Not-so-daily bits and pieces about my art, stuff for sale, and every day epiphanies

Approaching laziness! February 8, 2008

Filed under: ebay,La Vida,Lampworking — pyropagan @ 5:42 pm
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Ahh, here comes the weekend!  I plan on doing nothing but knitting and watching movies.  Except I really wanted to make a set of button shaped beads based on this focal I just listed…

Yummy, huh?  I love the glowing silver inside it!  Only a canes to pull, some silver to cut, and I’ll be all set (as long as my clear comes in today… hmph).

A good glass friend of mine is contemplating selling her torch to pay some bills- this winter has been rough on a lot of artists, and the economy isn’t looking up.  We’re all hoping that with tax refunds coming in, people will buy jewelry, in turn, jewelry designers will need beads.  Cross your fingers for us.  Anyway, our glass forum is begging her not to sell it, and she said it’s amazing how upset we all are about selling a torch and it shows how dedicated we are to our art.  LOL… She’s right, but I got to thinking, what would I do if I had to sell mine for the cash?  Unlike her, I don’t have a day to day job, so if I really needed the cash, I’d spend all day torching for a week and put some buy it now auctions up, crossing my fingers… I could usually come up with at least a couple of auctions that would sell. But if that didn’t work?  I know I’d be crying as I put it up for sale!  Vicious cycle- sell the torch to get money, then how do I make more money to buy a new torch? Yep. Conundrum.

So, auctions are up! Yay! Prepare for laziness 😀


Presenting your work to the world October 11, 2007

Filed under: La Vida,Lampworking,Needlecrafts — pyropagan @ 2:47 am
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Flaming Hot! submitted this subject today, and I had to think about it for a while.  After the beads are clean, dry and ready to go to a new home (for a small adoption fee 😉 ), how does it happen?  My husband, Brian, says that I don’t factor in enough labor when I start my prices for auction or sale, because I don’t add in the time it takes for stringing, photo taking, photo editing, HTML editing, and auction listing.  I say that’s a different area, it’s marketing, but… if I have to pay myself for marketing, he’s right, I suppose 🙂  After beads are dry and clean, I pack it all up and head over to the cabin. It’s the only place I have a window that faces the sun, and I can play my music as loud as I like over there! 🙂  Beads in hand, I pick out spacers or decide on no spacers (I have a lot of glass left over from jewelrymaking, but I don’t have everything I need for this anymore) and string the sets. Sometimes I cull a bead or two, if they’re not an odd number (even set beads, one focal), or if there are just some I don’t like.  The beads are then carefully arranged on white paper, and the camera’s set up for the best exposure and white balance I can get.  After pics are taken, a couple of hours go into editing the photos (removing backgrounds, sharpening a titch, adding measurement text to the pic).  HTML comes in when I add them to my website, and I copy over the text from there to eBay’s TurboLister.  Once everything’s listed, I still have to get some more marketing out of the way, and post in a couple of discussion groups that I’ve listed, and then send out an email to my mailing list.  (want to join it?  Email me at and I’ll add you!).  Sometimes this is an all day job, especially when there are several sets.  I’m tired just thinking about it!

Today, only one full cigarette all day, combined.  I spent most of the day finishing up an afghan that I’d started sewing together.  It’s BRIGHT, full of eyelash yarn and chenilles, sooooo soft!  I have 1/2 of the last row of edging to do, then I’m off to bed 😀

Father in law will be bringing my tank of propane back tomorrow evening, YAY!  I’m looking forward to torching Saturday! I was making some COOL beadies when that tank went dry….

Thank you to everyone who sent compliments on my nicho!!  I LOVED hearing all you had to say!


Out? Of fuel? Oh nooooo… October 10, 2007

Filed under: La Vida,Lampworking — pyropagan @ 3:49 am
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Well, I managed to get lots of cane and murrini pulled for the set I had planned in my head today, then… fizzle. Torch goes dead. I have managed, in a year, to deplete two 100 pound tanks of propane! So, for about a week, I’m without fuel. *crying* What on earth am I going to do with my time? Knit, probably 🙂 But today… I put my Nicho up! Let me know what you think! Or.. go bid, I need to refill my propane tanks. 😉 LOL!

Corazon Sagrado Nicho

Sacred Heart Nicho, Corazon Sagrado Nicho, Mexican inspired folk art

This was inspired by talavera tiles, Mexican folk art, religious art, etc, etc. It’s papier mache, polymer clay, lots of acrylic paints, and one of my very owwwwwwn sacred heart beads 🙂

the bead in the nicho's focus

I’ve been making these beads for a couple of years, and vessels in the same design, but this one worried me to list- is papier mache not arty enough to be art? Is it too ‘kiddy’? I so enjoyed making this, and though art is art for art’s sake, I put a lot of work into this and I hope the auction price rises a bit. If not, so be it. I enjoyed making it, immensely!

See you in a few days- I’m going to knit! If you can’t burn it.. weave it. 🙂