Mar 12, 2009

And Delphi makes 5

I've done it, what I said I wouldn't do again - I've opened another store on the Internet. What's really different about this one is that you can list things that you don't want to sell. Things that you just want to show off.

My new shop -

If you sign up for Delphi (which is a great glass supply store, by the way....) you can vote for your favorite creations. I don't know that winning means anything, or even if they'll let us know if anyone voted for us. I think that most of the people who visit the site are still glass artists. But for those of you who are not glass artists but love glass art, now is the time to visit!

Mar 8, 2009

Old Copper Foil - can it be saved?

A fellow artist recently queried me on how long I keep copper foil, specifically, if old copper foil be used. It seems her supplier had told her that after a certain period it should be thrown out.

This got me thinking about how many strange things people - people who should know better - tell us glass artists. I don't think they deliberately mislead us, I think they are passing on to us what they heard, and didn't question. Kinda like the average internet myth. My first instructor told me that to apply patina, I should leave my piece soaking in a bucket of patina over night. (Correct use: wipe it on with a cotton ball, let it sit for 10-20 minutes, and then wash it off.) My neighbor's teacher forgot to tell her that when planning her window insert, she should include a margin for the lead border. When her insert didn't fit, she was told that there was no way to repair it without completely dismantling it. She took it apart, and lost heart in her project. 2 years later, she still has no window insert. (Correct info: even after you have soldered it together, you can remove the lead border on one side, carefully measure and cut the piece, and reapply the lead border.)

So, in respose to the question about copper foil, I don't throw out old copper foil. I even save all the little bits left over from rolls, sometimes using them years later. If there are spots that have green fuzzy stuff growing on them, I throw that part out. But if it's just tarnished, the flux should clean it up as you prepare your work. To give your copper foil a longer life (and prevent those darling green fuzzys) keep it in a plastic bag like a ziplock. And don't handle your foil when your hands are wet or might have chemicals, like flux on them.

Do you have a question? I might be able to help - email me!

Mar 4, 2009

I could listen to this all day long!

I just have to try and share with you here my absolutely favorite music clip. I LOVE the song - it is wonderful, just listen to the words. And I LOVE the clip - such creativity!! and you know it must have taken absolutely forever to make, all those itty-bitty changes. Watch and enjoy!

Mar 1, 2009

My New Website!!

I'm so excited - I'm moving my website to a new platform and it is READY. You can visit it at

The lines are much cleaner than my previous site, and it will be easier to update. I'll post news about my new items there while still keeping THIS blog up-close-and-personal, the real, weird me!!