Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Photos... A Necessary Evil

This question was posed by Flaming Hot.
"The necessary evil - pictures. Selling online requires glass pictures to be seen and felt. It’s hard work! Tell me about your pictures."

At this time I'm only getting into photographing my glass beads, but I have been photographing jewelry for quite some time. I'm hoping that the experience from that will transition into my glass.
Photos are difficult all the way around, they are a pain in the rear if you ask me. You have to avoid glare, washing out the piece and every little tiny make on your white background (if you use white).

Friday, March 21, 2008


I'd like to announce the new Street Team that I'm a part of on Etsy. The Lampwork Etc. Street Team! It's full of lampworkers of all shapes and sizes that make beads, pendants and hot glass things of all shapes and sizes! We have a Flickr Group, and you can find us on Etsy by searching "Lest". Amazing work, go look for yourself.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Price of Silver

With things going the way they are in the United States, silver has been steadily increasing in price. When I first started making jewelry I remember that silver was only $14 an ounce- this month it hit $20.
The past two days have been a very welcome relief. Silver dropped $1.48 yesterday and $1.43 today. As of market close silver was sitting at 17.06 an ounce. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I did it!

Today, I made my first set of beads. They're not terribly intricate, but I made a cohesive set of five beads!!!
Light Sky blue with frit and others with some goldstone and clear stringer that I pulled all by myself! I also put together a few earring pairs that are really simple. I know that I need to start simple, it's much better for my less than perfect attention span.

I'm so glad that I decided to torch today, the past few days have been less than wonderful on the torch. :)

The set to the left is one that I made for my Mother, she's still waiting it it to be made into a necklace.