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Making Murrine from Bullseye Glass

Bullseye, Fusing, Lampwork, Murrini, ramblings

First up: Bullseye Glass is fantastic stuff.  I really really mean it.  With a wonderful range of colours and designs that are all compatible with each other, with lots of accessory glasses (available in almost all the colours)…

Finding time for R&D?

Fusing, ramblings

I swear it’s impossible. No, really.  I’ve wanted to have free fusing tutorials using my murrine on my website for nearly 8 months now.  I had feedback last year from my fabulous customers that they loved the murrine,…

Christmas in August, or: How I learned to stop worrying and go with it

Bullseye, Craft Fairs, Fusing, Lampwork, Murrini

I KNOW.  IT’S ONLY AUGUST!  CHRISTMAS IS AGES AWAY! … or is it.  I was worrying about posting my new mix (well, it’s not new, it’s last year’s mix with some tweaks and updates…) because I don’t want…

Further Thoughts on 96

Fusing, Lampwork, Murrini, ramblings, System96

Did you see how production has finally started at Oceanside Glass and Tile, who have taken over the manufacture of the System96 line? Happy days! Especially for the 96 fusers out there. Speaking of 96 fusers… I’m writing…

New Workshop!

Lampwork, ramblings

Yep, that’s right.  I did some phoning to some insurance companies (urgh) and now am allowed to have my torch inside the garage.  Which means, warm(er) in winter and cool in summer!  Already my productivity is higher –…

Elf and Safety.

Bullseye, Lampwork

Or, how you can become complacent at work and then smeg up your hand in time for Christmas with hot, sharp glass. Working with glass (sharp = slicey) that is hot ( = burny) is dangerous, seems obvious, right?…

Thoughts on System 96

Fusing, Murrini, System96

I’ve been starting to make murrini from Spectrum System 96 rods recently, and I thought I’d share my experiences with working with this type of glass in the torch. Observation #1: System 96 opal rods are very well-behaved. Bullseye…

Letting direction find you

Bullseye, Fusing, Murrini

It’s been months since my last post.  I got a bit distracted – I have a number of jobs, a side-effect of needing to work from home – and they kind of took over my life during the…

It’s hot in the shed, the beadmaker said.

Lampwork

I’ve been quiet for a while. This is for a couple of reasons. The first is that, until Friday, the weather here was unprecedented. Not bad, but AMAZING. We had wall-to-wall sunshine for 11 days straight, and before…

Why I don’t make fusing flower murrini (anymore).

Bullseye, Fusing, Murrini

This post has been in my head for a long time, and might explain a lot to people who might be wondering why I don’t make more flower and star murrini… In flamework and furnace-glass, the glassworker is able to…