(this is a Long Post..Bear with me!) The Cost of making handmade from tools and Lampwork.. there is alot more to everything than meets the eye..you would be surprised!! But before talking about the price of tools etc.. This is the Class we took:
No Solder, No Glue Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Here was our great teacher Gwen Youngblood..
This is a tool Gwen designed for riveting. And it was a heck of an ingenious tool
I hope to get one as soon as she has them available..
Ok my husband and I took this very invaluable class at Blue Moon Glassworks in Austin Texas on Saturday. The class was a bit hard for a beginner like me, I seemed to be all thumbs and for a person who is very hands on I was surprised. I think it was so because there was so much information! Gwen really packed alot into this class 4 hours. It was really a GREAT class! Even tho we were unable to finish we now *know how to do what we were taught and some things will just have to be practiced. You walk away with so much respect for the knowledge of the teacher and all of the techniques and cost of the tools. A very renewed respect I will add! These techniques must be practiced until your work is good enough to sell. And that in itself alot. But we now know and can incorporate other ideas into what we have learned!
This is my and Ron's pieces, not finished and there will be practice that will have to be done for future pieces!
Ron's piece is here.
Is that not Sweet he made my name on his..
unfortunately he messed the bottom a bit.
But when you mess up..
Here is mine! (and it is not great and the flower is uneven)
The fluted piece is ok but by no means perfect!
And this will take time to perfect. The 2 dots
are too close, but well hey
I did it! And..
can go on from here..
Tools. Here are some tools that we bought while at Blue Moon.. these are for lampworking.
The economy's bad bad right now, but materials and the cost of tools is not cheap! It makes you really respect the cost and time that many talented artisans from Lampworkers to Metalsmiths put into their studios just to make beautiful things. We did receive a discount off of the glass bill below, but I am showing you what the cost is for many an artisan.
I'm thrilled Blue Moon Glass works had all of the glass in stock and I was able to see what we were buying.
This is price per pound on the glass we bought.
And these are about the going prices anywhere..
So do I respect my Craft? I sure do!
We bought many beautiful colours
and CIM glass as well. Beautiful coloured glass
is not for the faint at heart. The more brilliant and pretty the colours; the higher the price was told by a Lampwork distributor today on the phone (not Blue Moon) I see many Lampworkers just about giving their work away now. They must do this as a hobby. But why? A bad economy. I will continue to learn and strive..despite the times in this economy! I will be striving for One of a kind focals etc...
Tools-We did not get this caliper from BlueMoon Glassworks, but this is to show what a very precise DIAL CALIPER runs. Need to measure beads precisely? Cost? $35.00. This makes me ever so thankful to be doing what I'm doing and learning to do!
This bead you can see is 12 mm.
Some of our Trip to Austin..
many parts of Texas are having a drout.
We were shocked to see all of the dead trees along
the way for miles!
A small reproduction Texas town, but deserted and not operating..
The ever happy Jim and Rose. Lovely people and always so helpful! Their Shop is akin to a Candy land for many of us..
Ive been working on more Lampwork that has a Shabby chic feeling! I have to say I really am liking them. I've been Inspired by Gaea who makes some lovely shabby chic beads. I have gotten some nice things in the mail too below..
Its raining! Hard rain. Thank the Lord is all I can say! What makes the weather go anyway? Maybe the Angels are in charge of those things I wonder? What a blessing we haven't had rain in forever! Here's my newest Lampwork and some other lovies..
Here is a sweet Shabby bead from Gaeas Shop. This bead was the Inspiration to this Lampwork above..
This Private Journal is handmade ceramic from Mary Harding. I cant wait to use this bead! I love this bead. When we were kids it was always so cool to have Secret things..remember that? All those neat things we hoarded. As adults we've all got that kind of stuff today..
These Beauty's below are from Birgitta Lejonklou. She is also one fine talented woman as well as such a sweet person!
I have international rates and called her the other day and I probably gave her a bit of a shock lol. We had the nicest talk. I am happy to call her my friend. When we go home to Scotland Id love to meet her as Sweden's not too far away. Wouldn't that be nice..I would love to go in the beginning of winter..Scotland is beautiful at that time. I imagine Sweden would be too!
Happy Macro Sunday! Today was another good day, but there was sadness as we found a very little baby outside near the tree. I ran for the camera and he was so beautiful so full of life. So real. We had to go out and I spoke to my husband about taking him to a wildlife center. Sadly when we came home he had died. So little, so real so alive and now hes gone. That really stung, it still does. To see such an innocent life gone. Now I feel bad I did not take him earlier, but I was unable. Here's the little fella. How beautiful. I'm so sad.
So after I had photographed him I went to take pictures of the roses. Just roses is all. Everyone has them right now. I cant wait till winter for pictures of icicles and snow from everyone!
I'm already thinking of the cold. Its so humid the air feels lie a sauna to breathe here.
Whoa a Grand-daddy picture!
I love the lemon one! Wonder how the picture came out this big?!
God said in His word that "Not one sparrow falls without His knowledge" and so this is where Ive rested my heart tonight that this little one is in the arms of Love..