Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Whenever we visit our family in Arizona, we love to go to craft shows and artisan shops and always get inspired. We have been lucky to find glass artists who are happy to share their discoveries. One such generous artist at a Fountain Hills craft show introduced us to the concept of glass tiles. Each tile has three layers: base colour, dichroic glass and a clear top. 

Each tile is cut to make matching pendants, bracelets, earrings, etc.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jewelry Sets

When glass is melting in the kiln, it will stretch as it melts. The dichroic surface cannot stretch so it has to fracture. It fractures into patterns that cannot be duplicated.

In order to have matching pieces, the glass must be fired at the same time. (Like snowflakes, no two are alike).

Friday, October 30, 2015

New Stuff

There are endless possibilities when working with glass. Ron is always open to travelling down new paths. He is self-taught, loves YouTube, and is inspired by customers' suggestions.

Upcycling is not new, but this year we have expanded our selection.

These baubles are blown from beer and wine bottles, then wire-wrapped.
The chimneys are the necks of the bottles that were used for glassware. (we hate to waste anything!) They protect tealight candles from the wind.

These glasses, cut from beer and wine bottles, are annealing in the kiln.

The spoon rests are made from all types of jars and bottles. As with the glassware, we look for interesting shapes and textures.

These pendants were formed using lampworking techniques. This involves shaping the glass in a flame.

It is often difficult to manipulate a bracelet clasp by yourself. Not with these bracelet helpers!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Farmers' Markets, 2015

From May until September, our lives are occupied with Farmers' Markets. Three days a week. Thursday through Saturday. This year, the markets were in One Hundred Mile House, Clearwater and Barriere. We love the Loon Bay market, which we sold at for many years. However, now that we have an arthritic dog, we prefer the hours of the Clearwater market. We have also come to love this area and its' people.

Our theme remains the same: glass, handmade paper and pressed flowers. But we are always discovering new methods and creations.

Last year I was told about the amazing qualities of wasps' nests in my paper pulp:

2014 entry on wasps' nests

 This year I was asked to make cards with a coffee scent for The Bicycle Tree. The coffee scent evaporated, but I liked the bumps the coffee grounds made. So coffee grounds get thrown into my paper pulp with the nests and whatever else I have on hand.

The cafe also asked for Christmas cards. New for me, but they were fun to make. My friend suggested I add glitter to each card and that was really fun to do.