Summer is almost over, at least here anyway, but no matter what time of year it is floral beads seem to always be in style. If you like making flowers or would like to try your hand at making some, you’re in luck. With our new flower canes and leaf canes your work just got a little easier. Why spend hours making the components when you can buy what you need ready-made for you.
As always these are 100% handmade in our studio so you know the quality and consistency that you will receive from our products.
1o4coe rose and flower canes
Don’t see a color you need? Please contact me about requesting other colors to be added to the line.
Along with the flower cane I’ve added a really neat leaf cane to the website. This flat cane creates a light green leaf with a dark green edging and a black spine. To use all you need to do is heat a tiny ball at the tip and swipe on the surface of your bead. Pull leaf end to a point and you have yourself a very detailed leaf for trees, flowers and vines. Can be left on surface or encased when making encased florals. I rarely make a flower bead that doesn’t use this leaf cane. All the photos above show the leaf cane in use.
New 104coe rose flower and leaf canes coming soon.
New 104coe canes
If you’ve been following along on our Facebook fan page you probably know what we’ve been up to. If you don’t know, well now you will.
I’ve had a couple of sheets of 104coe glass sitting around for what seems like years, gathering dust in a dark lonely corner. Last week I decided to pull out the sheets and try a little experiment mixing our handmade lampwork glass supplies and fusing. For first time around I decided to use some scrap pieces just in case it wasn’t going to work. No sense in wasting a good sheet of glass on the unknown.
Piling on the goodness
Pick out some complementary shard colors. I was going for an organic look so I picked some colors that I thought would create some good reactions. In the one closest we have Lunar Rainbow, Silvered Ivory and Silvered Caramel shards. Added to that I overlaid the shards with black stringers, a bit of Rosewood Fusion Frit and a handful of Ocher Spiral Murrini chips.
On the other piece I used Amphibian shards piled high with black stringers and another stringer color that I custom mixed.
Fast forward 12 hours...
After first firing
After the first firing this is how the pieces came out. I love how all the shards mottled a bit, the way the black stringers set off the shard colors and just the over all look. When I pulled these out of the kiln I was pleasantly surprised by what came out. Obviously the first thought that came to my mind was “I definitely need to make some plates like this!” but lets stay on track here.
Pendant shapes cut out.
Now we get to cut up the pendant sheet stock into all sorts of fun shapes and sizes. At this point you could either use a tile saw to cut the pieces out or if you only use one layer of sheet glass for the base like I do, you can still score it and snap it. If the sheet is too thick though the scoring method won’t work and you’ll have to use one of those deafening tile saws. Plus the scoring method leaves a much cleaner edge.
We’re almost there! Now that we have our pendant shapes it’s time to give them some holes. For this I used a heavy-duty drill press with a 9mm diamond core drill bit. I wanted the holes to be pretty big so people could either add a jump ring or loop fat ribbons or cord through them. To make sure the drill bit went through the glass like butter I cut them under water. Worked perfectly! It’s also a great idea to wear hand protection when drilling. If the drill bit catches and starts spinning the pendant around, you don’t want your bare finger there.
Drilling the pendant hole
Now that we have our pendants drilled with holes it’s time to put them back in the kiln for another session. Instead of doing a full fuse this time they’ll be going through a contour fuse. All this is going to do is soften out the hard edges that we created from cutting out the pendants and drilling the holes.
After two days we finally have a finished product. Now just photograph and sell
Every time we move it seems that my studio gets smaller and smaller. Either that or my glass multiplies in-between our moves.
We moved to a new house about two months ago, a real fixer upper. The basement was a pretty decent size. That is until we filled it with all our boxes. Over the course of the next 3 years we’ll be gutting the whole house and redoing everything. So that means the majority of our things will stay packed during that time. More boxes means less space for me.
This was the mess my soon to be studio space was shortly after we finished moving in. Pretty much the whole basement looked like what you see in the photo with little paths leading to the stairs. I wasn’t quite sure how this was all going to work, but I had to start somewhere so I could get back to work as quickly as possible.
You’re probably thinking “how on earth is this going to get organized!?” I was saying much of the same thing for at least a couple of hours. I figured every good plan has to start somewhere, I just had to find that starting point.
A wave of the magic wand and everything is unpacked and situated where it should be. OK I wish it were that easy! After about a week of sorting everything out, building shelves, and digging through boxes trying to find that one thing I need, I was back in business.
The couple of weeks of forced vacation that I was on was nice but getting back to work in my shiny new studio felt really good.
Not everything is where I want it to be but I can deal with that another day. Firing up the torch again after not being able to melt glass for a while was like eating that favorite food you treat yourself to on a rare occasion.
One of the things I do like about my new studio, even though it’s smaller it has lots of natural light during the day thanks to the huge glass block windows in the basement. So much better than working in a dark dungeon like my last studio setup at the old house.
The house we bought and moved into recently is in itself an adventure, or maybe a nightmare, I haven’t decided yet. If you’d like to read all about the massive project we got ourselves into, please check out my other blog at www.TwoStudsandAhammer.com
During my down time, and sometimes even while I’m working I always find myself day-dreaming about new and exciting things to create and offer on our website.
I have lots and lots of glass fusing supplies but time is never on my side to play with glass fusing. I don’t get much time to experiment with things outside of my torch-work so when I came up with this new idea it gave me a new drive and energy to step outside of what I normally do.
Girl Swings In Tree Lamp
I introduce to you our new fused glass tea light Luminary lamps! Add some wonderful ambiance to any room with these unique glowing imagery glass lamps.
The process used to produce these panels is a multi-step process. Each one takes about two days to finish. The luminary panels are created by drawing out stencils by hand, cutting the relief image out in all its detail, which takes a patient steady hand, and placing the stencil on a piece of glass. I then sift glass powders onto the stencil and after removing it leaves the image that you see.
Unlit Luminary Lamp
The nice thing about these luminary lamps is they look equally pleasing whether the glass panel is being lit or not. The rich mahogany bases also add a very classy touch.
We sell the luminary lamps in sets that come with one panel, the base, and one tea light candle for instant gratification. We also sell the glass panels separately for those that would like to collect more panels and be able to swap them out at will. The bases are also available separately.
Looking for that unique gift for that hard to shop for person? These make the most excellent gifts for really any occasion. How about a really thoughtful housewarming present for a close friend?
Each panel is handmade so each one will be slightly different than the last. This means that each one is a one of a kind piece that you and only you will ever own. Neat right?
Don’t see a panel that you like but have something in mind that you think might work? Please contact me about a your custom panel. Price will vary and depend on the complexity of the image.
Too see all the panels and sets that we currently have available, please visit our online store.
Ribbon and Hearts
Fleur De Lis
I’ve been asked for years how to blow shards and more specifically how to make my ever popular special effect mottling shards. Well if you’ve been wanting in on the secrets you are in luck.
Originally I was going to make one big tutorial for learning how to blow shards and how to make mottle shards but decided to break it up into separates for those that might already know how to blow shards, thus lowering the price of the Mottling Shard Tutorial.
I had a lot of fun putting these tutorials together. I hope you enjoy them as well and learn lots of new techniques.
Enjoy and have fun!
How to Blow Shards
Instant download PDF tutorial that teaches you how to blow shards and apply them to your work. 18 pages and 45 photos that include easy to follow step by step instructions accompanied by full color photos.
Included in this Tutorial:
How to Blow Shards
How to Make Your Shards
How to Apply Shards
Shard bead examples
Creating Mottle Shards
Creating and Using Mottle Shards
Learn how to make and use the original striking Mottle shards that was first created by Avenue Beads.
Instant download PDF tutorial that teaches you how to make your own mottling shards like our Dragons Breath, Skystone, Ethereal Blues and Lunar Moss Mottle Shards. 28 pages and 55 photos that include easy to follow step by step instructions accompanied by full color photos.
Included in this Tutorial:
Making Mottle Shards
How To Use Mottle Shards
Bead Examples From Artists