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    Hi everyone, I'm just putting the feelers out for any other glass crafters', particularly stained, glass casters, lamp workers, fusers. I mean, there are loads of discussions about beaded jewelry and card making, which I think is fantastic BTW, but very few new posts on glass. Looking for some advice really, getting sort of freaked out about doing craft fairs regularly when it takes me so long to make the large scale items I love.

    ANYONE OUT THERE ? ?
    Last edited by Iccarus; 12-11-2008, 11:17 AM.

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    Hi there,

    I'm here - I mainly do dichroic glass jewellery as I can make a bit of money from this. I tend do do small fused glass items, as I'm not in an area that would appreciate large scale projects. Plus my kiln isn't huge!

    Can I help with anything else??
    Take care

    Kathryn
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    • #3
      Hi
      I do glass also!!
      I make Dichroic Jewellery and a few other pieces. I also only have a smallish kiln.
      What size are you talking about??
      Rach

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Iccarus View Post
        Hi everyone, I'm just putting the feelers out for any other glass crafters', particularly stained, glass casters, lamp workers, fusers. I mean, there are loads of discussions about beaded jewelry and card making, which I think is fantastic BTW, but very few new posts on glass. Looking for some advice really, getting sort of freaked out about doing craft fairs regularly when it takes me so long to make the large scale items I love.

        ANYONE OUT THERE ? ?
        Nice to meet some fellow glass people, as you say, not many around....

        When I find the time I work with stained glass (leaded and copperfoil). I have also taught them for the last ten years or so. Hope to get my kiln early next year as I miss doing fusing work - it's been a long time!

        In a couple of weeks I will be doing my first lampworking course to decide whether I want to move in that direction or stick with fusing. (Hope it will help me decide which type of kiln to buy).
        Ashbee


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        • #5
          I work with glass but not quite in the same way! I feel a bit out on a limb sometimes though - not many mosaic-ers around. But them again it's quite nice in other ways. Love seeing all the dfferent crafts here!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ashbee View Post

            In a couple of weeks I will be doing my first lampworking course to decide whether I want to move in that direction or stick with fusing. (Hope it will help me decide which type of kiln to buy).
            I loved lampworking after doing a course in September!

            There is a kiln you can buy which is suitable for both annealing beads and fusing glass, it is quite small, but I believe you can get loads in it.

            Can't remember what it is called, or where to get it though! I will look in my notes when I get home

            Where are you going on your course?
            www.beadlab.com

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            • #7
              Id love to start doing jewellery but getting somewere to learn fusing is the problem for me at the moment, it seems very popular and i'm sure the items you make sell well.

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              • #8
                Did you try the organisation I suggested with regard to courses - they may not be close enough to you though.

                I'm sure you will get lots of help on here.

                I'm self taught, although I did work in stained glass before, so have some knowledge of glass.

                I've also done lampworking (still have all the equipment), but found this to be too labour intensive to make money!!

                I like to find things I enjoy, but also makes me money.

                Cheers
                Take care

                Kathryn
                Website - http://www.lazydaisyglass.co.uk
                Blog - http://www.lazydaisyglass.blogspot.com
                Folksy http://www.folksy.com/shops/lazydaisyglass
                Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6370100
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pebbles View Post
                  I loved lampworking after doing a course in September!

                  There is a kiln you can buy which is suitable for both annealing beads and fusing glass, it is quite small, but I believe you can get loads in it.

                  Can't remember what it is called, or where to get it though! I will look in my notes when I get home

                  Where are you going on your course?
                  I'm going to one in Taunton with a lampworker who sells and exhibits around that area.

                  I'm thinking about getting a Paragon SC2 kiln at the moment, probably not with the bead door though as I think I would prefer to batch anneal. It would also give me the option to do small scale fusing and testing.

                  I used to fuse in 3-4ft kilns when I was at college, I seemed to spend most of my time in the kiln room when I look back. Funny how you remember things!
                  Ashbee


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                  • #10
                    goldieab::

                    i work in stained glass at the moment, thanks for your advice, it seems that self tuition is the way to go. the liquid glass centre seem quite good for courses? Does anyone know how easy it is to gat an apprentiship with a glass maker if you have some experience??

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                    • #11
                      can you help me???

                      Originally posted by Iccarus View Post
                      Hi everyone, I'm just putting the feelers out for any other glass crafters', particularly stained, glass casters, lamp workers, fusers. I mean, there are loads of discussions about beaded jewelry and card making, which I think is fantastic BTW, but very few new posts on glass. Looking for some advice really, getting sort of freaked out about doing craft fairs regularly when it takes me so long to make the large scale items I love.

                      ANYONE OUT THERE ? ?
                      Hello everyone! my name is Caro, im 30 and I live in Argentina. Im going to live in Liverpool for a year (2010) and im looking for something to do. Ive been working with glass fusing for ten years, ive my own workshop and i also give courses. I ve a few National Awards for my work. Please, if you have any ideas about what can I do there , contact me! Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        I'm just starting to get the ball rolling for making my own beads using the lampworking technique, I'm hoping to visit the Flame Off at Towcester Race Course in April, there will be all sorts of demonstrations and talks about glass working, and a chance to have a go at lampworking. Plus there will be artists selling there work too. A great way to make a few contacts. I'd also recommened the 'frit happens' forum.
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                        • #13
                          just seen how old this post is..............Doh!
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