Show & Tell
We are excited about a new video tutorial page on our website. Bill is ready for his closeup as he demonstrates the basic steps for turning a strip of bottle glass into a beautiful shell bead featured in our recycled glass jewelry. In the second, Bill demonstrates some basic steps to make a little yellow glass duck. Since many of you don't work with hot glass, we hope you find it interesting. Bottle glass is rather temperamental and needs some extra care in handling. But all glass beads take a while to make, whether it is recycled glass or the soda lime glass used in our other colorful beads, birds and other critters. Click here to see the page. We aren't going to win any Oscars, but Bill did a darn good job filming these with his iPhone!
Giving thanks for my elf
On this eve of Thanksgiving I have to give thanks to my sweet husband Bill for all his help. As anyone in the arts and crafts community will tell you, the fun part of what we do is making things - playing in our studios, experimenting with glass, metal, clay and fibers. The other fun part is talking to customers at shows and festivals and seeing their faces light up when you have helped them find a special gift for themselves or others. What is a bit more taxing is setting up and breaking down from those shows, lugging heavy tents, bins and glass display cases. Our booth looks so great thanks to Bill's brawn and brains, figuring out our lighting and and keeping display racks from crashing down on customers. He loads and unloads all that cargo in and out of the truck. Not to mention all those lovely glass beads he makes.... Thank you Bill. We couldn't do it without you!