Best in Show

The Judges' scores are in... drumroll please! Best in Show goes to Pumpkin Spice! The scoring categories of "Only a Mother could Love this Face" and "Needs to see a Dentist" sent his point tally over the top.  Congrats!

Holiday Workshop - Limited Seating

3 spots remaining for the Holiday Workshop hosted by the ASGB.  This is a one day workshop at Mesa Arts Center with yours truly.  Message me of Facebook for more information on how to join and register for the class.  Hope to see you there!

Autumn Rust

After taking a break from instructing weekly class this past Summer, I'm back to work on some new techniques, color combinations, and bead designs to share with students. 

Favorite Five

Uncomplicated rounds in a line, no details to distract from the vibrant color combination.  A clean, smooth, straightforward statement of simplicity.  These just make me happy.  Hope they do the same for you!

Belly Slide

Waddle, waddle, belly slide. 
Across the ice the penguins glide.
Wiggle the tail and flap the wing.
March to find what Mommy brings:
Fish for breakfast, fish for brunch,
Want to guess what is for lunch?
Time for a nap on Daddy’s feet,
Cozy, warm, so soft and sweet.


Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Apple Pie, Turtle Power, Juniper, Chrysalis

Apple Pie is a pale minty green.  Much lighter than the new Turtle Power, the color is a more vibrant mint than 50's Kitchen or Primavera.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Turtle Power is an earthy green.  The color is slightly lighter than Meadow, with a hint of emerald.  When paired with silver reactive frit, the glass remained clean and crisp.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Juniper is a pine needle green.  A nice stair step darker in shade from Turtle Power, the color has a green-blue hue when compared to CiM Olive.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing.

Chrysalis is a lovely milkglass blue.  The color is a whiter, more opaque version of CiM's Sea Foam.  The glass flowed with ease.  No shocking or bubbling occurred.  Looking forward to adding this to the studio glass supply. 

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Jelly Bean, Rapunzel, Buttermilk


Colors from Left to Right:  Chartreuse, Jelly Bean, Elphaba, Pixie, Blarney Stone

 Jelly Bean is a tart, candy apple green.  Similar in properties to CiM's Chartreuse, but more green than yellow.  A wonderful new addition to the CiM family, this lush color should come with a "not edible" warning.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Rapunzel is a blush opaque pink with a hint of lavender.  The glass melts very similar to Gelly's Sty, but with a hint of Heffalump.  The glass remained free from devitrification when paired with EDP and worked hot.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Buttermilk is a warm opaque cream.  The glass is as smooth as its name through a beadroller, yet holds crisp detail nicely.  A lovely alternative to Effetre Light Ivory.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

 Colors from Left to Right:  Rapunzel, Bone, Buttermilk, Painted Hills, Canoe

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Harvest, Monarch, Canoe, Bone, Tardis

From Left to Right (Phoenix, Harvest, Creamsicle, Monarch, Alley Cat) 

Harvest is a festive Fall coral.  The new color addition is slightly lighter than CiM's Phoenix with a blush of pumpkin.  The glass is quite firm which nicely lends to sculptural projects.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Monarch is an opaque Autumn butterscotch.  A lighter version of CiM's Alley Cat, the new color has a hint of burnt umber.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Canoe is a warm, toasted chestnut.  The glass features a hint of russet when worked with a cool tool.  The new color has a lovely hint of expresso brown and is a unique addition to the 104 palette.  When introduced to fine silver, the glass actually becomes lighter in color.  (See photo below)
Colors from Left to Right:  2 beads made from Tardis, 2 beads made from Bone, 2 beads made from Canoe.

Bone is a grayish ecru.  The opaque glass is perfect for Halloween skulls and other sculptural work.  A fantastic new addition to the CiM family.  When wrapped in fine silver foil, the glass turns a rusty, burnt umber.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Tardis is a polar blue.  The color is vibrant in sunlight, yet subtle under indoor lights; a bluish green Ming of sorts.  Inert when paired with fine silver (see example photo featured earlier in this post).  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Beads of Courage - Open Torch

Beads of Courage members are children coping with serious illness who endure many challenges and face them with courage.  Come meet the artists that provide beads for BOC members to encourage them throughout their treatment journey.

Sep. 10, 2017
Sonoran Glass School
10am to 4pm
 #beadstrong #beadsofcourage #childhoodcancer

Bird Watching

No need to worry, the binoculars are not for viewing the eclipse. Thanks for your concern safety police. In fact, Sylvester gives the term "Wingman" a new meaning. With his trusty field guide and high power binoculars, he spies cute little chickadees for his shy pal Fritocandito. 

Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Spook, Enchanted, Venus, Siren, Poolside

Colors from Left to Right:  Spook, Enchanted, Venus, Siren, Poolside
Venus initially looks to be a pale pink in rod form, however when the glass meets the flame a light peachy amber hue emerges.  Light hazing occurred during testing.  See photo above for bead sample.
Spook is a heavenly white.  The glass remains clean and crisp when paired with other CiM colors.  Over a Effetre Pastel White base, the glass mimics Mother of Pearl.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing.  The glass does not reveal any hint of red, other than a pale pink glow when paired with purple.  The glass becomes murky when combined with Rubino Oro. 
Enchanted is a pale pink lavender.  When compared to Effetre Transparent Dark Lavender, the new CiM color has a lighter plum hue (see sample photo below).  Light hazing occurred during testing but cleared up as the glass became molten. 
Colors from Left to Right:  CiM Enchanted, Effetre Trans. Dk Lavender

Siren is a pale transparent green.  The glass seems to color shift during the final flamepolish on the hollow example bead.  During the initial testing of the ribbed round, the glass remained clean and crisp in color.  There was a bit of initial hazing during the flamework process.  No shocking or bubbling occurred.
Poolside is an exciting new addition to the CiM family.  The vibrant transparent teal has an electric look in bright light.  The glass held crisp lines during sculpting and the color remained clean when paired with fine silver and silver reactive glass.  

Dead Sea Vessel

First photo from this weekend's color testing. The vessel features CiM's new Buttermilk and Poolside. A smidge of Double Helix Electra for added interest.

Testing in Progress

Peaches takes the title of "Quality Control" very seriously.  No slacking off with her around.  
"Back to the torch... squawk!" 

Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is a silly little parakeet who loves listening to music and chirping along.  His favorite song is Easy Street by Collapsible Hearts Band. 

Frick and Frack

The comedic duo enjoys traveling from town to town and preforming silly skits at county fairs.  One could probably look at the pair and correctly venture a guess on who is the "brains" behind the show verses the comedic brawn.  In addition to booking their appearances, Frick keeps his prankster partner in check.  If Frack had his way, their vagabond earnings would be squandered on sarsaparilla, cotton candy, and lotto tickets.  I would estimate at least 30% of their income is spent on glass eyeball replacements. Always rolling away during the show's intermission! Frick is a total saint to stick by him, but that is what brothers do.  You know what they say, "Pumpkin puree is thicker than water."

Azure Wings

I'm not a jewelry maker by any means.  Give me a rod of glass, torch, and lock me in the studio any day over the task of creating a jewelry design.  Props to the talented designers who do this on a daily basis.  You are my heroes! 

Zombie Ear

No need to call the authorities, this is NOT a Van Gogh moment, but thanks for caring.   Just an update on last night's zombie round up.  The severed ear can be strung on a necklace to create quite a statement piece.  The message?  "Don't mess with me zombie... I will put a sharp object through your diseased brain!" 

Harvest Time: Zombie Squirrel Eyeballs

The kids woke up bright and early, dawned their kevlar lined hazmat suits, and ventured outside to gather up some zombie squirrel eyeballs.  Like picking up pebbles on the beach, the plagued peepers just roll right out of their little eye sockets.  A bountiful harvest indeed!  After a quick rinse to remove the crusties, the petrified eyeballs are ready to be strung and worn in a Halloween jewelry design.  They measure approximately 10 mm in diameter.  Just message me on FB if you are interested in a set.