Jodie just told me that my GoogleyBird Tutorial is in this issue of the flow magazine!

I gave myself a personal challenge this year.  I wanted to try to get an article published OR enter into a national/international competition every month this year.  Thus far, I’m ahead of schedule with 2 published articles and 3 entered contests!  So, I hope you’ll see this posting as just a bit of excitement on my part.

Also included…
Flow Spring 2013 Culturally Inspired Gallery
Featuring the work of 14 hot glass artists

Lifeforms-The Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka Biological Model Exhibition
by Robert Mickelsen
Photos Courtesy of the Artists

Sara Sally LaGrand—Creating Work On and Off the Mandrel

by Marcie Davis

Flame Off 2013-A Signature Event for the Sonoran Glass School
by The Staff of Sonoran Glass School
Photography by Andrew Brown

Tracing Eye Beads through Time
by Amy De Simone and Adrienne V. Gennett
Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

What’s Hot
by Darlene Welch

Glass Enameled Bottle Cap Pendants
Text and Demonstration by Paula Pennell
Photography by Paula Pennell and Don Pennell

Text and Demonstration by Wendy Williams

Peanut Bead
Text and Demonstration by Susan Walsh
Photography by Virginia Dejewska Slawson

Googley Bird Sculptural Beads in soft glass and boro
Text and Demonstration by Hannah Rosner

Kiln Corner-Overcoming the Fear of Kilns
by Arnold Howard

What’s Your Handle? -Creating Bar Tap Pulls
Text and Demonstration by Phil Sundling
Photography by Chris Famalette

Artist Profile-Kate Rothra Fleming
by Darlene Welch

Updated – Etsy!

Nothing new in the Clearance Section, but I’ve added more to the Artisan Lampwork Focal Beads, the Floral Beads/Pendants and the Critter Beads/Sculptures sections!  Check them out!

Also, Etsy is rolling out a new instant  downloads sections.  This means that when you purchase a tutorial, you’ll get a link to automatically download your tutorial to your computer.  No more waiting for me to get back to my computer and instant gratification!  Yippee!  So…  please be patient with me while I add all of my tutorials to this service.
I’m teaching at Bead & Button in 2013! Classes are now open for registration!
BnBThe Bead & Button show floor has been reconfigured, so they’ve moved my booth over one spot – I’ll be in the same row, just closer to the front.  Booth #408, right next to Knot Just Beads.

 Boro Floral Beads underwritten by ABR Imagery

: Use borosilicate glass and several lampworking te
chniques to create detailed, lifelike floral beads. This is a perfect introduction to borosilicate glass for students who already have soft glass bead-making experience. Students will leave with several large scale floral beads.
Class involves the use of a torch with open flame and gases. Wear safety (didymium) glasses, cotton clothing, and closed-toe shoes. Tie long hair back.

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS & TOHO Beads Present: Intro to Beaded Soutache
Sunday and Tuesday Night Classes are full!
NEW! Wednesday Morning –

Description: Originally used to adorn military uniforms, bridal veils, and clothing, soutache braid has made its way into the jewelry world. Combine braid and beads, then assemble into a soft bracelet, a hard cuff, or a fabulous barrette.

Free lampworking tutorial – Pulling Cane from Recycled Glass – Upcycled Glass Beads

Hi again! I promised this tutorial over a year ago and its super easy, but for some reason I only got around to it this week.

Upcycled Glass Bottle Beads are super easy to make, but I’ve had loads of questions about how to deal with the shards of glass without them shattering when the flame hits them. I tend to pull them into cane to store them and I preheat the finished cane in a kiln when I’m ready to use them.

Remember, these bottles might not all be the same COE (coefficient of expansion), so I tend to make them into single-color beads. So, your first thing to do is to get some bottles!
Lets take a look at some of the ones I like to use.

Brown beer bottles tend to make pretty scummy cane. They boil a lot. I still really like them because the finished beads look rougher, which makes for some nice “upcycled texture.”

Heinekein beer bottles are great to pull into cane. They are smooth to work with and don’t shatter easily when you reintroduce them to the flame.

White wine bottles come in a whole range of color, but I like these light olivine bottles the best. They are super creamy to work with and just have a wodnerful color to them.


These also come in a whole range of colors. The darker ones just read as black when you make a bead. I don’t use these a whole lot. The clear bottles get really scummy in the flame.

LOVE this color bottle for beads. It can be a little shocky to work with though.

Makes a clear, good cobalt blue bead.  This is the glass I’ll be using for the tutorial.


So… you got your bottles, but you know, they are a little big to work with directly. So, get yourself a box and a set of glasses and dust mask and a good metal hammer. Head outside. Put your bottle into the box, slip on your dust mask and glasses, and give that bottle a couple of good taps. I actually set my bottle into the box, and cover most of it with the box flaps. I leave just enough to see what I’m up to. You want some shards that are about 4.”

Grab those shards – throw the rest of the box away. Its full of glass dust. Remember, the edges are really sharp!

Throw those shards into a kiln and ramp it up. I work at 950, and I just ramp up at full, but if you are worried about the shards cracking, you can ramp it up at a slower rate.

Once the shards are at full temperature, you’ll pull them out with tweezers (or hemostats) and attach them to a punty. I use a 1/8″ mandrel. You’ll need to heat the punty to glow and also the shard.


Next, you’ll be heating that shard until its all gooey and starts to flop around. I actually fold it up on itself, but its really important to not let air get caught in it, otherwise your finished cane will be super shocky. Continue to heat until you have a good blob. You’re going to need to add a second punty, so you can actually do that at the beginning, so you have more control over your molten glass.

Heat your glass until its all glowing. If you haven’t already added that second punty, now is the time to do it. You want it to be evenly glowing and a good round or oval shape.

Pull your glowy molten mass out of the flame and wait for a “skin” to appear on it. Start pulling, slowly and gently. When the cane reaches and thickness you like, you can blow on that area to “set” it. Since heat rises, you’ll be able to tip the hotter area upwards and continue to pull until you have a cane. The one I’m working on here is pretty short, but its a good starting point for you.

As a side note, it looks like I’m pulling this in the flame, but it actually isn’t. Its all in front of the flame.

Break off the punties and either immediately use your cane or place it in the kiln while you make others.

Here, I’m making a bead from my blue cane (remember to hold it with hemostats or tweezers since its just come from the kiln)… You can see where my cane has cracked a little. This is because I was waving the whole thing around too long while I fussed with the camera.

And here are some finished recycled glass beads!  You can purchase these at

HAVE FUN! Now, lets see what you’ve made!

NEW – Valentine’s Day Section on my Etsy!

Heart shaped pendants and beads.  Everything from super sweet to sorta goth-y.  Enjoy!


Available at

Oct 12-14
Friday: noon to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 4pm
My finished work will be at the Glass Axis Pumpkin Patch again this year. Obviously, most of it will be fall, Halloween and pumpkin themed. Look for brand new necklace designs. I’ve already started making earrings so I hope to have quite a few gift-priced items.
I’ll be working the show on Friday, October 12.
1341 Norton Avenue-B
Columbus, OH 43212

Murrini with Hannah Rosner
At Glass Axis. Columbus, OH
This traditional Venetian technique gets its name from the Italian for ‘thousand flowers’. Molds and cane are used to pull sticks of glass, which when cut into slices, reveal beautiful floral designs. This torchworking class will cover several types of murrini pulls while focusing on strengthening basic skills. Students will learn to create a variety of murrini and incorporate it into glass beads. Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm
Jan. 7 & 8

More details…
We’ll begin by using some mass produced murrine on beads, just so you can mess some up while learning to apply them.

Then, we’ll make really simple stuff like bullseyes.
Then we’ll move onto a valentine’s day heart

And then a star (this one has reactive stuff around it)
And then a simple flower
And then a feather
And then probably some cute paw prints
And then an eye.

To sign up, call Glass Axis. 614-291-4250