Sunday, 7 September 2014

More progress on the Shedio!

It's got a roof!!!!!
Well, we've had the roofers in replacing the roof on our house, while Steve got going on the shedio roof. It's really coming together now.

I've been busy having fun at the torch!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Shedio Progress

You may remember last summer's photos. Well, Steve has spent the last few weekends measuring and cutting more wood, assembling windows, and planning for the next big step!!!!

Yesterday the garden looked like this...

Today, major progress has been made....

Hopefully, there'll be a roof later today!!!!


I've been having fun with glow in the dark glass!!!!

Friday, 11 April 2014

It's been a while

I've been a bit remiss in not posting for a while.
I've been pretty busy at te torch, but my beads have been flying off to distant shores, so I've not had much time to show.

Here is a bit of a taster of my most recent makes....

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Chocolates and lentils!

Not an obvious combination, even though I am vegan!!!!

But, these are not edible, they are my latest glass lampwork beads, created at the flame.

First of all, a fun set of glass chocolates! These would look great displayed in a glass dish, and you'll not put the pounds on your hips!

And then lentils! These are actually circular focal beads, shaped with a lentil press. They make great pendants.

And finally, I followed a tutorial in the Soda Lime Times digital magazine, and finally got some colour out of my "magic" glass in these long and lean tubes. It's always great to master a new glass.

I've also turned some of my lampies into jewellery, but that's for another day.....

Sunday, 16 February 2014

A few more badgers, and some jewellery!

The badger lineup continues to grow....
Note the cheeky fox who snuck in!!!!

We had a long powercut yesterday, so I couldn't put the kiln on. So, I took the opportunity to tackle my large stash of semi precious beads and turn them into jewellery! It ended up being a fun and productive day. I've spent today listing them on my Purple Cobwebs website.....not quite so much fun!!!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Decadent Day off!

Well now that the tax return deadline has passed, life at the office resumes a less frantic pace!
I decided to treat myself to a day off.
So, me and my fella had a lazy morning, followed by lunch and a pint at the local pub.
We are really luck with our local pub, as they are always willing to whip up some vegan food for us.

Once we got back, I switched on th kiln and spent the next 3 or 4 hours at the toch. What a lovely day!

I've now to wait for the kiln to anneal everything overnight before I can peak.

But in the meantime, here's what I made at the weekend.....

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Love is in the air

Well I promised to try and keep this blog a bit more up to date, so here is what I've been up to over the last couple of weeks.....

Friday, 31 January 2014

31st January......

Well, as a chartered accountant in a general practice, 31st January, being the tax return filing deadline in the UK, is the most stressful day of the year! But I survived it, and all my returns went in on time!
So, I did a metabolic high intensity 30 minute class to destress, and then came home and emptied the kiln!
A stress free hour passed as I cleaned out the bead release from my latest lampies. Really happy with my latest creations.
Light permitting, I'll get photos uploaded this weekend. x

Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow Your Blog

Welcome if you've landed here via the Grow Your Blog event!

I'm Gaynor, a Chartered Accountant by day, and Glass melter by night, well, mainly weekends really!

After being introduced to lampworking back in May 2009, it soon became an addiction, and I now spend as much spare time as I can at the torch, and even dream about glass. I've a long way to go to get where I'd like to be with the art of glass, but I'm enjoying every mile of the way!

Here's an example of the sort of thing I love to make.

I have to thank some of the lovely artists who've given me lessons and helped me improve, in particular Kaz Baildon, Stephanie Gough, Sally Carver, and Claudia Trimbu Pagel. I had one very memorable lesson with Kaz and Steph over in Adelaide, where we were watched over by a pregnant red back spider!

I like to blog, although don't do it nearly often enough. It forms a sort of diary where I can chart my progress and look back and smile!

If you'd like to follow my blog by email, you can do so by signing up on the left at the top of the page.

To celebrate this blog hop, I'd like to offer a little prize of a set of lampwork beads in your choice of colour.Just comment on this post to be in with a chance to win, and I'll announce a winner on February 15th.

Right, I can't wait to get hopping and see what's going on around the blogs today!!!!