Friday, September 23, 2011

Some Of My Favorite Glass

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to one of my favorite glass suppliers.

Devardi glass has a huge range of yummy colors to work with, along with a long list of other goodies like presses, all different kinds of mandrel sizes and some fun cab mandrels.

Loads of frit in single colors (which I really like because, I like to mix my own but I don't always want to MAKE my own if you know what I mean!).

They also carry dichro strips and a bunch of other specialty glass with some silver, gold and copper frit, oh, and silver foil, and, and, and just a lot of good stuff lol!

They have a great rod warmer which is extremely helpful in keeping glass from shattering when introducing it to the flame (especially in the winter when I am torching in my basement with the window open!). I use mine year round though and pre warm all of my glass, there are some persnickity colors out there in all the brands of glass out there.
Pixie Dust --->

They also have a ton of great videos on their site to help out those of you
who are just starting or for those of you who just want to find out more about this glass. They are also great for just picking up some general knowledge about lampworking.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention how good their prices are! And they have some of the best customer service I have ever come across.

So, if you have any interest at all in lampworking or just want to try out some cool stuff drop by their website and check it out. You can also come chat with those of us who really like this glass HERE at these forums

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Brandywine Falls or Another Road Trip

As some of you may have figured out my husband and I like to go to the park and hike and check things out. We haven't done much this summer between the heat and high humidity (hiking in 100 degree weather isn't really my cup of tea!) and a busy work schedule, we haven't had much of a chance to get out and about.

This particular trip we went to Brandywine Falls. Pretty cool waterfall and a bit of interesting history. And the steps provided a nice little work out lol. Then of course there is this bit of advice to keep in mind while wandering up and down the trails and the steps!

The top of the falls don't look like much, my first reaction was pretty ho hum to be honest lol. I was questioning whether it was worth the effort to go on this particular hike. But being a good sport (and really needing the exercise lol) onward we went.

The side view was a bit more promising. Now it was starting to look a bit more like a waterfall!

Once we actually rounded the corner and went down the stairs you can see that it is actually quite a nice waterfall! Much more powerful than I would have believed looking at the seemingly tiny stream at the top of the rock!