Glass Slipper The Fitting all manner of glass... May 2009 Newsletter In this month's newsletter... Pg.1 President's Comments Next Meeting Pg.2 Featured Artist Ellen Dooley Pg.3 Anouncements ISGB Rtreat Pg.4 Safety - Burns Pg.5 Safety cont. Retreat Pictures Quality There is a book I keep hearing about called "Outliers: The Story of Success" The quote from the book that sticks in my mind is that you need to practice 10,000 hours at anything to become good at it. Practice, practice, practice! This brings me to my quality issue on the subject of beads. When I look at some of the beads for sale on the internet, I wonder if the maker is looking at them through different eyes than I am. I think of the singer on "American Idol" that thinks they can sing professionally, but in reality they are tone deaf. Is there a similar vision "deafness" in some bead makers? I am very grateful to have had instructors when I started making beads remind me to check the bead holes, is your bead on center, is it too thin or have small parts or dots that will break off? Quality matters. You get one shot at your reputation. Beads that break do not make customers happy. Even if you tell them you will replace them if they break. It also reflects on other bead makers. Would you buy a car if you knew the wheels may fall off? The general public does not know the difference between the mass made glass beads and quality handmade beads. Poor quality hand made beads make it harder to explain the difference between the two. Quality versus quantity. Get and listen to constructive criticism; it helps. I know. There are times when I am in a crazy color scheme and when I show the beads to my family, they will say " What were you thinking"? Reality check! Or maybe, "this part of the bead is good, but that part just doesn't work". This is my own personal opinion on a subject that has been discussed many times on many different forums. Now get on the torch and make some beads! Cheryl Next Meeting PRATT FINE ARTS CENTER 1902 South Main St., Seattle, WA (206) 328-2200 Featured Artist - Ellen Dooley I was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in the Southwest where I studied art and psychology at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. I love traveling and have found lots of inspiration in my travels around the world. After college, I worked as an 'artist in residence' in New Mexico and Colorado, as well as in Washington, as a papermaker. But the first time I saw a lampworked bead, I knew I had to learn to make them! I actually bought a torch before I had learned the first thing about glass beadmaking. I took a couple of classes at Pratt in Seattle with Sabrina Knowles and Michael Max. That was almost fourteen years ago. I am self-taught with the exception of those early classes. I sold my beads on ebay for ten years starting in 1998. Now, I sell primarily through Etsy and my website to jewelry designers and other bead enthusiasts. In addition to making sets and focal beads for designers, I have been working on a series of cold-worked lapidary faceted beads. This is the main focus of my current work. I work in many soft glasses as well as an occasional session with borosilicate glass. I am also working on a new website, www.thelampworkbead.com, which will be launched shortly, a collection of lampwork information, including bead artists, suppliers, jewelry designers, bead societies, a forum: all things lampwork. Working at the torch continues to be an amazing, inspiring gift! Combinations of color and form, often inspired by nature (I live on five acres north of Bellingham), make beadmaking an organic, lively form of expression. Ellen Dooley Lampwork and Design Website: www.ellendooley.com Email: [email protected] Etsy Store: www.edooley.etsy.com Fire and Rain Glass Bead Society New Post Office Box Fire and Rain Glass Bead Society P.O. Box 1645 Milton, WA 98354 New Treasurer Barclay Blanchard has resigned as treasurer for personal reasons. She has served these last several years with integrety and perseverance. The chapter extends our gratitude and appreciation for her valuable service. Ellen Harbison has volunteered to take on the treasurer's responsibilities. She has been sharing the vice presidents position with Stacy Frost. We welcome Ellen to her new duties and extend our thanks and appreciation for stepping in. 2nd Annual NW Region ISGB Retreat - 2009 The Fire and Rain Chapter and the Oregon Regional Bead Society co-hosted the Northwest Region ISBB's second annual Retreat at Frantz Art Glass Supply on April 25th and 26th 2009. Saturday morning, bright and early, saw the coffee on and Ellen Harbison at the center of the group telling us about her experience with heavily silvered glass, Double Helix mostly, applied to ivory and black base beads. She demonstrated the different reactions both encased and not. Very interesting and informative. Susan Mason then showed the group how to use a small blowpipe to make shards; again with Double Helix glass. I was amazed at the changes produced by the seemingly thinned out shard glass when applied to ivory and reduced or oxidized producing very striking and beautiful colors. We took a break for lunch of delicious oriental food and salad. Thank you to Leslie's sister Dawn for all her help in setting up lunch both days. Yeah! After lunch we held the April chapter meeting and bead exchange. Saturday afternoon Brian McLeron gave a great presentation on using digital photography to photograph your glass work. He presented a thorough non-technical description of the principals of photography and camera workings and then demonstrated simple inexpensive tools and tehniques to get professional quality pictures. Brian conducts classes in the Portland area and can be reached at <[email protected]> if you would like to contact him. Sunday was another great day and started early with Jed Hannay, owner and founder of Double Helix Glass, holding the audience enthraled with his description of DH silvered glass reduction and oxidation methods, his company philosophy and the various glass formulas that he uses. Pat Frantz then took over the demo area with an animated and informative demo of how to use dichro in beads. She discussed methods and precautions when using dichro such as how to not burn it and made several beads to show those methods. Meanwhile a group gathered around Ellen Harbison as she showed them how to wind metal wire around a mandrel and then cut jump rings. She then showed the group how to use the rings they made to 'weave' them into strands for bracelets and necklaces. Lastly, Robin Moore made a boro implosion flower pendent using those pesky Crayon colors. You know the ones! The ones that always seem to burn and bubble. Everyone enjoyed a great learning experience and had lots of fun with new and old friends. Fire and Rain Glass Bead Society SAFETY - Burns and their Treatment Burns are potentially one of the most harmfull types of damage you can do to your body. This is a result of the extent of the area exposed by the injury to infection and the penetrating nature of the heat. They are also one of the most painful of injuries where even a minor burn can be extremely painful. There are three catagories of burns called out in degrees of seriousness. There is large overlap within the catagories and classifying is somewhat subjective. We all know first degree burns. They are initially very painful. The affected area will be red but not open to the tissue below. The pain and redness will lessen and go away in a few hours and there may be peeling after a few days. First degree burns are what I call the "Damn that hurts. I hope it doesn't blister. I'll look at it when I'm done here." catagory. Mild to moderate sunburn or hands briefly to close to the flame might be examples. Second degree burns are in my "Holy Creeping Crud!". I drop the glass, blow on the burn area, shut down the torch and head for the ice and first aid kit muttering " boy that's gonna blister and hurt like hell for several days!" catagory. There will be blistering. These burns start to fall into the high risk catagory where secondary damage and infection is possible if they are not treated. They usually do not do much damage if any to underlying tissue on the low end of the scale but if approaching third degree can extend quite deep into the tissue under the skin. They can be very serious and require professional help in the upper range of the catagory particularly if the wound is open to underlying tissue. Scarring is possible. My reaction to a third degree burn on the low end of the range is usually a grim silence, gritted teeth, body tensing, immediate abandonment of what I'm doing, and reviewing in my mind the route to the nearest clinic. Third degree burns are very serious and represent a large threat to your body's health. These burns cause significant damage to the skin layers and to the underlying tissue, almost always scarring, and are extremely painful for some time. Seek medical help immediately! Please! Keep in mind that the affected area of the burn can drastically effect the seriousness of a burn and what catagory it is. The more area affected the more serious the burn. Your overall health will also be a big factor in more serious cases. A friend was doing boiler repairs to a boiler that was shutdown and completely depressureized. When he pushed in the access plate hot water vapor such as from taking the lid off a big pot of hot water rose out of the opening. His reaction was to lean back and make a gasp. That gasp sucked hot vapor into his lungs. He had no skin burns; no redness, no pain. He died two days later. Burn treatment for any burn above mid-level second degree burns should be done by a doctor. Seek medical help as soon as possible to insure no secondary effects. The doctor can relieve the pain, treat against infection, greatly reduce subsequent scarring and supply proper medications. Fire and Rain Glass Bead Society BURN Safety continued. The treatment for second and first degree burns is pretty much identical. Cool the area as quickly as possible with cool, not cold, water or ice in a cover. Do not use ice against the skin. Heat penetrates into the skin so cooling helps dissipate that heat and stop the injury progression. Do not put butter or other oily substances on anything but the most minor burn until healing has started and infection is no longer a risk. Do not break the blisters. Cover the wound with a clean dry steril dressing that allows air to circulate to the area. Very minor first degree burns that do not blister may require only a soothing bacterial type spray and protection from abrasion. STAY SAFE Retreat pictures; Sorry, no one got a picture of the photographer ... dauh!
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