Tax Day Refund & New Beads…

Hi all, hope you are doing well & like me you did your taxes weeks ago & are just having a nice calm day…if that’s not the case, then check out my Tax Day Refund Promotion down below…

We had a really busy weekend once again, look below for photos of all the activity…on Friday we had our very fun  MGT (Monthly Get Together) at Graceful Studios…it was loads of fun…
On Saturday we had a Chain Maille class at the studio with Ed Ferner, he was the best instructor ever…lots of fun was had by all, I made two new bracelets in two different Chain Maille designs…
On Sunday I had one very cool student (Bill) in a Lampworking class, I love teaching one on one & specially to students who learn how to deal with the flow of glass so fast…

We had a ton of people, fun & food at our get together on Friday, not sure why we keep forgetting photos, a big thank you to Ed Ferner for demoing on Friday & a great class on Saturday, also thanks to Garnet & Jamie for the yummy goodies they brought, Jamie came all the way from Sacramento & stopped in Napa to pick up yummy pastries for the meeting…Jamie girl  you & your beads rock…Kim & Sally, Ed Ferner, his lovely daughter & of course April in the photos…
We had such a great time in Ed Ferner’s Chain Maille class, he is a great instructor & brought all kinds of tools for us to use, Julie & Cyndi pictured, the tow middle bracelets are mine…Bill & Joan had left by the time we took photos of the bracelets… 

I did make a ton of beads this week, many more than in the photo above, mostly focal beads in a new design I have been working on for some time…I first noticed the potential for using this new detail in my beads in an article by Christina Burkhart in the 2007 Vol 3 issue 4 of The Flow Magazine…the tutorial explains how to make 3D Glass Implosions to use in beads…like many other articles & tutorials that I read daily about working with glass, this one got filed away in my computer brain & my note book for the day that I had a chance to try it out myself at the torch…fast forward to this past year, coming back home to California, opening the studio with Grace, having her as a creative partner has been very good for my focus…so a few weeks ago, as she stood over my torch reading the instructions from this article, I made my 5th ever & 2nd successful off mandrel 3D Implosion…I hope you like the new beads I made with them…they also remind me of the new Alice in Wonderland movie…

I will have most of the beads in the photo above & more not picutred listed in my shop by 2pm California time Friday April 16th…oh yes almost forgot about the Tax Refund Promotion, you get $10.00 off between now & end of April 2010 if you purchase two or more items on the same invoice from my shop…just put a note that you are getting the TRP while checking out or send me an email to make sure you get it…

Last week’s yummy bead set & charm goes to Lori of Pretty Things, lucky girl…for this week, I have the red & yellow rose Implosion focal bead for the giveaway, enter to win it by making a comment on this post…Perhaps you can suggest a name for the new line of Implosion beads I am working on these days…

Classes & More Classes at Graceful Studios… I have updated the class list on the right hand side of this page…get ready for a great line up of classes at our studio, Corina Tettinger is back July 3 & 4, Toni Lutman is here on Aug 21, Heather Trimlet is teaching on September 11 & 12 & Pati Walton is coming to teach November 6 & 7 all in 2010…wow nothing like name dropping…I am loving our studio…for more information on these & other classes at our studio you can email me or Grace

Thanks for stopping by…Life is very good….specially since my brother is recovering well from his hard core surgery & the scare he gave us last week…

Jelveh
Peace

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