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Glass fusing with mixed results

Last summer, I bartered with somebody for a cardboard box of glass shards from a stained glass studio. It’s a great variety of colors and sizes, and was labelled COE 96. (All glasses have a specific coefficient of expansion. That … Continue reading

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Murrini challenges

I play around a lot with mosaic cane. One of last year’s projects on the murrini/mosaic cane front was an attempt to recreate the Northern Army’s badge in glass. I pulled a decent cane for it, but I just never … Continue reading

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A&S Documentation: The Hadleigh Road Necklace

A selection of Anglo-Saxon beads from Hadleigh Road cemetery, Ipswich, UK. Lady Elinor Strangewayes, OM. Shire of Mountain Freehold. Materials: Glass beads, wire. Date: 2nd – 7th century AD. One grave in the cemetery contained a Roman coin of Marcus … Continue reading

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Getting started in lampworking

Maybe you’ve taken an intro class or watched a friend do it, and now you’ve got the bug to melt some glass yourself. Lampworking is a great hobby in that most of the tools you need can be scavenged or … Continue reading

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Evil Devitrifying Purple

Purple opaque glass is a tool of the Devil. With the least provocation, its surface breaks down from glassy to crystalline, a process known as devitrification. The surface of the glass goes from shiny and purple to chalky and white. … Continue reading

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An unusual bead from Södermanland

[Disclaimer for those just tuning in: I make reproductions of early medieval glass beads. The Norse (and many other cultures) used the swastika as a luck or fertility symbol for millennia before the German Nazi Party. I reproduce this item … Continue reading

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Beads with a story

Folks often ask me if I have a favorite bead pattern, or a least favorite. The least favorite is easy: I don’t like making segmented beads or melon beads (though I like the finished products). Those beads are tedious to … Continue reading

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