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Kalorlo
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kalorlo
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Kalorlo
Fri, Jun. 22nd, 2012 11:43 am

Birthday presents for me have got a lot easier since I started lampworking... Owain asks me what I want, I point to a tool/pile of glass/course, he says ok then, sends me the money and away I go!

This year, Astrid Riedel was doing a three-day course at Di East's studio in Leicester, which Di was following up by her open day/birthday party on Saturday, since it was Di's 60th on the Sunday.

I love Astrid's beads: seriously, go have a look. They've got layers, detail and depth plus lots of colour - they're BIG. Her new scribbly-sketched birds and other animal beads are wonderful. (Drawing in glass? That is HARD). I was umming about going for the entire course and I am so glad I did.

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Normally the beads I make on a course aren't that great: they're for learning the technique so you can go away and practise it at home. I was really happy with most of what I made here. (The two smaller lentils would have been better if I'd used the enormous lentil press instead - the amount Astrid puts on her beads shows up much better on a big canvas). Anyway, it was a fabulous three days, Astrid's a great teacher and I learned a lot! Up there for the best course I've been on.

Saturday was my birthday and the open day - Di has a large marquee that is put up in the drive for these and we have a mini fair with stalls. Last year I shared a table, this year I had a whole one to myself since I brought my beads along as well as the Lauscha.

Then I sold glass to people :)
(Beads, not so much, but because the weather was filled with sudden downpours we got fewer passersby than last year - we were mostly all lampworkers so the glass went, but we all had our own beads already! It was handy to think about setting up my table for the beads, anyway)

A quick peek at some of my things: these are little lampworked surgical steel earstuds and interchangeable toppers that screw on to rings or pendant backs. I like dangly lampwork earrings, but my own pair of studs actually get worn on a regular basis! They are low-maintenance :)

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If you want to see what the toppers are like on their bases, have a look at my Etsy: http://heatherkellyglass.etsy.com - I've got some photos of them as rings on hands so you can see the scale.

Then I trundled my way home again and collapsed in a heap :)

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Kalorlo
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2012 10:17 pm

Back from having a marble class in Leicester! Sean and Gillian Hamilton-Taylor (http://www.hamiltontaylor.co.uk/) came down to Di East's studio to do a test run of a multiple-day class that Di and Sean will be teaching at the International Festival of Glass this year. We were the guinea pigs :)
(Originally this test run was just going to be a Sunday class. Demand was high enough that they added an extra day!)

I am somewhat tempted to go to the full thing: that many nights' accommodation might be a bit on the expensive side, though. The IFG is held in Stockbridge towards the end of August.

Anyway, a lovely day was had by all! A couple of us had tried making a few marbles before - I'd made 3 at Tuffnell's open day last year - but there were also people who'd never done off-mandrel stuff before. It was all impressively laid back! There was a minimum of hot marbles being dropped and having to be chased about with leather gloves. It looked like everyone was getting good results.

We used steel punties instead of glass ones - I think this contributed to the calmness. Glass ones are definitely more prone to shocking, accidentally being melted etc. It means technically it *wasn't* an off-mandrel class.... but only technically :p
Glass punties with properly-done cold seals can be removed more cleanly, but that's a rather more difficult technique and I am sure would have led to runaway marbles all over the place! I've certainly had cold seals become hot seals or be knocked off exactly when you didn't want them to before... I'll be sticking to using the steel ones for my next go.

(Cold seal: one surface hot, one surface cold. Where cold = has been in the flame a little, but the surface is set and with no glow. They'll stick together, but can be separated by a sharp tap leaving only the tiniest of marks. If you get the flame too close, you risk melting the two pieces of glass together so they won't come apart. If you let everything get too cold or knock it, your marble can unexpectedly fall off).

We did some classic marble designs: twists, multi-directional twists and interior twisted ribbons. Not complicated, but the really good part was that Sean explained all the little tiny techniques for keeping everything tidy and precise. Marble-making's a lot more anal than most beadmaking - "proper" collector marbles should be perfectly round (obviously) but also everything should be perfectly spaced and they should contain absolutely no bubbles. We were working in 104 not borosilicate, so no bubbles was never going to happen, but the tips for the rest as he went along is definitely the kind of thing you take a class for. (This is why most marble-makers use boro: they have far superior clear to anything you can get in the other CoEs - clear boro is pyrex, essentially, and is what's used for scientific glassblowing and the like).

I got another marble mould at the end: I have one and brought it along, but it has slightly larger sizes than is convenient for making quick-ish test marbles. So I got one with three smaller holes too. When rounding off marbles, you do it with an indentation that is significantly smaller than the marble itself, using the rim rather than the whole cavity. So smaller moulds are useful for larger sizes than it appears at first. You *can* use a doming block instead, but graphite's much better than brass for shaping without dragging the surface.

More marbles will be on the agenda when I have a spare moment... February's a bit of a hectic month, and the weather means that I'm only torching at the weekend during the day, because it is way too cold to open the window and put the ventilation on in the evenings! The end of the month is also the deadline for the Glass Beadmakers UK annual competition, so I need to get something made for that: will try and get it done tomorrow - a prototype at least. This year's themes are Curiosity and Fauna.

I've probably gone into too many details that non-lampworkers won't care about, but hey. Now I'm going to find some pudding :)

Actually, I have an additional thought. Marble-making, unlike beadmaking, is where most of the mens are. Now, for bigger marbles, you need really BIG torches, so that's one consideration... and there's the obvious one that men are much less likely to wear beads, but I am also wondering if the way that there are things about marbles that can obviously be ranked as better than each other has anything to do with the appeal? With beads if you have an airbubble, that could be deliberate. Or it could be a happy accident and an artistic choice to leave it there because it enhances the effect. Or it could be because the maker can't do it without bubbles. With a marble, any bubble that is not *very* obviously placed as part of the design is a flaw. It is much more obvious when you have levelled up your skills in marble-making, as it were. Marble-making rewards persevering with the same design until you get it perfect. (I think there's a big technical fascination with *how* marbles are made as an initial hook, too. I mean, there they are, they're perfectly spherical and have all kinds of stuff inside you can view from all angles. You do stare at them and go "I wonder how they got that in there?").

Right, now for pudding.

ETA: this refers to lampwork in the UK and US. In Italy, men do make beads. And octopuses and insects and all kinds of things. It's there in the history and the industry. Over here, a lot of us are hobbyists and we tend to start in one area and specialise in it.

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Kalorlo
Tue, Apr. 19th, 2011 11:28 am



Lauscha 104 coe glass rods for lampworkers.

That's what I've been working on - the site went live on Sunday night after I spent all weekend getting the last little things done, I've had orders and the first ones were shipped today!

Eventually there'll be beads and jewellery up at Heather Kelly Glass too. Just a gallery to begin with, but I'm going to start selling them this year too. (I haven't finished tweaking the colours and layout of the HKG site, so it's going to change a bit when I have the time).

I am very very tired, but it's great to see it all going along and working properly! The admin end for invoicing and so on is also extremely flexible and useful. I'm using Drupal, Ubercart and the Acquia Prosper theme, which is set up for easy use with Ubercart. The reason the site's taken so long is because of complicated control flow issues that have to do with running both sites as a multisite and having to have all the secure pages on the main domain. If I had just been doing a single site it would have been finished quite some time ago, but this way keeps things separate better.

(I could rant about SSL and stupid server/browser implementations thereof for quite some time, though. What I really needed was to be able to have two separate certificates for one IP address).

I'm still going to be really busy for the next little while, so apologies to all my friends and to poor Owain for the neglect.

Sooo, I'm now full-time employed *and* part-time self-employed. That needs adjusting a bit :)

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Kalorlo
Thu, Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:18 pm

In case anyone's interested!

Sun 5th Sept - The London Bead Fair at Kempton Park. Admission £4. Downside: rail replacement buses.
Sun 19th Sept - The Vinopolis Bead Fair in Central London. Admission £5.
Sun 3rd Oct - BSGB Bead Fair, Uxbridge. Admission £2.
30th Oct - The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park. Prices vary and there are early bird discounts. £5.85 for non-early-entry tickets online.

Most of them are 10am-4pm, the Big Bead Show is until 5pm. I will be going to Vinopolis on the 19th as it's incredibly convenient and has many of the same vendors as the one this weekend. It has some lampwork vendors I know and there'll be some jewellery as well as beads, findings, semi-precious beads, etc etc.

Last year I went to the BSGB fair - it has more guild stalls: polymer clay and seed beading, for example. Not enormous but a very decent number of stalls. Some amount of tat, quite a lot of vintage stuff. The building last year wasn't very well lit, but it's a different one this year. Won't be going this year, but mostly because I'll have just recently got back from Venice...

The Big Bead Show is the big one. Enormous. Bead magazine awards, tons of seed beads, plenty of lampworky people, findings, tools, Palmers metals. Depends on finances but I think I'd regret missing it.

Tuffnell Glass have announced next April's Flame Off already! The only question is how many nights I'm staying for and if I go for a Thursday masterclass as well as all the rest. Best place ever. Lampwork everywhere, big-screen demos going on all day, classes, and the have-a-go area for torches. Plus all mah lovely peeps :)
I will be joining in with the bead swaps next year for sure.

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Kalorlo
Tue, Aug. 10th, 2010 11:37 pm

The other thing I did on my holiday. (Yeah, didn't get enough drawings done, and now I'm back at work going WHERE IS ALL MY TIME? *sadface* Am attempting to have paper around in the mornings or lunchtime, but things keep coming up).

Anyway. I took all my jumprings with me and as well as fixing my Jens Pind chains so they spiralled the right way, and so are all nice and flexible rather than very stiff, I tried a bunch of random things that I found I had the right sizes for. I have a post to make about the Jens Pind, but have more photos to edit, and it was going to go straight on to my blog, but given that I'm still 2 months behind in my posts over there, it may be a while, so I think I'll put it here first.

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The weaves are all on maille-artisans.org, I'm just feeling lazy and CBA finding each of them to link right now. May add them later.

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Kalorlo
Mon, Jul. 26th, 2010 11:43 am

I'm on holiday and klgaffney brought keep_sketching to my notice, so I'm going to try and do a sketch a day while I'm here. First one up. I'm rather out of practice...

I will attempt to keep a list here.

1. In the Gloaming
2. Jens Pind linkage

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Kalorlo
Tue, Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:35 pm

I've posted on my blog about getting my lampwork setup ready and I'm planning to make a week's worth of posts called 'A Newbie's Week of Lampwork'. In case anyone is interested :)

(I started on Sunday, so I've had two evening sessions already. Posts will lag by a day or two and I have more photography to do).

If you've never seen anyone doing lampwork and have a moment to spare, have a look on youtube. It's so cool! Glass is fascinating stuff.

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Kalorlo
Wed, Dec. 2nd, 2009 11:17 pm

And here's what I made for Emerald.

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Kalorlo
Tue, Dec. 1st, 2009 09:05 pm

Aren't they gorgeous? Made by Jo (Emerald) of Cooksongold and FHF. She makes beautiful silver beads to combine with other things in her jewellery. She has a few of her things on flickr here.

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I'll post what I made after my recipient has received it (should be tomorrow).

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