Candles In My Kitchen

Look! Working on wonderful new candles (my house smells awesome right now!) and getting ready for some changes/new offerings:

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Take A Look Inside My Glass Kiln!

After my post yesterday about some of my pieces that include fused glass, I thought I’d share a little look at my glass kiln:

The pendants I’ve been working with so far are ones I made this past summer when I was apprenticing at a fused glass studio, but I wanted to be able to keep making my own (and to try out some other fused glass projects!) after I left. And so this is my beautiful Delphi kiln!

It’s a glass kiln, which differs from the more common ceramic type because it has an additional element in the lid. Glass is a lot more finicky than ceramics so the internal temperature has to heat and cool very evenly or you just get lots of broken pieces. It’ll still fire ceramics, though–it’s a case of glass kilns can fire other media, but other types of kilns can’t fire glass. Personally, I’m hoping to also try out working with some metal clays!

I ordered it back during their holiday sale as part of a kit (because fireproof gloves and all the other little necessities came with it that way), but it took a couple months for all the parts of the order to arrive and then a bit longer to set up the pedestal for it. Now I’m just working on reading through the material (since this is a different size and maker than what I’ve used before) and getting the initial prep work done.

Hopefully before much longer, I’ll be up and running!

A Rainbow of Candles

Recently I expanded my candles selection to include three sizes, so I’ve been making lots of new candles. Usually all my stock is made to order, but I have to make at least one of each new one to make sure the proportions for colors and scents are right and to take photos. As I was updating, I lined each group up as I photographed it…and they became a lovely rainbow!

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All of these varieties and sizes are now available in my candles section!

Buy ALL THE LAPIS!

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My huge shipment of lapis lazuli just arrived today and I’m *so* excited! This is both one of my favorite stones personally and a favorite of the ancient jewelry-makers who inspire a lot of my work.

This is by far the biggest and most expensive bead order I’ve made so far, but it’s absolutely worth it. A lot of it was limited quantity/special edition so I was able to get some  spectacular shapes that are pretty unique.

Look for some new lapis lazuli items in my shop soon! 😀