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These may be the last new tools for 2013, ribbed donuts in the larger
sizes. Imagine these as encased beads, yum. I've been
waiting for these to get done so I can encase a simple dicroic base, I
think it will give a LOT of added punch to a very simple bead. In
the mean time, I wanted to get them released for the Christmas gift
I started beading for our booth at the Bead True Blue Show at Tucson
Gem & Mineral in February. So far I have a little over 200
sets of 6-beads sets, with another 20 sets in the kiln. I will
also have the beadrollers, and Kara with have her metal blanks etc.
I just finished listing the other two Christmas
CGBeadrollers. I've designed these so they can also be used
the whole year around. Think of animal bodies, and the Angel can be
used as a basic body, like maybe an Uncle Sam for the 4th of
July. Actually, I think the angel/dolls would just make nice odd
plain beads the way they are.
FYI, the largest two beads are 1-1/2" long.
I released a new tool yesterday,
Snowmen/Animal Body CGBeadroller.
I sat down today and did some quick fiber blanket example beads. Boy an
I happy with this beadroller. I didn't time myself, but it
only took maybe a minute or so to do a bead, think of the time you'll
save. And my learning curve was zero, I didn't throw away a
single bead, these are the first 4 I made, so it's an easy tool to use.
A few years ago I made some snowmen and also made some kitties and
penguins in the snowman style, so this shape is pretty versatile and
not limited to just plain old snowmen, or the Christmas season.
My husband can find the
dandiest things. His latest bazaar item
is Chicken Diapers! And I found this one with flames! So apropos
for me. Who know, a chicken would need a diaper, but why can't
they be in the house? After all they are just birds, and don't
some people have Cockatoos and Macaws indoors? (see how cleverly
I justified letting Stewey into the office?) Now you may ask "How
do you measure a chicken for a diaper?" or "How do you put a diaper on
a chicken?" Well, there's a video
for that. Unfortunately Stewey isn't tame enough yet to sit and
let me put a diaper on him, but I'll let you know when he is. Oh
ya, I'm gonna try, you know I will. I caught a picture of him
perched on the cat tree one day, he hasn't done it again - but he eye's
every now and then. He's also taken up sitting at my feet when
I'm in the teaching studio torching.
[don't forget the free
shipping domestic and reduce international, good till Sunday midnight,
post for details]
Kara & I have a booth at To Bead True Blue in Tucson in Feb. Since
this is a bead show I've started making beads again. Yes
it's like riding a bike, you don't forget, but you do wobble at first,
so I've taken to making simple beads to get back into practice of
making beads for hours at a time. I love raku frit but I'm not
fond of raku rods so I tried it using a ribbed CGBeadroller, now these
I'm ok with. I also decided to use up some of my extinct
Vetrofond glass, these are Blueberry and Fossils. I've also made
a bunch of encased Double Helix to familiarize myself with how to get
color from some of the glass. This also gave me the chance to try
out my new light boxes from Doug
. These are my first two pictures
with the setup and I'll have to play with it a bit more, but I'm pretty
happy with how they defuse the light and don't have hot spots, much
a professional photo shoot wouldn't have them either. I'm sure
there's more of a knack to it that I'll catch onto, also.
It's been a while since I've had free shipping, so lets do that this
Starts today and ends Sunday midnight.
Domestic free shipping
class: Twisties, Vine Cane, Murrini
The ultimate frit marvers are here. I had a customer write me
about a marver she purchases many many years ago and could no longer
find available to purchase a second one. She loved the long
rolling space it provides, so she contacted me with the idea and I fell
in love with the concept. It's a 6" long paddle with a shallow
tray for frit, shards, silver leaf, murinni, etc, but the narrow design
(2-1/8") makes it much lighter than other paddle of this length. I
decided to take it one step farther and make a second version half
the size that is open ended. Both double as a traditional flat
marver on the back. They can be found on either the 'MISC'
page or the 'FRIT'
Ginny Hampton held her fist class in the CGBeads teaching studio this
past Saturday. I got so wrapped up in taking the "Encasing"
class, that I forgot to take pictures. Wow! I have always
admired how she can encase so sitting in a 4 hour class was
awesome. Of course sitting in any lampwork class with the
camaraderie is inspiring.
Ginny's next class will be Nov 10. If you've ever wanted to learn
to make Snowman
sculptures for Holiday gifts, here's your chance.
We've also added a few other
classes, the schedule is really starting to take
shape. Sanger is located on I-35 and an easy drive from almost
anywhere in North Texas, Oklahoma, etc.
Three tools to round out the 'long'
Just a few pictures of our trip and a short blog. Hearing about
someone else's vacation can be boring, but I wanted to hit the
highlights. First stop was Philadelphia. I love colonial
America, so seeing Independence Hall again after I was there as a
teenager was a real thrill. We also walked down to Ben Franklin's
house and his first post office.
Next was NYC. It's so big the best way to see it is to just give
in an be a tourist and took the tour busses. One wound up at
Times Square, good grief, the skyscrapers never ended! I didn't
know the New Years Eve ball is now permanent so we got to see it and
didn't have to fight the New Years Eve crowd. Spend a few days
with a grandson, refreshing him in how to cook Texas BBQ. Cooked
on a rooftop in SoHo, it was close enough.
Last we decided to lighten our wallets in Atlantic City. The
boardwalk is virtually empty in September - nice....
Back from vacation so I'll be doing shipping & catching up today
and tomorrow. I'll blog pictures later.
The first class of the new teaching studio is on the books now, it was
a fabulous one and I'm sorry if you missed it, but there will be
more. Here's a picture of a few of the hollows, vessels and blown
vessels that were made. Christi is an awesome lampworker with a
bubbly personality and it spills over into her teaching. After I
return from vacation Oct 3 we'll get her some more classes scheduled,
oh wait until you see what she's going to teach... In the mean
time, please have a look at what Ginny has scheduled. Class
schedule link is on the left hand of the page.
Three new tools are up (click
here for the links).
I've heard that the growth of a trees root system replicates the growth
of the tree above ground. If that is true, this picture will give
a bit of perspective to what it would look like.
chain necklace sale ! ! Ends 9/15 or while
acquired a new cat member to the herd a few months ago. Fred 'strayed'
in a couple of weeks before I had to put my injured Bruce to sleep, so
he never got introduced properly. So, here's Fred. Well now it seems a
young squirrel has decided it would be fun to live in the trees above 4
cats, not a problem. As a matter of fact, Fred and the squirrel play
together already. I call it playing, but I'm betting if the squirrel
let Fred get close enough it would turn nasty in a hurry. Still, the
squirrel teases and taunts Fred, and has let him get within 2 feet of
him. Stewey hangs out in the background and doesn't get it. This is the
view I get to enjoy looking out my door on a daily basis now. Live is
Time to expand the catalog again, custom
blended frit is now available, along side of the raku frit,
which will be expanding soon as well. Blending is a bit tougher
than it looks, you can't just throw some colors together and call it
good. The proportions have to be right, and the contrast has to
be palatable. We're starting off with 8 blends and will grow as
the seasons change, and our knowledge of blending grows.
We are up and running, the 'Maiden Voyage of the CGBeads Lampwork
Studio" will be Sept 21st. Click on the "Classes" link on the
left of the page for details. If you're wanting to come to a
class: Dallas, Ft Worth and Denton make a triangle, with Denton being
at the top, Sanger is 10 miles north of Denton up I-35. There is
a map on the classes page.
Three New Tools. See the Catalog News page for details or find
them under Catalog > Barrels.
This strand is #39 along with 2 of the 3 new sizes #120 and #121. I
haven't made the Jumbo barrels yet.
Last week I held a caption contest via my newsletter. Here is
the page with the picture and the captions.
I figure now that I am selling Double
Helix glass in my catalog I had better start making beads
This is a test batch I bought at the Gathering, so I don't have this
particular one for sale.
is back in stock.
* * NEW CATEGORY * *
Permanent home is under the ~Catelog~
days ago I found out when one of your tree branches falls
and slices two wires and
blacks out almost the 'entire town', the city will finally come out and
trim the part of the trees that was their responsibly in the first
place, PLUS some some that you ask them to do that they wouldn't have
I came running outside after the first explosion and saw the second
wire get cut. It lit up the sky with an orange blast. Almost started
the tree on fire too. A nice bonus to have the trees trimmed on that
side of the house, and they will come back and cut two of them
completely down for me.
Now for the
lemonade from lemons. I went out that night and snagged a
few choice branches for cat trees. Hubby and I made this one
yesterday. It's not quite like I had envision it. I was thinking of
more narrow and much taller, but this is what evolved and I think I'm
happier with it. I know the cats are, they love playing around the
base, just like a tree outside. I still have 6 awesome branches so I'd
like to eventually make more for other rooms, maybe even the shop.
Finally - pictures from the Gathering in Rochester NY in July. We
had a great time, not just
blogging that, we really did. We were busy almost the whole
time. A couple of presenters
took president over people wanting to visit the tech vendor room, go
figure, but we got them
back on breaks. Unfortunately one of my boxes never showed
up. It's still lost in the postal
system black hole and I have to wait 30 day for them to tag it as lost
so it can be looked for.
First off, the booth. See all the pretty flame handles you missed
if you didn't go this year?
Well not to worry, next year is in Houston. I can drive to this
one so I'll have Plenty of inventory.
Kara has had her metal blanks at a few shows. We're ready to put
some of them up on
the website now, so look for those in the 'findings' section soon.
Just a few pictures from Kara's & my pre-Gathering trip to Niagara
Falls. It was one of the most
moving experience either of us has ever had. I have always wanted
to see the Pyramids, but after
seeing Niagara, I don't think even they could out do the
experience. I'm a HUGE waterfall fan. The
river runs along wide and raging, them all of a sudden it falls off
into the earth.
Maid of the Mist boat headed for the Horseshoe Falls, followed by views
from the boat. The ride takes
you up into the spray of the Horseshoe Falls and parks there for 5-10
minutes. The spray is pretty heavy
so I didn't want to use my camera, but looking up into the water coming
over the cliff is unbelievable.
If you stare at a spot of water and watch it as it falls, the water
freezes in space. I can't put my finger
on it, but I'm sure there's a glass out there somewhere that is the
same color - and I want it!!!
Lastly, flowers on Luna Island, which separates Bridal Veil Falls from
the American Falls.
Here's a link to a great Niagara
Fall website with some awesome pictures. You can get a
better sense of the fall taken from the helicopter, and view of where
the Maid of the Mist parks.
I'm having a contest. The rules are simple. Send me a picture (only one
please) of a bead (or set of beads) that you have made using a
CGBeadroller. I'll post them on this page.
Contest starts now, picture sending ends Sunday night (July 14th). I'll
send out a newsletter after that requesting votes. The top vote
getter will win their choice of any CGBeadroller, runner up will
receive a beadroller base. You'll need to be signed up to my newsletter
to be able to participate.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE DETAILS ON THE NEW TOOLS
Ahh, the perfect bicone. So beautiful, so elegant. Can
anyone make a perfect bicone? Given enough time, sure you
can! And each time you do they get more perfect and take less
time. So why don't you make them? Because you make 'dozens'
of shapes, and don't have time to concentrate on just one. Well,
that's what tools are for, and that's why I developed the line of
I still haven't introduced our little new guy, so here's Fred, hanging
out with Stewey. Fred showed up as a stray about two weeks before
we lost Bruce, so he's been here 6 weeks. The 'herd' tried to
chase him off but he was having non of it. It took him about a
week to find the cat door and the food dish in the kitchen, there was
no turning back then, he found his home. That makes 3 all black
cats and 1 very black based Tortie. There must be a sign on the
door that only cats can read and says "black cats are welcome
here". Over half of the cats we have had are either black or
black & white or black based. He's the most 'cat' cat we've
ever had, everyone else has been 'odd'. Fred likes to sleep in
the bathroom sink, loves people and runs to see who is visiting, tips
my glass of water off the end table, doesn't mind being held for more
than 10 seconds, even meow's (ya, we have a bit of a silent oddball
bunch). He seems to have some Siamese in him, which is great, the
long legs helps us tell the 3 black one apart in the dark.
I'm back home from Bead & Button.
SHIPPING IS BACK ON TRACK -
LET THE BUYING RESUME ! ! !
Thank you everyone who stopped by, we had a blast!
The winner of my
Cross-Promo Giveaway is Lisa Cook. Thank you everyone for
blog for her winner, and Zoozii's
blog for her winner.
Lori Bergmann, Zoozii's and CGBeads are teaming up with a giveaway.
Lori wrote a tutorial on the making of her awesome Zebra beads for Bead
Style Magazine, April 2013 issue. In the article she explained
using the Small Round beadroller to judge the size of glass needed to
press a perfect lentil from a Zoozii's lentil presses.
Each of us is having a
giveaway, so you have three chances to win. Here's how to enter:
1). For a chance to win a
Small Round CGBeadroller:
send me an email at email@example.com
with 'CROSS-PROMO GIVEAWAY' in the subject line.
2). For a chance to win the Bead Style Magazine containing the Zebra
Bead Tutorial and the set of beads featured:
3). For a chance to win your choice of either a Zoozii Straight Sided
Lentil Trio Small or Large:
goto to Zoozii's
Giveaways will end Monday May 27th @ Midnigh-ish. I'll announce
my winner here, Lori & Amy will announce their winners on their
I HATE DAYS LIKE TODAY!!!
I had to put Bruce to sleep. He was injured so I rushed him to
the closes vet. She said his back was broken, there was no
apparent pain. He was my fluffy rag doll, and I miss him
terribly. I'll close out his life with a little montage tribute.
We have this 'weed' in our lawn that flowers every year, then we mow
the yard and I don't get to see it again till the next spring. When it
comes to plants I'm as dumb as a box of rocks, so when I
discovered last year that it was primrose I decided to try and
transplant it this year. This is a picture of it in the lawn and
one a week after I transplanted it and it flowered again. I am
thrilled I didn't kill it! so I went and hunted down a couple more
plants and transplanted them, too. I know it needs to go dormant,
but I'm hoping to bring it in this winter to see if it will flower
Kara & I have decided to do some shows this year so I launched into
a project of making sample beads from every CGBeadroller cavity. I was
a bit surprised, I estimate I used around 8-9 pounds of glass
(not including the marble molds). Speaking of shows, our first
one will be in Lynnwood WA on May 3-5.
If you'd like to see a larger picture, just click on the image.
I've always thought there were enough marble molds on the market, that
I wouldn't need to add anymore to the mix - apparently I was wrong.
Over the past year I have gotten a lot of requests for smaller marble
cavities, and it seems the 1mm cavity increment increases are very
popular as well.
Introducing the Marble
Mold line of CGBeadrollers. Five paddles, with a
total of 24 cavities, ranging from 8mm (1/3") up to 34mm (1-1/3"). I
may be wrong, but I don't think there is a marble cavity that small on
the market. I've also added a bundle package, buy all 5 and get a
stringer tray bonus.
Stewey the chicken update:
I got to hold him today! He was sitting in the corner of the shed with
no where to run and I picked him up. Needless to say he's not happy
with me right now, but he still comes running when I dump feed out for
him. Fickle fellow. He's getting pretty big so we're guessing he
was just a spring chicken when he got loose from the farmer coming
through town. It was fun to hold him, can't wait to corner him
Went to a bead meeting Saturday night. I dropped out of attending for a
while (while I was fighting my health), but now I'm ready to get back
into the swing. I got to do the demo. A while back Tammy Whitham from
Australia made a tutorial making tops with beadrollers and allowed me
to post the pdf on my website, so that's what I demo'd. I forgot to
take a baroque tool (BR-6901) with me, but that's another awesome top
shape to do, and the ribbed tools give another dimension, too.
Then I brought out the new beadcap beadroller. We played with it a bit
then spent time 'thinking outside the box' with all the other things to
do with the beadcaps. A dress for a little girl with her legs dangling
out the bottom would be awesome, bells, earring tassels... Spinning
Top Tutorial by Tammy Whitham
February is my Anniversary month,
these first 4 years have really flown
by. In the past I've made a special Anniversary tool, this year I'm
doing something a little different. Check
here for details.
I want to thank Double Helix for making the best clear glass on the
market. I have been playing with their silvered glass since they first
came out with. I could never get the intense colors everyone else could
get. I did a bit better by encasing, but they would almost always
break, so I caved and bought some their clear Zephyr.
Now as if by magic, I have stunning color and confidence the bead will
not break after it's sold. As you can see from the picture, it was
consistent over and over, not just a one time fluke. Considering how
many I've thrown away, at $40 a pound the price is saving me money -
and time - and my hair. What the heck took me so long?
Beads made with BR-8601
Graduated Drops and BR-5601
Chunky Donut Pandora Style
Random thoughts of my grandmother - I think she would be appalled at
the amount of plastic bags I throw away.
Arrange 5 Cats
(Mr. & Mrs. Whitney)
at the Movies
someone close my mouth for me,
left me speechless
360 degree panorama pix
amazing, note the language
the Beatles juggler
Godfather: scammer upsets the Mafia
are you a Star Wars fan?
Palpatine get a phone call from Vader
This has been around a while, I just found it again
Fold a T-Shirt
find registered sex offenders near you
kid is too cute
husband found this
(yes, it's clean)
Cruise Is Nuts
click on 'John's story'
left hand column
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
version - 32 pix
version - 337 pix
TO MY MOTHER
My Aunt Ruth's poem