Saturday, October 27, 2012

After months away from the torch the weather is finally cooling down thanks to hurricane Sandy. I decided yesterday would be the day I would light my flame and melt some glass. I turned on the kiln to begin its warm up, brushed off the dried up leaves (dont ask) and the cobwebs and dust from my bench, got the music playing, propped open the garage door just enough to let in some fresh air but not be exposed to the wind gusts outside. I made myself a yummy berry smoothie, turned on the fan and plugged in the ventilation....... the time has come to torch! I turned on the propane..........hissssssssssssssss! Oh no! I checked the regulator to make sure it was screwed on tightly, turned the propane back on and hisssssssssssss! The valve on the propane tank is leaking! *Heavy Sigh* aaaaand.......... thats a wrap, shut it all down! :o/ I will live to fire up the torch another day!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A cause near and dear to me....

As some of you know I have a very special place in my heart for homeless dogs and spend alot of time on facebook advocating for them. My girl BB was rescued at 8 weeks old, 1 day away from euthanasia, by a wonderful rescue called A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue. I was thrilled and a little nervous to be invited to join them at their Autumn Pawfest! I dont really do shows with my beads and jewelry but for this cause I could'nt imagine saying no. Now I am busy gearing up for this event, Im hoping to fire up my torch and get a few more beads made to include in my booth so wish for some cool days and an active muse for me will you?! If you happen to be in the area I would Love to meet you, maybe you'll end up with a furry critter or some glassy goodness!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fire Divas Show Off October's Glass Beads

The days get shorter and  things just get... busier! All of the Fire Divas are feeling the effects of Fall!

Sonja of Silver River Glass Work has been feeling the pressure at her day job, filling in for a co-worker which leaves precious little time for torching glass beads. So she has set some goals for herself. Sonja is concentrating on hollow beads and scroll work as a way to focus her flame sessions! Great idea Sonja and the results are lovely:

Sonja also reports that she is so happy to have reclaimed her metalworking space from her son's snake! She plans to add more metal work projects to her shop soon! The snake had no comment on new accommodations.

Kids and shows are taking up Amy Sims time these days. She is most excited about her new leather bracelet designs that are selling like hotcakes!

Amy's next show is October 25th in East Hampton and is a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. You can read about it on her blog.

Cindy of Cindy Lynne Glass is always busy chasing her pittie pup pack around but she's found time to work with more copper and making cuffs. She was most excited to show off a new focal glass bead:

Susanne  of Bab's Beads is thrilled to be finding herself behind her torch now that Fall is here. Isn't this bracelet just gorgeous?

Lara Lutrick is tripping ... road tripping that is... She and Lori Bergmann took a road trip to all their favorite glass and jewelry suppliers recently. The hit Frantz Artglass, Shipwreck Beads and Double Helix all in one day! Lara has also been busy doing inventory for tax season... Oy! What a task that is! Luckily, something elegant is always coming out of her torch.

Lara is celebrating her five year Etsy-versary but... the sale ends TODAY... so get over there soon!

Rose of Spawn of Flame has also found herself very busy at the day job but is very excited to show off her new "Candy Corn" set of beads:

And Holly of Holly's Folly Glass is happy to be back at the torch. Her current favorite bead is Punkin - a mini kitty with a leaf tail made from Tangerine Sparkle Glass.

That's what most of the Diva's are up to in October. We hope you will think of us when shopping for your holiday gifts!