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Steve Wright
07-06-2002, 12:45 PM
Just wanted to do my first post and introduce myself. I've been doing lampwork for several years, off and on. I'm retired from my first career, and only do what I want, and that is melting glass.

I am basically a beadmaker, but have been working on paperweight style buttons. I've wrecked a bunch of glass trying, but am getting close. Here is a link to yesterdays best effort:

The button (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/index.pl?cat=500&user=10417&thumb=1)

My wife and I live full time on the road in an RV. We are currently near Duluth for the summer. We have our show tent set up in front of our bus, with our glass studio inside. Visit our Big Bus Adventure site and look through the journal of our last four years on the road.

When we do shows, I usually demonstrate lampwork. People like watching the beadmaking but what they really seem to enjoy is watching me make complex twisted cane. Go Figure. Here is a link to a tutorial on my web site on how I make the cane:

Complex cane tutorial (http://home.earthlink.net/~tumble/cane.html)

David Seckendorf
07-06-2002, 12:59 PM
Hi Steve,

I was wondering when you would be wandering over here. The buttons look great! Loren is having an intermediate class next February so start making plans now.

Dave

Lara
07-06-2002, 02:05 PM
Wow that is the coolest button ever. I think I would be a little top heavy if trying to put that on my sweater or shirt. :D

Lara

BlackDotMags
07-06-2002, 02:48 PM
Welcome, Steve!

Wow, gorgeous button! It would look terrific on a pair of jeans...I would even tuck my shirt in the show off that beauty!

Mags :)

b2beads
07-06-2002, 03:04 PM
Welcome Steve - great button. And I direct everyone I know to that complex cane URL. It's great and exactly how I do mine. B2

Modesto
07-06-2002, 03:37 PM
Welcome to WC Steve:clap:

Thanks for the links...very KEWL button and, I really like the cane tutorial.

JoyF
07-06-2002, 05:43 PM
Steve,

That button is so kool......... The flower looks real. Beautiful work.

Joy:cat:

Stacylynne
07-06-2002, 05:50 PM
Welcome Steve, Glad you could make it........ Stacylynne

kesinnott
07-06-2002, 05:56 PM
Hi Steve ~
Hey, I've visited your Big Bus Adventure site! Loved it. What I remember most was a sand castle contest!! Plus, I loved the way you share your journey. Now I'll add that I love your pink flower button!
Welcome to WC!

Mike E etc
07-06-2002, 10:12 PM
Hi Steve,
Pretty cool flower. You may be interested in this about buttons and button collectors. There are several bits about buttons;
http://www.glassandfire.com/hints-n-tricks.html
The next national button show will be in Omaha Nebraska in August and I think Will Stokes will be there. (B2-Beth)
Mike E

Rose Queen
07-06-2002, 10:30 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas, Steve!



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Steve Wright
07-07-2002, 05:48 AM
Dave.....I'll be ready about then.

Lara.......It would be quite top-heavy on a blouse, and make quite a racket in the dryer.

Kathy.... My favorite journal entry is 'Dogs in RV Parks' followed by the entry about my fun with 'Carpal Tunnel' syndrome. (Am I glad that is over)

Mike E... Thanks for the link

Everyone, thanks for the welcome

Steve

Mike E etc
07-07-2002, 06:06 AM
Hi Steve,
I am guessing that your buttons go to button collectors? Back when I made 'realistic' buttons I would heat the bottom of the glass shank and put a flat spot there so that the button could be mounted flat on the collectors 'tray' by poking two small holes in the card stock for the mounting wire.
If you ever swing by Independence Ia, stop by.
Mike E

Steve Wright
07-07-2002, 06:30 AM
Hopefully, button collectors will take an interest in them. I'm still working out the kinks in the technique and have about a 50% failure rate, up from a 100% failure rate a week ago.

The ones that fail, and it is obvious early in the process, I turn in to practice making marbles.

The wife and I were going to hit the marble show in Amana on our journey north this year but we got food poisoning in KC and were otherwise occupied that weekend.

Steve

Ann*S
07-07-2002, 12:31 PM
I am in love with that button..the prettiest one I've seen.
Welcome ...you will really like this place.
Thanks for the tutorial..it's great..
ann

macbeth7
07-07-2002, 04:19 PM
Hi Steve,

Welcome to WC...nice button! :clap:

I always enjoy the Big Bus Adventure! Haven't been in a while...will have to go see what's new.



:D
Beth