Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Life is a interesting journey

It seems like the question's of the day are:
Who am I?
Where am I ?
What am I doing?
They seem fairly straight forward right?
But life is way more complicated than that.
Each answers brings on a new question.

Introspective ? You betcha
Optimistic? Oh yeah not just half full overflowing.
It is just where I am right now.
Exciting changes - endless possibilities.

 OK so where have I been June July and August???
Arrowmont awesome!

Awesome Metals Department

Beautiful campus

The cool stuff I learned

New Friends-

Dealing with disaster - yuck
Still dealing with the house flood

The water flowed everywhere

The ISGB Gathering - awesome!
1st Timer beads

Photo- bomb Friends

More disaster - oh my aching head!
cleaned scraped and waiting on leveling

Finally flooring

Georgia - the good the bad and the boxes!

The good-Time with my hubby!

Another house that needs work - the bad
Yes 200 plus more to go through here in the Georgia basement

So that is what I have been up to see why I haven't been blogging.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Sabbatical -In recent times, "sabbatical" has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal.
Retreat -a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director.

For the 1st time in years I am doing something for myself. I am giving myself permission to take time away from my work - all of it. Away from the studio, the estate work in Georgia, the house repairs in Texas, committees, meetings, emails, phone calls all of the things that require me to pour myself out.
I'm going to fill myself with beauty,learning, calm and reflection. I'm going to summer camp for grown ups!

It is a short sabbatical - a retreat.
It's just a week in the Tennessee mountains at Arrowmont School of Art and  Craft.
My goal:
             Add skills that will help me take my jewelry to the next level.
             Emersion in creativity.
             Relax and just breathe
            " Fill the well"
A week long workshop - Not Glass -  in metals a chance to revisit old skills long set aside.
Yes I am taking the bubbles with me!
Photo by Nicole Lozano -Portland OR 2012

Click here to see  a video of Arrowmont
I'll be back blogging soon with new ideas,skills and pictures
Don't worry just like I am not moving to Georgia I am not abandoning glass.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Flameworking Bulleye Glass the 00's

Here it is finally as promised more on flameworking Bullseye COE 90 glass.
This edition is the double zero's as I call them.
They are dense in color and not as translucent as the single zero colors.

0013 Opaque White
 A very dense bright true white.
Great when you need a true white I love it for flowers but this glass has issues!
1st - you will have real problems if you can't give it plenty of oxygen. It will turn brown or   liver  if you have to much fuel in you flame. That pretty much means it will not stay white when melted with a Hot Head torch. Problem # 2 (at least with the last batch that I got) SHOCKY!!!! I thought I was working with anise white. It was popping like a machine gun! It is worth it to keep working with it because it is the only true beautiful white you can get in Bullseye rod. I mean look at these Dogwood & lilac beads.
White lilac's and a dogwood flower made with 0013
0014 Cobalt Blue
Nice because it is very dense in color. It is a bit pale for cobalt it is almost a dark periwinkle when worked.

0016 Turquoise
Now this is a color I am VERY fond of yep I love it. I would compare it in color and reactive qualities to 104 turquoise. My complaint with early Bullseye rod colors were to opalescent they just didn't give you the dense color you found in 104. 0016 Turquoise is the answer to my prayers!
Because I make a fiesta beads and need the bright dense colors this is the perfect turquoise.
It will give you the cool reactions you are looking for when used with any of the Bullseye colors that have sulfur like French Vanilla, Nougat and yellows.

The light turquoise is 0016 turquoise with steel blue & French Vanilla

This bead has 0016 Turquoise & 0017 mineral green

0017 Mineral Green
Another color I am in Love with! This is a very dense color somewhere between a sage or copper green. It lends dense color to any green cane or leaves. It is very light green unlike its 0117 twin which is opalescent/translucent  and darker in color

0018 Periwinkle Blue
A very light pastel periwinkle blue with dense color. I have not had any unpleasant reactions using this color. It has nice clean lines and does not bleed into other colors.

0024 Tomato Red
This on is another  "picky" color you will need plenty of O2 in you flame unless you like black or liver colored glass. I would not recommend using this red with a Hot Head torch.
Even though it need the O2 it is a beautiful red that stays dense and rich in color.
Left flower - 0024Tomato Red, next 0016 turquoise petals

0034 Light Peach Cream* opalescent
Unlike all the other "double zeros" this one is very translucent. It is a very pale color that you would probably pass over when picking glass because its is not that spectacular. Think again this is an awesome color because it is not reactive and can be used to make other colors really pop. It is perfect for flower petals because it is so translucent it gives them an ethereal look. I was searching for colors that I could use to make rhododendron flowers for the Gathering in Bellevue Washington. Light peach cream was perfect it did not have a unpleasant reaction with the mix of pink frits.
Base of this flower is 0034 light Peach Cream the pink is a frit blend I made just for these flowers.

0046 Bluestone Opaque
Beautiful dense blue somewhere between a denim blue and steel blue.
0064 Sterling Blue
Beautiful dense light blue more like faded denim.

Wish I could find the rest of my photos I'll post them in a later Blog.

This is just my experience with Bullseye COE90 Glass. I hope it is helpful for other Flameworkers.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dunwoody Art Fest this Weekend

Dogwood Flower

Just a few of the hearts that will be for sale

New Disk necklace- fun for summer
Rain or Shine I will be there!
I made some dogwood flower necklaces just for Mothers Day!
Looking forward to the show!
click picture for link to show info

Thursday, May 8, 2014

MY Studio

This blog is supposed to be about Dream Fire Glass Studio and Glass!
Dream Fire Glass is my studio the key words being MY STUDIO.
This means when my life gets messy my studio feels the effects.
I am trying to keep the events at my house (poop tsunami) from slowing things down too much. The truth is things will be different but not too much. Until my house can be repaired I am at the mercy of contractors and insurance adjusters. I will do my best to schedule classes and open torch each month. I will also be available to meet you at the studio for any purchases you need to make – I’m only a phone call away.
This will be my last post on this event and I will be posting beads and fun stuff that has to do with classes and glass!

DUNWOODY ART FEST this weekend May 10th  - 11th   DUNWOODY GA
Rain or shine I’ll be there! Come check out my new glass Dogwood flowers and my awesome (not glass) leopard rain boots!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What a long strange trip it has been

Long time no blog!

Life is CRAZY!
I have been on the road, in the air, back and forth and around and around.
Among the many adventures since my January post, I’ve survived snow-magedon in Georgia and taught a bunch of classes at the studio.
Wesley Fleming flew in and taught at my studio in February and it was awesome!
I’ve worked like crazy to get ready for 3 shows in Georgia this spring. Hopped on another plane and flew to Las Vegas taught 4 classes.
By the way I had awesome students this year!

Now it gets kind of not so great….. Walked into the house from Vegas and found it full of sewer water- or a mix of sewer and water softener recharge. Yep, I was greeted by smelly water sitting in the house for days while I was gone. The laminate floor is ruined the carpets destroyed anything that was touching the floor gone. Yeah and 4 days to deal with it before the next plane took off for the shows in Georgia.
Some how Super- Sam with the help of a lot of service people, insurance adjusters, my BF Denise, her hubby Tex and my great long distance hubby got it done-ish. The carpet is gone, the laminate is gone, the baseboards are gone, the house is dried out and sanitized. Now all the things that need to be moved out of rooms and closets are piled high in other rooms. This is making my house look like a messy horror but…….I’ll deal with that soon.

OK so that is why I haven’t blogged in a while and why I may not blog too often until home sweet home is restored.

Life is never boring!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1st installment - Flameworking Bullseye COE 90 Glass

Flameworking Bullseye COE 90 Glass

This is a little project I have been wanted to do for a while.
Every month I will have a link on my newsletter to this blog.
I will be posting some of the things I have learned about Flameworking Bullseye glass.
The plan is over time to have a tip about every standard color they make in rod.
The tips are just my thoughts on what I have learned over the years and are not indorsed by Bullseye or the end all be all word on the glass – just what I know and want to share.

So let’s get started!
I want to cover 3 colors that are staples in my studio.
1101 Clear – this is one of the reasons I “came to the dark side”. Bullseye clear is consistently clean and clear. No junk, no scum, no chunks of who knows what. I really like to make encased beads and if the clear stinks so does the bead. 1101 come in 2 sizes regular 4-5mm and larger rods 7-8 mm depending on what I am making I use both sizes. I really like the larger size for making canes and murinni.
1401 Crystal clear- I get a lot of questions on this one. What is the difference? The main difference for us flameworkers is what in does not react with. If you are encasing silver then you need 1401 Crystal clear it does not have the unpleasant reaction with silver that 1101 does. That reaction being the silver will oxidize (turn black or dark). In my humble opinion you only need 1401 if you are planning on working with metals in your beads.

0137 – French Vanilla – Ahhh (sung in a high voice like angels) OMG how we love French Vanilla let me count the ways.
1. It is the only Bullseye white that plays nice with the Hot Head torch. Other whites do not like the lack of O2 and turn some undesirable colors in the flame chemistry of the Hot Head. 2. It is a very nice creamy white when flameworked. 3. It reacts in some cool ways with anything that has copper or silver in it. 4. If you use it for a base bead it really will help keep it from cracking when you encase it. I think it is the viscosity of FV that makes it more forgiving. I could go on all day about it but for now that’s it

0101 – Stiff black – OK here is the flameworking truth about Bullseye black there really isn’t any difference in 0100 – black and stiff black.
One could argue that in fusing the stiff black doesn’t run but we heat out glass way hotter than the kiln so for a flameworker there really isn’t a difference. I only have stiff black in my studio because I only need one black and on the off chance it is a tad bit less likely to bleed into a bead if I over heat it I go with stiff black. You can pull a relatively thin stringer with it and it stay black but if you are going to make the hair like stringers we are seeing in some bead you are not going to get a strong black. My suggestion is encase the black with a thin layer of clear and then pull your stringer if you need it extra thin.
Tip: don’t “boil” your beads if you want black lines to not bleed.

That’s it for this month
encased bead

Encased beads w FV flower

larger size clear for making canes and murinni.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014