school was a half-day; they get laptops in 8th grade (we do pay for them, it’s rolled into tuition!) and they had laptop orientation. Then the second and third days were spent at the camp. What a way to start the school year! Monday will come as a shock, I’m sure! A whole day of school with homework and everything.
I think my son is adjusting to 5th grade, so far. It’s a lot different – they have a homeroom period and that’s the “only time he gets to see his friends!”, have to go to lockers and get to class in time, etc. He’s also starting his language studies this year. He chose French. My daughter has had French since Kindergarten. I think 5th grade is a little bit late to start a language, but oh well!

I’ve been lucky enough to get two earring designs chosen for a magazine; they’ll be out in the early spring. I’ll let you know when I have the final details. The earrings use my beads and some very easy techniques! I have a few designs in my head for some necklaces, as well.

Have a great weekend, and make sure to watch Stand Up 2 Cancer tonight, even if just for a little bit! You can make a difference in the world!

Large Hole Beads now Active!

I finally had a lesson from the Engineer, and now I can add my own beads and photos to my web site! How about that? Now you can purchase nine different styles of beads in the large hole version – by large hole, I mean approx. 5mm bead hole that should be able to fit on Pandora, Troll, etc. You can also string them on leather or ball chains. Fun!
I’ll be adding more as soon as I complete my outstanding bead orders, and get some time to play with glass when the kids get back to school next week. Who else is excited for school!?!?!??!

Large Hole Beads

I’ve been making some larger hole beads for a client of mine who makes beaded dog leads – a really cool idea – and I thought I’d share some photos. These will be available on my website (suebeads.com) and I will be making many of my designer beads in this style. The hole measures almost 5mm and is perfect for those pandora, biagi, troll, etc., bracelets. They also look great on the necklaces, or on ball-chain necklaces too. Even leather! If you have a suggestion for another style, let me know! At first they were hard, but now I’m really liking making them! I do spacers in this size, too!