I Take Credit Cards

Just a quick note to let you know that my shopping cart can now take credit cards outside of PayPal.

Just enter your Visa, Mastercard or American Express information in the shopping cart upon check out and you’re good to go.  All transactions are secure and your cart won’t be charged until your beads ship!

Check out the beads at lorigreenberg.com and give yourself a treat.

Studio Series: Glass Frit Storage

I’ve bought a lot of frit (crushed glass) over the years, as I like to give more texture and movement to the surface of my beads. Mostly I have purchased solid colors by the half kilo rather than the custom blends out there. I store smaller quantities in small plastic containers (like the ones that the custom blends come in) that I purchased separately.

When we built the studio I was able to factor in a storage solution. I decided to use a corner behind the kiln that would be dead space otherwise. The shelves you see below are actually narrow wood strips from IKEA that can also be used for propping up pictures.

lg080225fritstorage6.jpg

It’s great to have all that frit on hand! But I can only use so many colors at once so, like with my glass storage, I have developed a way where I can keep smaller amounts at my fingertips without taking up too much of my work space.

I purchased glass Pyrex custard cups that come in sets of four. I picked mine up at Target but you can get them most anywhere there is cooking stuff…even at the grocery store, I think.

lg080225fritstorage1.jpg

If I keep them only about half full I can stack them and save bench space.

lg080225fritstorage2.jpg

Stacking them this way works almost as well as having a lid on them to keep stray particles and flying glass out. Some of them come with plastic covers and I often use one of them to lay over the top-most cup.

I have about eight of these cups on my work space. It helps to have a couple/few empty for that time when you are struck with inspiration in the middle of a bead and need a place to pour in a new color. When they all get full, to transfer the frit back into the original jar I use a kitchen funnel.

lg080225fritstorage5.jpg

It may seem really simple and there are lots of ways to store frit however, there are many reasons I like this system.

1. The cups have wide mouths so it’s easy to use a teaspoon to scoop up the frit and roll the bead in it without spilling it all over my work surface as the bead pushes through the frit.

lg080225fritstorage3.jpg

2. The wide mouths are also wide enough to accomodate sprinkling the frit over the hot bead without making a mess too.

lg080225fritstorage4.jpg

2. Being glass makes them impervious to flying hot glass. They won’t melt if the hot mandrel ends up touching them when applying the frit either.

3. When they’re stacked, you can see through them so you know what colors are where. No guessing like with the metal tins some people use.

4. They nestle nicely.

5. They can be used for other things like a water dish and propping up test beads on mandrels while they’re cooling. I have one dedicated for white enamel sprinkling too but don’t recommend this method for storing enamels because the enamel will stick to the bottom of the cups when nestling them. Also, enamels shouldn’t be open to the air anyway.

So, there you go. If you’ve read this far and you’ve liked it, why not give it a stumble? Or email it to a friend? Links below!

How to Make a Glass Boro Leaf

There’s a new blog in town and it’s called the Midwest Creative Collective. It’s a group of Chicagoland bloggers who have teamed up to bring you all kinds of good glass stuff. At least, that’s what it looks like to me.

For starts, why not check out the tutorial (with great pictures) of how to make an off mandrel boro leaf. I’d bet you can translate the technique to soft glass too.

How to Make A Glass Boro Leaf

lg080206a1.jpg