Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Next one.

Going to have to think of a better name for this series than "New Directions."

Anyway - here is the latest. Current name is "Careful where you step."

For scale - here it is nestled in my hand.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Testing for Compatibility

I found this video that illustrates the stringer test for compatibility. You can use the Stringer Test to check for compatibility in a suspect glass, or a glass that you have lost the label off.

I've read about the test oodles of times, but it is so much clearer to just watch it.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Why is Glass Transparent?

Glass is cool. Really freaking cool. There is a whole whack of really cool science in our art.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Welcome to the New Year

2015 - I swear, just yesterday - 2015 was far in the unimaginable future - and yet, here it is.

Take a look into this future and see how much of it you think will happen. I know one part of it that will never happen - my house will never be this clean until they invent personal cleaning robots - and let me tell you - the Roomba doesn't begin to cover it!

If the Corning vision of the future of glass doesn't convince you - then check out these two videos of Mythbusters Jamie and Adam exploring Corning's Brave New Glass. Now there's some futuristic stuff! And yay Adam and Jamie - well done you.

Thursday, January 01, 2015


The Boneyard. The crash site of a long lost dragon.

The latest in my series of New Directions.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CiM 420 Fiddlehead

CiM Fiddlehead - which I don't see at this writing on their page of green, but may well be listed by the time you read this.

Without doing a head to head comparison - this looks very much like Effetre's classic Pea Green.

On the mandrel, on the left, you will see that bead has ivory dots, and there has been a nice reaction with the ivory and the Fiddlehead. 

 Pleasantly streaky and green - a nice, useful, opaque green.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Leafy Eye Candy

Just some swirly, leafy eye candy.

Don't forget, you can mix those ends of rods together. Stick one on another like you were starting a twistie or a filigrana, then get it really hot and mush it together. Then use the gather to make a bead or whathaveyou. Just don't expect the same results twice.  ;-)