Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This week's winner is Soochal! Congratulations, Soochal! You're the winner of Melissa's word charm! Please send your postal address to the ABS Suggestion Box and Melissa will send your charm bead!
Today's Studio Tour is with Cindy Gimbrone, glass beadmaker. Let's see what's going on in her studio....
Hello from my studio! Before I get started, I want to say "Happy Birthday" to my nephew, Shane who I used to babysit when he was a baby. What an adorable baby he was and he's grown up to be a fine young man. Have some cake on me, Shane!
Now, on to today's studio tour. If you're a regular reader, you've been in my studio several times. So to mix things up a bit, I've decided, it's time to try something new! I took a class with Sally Prasch awhile ago on blowing glass at the torch and working with glass tubing. I've written about borosilicate glass on the Cindy Gimbrone blog. I bought a larger torch and ordered glass tubing.
In the class with Sally, I pulled a few points - "points" are glass tubes with the ends heated and pulled to a thing blow tube. You decorate the middle of the tube, heat it and blow through the small ends. It's time to make more points and practice, practice, practice.
So, that's what I'm doing today - setting up the bigger torch that I need to melt the tubing and cutting the 4 feet tubing to shorter lengths to make points.
That leads me to today's question. What new thing have you tried lately?
One random comment will win a two-chain glass link. I look forward to reading what you've tried that's new!