An eclectic blog about beads, beading and beyond

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Festival of Glass: A fantastic success

Photos often say more than words can so here are photos from our inaugural Festival of Glass on 20th Feb in Drysdale, Victoria, Australia. With well over 5000 people the place was buzzing, sales were great and more importantly people really enjoyed seeing the diversity and quality of work that is done with glass including that by wonderful beadweavers and beadmakers.

Hope you enjoy the images from my exhibit.

All photos courtesy Lyn Ingles, blue pen publishing. Our 2nd Festival of Glass, 19th Feb 2012. Pop the date in your diary now.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Count down to the Festival of Glass 20th Feb 2011

I am in full preparation mode for the Festival of Glass where I'll be exhibiting some new designs (if I have time to finish them!!!!). I was on local radio at the weekend talking about the Festival and now as you can see from this screen grab of our local newspaper several of the local glass artists (including me) are in the local newspaper. It feels I am spending more time on promoting the Festival than beading for it but it has been terrific to link with other glass artists and contribute to the local community in this way.

The program is up on the Festival website and it is the final committee meeting tomorrow so the count down is on. Wish us luck for the 20th Feb, 2011 - The Pototal Shed, Drysdale, Victoria.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Your favourite Fireline cutting tools

Its time to sharpen the cutters I use for my Fireline thread. I am using it lots in my beadwork at the moment and with two pairs of blunt cutters on hand I’ve been wondering what others use to cut their Fireline (or Proline) thread for their beadwork. Searching the Internet for advice on this drew several suggestions that ranged from nail clippers through craft scissors, Fiskars sewing scissors, pliers to Rapala line clippers (a brand of specialist fishing line scissors). Several sites suggested cheap children’s craft scissors. I am trying some of cheaper craft scissors quite successfully at present but wonder how long they will last.

Love to hear what you use and why.

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