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07-12-2002, 11:48 AM
Okay, I'll start....

My name is Betty (not BAM). I'm 43 and live in Portsmouth, RI with my hubby of 12 years and my 9 year old son. Our little town is a coastal community. We feel it is the greatest place on earth. We're on the same island as Newport.

We have two Golden Retrievers (my other babies). Jerry is 3 and Checkers is 6 mos. old-too cute. I just love these guys! Oh yes and we also have Bart the cat and various fish and crayfish.

For the past four years I owned a candle making company and poured wax all day. My candles were much like Yankees only better. My business was actually too successfu. I worked from my basement shop however, I outgrew it. I had to decide whether to redirect my business or open a commercial operation but, my heart just wasn't into it. I sold it.

Prior to that, I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry (yes, the big beasts) in sales. I seem to do very well in sales but, outside sales is just not for me.

I made my first bead on April Fool's Day of this year on a Hot Head. I very quickly moved up to a Minor since I am just too impatient with that Hot Head. Like the rest of you, I'm addicted.

I've been a bead addict for a few years and have laid down a lot of money on Ebay auctions. I'm thrilled to actually be making my own beads. Not sure where this will take me so for now, I'll just have fun!

Okay, your turn.................. :angel:

07-12-2002, 12:34 PM
Oh, no, Betty! Hope you were not one of those bidders I sniped against and really ticked off! (Hiding under desk now...)

Most people know more about me that they really wanted to know, but a "brief" summary (well, she ASKED!)

I'm one of 3 Beth's frequenting the forum these days. Been making beads for 6 months. Like Betty, started on a hothead and moved up to a minor within 2 months. But loved the hothead as a first torch and could do just about anything I wanted to on it - albeit slowly...

I've been a computer geek all my adult life (ditched that music major after about 2 semesters and got a bit more "practical" - was a wise move...) Owned and ran my own computer training and consulting company with 2 other (now gone) owners for 8 years. Also work for State of NE in computers and help run a no-kill cat shelter in Lincoln, NE. However, I just recently decided to shut the computer company down - too much crap went down with the other (now gone, did I mention that? Hallelujah!) owners. Sick of it. Want a normal day job so I can spend time making BEADS!

In my free time I like to...do animal shelter work, melt glass, harass Lauri Copeland, make jewelry, make beads, harass Lauri Copeland, do wirewrapping, sketch, harass Lauri Copeland, do pastels and make mosaics. Tho' the vast majority of those things fell to the wayside once I got into the lampworking (except harass Lauri Copeland...)



monster princess
07-12-2002, 01:22 PM
Hi! I'm Betsy and I've realized that I am hopelessly addicted to beads, and glass and cats and ..... OK, so some might say I'm slightly obsessive compulsive.

I live in the metropolis of Denver, NC not to be confused with any real cities out there, with the husband and 4, yes, 4 cats. I'm attaching a photo of the husband, Robbie, and one of the cats, Arlo. The story is that we were given 2 little alley kittens (yellow one was Spot, black is Sunshine) as a housewarming gift from my sister after my 19 year old cat, Woolley, had died. Spot died leaving a $750 vet bill as his legacy and the Sunshine cried, and cried, and cried. That was not acceptable so I found some Maine Coons for sale and went immediately and got two of them for Sunshine to have as companions. In the photo is Arlo. His little sister is Sweet Pea. All was well in the house until a friend of a friend had some Maine Coons for sale and I looked at them. Should have never looked. Now we have a cream/blonde/red Maine Coon named Butter Bean as well.

I should just rephrase and say we are servants for 4 cats who live a life of luxury.

To support the cat and bead habits, I too am a computer geek. EEEEK! Have been for years.

I first made glass beads at a class in Asheville that was spur of the moment. We were there for a Ural motorcycle rally and it looked like rain so I immediately abandoned the husband and found a new activity. Little did I know that would just be the start of this new obsession.

Since then we both took a marble making class and I'm signed up for Loren Stump's November class. Anyone else going to that one?

Carol Saker
07-12-2002, 02:09 PM
The 3 Beths......hmmmm, can you guys sing opera?:D

But seriously..... Hi Betty,

My name is Carol and I live in the Hot Hot state of Arizona with my engineer/artist hubby Dave and 2 cats: Nigel and Doris. Nigel has lung cancer and we may lose him soon. :crying:

I am a bead collector and never realized I could make my own. :eek:
I started lampworking a year ago and make beads on a sporadic basis. I make jewelry and small sculptures with mixed media. I'm also a student at Arizona State U majoring in Museum Studies and would love to open a glass bead museum someday.

I'm a school junkie and have learned a little bit about everything, just not enough to make any money at it! I've been a Quality Specialist/trainer at a rocket factory, a Certified Veterinary Technician, and have a degree in Behavioral Science/Sociology.

07-12-2002, 02:10 PM
Hi, my name is Sue...no not a boy named Sue...although some of my 4Hers would disagree with you. I am also known as "the pig mom" (guess what my son raises?). Anyway, although being the pig mom has it's own rewards (?) I thought I would like to try this bead making stuff. We live in the Sierra Foothills outside of Yosemite in a little town called Catheys Valley (Pop. 600 +/-) with my husband, 17 year old son Koby, 19 year old daughter Sarah, Guide Dog puppy in training named Garcia, 3 pet dogs, Phoebe, Nellie and Dumbo, 5 cats, 3 pigs, 2 horses, 20 or so chickens, 3 lizards, 1 bunny, 1 cockatiel, 10 fish, and Lucy. I enjoy reading about all of your "shop" cats; I have a "shop" goose (Lucy). She sits next to me on the floor and keeps the cats away. Finding a class to take for bead making was the first trick. Ended up taking a class in Santa Cruz in the end of Dec. BRRRRRR. Fiddled around a bit and then in April I got the chance to take a class with Kate Fowle. Walked into the class and saw Shirley C., Sharon Peters, and some other wonderful beadmakers and went "UhOh". It was such a blast though and Kate is a great teacher. I haven't had as much time as I would like to be on the torch and now that it is 110 degrees that cuts down even more. I'm going to post a pic of my first tab that didn't split in two (if I can figure it out). I have a lot to learn and I want to thank all of you for helping in that area. Thanks to all of you who welcomed me in another thread. You are all so helpful and friendly.

07-12-2002, 03:09 PM
I have been lurking for a couple of days but this seemed a great opportunity to join in. I live in Brighton on the south coast of the UK with my husband George and 2 children Natalie & Robert. I have been lamp working for about 6 months having taken a class first with Jazzy Lily aka Pauline Holt then with Di East, I was absolutely hooked. I am still on my hothead in my tool shed because I am going to have to do some major building work to my house to find a space for the minor which has my name on it. But hey moving the bathroom is a small price to pay if I can torch all day out of the wind :) Before I discovered lamp work I was into beading but I had come to the conclusion I liked collecting them waaay more than I liked sewing or stringing them together, actually I think I really only liked organizing them so I could sit and look at all the pretty glass- teehee. Thanks to everyone out there as I know I would not have got very far without other peoples generous help, I have always managed to find answers to my questions both here and at ISGB and I am very grateful. I don't post much as I am quite shy but this seems a really friendly place.

07-12-2002, 03:55 PM
I spent 20 minutes typing my introduction and then the phone rang and I accidently kicked the plug under the desk and shut my computer off! :clap:

Ok I will type fast before I have another accident.

My name is Elizabeth and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will be 40 next month and am looking forward to it. I am married and have 2 children; a daughter, age 19 and a son, age 12. I also have a grandson who is 2.

I took my first glass class in November 2001 from Sue Daupert in Whiteland, Indiana. I suffered with the hothead for awhile until I got my new torch, a Bethlehem Bead Burner. I love my torch! Other instruction I have had was with Mari Johnson, Sharon Owens, and Larry Scott. Then I bought all this equipment and took all these classes so now I am broke. Just kidding.

I have a dog and a cat. Munchkie is a calico kitty who was sitting on top of my kiln in the kiln pic I posted and Chase is a black and white Papillon dog whose pic is at the bottom of my ebay auctions. I have 2 fish. Just 2! One is a very large pleco fish who is about 9 years old and the other is a betta fish.

I have done beadwork since I was a small girl and other types of art like drawing, painting, and sculpture. For the past 3 years, I painted miniature model horses that I sold to model horse collectors.

Here is a picture below. This model horse is about 3 inches tall.

And that is it about me! Glad to be here. I have a lot to learn about glass :clap:

07-12-2002, 04:26 PM
I have been reading for a while....and Betty whenever your BAM appears I take a double look...those were my initials for 16 years when I was married to the #$%%$&&*. Now they are BAG....hmmmm, not as exciting, maybe even insulting...but hey, I'm rid of the man....

Now, we may have something on the Beth's...my name is Betty also....really Elzbieta...so maybe I should go by Elz for the forum...no, I won't do a poll....What's will all these BBBB's...Beads a strange connection.

I am a sporatic beadmaker....whenever there is open torch at the Bullseye Connection on a Saturday...I try to get there...pictures are worth a 1000 words...


See if that works...

Anyway..I'm 54, have lived with a super man (the superman?) for the last 13 years, have a neat mini wirehair Doxie (see tinyhead) and work as an accountant/data base manager... I live mainly in Portland, Oregon, but have a home at Lake Havasu City, AZ., that will be used more after retirement....

Anyway...Hi Everyone!...and now back to work...

07-12-2002, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by JudithJohnston
I have been lurking for a couple of days but this seemed a great opportunity to join in. I live in Brighton on the south coast of the UK with my husband George and 2 children Natalie & Robert. I have been lamp working for about 6 months having taken a class first with Jazzy Lily aka Pauline Holt then with Di East, I was absolutely hooked. I am still on my hothead in my tool shed because I am going to have to do some major building work to my house to find a space for the minor which has my name on it. But hey moving the bathroom is a small price to pay if I can torch all day out of the wind :) Before I discovered lamp work I was into beading but I had come to the conclusion I liked collecting them waaay more than I liked sewing or stringing them together, actually I think I really only liked organizing them so I could sit and look at all the pretty glass- teehee. Thanks to everyone out there as I know I would not have got very far without other peoples generous help, I have always managed to find answers to my questions both here and at ISGB and I am very grateful. I don't post much as I am quite shy but this seems a really friendly place.

Welcome aboard lurker Judith Johnston, I'm sure your gona feel right at home in here. You just found more friends then you know what to do with. And a forum full of up and coming glass artists. (you too harold. even if you can make a round marble) You'll be meeting him soon.
You have questions? ask away. We have in here people that know a little about this.....a little about that.
and some that know very little about anything. Make's no difference. Because this is one very big class room. we might not all be in here at the same time. Just stick around. pull up a comfy chair and a cool drink. and wait.... your gona like what you see & hear.

monster princess
07-12-2002, 04:51 PM
I realized that the photo I thought was attached is not there. So maybe it will be here now.

07-12-2002, 05:22 PM
Hey, great idea for the introductions thread, Betty!

Richard, I'm one of those who knows very little about anything and just want to reiiterate my gratitude to everyone here who has been so helpful so far, including you!

And Beth (B2 Beth, that is) .... I AM probably one of the people who you beat out on eBay by sniping! Lost a fantastic set of beads the other day with 2 freakin' seconds left. I suppose now you're not going to tell me your eBay i.d. as paybacks are hell, hee hee (No offense intended ... just had to pick up on your reference to the many snipers ... me included sometimes ... on eBay).

Okay ... my name is Mary, I am 46, and I have a problem: I have lit my torch just six times now and I am already hopelessly addicted. I became acquainted with lampworked beads on eBay when looking for new additions to my jewelry designs. Many moons and many dollars later, I decided I just had to learn how to do it. I asked my DH for a torch and other stuff for my birthday in April (and took a lot of grief from friends & family for that request -- quite unlike my usual birthday gifts). I finally got around to ordering the torch in May, but I was so leery of the propane/oxygen hookup thing that I kept putting off hooking everything up. I finally lit the torch for the first time two weeks ago. I am now under the spell of that flame with a ball of molten glass in it!

I have five kids, several older who live away or are in college (22, 20, 18) and two younger (12, 10). My biggest wish right now is for more time so I can be alone with my torch and my glass ... my youngest child has some significant special needs and must be watched 24/7, so I have to have someone to watch him before I can get to the torch. And it's tough finding a baby-sitter who isn't intimidated by all of my guy's issues. C'est la vie, but now that I have this new passion, I'm antsy all the time to pursue my quest (current quest: round, balanced, dimply beads -- remember I'm a beginner!)

That's probably enough for now, except to say that I live in Iowa, an often overlooked state ;) There don't appear to be too many glassheads in the state but I won't let that stop me :cat:

I'm going to try to attach a (not tiny head) picture of myself ... it's a few years old but all my .jpg files were recently wiped out from the lovelettr.exe virus and this one was saved in my web storage space so it was spared.


Yippee! The photo worked :clap:

Kathy Champion
07-12-2002, 08:25 PM
Hello I'm Kathy and I'm addicted to beads.

It all started for me about two years ago when I started noticing lampwork beads at the bead store near me and then really heated in the fall of 2000. We went to Eureka Springs and there is a bead store with a torch in the window. I asked who used the torch and if we could get a demo and after much whining the obliged. It was love at first light!

My husband searched the internet and found arrow springs and ordered our torch, glass and a video and we were off. After much trial and error, I finally found the ISGB and was so grateful to all of the wonderful artists who regularly post there. It was a lifeline as I was definitely in need of some advice. It was through the forum that I found out about classes and finally was able to take my first class from Al Janelle this spring.

My family is truly my first love. My husband is a doll and obviously is supportive of my habit...he's even been known to try a marble or two at times. I have 4 kiddos - two grown (25 & 22) and two still at home (15 & 10). I also have three grandchildren - almost 5, 3 and 1 - the baby is already addicted to beads. Her little eyes light up whenever I get my beads out and she has to touch everyone and oohs and ahs like a true addict!

I'm so grateful to Laura for opening up a new avenue of communication and inspiration through this forum. Not only is the glass art terrific but there's so much other art here to peruse and enjoy. Truly inspiring.

Okay enough about me...who's next?


07-12-2002, 08:44 PM

My name is Lara and I'm addicted to bead making. Perhaps we need a 12 step program. I am 28 and live in Maple Valley Washington, it is about 50 mins SE of Seattle. I'm near the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and it is just beautiful here. I love having green all the time.

I have been beadmaking since about 1997, but very part time for the first 2-3 years. I have a hot head as my "studio" is a spare room in my parents home and I need to talk my dad into helping me convert his garage into a glass studio. Don't know if he is too interested in this. I have a hot head and very much want to upgrade. Hopefully sometime soon.

I have taking several classes (Andrea Guiarano, Larry Scott, Leah Fairbanks and Kim Osibin, Peggy Rose) and just signed up with Jim Smirch's October class at Eugene Glass School, anyone else going?

I am a nurse in a local family practice/ob department and really like it. I have 2 cats. Gilbert and Beetle (cause when we first got her, her purr was load and rough, like an old VW Beetle, but now she is pretty quite).

Enough of my boring life, someone else's turn.


07-12-2002, 08:55 PM
Hey Betsy- tell Robbie he sure grew a heck of a beard since y'all were here! (HA)

Hello, My Name is Amy, and I am a lampworkaholic.
I have been making beads for almost 4 years now. My Husband suggested that I could do it, and found all the info for me. That year for my birthday I got a Hot Head Kit and Cindy Jenkin's book. Now I am working on a minor. I was self taught for 3 years, but have since taken classes with Lisa St. Martin and Deanna Griffin-Dove.
I am Mommy to Adam who is an amazing 18 month old. He is always happy, and always fun, and always wears my butt out. Torch time for me is when he is asleep, or when Daddy takes over. Daddy is Matt, my amazing husband of almost 7 years. We also have 2 cats Bagheera (FATBLACKCAT) and Sister (BRRRROOOW! I'm striped!) and one white lab/husky named Sugar.
You may have noticed from my signature that I am one of those Bible thumping, born again Jesus freaks. (If you want to know what all that means, PM me!) It's true...okay I don't actually thump a Bible. I was going to say not to worry about offending me, then I realized that you probably wouldn't anyhow (worry I mean.) That's good. But, this is just to say that everything I do and create is somehow reflective of my faith.
Anyhoo, I love being here. I love artists! I have always wanted to create, and could never find my niche. This is it!

07-12-2002, 11:30 PM
MarySarah - no, it wasn't me. I'm a reformed snipaholic. That was back in the old days - say, late 2001 - early 2002. BTW, ebay ID is now b2beads, but was (ducking under the desk) tkec. But I swear, I've changed!

Betsy - 4 cats! Heck, you're a rookie! :D Well, I suppose Maine Coons count as 2 a piece! Great picture. Have you done the Cat Show circuit with them? (A bizarre world unto itself... I've shown a few cats in "household" pets representing our shelter, but especially with the purebreds - it's a cat eat cat world...)

I'm testing out another way to post an image file, so this is a shelter kitten and an oriental shorthair kitten nursing together. OSH kitten's mom wouldn't nurse, so we stuck him with this litter of 6 and mom adores him, but does think he's an odd duck...

F:\My Pictures\CATS\MelodysBabies\Nursing26Sa.jpg

Carol - I can't speak for the other "beths", but I'm not familiar with Opera (but if you hum a few bars I can give it a shot...:D )

Judith, I'm taking a class with Diana East next month in Chicago, and I can't wait! We'll be doing sandblasting - so excited!

Hey, Elizabeth! You switched heads!!!

Always fun to learn about everyone! B2

07-12-2002, 11:49 PM
Just a few comments ... I am enjoying reading about everyone who has posted. Where are the 'boys' introductions? C'mon Harold, David, Richard and any other males ... we'd like to hear a little more about y'all too!

Speaking of you, Richard .... a HUGE thank you for fulfilling my (and I'm sure many other newbies) hope that there would be a special section or threads for all the 'hot' topics (LOL) ... such as what kind of torch, what kind of 02 setup, ventilation, tools, and the other categories! Those certainly are 'burning' topics to many of us, especially those just starting out (somebody slap me for the BAD puns!)

I think we need a 12-step program too, Lara. I honestly thought I was gonna have to find one for eBay, but now I've replaced that obsession with beadmaking :p It's always something ....

And Beth, I'm glad you're a reformed snipaholic ... that disease is running amok on eBay. Yikes, I've been sniped ... again!

And Kathy, your husband IS a doll! What a neat guy, to order everything for you.

And Sue, I'm going to have to dub you our resident Dr. Doolittle
:p You obviously love animals and must have a very big heart.

In fact, it seems that most of us have a love for animals, doesn't it??


07-13-2002, 12:01 AM
It's a trap Richard!!!:eek: Don't fall for it!!!!

RICHARD:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Note: not applause....Harold franticly waving at Richard.

monster princess
07-13-2002, 12:58 AM
At least now, I know I'm not alone in my obsessive compulsive behavior. You all make me laugh out loud as I read about your compulsions, animals and how we go to a great deal of trouble to fit beadmaking into our lives - Moving a bathroom, marrying Superman, etc.

Elizabeth, I watched the dog show on tv tonight and I love the look of the Papillions. Is it a full time job to groom Chase? A Pekinese that looked just like a giant dust bunny won the toy category but a really beautiful German Shepherd won best of show.

Beth, four cats the size of mine are a pride of their own.
Butter Bean won 4 shows as a kitten (read as: before he came to live with the lazy owners) but now he's retired and the others have never been to a show.
Arlo, in the photo, had to have ACL surgery on his knee and now he sometimes has a little limp. The Dr. says someday he'll probably have to have the other knee done. Sunshine, the original cat, has asthma and takes prednisone for it. They make it in tuna flavored treats and he knows the sound of the pack opening and comes running. He thinks he's special because he gets treats and no one else does. Occasionally, if he has a really bad attack, he gets a shot of cortisone.

So yes, we only have four cats but they keep us busy.

Sorry Amy, I mean that Robbie's beard grows fast, growls and meows, and has claws. Isn't that cool?

07-13-2002, 01:40 AM
Welcome to wetcanvas Judith & Betty (ELZbeads)!!!

Monster Princess, that is one huge cat! Wow!

B2 (aka tkec) I think I mighta lost some beadies to you....oh well, as long as you gave them a good home. (grrrr)

About me, My name is MistyI started buying lampwork beads about a year ago, took my first and only lampworking class in April and now I'm a complete addict! I work on a hot head torch, I plan to eventually upgrade to maybe a Lynx???

I'm sad to say I don't have any kitties right now, but I hope to get a Devon Rex if we ever buy a house. I do have 5 Betta fish. They look like ribbons floating in the water.

I consider myself a professional student. I just finished my Associates degree in art last spring (after 8 yrs). That's about all.
Misty:) :) :)

07-13-2002, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by monster princess

Elizabeth, I watched the dog show on tv tonight and I love the look of the Papillions. Is it a full time job to groom Chase? A Pekinese that looked just like a giant dust bunny won the toy category but a really beautiful German Shepherd won best of show.

Papillons are surprisingly easy to groom for every day grooming. I used to show several years ago when I had a red and white Papillon and then there is more involved with the grooming


07-13-2002, 12:59 PM
B2 - I was lucky enough to spend a day in Dianas studio on a one to one basis back in March, she showed me sandblasting, enamelling, gold fuming and loads of other cool stuff. She is a great person, you will have a blast.

I am so jealous of everyones pets, my entire family bar me is allergic to everything but fish and I love animals :-(

Great thread Betty thanks for starting it. Got to get back to the torch now

07-13-2002, 01:57 PM

Hi all.... I'm loving getting to know all of you!
So- My name is Margaret, and I am a glass-aholic....

I've been living in Tucson for about 2 years with my significant other, Matt, Wilson (see tinyhead and picture above), Cassidy (the other rodent-esqe dog. no picture does this one justice), Mallory the leopard gecko, and many desert arthropods... tarantulas, scoripions, vinegaroons, centipedes and millipedes... The bugs are for volunteer kids educational programs that I do for a local non-profit. Right now I work for the Univ. of Arizona doing neuropathic pain research- but that's just for another week. Next friday is my last day, and then I'm starting a master's program in Entomology in a month. Yup, I'm a bug lady. I'm also a glass lady, and a dog lady.

I started lampworking this January after thinking for so long that it would be so neat to work with hot glass but not realizing it was a tangible option... for Christmas, Matt surprised me with a Hot Head Starter kit. I'm only now upgrading to a Lynx (I got it in the mail yesterday but can't use it since it's going to live at a friend's house while I set up my real home studio). I'm "self-taught" if that's what i can call reading the wealth of info on forums like this and ISGB, reading books, and watching videos. I hope soon to take a class with one of the many greats... hopefully my graduate college carreer won't kick my butt so hard i won't have enough time for glass...

07-14-2002, 02:35 PM
Thanks everyone for joining in. Yes, I guess we have at least two things in common; we're beadaholics and we love our pets!

Nice getting to know everyone. Don't stop here though. Anyone else who wants to add their bio, please do so. Our family is rapidly growing isn't it? This is great!

Thanks mom Llis and Godmother or would that be stepmom Laura,

07-14-2002, 04:48 PM
okeydokey...this is somewhat long...you might want to skip it...it isnt my whole life ...just since entering in art/craft for profit Some time back in the 80's I decided I wanted to retire to some sort of artform for income by time I was 55. Im 55 now. In 1992 while in Juneau alaska I found polymer clay and was completely taken by it and was self taught. I even self published a booklet of techniques, imagine my thrill when Nan Roche called me about it! anyway...I did a craft show there and made $500 in 6 hours and decided that was ok...Within 2 years in that craft I decided to give up my day job...managing a clinical hospital laboratory and take a flying leap into polymer clay. The key step for me was learning to live debt free. I paid off everything! I knew that if I had to pay bills and support myself it would be prohibitive (sp). Well I cant honestly tell you how I really expected to support myself between the coop and wholesale...(I outsold everyone in the coop) but...i got lucky.
within 2 months of quitting my job i had a chance a 100 sq feet of gallery space. (ok it was a closet but it was mine!) and Made in Juneau was born. By mid summer I expanded to 275 sq ft that winter it went to 450! I carried the work of other local artists and of course it was my studio as well. It was great...! After 5 years tho, doing what you love to do became ....WORK!!!!!!!! and the burn out was incredible. Luckily for me I had a profession that was in demand to fall back on ...so I went back to work. I really had burned out on polymer clay and didn't do very much artistically for a few years. I do like making hand made papers and I also do my own molds for hand cast papers. Anyway...this is getting long eh? ...I was working and making good money but missed my creative endeavours...but knew that the problem with doing my art/craft even part time required a market...I wasn't going back to a gallery or shop...9-11 happened...I couldnt bear to watch television...I logged into ebay...within a few weeks I found the lampwork beads...realized what an incredible venue ebay was...and said im gunna do it...Took my first class in November and waited til I had my complete set up to start and that was in December. And here I am . I took a great class with Jim smircich and that made a huge difference in my bead making.
So I am not new to art or jewelry design, marketing, selling, advertising and great customer service...but definitely a novice bead maker who loves to experiment! Now I am working part time as a manager of a rural hospital and flaming on my dime! I love it and I am hooked but I must say if it weren't for ebay...I wouldn't have found this obsession...for me after you have made so many you gotta gettem outta da house!
My biggest lesson I learned in the process was learning to live debt free ...tho quite unamerican...is the most freeing practice and I would never go into debt again.
:clap: I don't owe my soul to the company store!

Anne Londez
07-14-2002, 05:13 PM

Elizabeth, I watched the dog show on tv tonight and I love the look of the Papillions[/B]
Now it took me some time to figure out what you were talking about... being that papillon in french means butterfly... :p

Anyway, here I am so let's get on with it.
I am almost 33 (that's for Richard :evil: ) , french, I live and work in Switzerland as a research scientist and go back to France on the week-ends for a change of scenery (lakes and mountains all around, but different ones on weeks and week-ends :cool: ).
I discovered beadmaking about 18 months ago and guess what... I'm addicted too. I took a class last summer at the Gathering with Jim Smircich and it was more than enlightening. I'm going back this year and hope to meet some of you there.
My other/previous/life-long addiction: music (mostly singing these days), golf (I need that to forget about my day job), dancing (mostly tango argentino these days, although I now tend to spend my evenings in front of the torch instead of in the arms of those great dancers... maybe I should reassess my priorities ??)
and I'm probably forgetting something.


07-14-2002, 05:19 PM
Did Anne say Switzerland & France on the week-ends. :D

Anne you don't look a day over 21 :angel: :angel: :angel:

07-14-2002, 05:58 PM
Hey Ingridh:
Good to see you over here. I know that you're a frequent "poster" on ISGB. You'll like it here.

07-14-2002, 06:02 PM
Guess she's too young for an old man like you then, Richard! :evil:


Anne Londez
07-14-2002, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by Glassy79
Did Anne say Switzerland & France on the week-ends. :D

Anne you don't look a day over 21 :angel: :angel: :angel:
Must have missed something there... would you explain what you meant to a poor lonely foreigner ? :confused:
Anyway, nice try Richard but you'll have to do better than that if you want me to believe you :evil:

Shirley C.
07-14-2002, 07:52 PM
Hiya! I'm Shirley Cook - I introduced myself in a separate thread when I first came to WC, but didn't talk about myself a whole lot. So here's a tiny bit more info.

I grew up in Connecticut, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1974, got married in 1980, and have a step son and step daughter who are 25 and 24. Hubby and I live with 2 Jack Russell terriers - Chuck (13) and Peanut (5).

I worked as a musician for a couple of years when I was still back in Connecticut, but I got a degree in computer science and that's what brought me to California. I worked as a software developer for many years and I now work as a software business analyst in the benefits administration area.

Several years ago, I rented the movie "Terminal Velocity" on a Saturday night and decided that I NEEDED to jump out of a plane. So I did. And I did it again. And again. I had pretty much decided that I was going to become a certified skydiver - the adrenaline rush is very addictive - and then I had knee surgery in 1997. For some reason, I haven't jumped out of a plane since then, and now with my hot glass addiction there's no way I'd be able to keep up my flight hours. Too much torch time needed!!

I was into quilting for quite awhile, but when I was introduced to jewelry-making (the bead kind) in 1996, quilting took a back seat. Now my only involvement with quilts is to go to quilt shows and drool.

I took my first beadmaking class in January of 2000 and began making them at home in April of 2000 after I got my kiln. I still make jewelry from time to time, but mostly focus on making beads. The only bead show I do is the bazaar at the annual ISBG Gathering - outside of that, I sell my beads on eBay (user ID is jumpdogmom). I am completely addicted to mucking about with hot glass! I've taken classes with Jim Smircich, Sharon Peters, Loren Stump, and Kate Fowle. I'll be taking another class at the Gathering this year with Nancy Tobey, and hope to continue with my studies into the future. There is still so much for me to learn!!

Here is Peanut, my "jump dog", doing her favorite thing. She is as addicted to her toys as I am to glass.


07-14-2002, 08:21 PM
So THAT'S what Peanut's head looks like...glad to know she does, in fact, have one ;) You ought to post her pic in the reference library or on that thread I posted - I think she'd be a great subject to paint/draw...particularly the pics where she has a head!

B2 (who ended up going to bed at 5:45 am!)

07-14-2002, 08:33 PM
Okay, I'll jump in too! No pun intended "jumpdodgmom!" :O)
My name is Jacqui, and I'm a lampworker/beadaholic.
I'm 56 years old, and have been making beads for almost six [6] years now.
I worked as a nurse in several different areas for what feels like many, many years. Burnout!
My Mom, and I [who were really best buds,] started a crafts business about 18 years ago, which included my sister and our Grandmother for a long time. Ceramics and several other items in our line were out priced by imported products, and so I realized that I had to change my product. I remember reading a line in a book by Barbara Brabec, that small business success has much to do with "being able to produce a product which many would find difficult if not impossible to do!"
Around the same time, I stared seeing magazine articles about lampworking......... and I've collected enough tools to prove I read all of those articles!
I live in South Jersey, about an hour from Atlantic City, and ten minutes across the bridge to Philadelphia, where I grew up.
I'm married to a really neat and supportive guy, this year is our 24th together! My "babies" are 36, a daughter and mother of two of my granddaughters; a son who is 33 and father of two sons and a daughter, and my youngest who is 29 with a son and a daughter......
We stay in touch by email since they live "all over the place!"

Let's see, I retired from nursing about 8 years ago to create and sell crafts, and haven't looked back since. Well okay; ER had me thinking to go back for a minute or two, but it's not really like that!

I didn't have any classes in my area, and still don't actually, so I taught myself using Cindy Jenkins' book, and three videos by Lewis Wilson. I have still never had a class.

I started with a HotHead torch, which i used for the first four years I was making beads. That was pre-concentrator time! I now use a Minor Burner, and sell primarirly on eBay as jacquidol. I did my first bead show last month! Amazingly fun and successful by the way! I'm signed up to do the Lapidary Journal Bead Fest this October.
I tend to really get lost in my workroom with lots of magazine pictures, even old ceramic ones, to give me ideas for color combinations etc..
I work alone most of the time, so the time I spend here, helps me to feel connected during those wonky, disconnected kinda' time periods!
Thanks for this thread y'all, it's great to "meet" you!!!!!

Shirley C.
07-14-2002, 08:41 PM
Hey, B2 - 5:45?! Didya get any torch time in? By the way, I did put a picture of Peanut out on that thread, and she does have her head.

For those folks wondering what the heck we're talking about, here's Peanut doin' her Jack Russell thing (well, ONE of those Jack Russell things...). Ground squirrels --- make her nuts!


Rose Queen
07-14-2002, 09:30 PM
Dear Glass People,

How about posting your intros in the the New User Forum, where a wider world of artists awaits to greet and befriend you at WetCanvas? Just a thought... :)

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07-14-2002, 09:49 PM
HI! I'm Nonie. Just like the name on my profile says. My given name is Noreen but everyone calls me by my nickname. Nonie.
I live in New England on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I have one child. A young woman 24 and she has been blissfully and happily married for a year now.
My husband and I have been married 25 years. We have 3 dogs, two cats and a pond full of Koi. I am 51 years old this summer and do not have to work so I have lots of time to play. I'm a very happy camper. I love being home.
I have tried my hand at many things. Photography,water color,writing,stamping but I have never felt as strongly about any art as I do lampworking. There is something so magical and soothing about it.
I am very new to glass art. I started in May of this year and I also am hooked. Of course. The last thing I was doing was rubber stamping and was working in a little store here in town and the owner also owned the Bead Store right next door. Well, of course I would sneak over there every chance I got. I just adored the lampworked beads and wanted to give it a try. I have had no classes and have had to teach myself but it is sooo much fun and relaxing.
Wet Canvas is theeee best. :clap:
I love it here and am thoroughly enjoying all the great wisdom.
Thanks Wet Canvas!

07-16-2002, 03:12 PM
OK, I'll jump in.

I'm Kelly, 36, and I live in Michigan. I am married with two sons and a stepson. Fortunately my husband is *very* supportive of my glass habit and does all he can to help me, whether it's ideas, a new workspace, etc.

I started doing beads two years ago officially. I actually had the kit three years prior to that, but didn't have dedicate space and was going thru a divorce, so it wasn't a priority. So when my new hubby built me a workspace in the garage, I was off and running.

By day I'm a technical writer for a software company. And yes, it can be very boring but it pays pretty well. I'm at the point where I'm considering cutting down my hours in favor of doing glass part-time, but it's still a ways off. Not TOO far - I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is a good thing. I've been tech writing for 12 years and it's getting kind of old!

My sons are 11 and 9 and my stepson is 7, they keep us hopping. But life is really good - I can honestly say I have everything I want: a wonderful husband, great kids, and GLASS! More time for the glass would be nice ... right now I do mostly beads and bottle stoppers.

Glad to have found WC ... I like the content and the personalities here. It doesn't feel as stifling as.... ummmm.... other places (although other spots have their place too). and everyone is so cool!

07-16-2002, 03:45 PM
C'mon guys, join in! I'll start.

Name: Kristian Turley
Age: 28
Height: 6'
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Location: Kenly, NC
Favorite Music: Grateful Dead
Favorite Color: Tie Dye!

Been at the torch for 3 yrs or so. Boro work for the majority of that (just started playing with softglass a few months ago). I mainly make pipes, but truly enjoy it when I get the chance and time to make vases, goblets, beads, etc...

As stated in another thread, I have tried many different arts and crafts. Glass is the only one that has kept me going and interested for more than 6 months at a time.

I have been married to Tami for almost 9 yrs now and have a 8 yr old daughter, Patience (the light of my life). Patience has shown some interest in glass work, even tried beads for a very short time. She got easily frustrated when they didn't come out perfect on the first try (all of hers are perfect to me though). She has decided to wait a little while and then try again. My wife has just been accepted to NCSU Vet Shcool after her 4th year of applying.

Well I think that is about it. I won't go into the pets, I don't feel like typing that much.

07-16-2002, 03:50 PM
Hi Kelly, Kristian and everyone else. Glad to see that this post just keeps going and going and going. I'm gonna keep bringing it to the top to encourage others to join in.

Vet school? I bet that half of us here wanted to be a vet. I assume that cause many of us seem to be a bit nutty when it comes to our pooches, kitties, scaley & fury critters alike....an not to forget those with exoskeletons too!

07-16-2002, 04:32 PM
Hey Shirley,
Can Peanut come play at my house?? I'm tired of twisting my ankles in squirrel holes!!! What a great picture...a little freaky at first...but so funny.

07-16-2002, 05:20 PM
Hi everyone,
I will start this out by saying that I wish, many, many years ago, maybe 22 or 23, when a dear friend told me about her brother(Lewis Wilson) and his glass, I would have paid attention. Then, perhaps, I would have discovered this wonderful art of lampwork many years ago and I might be really excellent at it by now!
Until lampwork I was very involved in painting. I mostly did watercolor and I still paint once a week...... discovered eBay while in the antique business buying and selling cakestands(!?...well, they were glass!)...but not easy to ship like beads, believe me! I have done design and execution of needlework, a lot of photography, especially Polaroid Transfer, and for major fun I played golf a little more often than I do now. Lately, I only torch.
I live in Atlanta most of the time, we have a little place in a tiny town near Telluride that I do not get to nearly enough. I have recently set up a makeshift studio there in my garage for when I'm there, although I find it hard to pull myself away from the view..see photo.
Marty, who is a pilot, and I have two grown daughters and a grandchild about to be born...any day now...one cat, Jake. We are dogless at the moment, but that won't last I'm sure.
I hope I meet all of you eventually.
my backyard....

Jennifer Geldard
07-16-2002, 11:40 PM
OK here we go...

My name is Jennifer Geldard. My friends call me Jen, Jenny, and occasionally Niffer (high school nickname). I live in West Brookfield, Massachusetts with my perfect (almost) husband whom I've been with for 20 years this summer, and our one and only son, and the love of my life, Max.
3 (sometimes 4) cats ( Ludo, Doodle, Wicket and Blessed) and a very rambuncious Lab/Shepherd couch-eating dog named Dr. Suess.
I started my affair with glass when I owned a bead store in Concord, Masachusetts called oddly enough, "The Concord Bead Shop"....it later became "Jellybeads".
At that time there were very few bead-makers around at least with the notoriety that I could name them on the fingers of one hand. I got my hothead torch in 1994 and made the most marvelous wonky treasures... I was SO proud. (really)
But it didn't capture my interest for very long because that same year my son was born and I fell in love with him so hard I couldn't do much else. I did take a ton of portraits of him :)
Slowly my art came back and I dove into stained glass with a vengeance. It wasn't until i dragged out my hothead to make beads with strips of stained glass for a glass project i was completing that the magic of lamp-working took hold so strongly that the stained glass took a back seat, and for the last year and a half it's all I've done.

Whew! That's about it.
Here's me and my snuggle bunny....


07-17-2002, 04:30 AM
Ok, me too. I'm mostly a lurker - being a total techno-dork I can't do much more than that!

My name is Linda Gillman and I've been making beads for 3 years now. Well, next Wednesday it'll be 3 years, not that I'm really counting. I'm 47 years old, married almost 24 years, child free (like caffeine free...it's a choice) and currently have 5 cats, Elizabeth, John Thomas, Bailey, Becky and Mary. Both my husband, Dean (Dino) and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Long Beach, CA and we're still here. We weren't exactly childhood sweethearts, but we've known each other forever!

For many years I took care of my mom, she's got Alzheimer's. The stress of it almost killed me (literally) and I needed an outlet and always being crafty, that's what I did - all sorts of art/craft stuff, beads & jewelry, polymer clay, silk painting, paper making, la di da...all of it. I attended bead shows for years and would always look for the handmade glass beads and plead for the artist to teach me. No one would, so I continued my pursuit of happiness in other media (still gotta try Encaustic!). Finally, I found a great caregiver for my mom, found someone to teach me glass and the world is such a better place these days! You all know what peace of mind and glass will do for your lives!

Then, my husband and I took a swing class almost 3 years ago and we loved it. We became very good friends with our dance instructor, Bob, and eventually, I made him my partner in the bead business. He does the computer/business stuff and I just get to make beads. Last November, Bob and I opened our own ballroom dance studio. So, I go to the studio at 4 pm, work and dance til 9, stop at Starbucks (iced latte) on the way home, fire up the kiln and make beads til dawn or so, sleep a little, clean and sort beads and then dance some more! I work about 18 hours a day, but damn, I'm lucky...good husband, good friends, well cared for mom, my cats, dancing and, of course, glass!

07-17-2002, 10:00 AM
I guess I better do the introduction thing also. I have been making beads for about 1.5 years, I actually bought a kit and 3 years ago and hated it, didnt think I ever would make beads. Now I love it. Im married to a wonderful man( going on 21 years) whom is my best friend. We have no children because we never wanted them. We have 2 cats Garcia who is named after Jerry, (he is gray, touch of gray) and Cozmos who is American Bobtail, really a cool cat, both of them are. I was in the Medical field for years and worked as a consultant, really got tired of that. My husband and I started selling beads at Living history events and them we started doing Grateful Dead shows and Phish tour with our beads and handmade clothing. We never did another Living history event, we had so much fun with the Hippies. Finally about 2 years ago we opened ( The Central Bead & Clothing Co) in Oxford, Ohio. They also call us the Hippie Store which is fine with me. I love having the store and its also another outlet for my beads. I have also become addicted to this forum , I really love all the people and all the knowledge everyone has. Thats my story and Im sticking to it.

07-17-2002, 10:35 AM
I'm 37, twice divorced (umm...no fear of committment here...), no human children, 13 very, very spoiled cat children (I'm heavily involved in Siamese breed rescue).

I'm a graphic designer by day, lampworker by night. I've been lampworking for 3 years, incorporating beads in my own jewelry designs and also handing them out to some marvelously talented beader friends. I've got a nice little stash of beads that I'm proud of, and tons and tons of "rejects"...poor little deformed things...

Previous to lampwork, I started as a painter (oils) mostly pet portriats, don't laugh...then made some quick cash with a line of hand-painted clothing (boring, boring, boring...) and then more quick cash with polymer clay jewelry in the early 90's before it was so extraordinarily popular (now bores me too...sighs). Now I've got an actual honest to goodness job that pays a decent salary, and I can pursue art that I love (but that doesn't necessarily translate to quick cash...) so I choose glass. And it hasn't bored me once in the 3 years I've been working it. (But I'm still really, really lousy at anything vaguely resembling florals...sighs....danged mental block.)

Pet peeves: people who tell me to just relax...yeah, right. I'll relax when I'm dead, thank you very much.

Favorite non-lampworking activity: Hanging out with really weird, weird people at cat shows. Hey! I blend in!

Least favorite non-lampworking activity: waiting for the IT people to fix my computer, because they force me to work on the PC platform, grrr....

Talk to you all later!

07-17-2002, 10:44 AM
My name is Mari and I have an addiction... oh it's just you guys. I'm married for 23 years to Keith, and we have 2 almost grown children, Brooke 21, and Adam, 18 years old today. Should I feel old yet?

I have a background in photography (had a home based portrait studio in the 80's in Omaha) and graphic design, and my job was being phased out when I took a beadmaking class at a stained glass studio here in Plymouth, Michigan. I started on a HotHead, and then moved up to a National 8M. I visited Heidi Brodersen up on her island, and she let me try her Lynx. I had to have one. I love these GTT torches! Since then I have bought a Bobcat for my student torch.

Because my employer couldn't pay me, I devoted most of my waking hours each and every day in my basement studio. After about 3 months of beadmaking, I took a class in MD with Jim Smircich. I can't tell you how much his methods have meant to me. He told us to go home and make 100 plain round beads before getting into all the techniques he showed us. I did it!

Next, I took a class with Kate Fowle, who just knocked my socks off. Her bead release in the middle technique drove my skills forward. She's also an excellent teacher and great person! These teachers gave me a really great foundation, and I could round and center a bead in seconds, so then I added techniques as I went along. I learned from Leah Fairbanks, Sharon Peters, Sylvie Lansdowne, and am looking forward to Kim Miles' class at the Gathering. I feel so fortunate to have found glass beadmaking, and to have had these generous teachers!

A little over a year ago (?) I was asked to start teaching here in Michigan. I also started an unofficial chapter of the ISGB. We are now at 32 members! As things went along, I found myself teaching more and more, and in the spring, started teaching at the Toledo Museum of Art.

While all of this was happening, our personal lives were in turmoil. My husband was hired away from a stable job, asked to move to Phoenix, found out the books were cooked (it's really epidemic) and then he and 5 others lost their jobs. After 10 months he's still basically unemployed. Keith has a temporary consulting job for which we're grateful, but we're having to sell our home and move back to Chicago where I grew up. I'm looking forward to being close to my Mom, Dad, and sisters, and so are Keith and the kids. I think it's called making lemonade from lemons? Anyway, August 29th I'm having a total knee replacement, so please keep me in your prayers, I'm scared to death.

I just want to give a shout out to Elizabeth and Kelly, who took classes with me, and are talented beadmakers! Kelly and I meet for lunch occasionally and attend our monthly chapter meetings. I feel blessed to have met such great people here in Michigan and will miss them so much! But Chicago is close and I will have a guest room! (Kids actuallly want the basement???)

Okay this is a tome, I'll close with this thought:

Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.

Keep it hot!


Deb Kouri
07-17-2002, 04:33 PM
My turn, Deb Kouri here. Hello everyone. I love this forum!! I am a beadaholic who flat out refuses to go through the 12 step process...happen to like this addiction...

I will be approaching the big 5-0 this fall so I've earned my right to be addicted. I started lampworking 1-1/2 years ago. I was a potterer and liked to use mixed medium and had trouble finding beads that were large enough to use with my pottery, so I thought..... I'll learn how to make my own! Haven't done pottery since (or at least very, very little of it) I do nursing to pay the bills and live with a large cat, Kissaa, but now I can say after seeing that photo....not as large as some!!

I also am an American Homestay host for foreign business folks who are here learning English. I have had some of the most fabulous (now friends) people stay with me. I love to cook, and have had so much fun learning authentic Italian, Korean, French, Swiss, Japanese....etc! What an incredible experience that has been.

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions, support, and most of all the great sense of humor!

I live in Atlanta, GA and love it here, we have the most incredible blooming flowers, trees, weeds here ... all the color is such an inspiration.


Melinda Melanson
07-17-2002, 05:06 PM
My name is Melinda Melanson. I am 36 years old. I have been making lampwork beads for about 3 yrs. I saw a kit in a book club mailer, and just had to have it. It took me about 6 months to get over my fear of the flame. I had no idea there were so many other beadmaker's! Then I found the lampwork beads on ebay, and it opened a whole new creative facet for me. And my bead sales, has allowed me to close down my housekeeping business, and raise my daughter.
I have been married for 19 yr's. We have a 13 yr old daughter and a bunch of pets. I collect anything made of glass. I just love bright shiny things. I also enjoy beadwork, and love to make beaded doll's.

07-17-2002, 05:37 PM
I already did my bio:D I just wanted to welcome all the new people, de-lurkers, and anyone I've missed to wetcanvas! I would try to name them off, but if I missed someone I would feel really bad. Welcome everyone!

07-17-2002, 10:17 PM
Welcome everyone and thanks for sharing. Thanks for keeping this thread going, our group keeps getting bigger and bigger.....it's awesome.

As Misty said, it's hard to acknowledge or welcome each and every person but know that everyone is welcome here. We've got a very talented and supportive group. Visit and post often.

07-19-2002, 10:58 AM
:D Gulp! OK, here goes! I'm one of the "guys" out there. New to the forum, but have to jump in sometime.

I am over 5-0 and have had a varied life. I live in El Paso, TX so am near many lampworkers -- "near" is a relative term here, say within 4 hours drive! Grew up in Chicago, went to college in Miami, FL, got a degree in chemistry, joined the Army who made me a Military Police officer (guess there is logic there!?), medically retired in 1984, became a computer specialist for the Army as a civilian and am still there.

I was/am a self-taught silversmith and made lots of jewelry. But, got bored with that. My wife made me teach her how to make jewelry and she became a beadaholic, buying beads galore, making jewelry (mostly for herself!), and selling some on eBay. She suggested I could make beads, me being the "creative" side of the family. Well, we went to the Bead Expo in Santa Fe this year and met KD-W, who talked me into this whole thing. After buying her starter kit, 2 viedeos and trekking home...I ordered my minor burner, starter kits, glass, bought a concentrator on eBay, and have become a lampworker...all this since Feb this year.

I purchased many books, more videos, talked to several of you, and am making progress. I have made some good beads...which my wife has "confiscated" for the cause! I have had many of the frustrations mentioned in this forum and am working my way through them thanks to my on-line friends, books, and videos. Being only 3 1/2 hours from Albuquerque, guess I need to contact Lewis Wilson about a class or Kate D-W (only 4 hours away) when she gets back from Normandy.

Anyway, I am married, we have 6 children (all grown!) between us with 5 grandchildren. One daughter has come home to live for a while and between us, we have 3 dogs.

Whew! Guess this isn't supposed to be a book, so will close. Love all of your posts and am enjoying lampworking...fast becoming addicted, but am NOT interested in a 12 step program.

As the immortal Human Torch used to say.... "Flame On!"


07-19-2002, 01:02 PM
I already did the intro thing before. I've been away for a few days, but wanted to welcome all of the newbies & de-lurkers...especially George, who is much braver than some of our guys here! :p Don't think I've welcomed any of these new folks...Betsy, Carol, Sue, Judith, Elizabeth, Betty, Lara, Margaret, Kelly, Kristian, Linda, Janell, Wendy, Melinda, George...think I've said hello to all you other posters before...whew, hope I didn't miss anyone!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

07-19-2002, 01:46 PM
YEAH!!! so glad to see all the cat lovers!! My cats live 50 miles away due to a rather inflexible landlord - if he only knew that I was melting glass in his living room........
I guess this is my introduction. I discovered the ISGB forum a few days ago, and thought that I would try this one. WC seems to be a bit more relaxed.
Anyways, Kathy, are you from Arkansas? I am from beautiful downton Hot Springs. Summer home to Al Capone, place where Wyatt Earp got thrown out of a bar for drunkenness, formerly known as Little Las Vegas (prostitution and gambling were legal here til the 60's)
I am a newbie- just warning you about all of the newbie and redundant questions you all are in for.
I'm a 25 year old waitress. I started in the beadworld with seed beads- in fact I have a couple of project articles in the works for Beadwork magazine. My boyfriend and I both use the torch (oh, the fights for torch time). He is a fiber optics installer with his own networking business.
Well, I have been long winded enough.

07-19-2002, 01:49 PM
Welcome to WC, Allison! :clap:


07-19-2002, 04:56 PM
Hi! My name is Cinda and I'm also addicted to beads! But I know I'd rather have beads than a 12 step program!:) javascript:smilie(':)')

I live in San Antonio, Texas now, but am an Air Force brat and have lived literally from coast to coast!

Like many of you here I also love animals. Right now the only pet in the house is a big German Shepard named Leia (like the princess in Star Wars), who thinks she is a 85 lb. lap dog! I have in the past also bred and sold cockateils, had many other dogs, and lots of fish (up to 13 aquariums at a timejavascript:smilie(':eek:')
eek! ).

I have been wanting to learn how to make beads for about 2 years now, but just got my kit about two months ago. Since I am getting my house fixed up to sell I have only had the chance to sit and make beads five times. Attached is a picture of wonky beads I made (last Saturday). My first bead class is next Saturday at Heritage Glass in New Braunfels, TX. I am sooo excited!!!

My love affair with art started at an early age, in fact so early I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't been involved in something creative, starting with sewing and photography. Since then I have tried just about every art form I could reasonably get my hands on, including but not limited to: clay (wheel, coil etc...), watercolor, oil, collage, jewelry making, doll repainting, dollhouse building, dollhouse accessories and dollhouse furniture. Sometimes I even sell my creations!

Well, enuf about me already!


nice to meet ya'll!


07-19-2002, 05:04 PM
Oops, sorry couldn't get the picture up, maybe this time!

07-19-2002, 05:17 PM
Hi to all of our new members and fellow addicts. Harold is the official welcomer on this site.....well, unofficial but, I sarted this thread so, I wanted to say hello. Show us your beads!

07-19-2002, 05:43 PM
Hi Cinda, welcome to WC! Nice beginner beads...have fun at your class! :clap:


07-19-2002, 06:50 PM
Hi, I'm Shari and I'm a glassaholic. (Everybody all together now: "Hi, Shari.") This is a little (gulp) scary for me--I'm a great lurker, but not much of a poster. I'm new to WC, have lurked forever on ISGB, the hotglass list, and other glass lists. I've been flamed so many times that I've learned to keep my darn mouth (fingers?) closed. But this group seems pretty sociable--I haven't seen a flame yet!

My addiction started with stained glass back about 1990, and I've been melting glass for 3 years. I've got a Minor plus a simple National 3A to make pyrex sculptures. Every spare minute is spent on the torch.

I'm 45, married to a workaholic (who is glad I've got my glass to keep me busy while he works), and we've got one adorable gray fuzzy "child" named Sam. In my "real" life I'm an executive recruiter in Salt Lake City.

Love this group--especially the "here's what I've done and how I did it" posts! Thanks!


and if the photo worked, here's Sam:

ok, no photo. Obviously I'm technically challenged. Picture gray, regal, and gorgeous!

07-19-2002, 07:09 PM
I'm still trying to get a photo posted...let's see if I got it figured out this time. Heeeerreeeee's Sammmmmmmy!

07-19-2002, 07:18 PM
Shari, I already said hello to you in another post, so I will welcome Sammy in this one! ;) Glad you came out of lurk mode!


07-19-2002, 07:24 PM
Thanks Beth! Good to see an "old friend" here!

07-19-2002, 07:29 PM
What a pretty kitty, Shari! I love his eyes. I love the "this is how I did it" posts too ... and the sociable atmosphere on WC!

WELCOME to all the other people who have posted intros on this post ... even a couple of guys! (Thanks George and Kristian for being 'brave' enough to post ... hmmmmm, when will we hear from Mikey, Harold, Richard, David .... ????) Ann, I wanted to comment on your view ... WoW! That's really something.

Mary (who hasn't posted any how-tos or pics yet as I'm brand new to all of this)

07-19-2002, 07:31 PM
Hey Shari,

I'm part of the "Welcoming & Admiring Committee" here...have had to delay my glass-melting until a later date.



Cheryl Reeves
07-19-2002, 11:04 PM
Ok, I have been wanting to do this since this post first came up so here I go…

Both myself and my Fiancée, (or DH) Craig, torch. I started about 3 ½ years ago now, but did not have a place to torch too often, so I really didn’t start spending much time on the torch until about 2 ½ years ago.

Craig has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, then spent time in the Air Force in Vietnam. He came back to the states, got out of the military and went to chiropractic school. He has been practicing chiropractic in Las Vegas for 22 years now.

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, attended UNLV on a music scholarship (what was I thinking) and I now run Craig’s office.

Craig has built us a studio so that we can torch together, and it is where we go to relax after a long day. http://www.reevesstudios.com/torch.jpg (pic of studio)

We have 3 dogs, one cat, 2 sugar gliders, 2 newts, and fish (I think that’s everyone), we refer to them as our kids. :D

We have purchased a new house within the last 2 years and torching has kept us from finishing it. So when we are not torching Craig is working on finishing the pool in the back and I’m trying to get the inside finished.

We will be attending the Gathering in Alexandria and we are looking forward to meeting everyone.


Oh ya, and what a great board WC is!!!:clap:

07-19-2002, 11:29 PM
Welcome all...The more the merrier, as someone once said.It raelly is so wonderful to see so glass people!

thanks MarySarah, it's an amazing view, in a tiny peaceful town...Ridgway Colorado.

S. L. Benson
07-20-2002, 04:30 AM
Hi All,

I Love this site!!!

There is so much positive energy :cool:

I'm 37 years old. My name is Susan aka delightfultreasures, I'm married, and have been for almost nine years to an absolutely wonderful man; we have 4 children 12, 13, and 2 - 15 year olds. 3 cats ( Troubles, Kinko, and Snowball - aka Spaz ), and 1 dog ( Pooh ).

I first discovered lampwork beads on eBay and have been totally facinated ever since. Of course my fasination led me to investigation, and from there I've been creating lampwork beads full time ever since, about 1 1/2 years now, give or take a little. It's an absolute dream, and I thank the good Lord every day for blessing me with such an awsome talent, and for allowing me the opprotunity to meet so many other wonderful lampwork artists.

Have an awsome weekend :)

aka delightfultreasures

S. L. Benson
07-20-2002, 04:34 AM
The picture above is out cat Troubles.

This is a picture of Kinko, and Snowball, aka Spaz.....

07-20-2002, 05:52 AM
Welcome Susan!

How's the torch?? Good to see you here, and everyone else, of course. I'm really enjoying this board, everyone is so friendly and open!


07-20-2002, 12:06 PM
Welcome to our latest batch of de-lurkers. You'll enjoy this forum. You're right, it's friendly and lots of positve energy.

07-20-2002, 12:07 PM
Hi. I introduced myself long ago in this thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=47940) So, you can go take a look at it.

To add a little more, I'm a stay at home mom with a 16 month old son who is the love of my life (other than my husband). Currently, I'm focusing on breaking into commission work for portraiture, but have every intention of getting my torch lit (some day).

One of these days, I'll get around to posting the handfull of sad little beads that I've made. Until then, you can take a look in the colored pencil forum if you want to see my current work in progress.

07-21-2002, 12:53 PM
Originally posted by MarySarah
What a pretty kitty, Shari! I love his eyes. I love the "this is how I did it" posts too ... and the sociable atmosphere on WC!

WELCOME to all the other people who have posted intros on this post ... even a couple of guys! (Thanks George and Kristian for being 'brave' enough to post ... hmmmmm, when will we hear from Mikey, Harold, Richard, David .... ????) Ann, I wanted to comment on your view ... WoW! That's really something.

Mary (who hasn't posted any how-tos or pics yet as I'm brand new to all of this)

If you had all the answers...would you still be interested?

07-21-2002, 02:05 PM
Hi Cheryl & Susan, welcome to WC! :clap: :clap:

Susan, cute critters...we love critter pics here!


Ellen Altamore
07-21-2002, 05:57 PM
Hi All!!! My name is Ellen Altamore. I live in southwest Michigan and have been making beads for 4 1/2 years. I credit bead making for saving my emotional well being. I came to it shortly after the death of my very best, life long, friend died suddenly. I'm not sure what would have become of me if I hadn't found glass and fire :-)
Gosh, that sounded much more dramatic than I intended but I felt it needed to be said; this art we all love can be very healing.
I look forward to a future of exchanging ideas with everyone here. I've learned a ton on the ISGB forum and expect the same thing to happen here.
Oh, forgot to mention - I'm 53, married almost 34 years with one grown son. I'm a Sign Language Interpreter, employed by the local public school system and I love to read murder mysteries!!!

07-21-2002, 06:06 PM
Welcome to WC Ellen:clap:

And to all in this list that I might have missed:
WELCOME to WC:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

07-21-2002, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Ellen Altamore
I'm a Sign Language Interpreter, employed by the local public school system and I love to read murder mysteries!!!

Hi Ellen,
My sister is an interpreter with the Eastern NC School for the Deaf. My mother has worked with the deaf for 30 some years as well and my father taught history at the same school many years ago. It's amazing, I have been around this all my life and have never learned sign language. It has just never sunk in.

Welcome all!!!!!

07-21-2002, 08:28 PM
I'm Baccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

We love critters here?

I wonder is a dog is considered a critter?

And NO! I don't dislike cats!

Wife has 2 of them.

I also want to welcome all the newbe's we have here that have joined this wonderful place. Pull up a comfortable chair, get yourself a cold one. and enjoy everything WC has to offer.


07-21-2002, 08:36 PM
[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by MarySarah

I am enjoying reading about everyone who has posted. Where are the 'boys' introductions? C'mon Harold, David, Richard and any other males ... we'd like to hear a little more about y'all too!

Nothing really interesting about me Mary Sarah, So I'm not going to bore you with an introduction. I love working with glass. (beats watching TV)

Hows that?


Kathy Champion
07-21-2002, 08:38 PM
It's great to hear about and from so many lampworkers! Thanks everyone for sharing a bit of themselves!!

Misty said it best....WC is truly like being at the Water Cooler!

By the way, Cheryl....I'm so jealous of your studio! It looks so professional and bright!

Thanks again,


07-21-2002, 08:42 PM
Welcome back Richard...Harold passing a brew to Richard:cool:

07-21-2002, 08:47 PM
I hope it's a Miller Lite! with a frosted glass too.

either that or a Glennlivett on the rocks.
(make that a double on the rocks)

07-21-2002, 09:36 PM
Hi Sue (snooze), Judith, ELZbeads, Ingrid, Linda (firebeads), Wendy, Mari, Deb Kouri, Melinda Melanson, George, AllisonE, Cinda, Shari (@Illusions), Cheryl Reeves, Susan (love the kitties!), and Ellen Altamore!

Whew! Hope I didn't forget anyone! If I did just throw something at me (preferably beads!)

Welcome to WC everyone!!! (the watercooler:D)


07-21-2002, 09:48 PM
Hello, I'm Nancy and I love glass.......stained, fused and lampworking. Although I don't get enough time to do any of it as I would like. I'm 48, live with my husband of 3 years in the foothills west of Denver. I am a letter carrier, and love being outside all that I can.
I am still using a hot head, as I only get the chance to make beads maybe every other month. Not enough time in the day.
Because of my beads, I purchased a kiln and taught myself fusing and made the glass bracelets. I don't know how to post pictures yet.
I recently found this forum and I'm glad. I have read alot of post from people here that were on the ISGB board, and it is nice to put a face to the person. I hope to have my picture up soon.
This is a VERY friendly forum!!! I love it!
Thanks for reading. Nancy:p

07-21-2002, 10:06 PM
Hi all,
My name is Marty. I am sure I have met (talked to) a lot of you on the bead chat room. I live in West Virginia, am a male, 45 years old, never married. and have worked close to 25 years in the unemployment office here in West Virginia. I discovered beading almost by accident. My dad makes musical instruments, and I was with him at a craft fair about 2 years ago, and there was a woman there who made beads. My mom was making necklaces at the time, so when the beadmaker asked me if I wanted to try my hand at beadmaking, I jumped at the chance. That was all it took. I was hooked from that day on. Oh - I guess you can tell by my signon name, I like Star Trek.
Marty (or Data, Worf, No. 1, _Q_, borg................)

07-21-2002, 10:11 PM
Hi Nancy and Data, er I'm mean Marty!:D Welcome to wetcanvas!!!

07-22-2002, 12:45 AM
Hi Everyone,

At the risk of making Valorie fall off her chair with surprise (yes, we are mother and daughter) I will introduce myself. I live in Las Vegas, NV and have two beautiful daughters. Valorie Cox who you have met and Sabrina who lives in Vermont. They are the joy of my life along with my second husband Dan who is a musician, painter and writer.

I have had a long time love affair with glass. First starting with stained glass which evolved to glass fusing. The trouble with the dichroic glass fusing was that in the beginning, I ended up with boxes of small glass squares without a clue about what I could do with them. I decided that I could bead around them so I signed up for a beginning class at the local bead store. My first beading lesson started at 10:00am. By 10:45 I had successfully threaded my needle five times, poked myself numerous times and given new meaning to the term "reverse engineering". I was not what you could call a natural. I loved the beads but they didn't love me. They squirmed, they rolled, they hid and they jumped off the table. My instructor went out for a cigarette and I glued a smile on my face and blundered forward. In time the beads and fused pieces grew to love one another in an asymmetrical kind of way.

I made a trip to PA a few months ago. Val lives there with her great husband and kids. We took a day to explore the Amish country and came back with antique bottons and found pieces. As we spread our little treasurers on the table we thought that it would be fun to collaborate on some pieces. With help from so many of you and many hours at her torch, Valorie is making wonderful beads and having the time of her life...

Dan is about to retire. The girls wanted us to live closer to them so Sabrina found us a little house on a hill in Vermont. We bought it sight unseen, put our Las Vegas house up for sale and went to VT last week to see what we bought. We will be happy there. We are two desert rats who haven't seen trees or water for 30 years. Everybody here thinks we are nuts. Sounds like a good enough reason to leave to me. I've tried sanity for years.... It's not what it's cracked up to be.

I'm not a lampwork artist but I need and support all of you in your wonderful journey with glass. Thank you all for making this forum such a special place.


07-22-2002, 07:45 AM
Welcome to WC Val's mom!


07-22-2002, 07:52 AM
Welcome everyone and welcome Val's Mom! That is so kewl that we have a mother-daughter team....envious.

07-22-2002, 09:24 AM
This is a good opportunity for lurkers to come out.
Hello, everyone.
My name is Karen and I've been doing torchwork about 4 years. My home computer is really old and I don't have the stuff to post pictures (yet) because I spend any spare money on more glass and glass toys.
I USED to enjoy reading, drawing, gardening and a whole bunch of other stuff until I got into glass. One thing that hasn't fallen by the wayside is animal related things--I have 2 dogs, 7, maybe 8 cats, a turtle, lizard, fish... All of the animals are from my Humane Sociey work--foster cats that I couldn't give up and I'm struggling with my heart on keeping number 8, Liaton---that's "no tail" since it was amputated after he was found abandoned and mangled. (He's fine now and seems to fit right in).
So I'm on my way to becoming that stereotypical little old lady with the herd of cats since I'll turn fifty this year.
I have 2 children, Mark and Lindsey aged 20 and 18 respectively and I'm an art teacher, a job I usually enjoy very much.
Laura Brito told me about this forum and I'd like to thank her--I love this place!
My best to you all,

07-22-2002, 11:35 AM
Welcome to WC Ellen, Nancy, Marty, Sylvia, & Karen!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

...wondering if Valorie fell off her chair...

07-22-2002, 12:36 PM
I wanted to introduce myself too! :) I live in St. Louis, am married with 2 great kids (Geoffrey and Emily) who are 11 and 9, and am currently working as a computer specialist in an elementary school, but am attending UMSL and finishing up my teaching certificate so I can teach German, Spanish or maybe Home-Ec?

Anyway, I got the bug last summer when I saw a demonstration of lampworking on a TV craft show. I also remember that I used to watch the "glass guy" at the mall when I was a teenager when he made those little glass animals, and I thought it was so Kewl! I thought I would do something like that some day. Then I turned 40 and wondered, what am I waiting for? LOL

I have used a hothead since Aug., but really am frustrated with it, and am getting a Lynx this week! Yippee! I did take one class, from Erna Garber here in St. Louis, and found the SLLS, St. Louis Lampworker's Society.

Also bought an oxy concentrator on ebay and some more glass to play with, and can't wait 'till it all gets here! I've been reading this forum a bit, and have already learned a lot from you folks...

Just wanted to say thanks in advance!

07-22-2002, 12:41 PM
How great to put bio/info and faces to all the names I recognize from Ebay auctions, personal web sites and forum contributions. My turn...We are SueZeeQ, Jim and Sue Zabritski, from near New Orleans. I've been making jewelry for a few years, ever since I watched my sister put together a cute memory wire bracelet and then immediately sell it in her Sitka gift shop for $$$. I thought, Wow, I can do that! And thus a bead fanatic was born. Jim started making lampwork beads when he saw me spending so much for them, and as a possibly lucrative hobby in retirement. He has taken some classes...from Jan Burrows here in New Orleans, and from Sage and Tom Holland at their Ark. bead camp, and follows tutorials like the Jim Smircich Raised Combed Bead in Lapidary Journal, Kate the Great videos, etc. And I stand behind him with a whip (he is my bead slave) and 'encourage' him to step beyond his comfort zone.

Lately we have been interested in large hole beads and couldn't find any mandrels...so he bought industrial stainless steel and we've gone into mandrel production. Who woulda thought retirement could be so busy. My house has never been this dirty!

The picture is of our side kick, Nickie, a rescued generic white dog, possibly Lhasa/Shi Tzu mix. She was invited to lunch by the owners of a restaurant on top of a mountain near Palmer, Alaska.

Oh, one other thing...I think it's just great to put WC! in our Ebay auction titles and descriptions...this could lead to something big!
Sue & Jim

07-22-2002, 12:44 PM
Welcome to WC, Patti!


07-22-2002, 12:45 PM
Welcome to WC, Jim & Sue! :clap: :clap: Cute dog! :cat: You might want to discuss the auction thing with someone here at WC first.


Judy in MN
07-22-2002, 12:51 PM
My name is Judy, and I'm a beadaholic.

I started with beadwork several years ago when my mom taught me to make floral canes to put on polymer clay beads. I made many and sold several sets to friends and coworkers (not counting how many I gave away). I went to a local bead shop to find a magazine that had an article about polymer clay (Bead & Button) and got hooked on glass beads--pressed and seed. I've made and sold quite a bit of beaded jewelry and created a Web site with directions for making beaded Christmas ornaments. I've also "infected" many people with the bead bug (my "biker" friends, nieces, friends, and my latest conquest--my younger sister). But I wanted more. I wanted to make my own beads.

At a bead society retreat weekend, a friend said she had a Hothead kit and was underwhelmed so I bought it for a good price, ordered Cindy Jenkins' book, and went at it. I loved it! I have now upgraded to a Minor burner, bought an AF99 kiln with digital controller, and have been slowly stockpiling glass and videos. I was lucky enough to take a class with Don McKinney while visiting my mother in Arizona last year.

My torch time is severely limited by the crazy number of hours I work (I've been a course developer, technical writer, and currently working on skills enablement materials for sales and marketing folks, including facilitating workshops to build sales collateral) and the number of other activities I enjoy. I have two motorcycles (DH has four!) that I don't get to ride nearly enough, I also make baskets, quilts, spin and knit.

But I'm obsessed with making beads so I try to make at least a little time to heat up some glass each day.

I'm 44, married for 4 years to the man I thought I'd never find, and we share our house with a once-feral cat who is now a big creampuff. I'm lucky to have a life partner who encourages my artistic endeavors (even though I don't consider myself an artist), and in fact, everything I do. We live just outside Rochester, MN.

Here's the cat, Gizmo, enjoying her sunny spot in the living room: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jul-2002/gizsm.jpg

07-22-2002, 12:58 PM
Hi Judy, welcome to WC! :clap: Everyone has an inner artist...just gotta find the right medium(s) in which to express it. Love the creampuff! :clap:


07-22-2002, 01:02 PM
Originally posted by macbeth7
Welcome to WC, Jim & Sue! :clap: :clap: Cute dog! :cat: You might want to discuss the auction thing with someone here at WC first.


Hi Beth, Somewhere..I'm still trying to figure out this whole website!...I read about some artists here already doing this. You put WC! in your title, and something like " Search for other WetCanvas artists by putting WC! in your search" into your description. I have started doing it. There is another lampwork artist and several fine arts artist doing it also. I think it's a real bonding experience.
Sue Z

07-22-2002, 01:08 PM
Hi Sue,

Guess I haven't gotten to that part of this site yet...just too much to explore here!


Bead Realm
07-22-2002, 01:42 PM
Hi Everyone, My name is Brenda. I've been hanging around for awhile but could never post due to computer problems. A big thank you to Cindy(laughing glass beads) for getting it all cleared up for me. I Live in Cedar Rapids,Iowa, hi MarySarah! A little over a year ago I got my first lesson from my sister Sandy. I would love to take classes, someday. I'm addicted to hollow beads. I'm 43, married for 5 years to a normal man that excepts my glass addiction! Have a son (Bryce-24),daughter (Breann-22), stepchildren (Josh-21), (Jessie-18) and five little dogs, and to think that I'm not on medication! After getting out of the dental field of 10 years. as a dental asst. my husband and I started our Aqua Massage business at the mall. Thank god for my laptop so I can check in on the forum. My husband is an Electrician and I work long hours, so I make beads in my studio (garage) when I can. I like that word, studio. I have been in some bead exchanges and just got my latest beads back. I have some gorgeous beads from some of you ladies and Jeff. Thanks a bunch for sharing your beautiful beads. Amy Johnson from Canada- thanks again for your amazing bead, you need to post a picture for all to see!


07-22-2002, 02:06 PM
Hi Brenda,

Welcome to WC! :clap:


07-22-2002, 04:08 PM
oh, ackkk! i just wrote out my intro and it got lost because my internet connection had died!! :crying:

o.k., i'm copying this baby before i hit 'preview'! :cool:

first of all, it's been so great reading everyones intro... i've loved getting to know so many people whom i've seen either on ebay, here, or the isgb forum!

i'm 46 years old... i grew up in waynesboro, virginia; graduated from virginia tech with a b.s. in forestry, and worked for a few years as a forester before i decided that i liked trees *way* too much for that line of work! so, when i was about 25, i went off in search of the meaning of life... i met my husband when i was 31, and more or less 'settled down'. i can't say enough good stuff about my dh and fourteen year old son-- they are truly great human beings and they've taught me more or less everything that i know about life!

three years ago i went back to work full time teaching, and that's when my fascination with lampworking began. i couldn't work full time and keep doing seed bead work- it was just too time consuming and tedious. at school i teach the behavior problem kids that everyone else has thrown up their hands over. i love these kids and genuinely feel privileged to be able to hang out with them and learn from them, but it can be a wild ride! i needed something that was not teeny tiny, yet colorful and immediate... enter lampworking! as i've said in another post, i wasn't immediately thrilled with the results of my endeavors, and it was mostly my dh's encouragement that kept me going in the early days. but once i discovered enamels, reduction frit, metals, and a reduction flame, that was it. i felt i had really found a way to create what was inside of me.

so, what i've been going to school for is a special education teaching credential... and that's been a time consuming process. fortunately i'm in the home stretch, which is good because i'm pretty tired out from working, going to school and fitting in time for lampworking. i *have* to make stuff... it doesn't seem to be a choice for me... so i'm looking forward to the time when i'll have more time just for making stuff!

these days i live beside a creek in the beautiful high desert of northeastern california. i love trees, rocks, water, bugs, animals, sweet smelling air-- you name it, if it's in the natural world it is important to me, and it's my main source of inspiration!!!

thanks to everyone here on WC! for your support and the inspiration you've given me... i *really* appreciate it!!!

lynne (oh, and i forgot to say that i love jelly bellys :D )

07-22-2002, 05:56 PM
I am sooooo losing track. Welcome to everyone I haven't welcomed yet!

07-22-2002, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by NewCreation
I am sooooo losing track. Welcome to everyone I haven't welcomed yet!

The unique tinyheads help me:D

07-22-2002, 06:45 PM
This thread got so long, I didn't really want to add to it, but once I saw my mom (Sylvia) made her intro, and Beth-B2 let me know I could post a cat photo...I'm here!

Here is my favorite kitty, Oscar getting through this summer heat wave we're having in PA. He stayed in for 20 minutes this time, and has been swimming many times since. When he's not swimming, he with me melting glass.

Oh, I've been melting glass a short time, always been an artist, 43, great husband, kids, lots of pets.


07-22-2002, 07:29 PM
Ok, one more, then I'll stop! It was really hot that day, and Lulu went for a swim also. She's also a great studio pet!


07-23-2002, 03:06 AM
I just love Lulu and Oscar - what a riot! So, Val, do Lulu and Oscar get along? Or does Oscar view Lulu as Guinea Pig - the other white meat? I'm betting they're pals...


07-24-2002, 07:18 PM
Wow Lynne...Waynesboro...I'm from Winchester, VA...went to UVA...small world!


07-24-2002, 07:20 PM
Val, of course pet pictures are welcome...encouraged even! I saw those pictures before, but they are definitely worth another look....love it!


07-24-2002, 07:22 PM
Val, I think you ought to post them on the Cafe forum - that way a lot of folks can see them! They are great!


07-24-2002, 07:25 PM
I just sent them to Brian at work...with all of these long hours he's been putting in lately, he could use the cheer-up!


Shirley C.
07-24-2002, 07:33 PM
Sue, that picture of Nickie sitting at the table made me laugh out loud!

Love everyone's fur kids - even the fur kids that don't have fur!

07-24-2002, 08:04 PM
Have to show a picture of my grandpuppy...yes, my kids only have dogs. This one is the 100 pound puppy, Beaux...for 'Thibadeaux Beauregard Down the Bayou', a very happy yellow lab who is part dumb jock and part lap dog.
Love the pet pics!!!
Sue Z

07-24-2002, 08:07 PM
I promise this is the last. My other grandpuppies who live in Phoenix. "Men in Black" fans will love these...Zoe and Bug. Zoe is a pug (I don't think her feet have ever touched the ground), and Bug is a French Bull Dog ( a bowling ball on steroids)

Shirley C.
07-24-2002, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by SueZeeQ
...for 'Thibadeaux Beauregard Down the Bayou', ...Sue Z

Careful what you say here...
my maiden name is Thibodeau. ;)

Love the pix!

07-24-2002, 11:05 PM
Beth- I grew up in Crozet, VA just across the Mtn. from Waynesboro, and right outside Charlottesville. I went to JMU. I met my hubby while he was in grad school at UVA.

07-24-2002, 11:15 PM
I would like to introduce you to our son, Sam. He was adopted six years ago, and is the smartest, best companion pet we've ever had! His Mom is a Pomeranian, his dad [s] Golden Retriever and Border Collie......
He stays well under my worktable to keep me company while I work.
Doggie Hugs!

07-25-2002, 10:14 AM
I'm probably one of the best lurkers out there - I read everything, but very rarely respond :) However, I thought I would finally introduce myself after reading this fabulous new board for few weeks!

My name is Janet Booth and I'm from Northern VA - Manassas area to be exact. I am married, with 2 kids, 6 & 9, a horse, cat, dog, bird and fish. I work full time as a "technology consultant" and try to make beads as often as possible, although I haven't had much of a chance over the past month.

I'm fairly new to beadmaking, started on a hothead in January, and moved to a minor in May (best thing I've done!)
I started with stained glass about 7 years ago, found my way into fusing about 3-4 years ago. For Christmas this year my mother bought me a beautiful dichroic bead from an artist in Vermont (don't know her name) and my husband bought me a book about beadmaking -- it was meant to be!

I talked my mom into an early birthday present and in January bought a Hot Head Starter kit (BTW, my birthday is in May :D )- it was all downhill from there!!! I've not taken any classes as of yet, but have scheduled one with Kate Fowle in the fall - I can't wait! My non-bead friends call me a pyromaniac and think I'm going to blow up my house, but all want me to make beads for them!

Since the gathering will be in Alexandria VA this year, I couldn't resist signing up, although I have a feeling it may be a bit overwhelming! So hopefully I'll get a chance to meet some of you there.

I'd like to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people that are soo willing to share their knowledge - I learn every day I read. This is truly a geat group of people - although a little off the wall if I might say ;) - that's probably what I like the best.


Shirley C.
07-25-2002, 10:31 AM
Originally posted by JEB
... I'm fairly new to beadmaking, started on a hothead in January, and moved to a minor in May (best thing I've done!)
I started with stained glass about 7 years ago, found my way into fusing about 3-4 years ago. For Christmas this year my mother bought me a beautiful dichroic bead from an artist in Vermont (don't know her name) and my husband bought me a book about beadmaking -- it was meant to be!

I talked my mom into an early birthday present and in January bought a Hot Head Starter kit (BTW, my birthday is in May :D )- it was all downhill from there!!! I've not taken any classes as of yet, but have scheduled one with Kate Fowle in the fall - I can't wait! My non-bead friends call me a pyromaniac and think I'm going to blow up my house, but all want me to make beads for them!

Since the gathering will be in Alexandria VA this year, I couldn't resist signing up, although I have a feeling it may be a bit overwhelming! So hopefully I'll get a chance to meet some of you there.

I'd like to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people that are soo willing to share their knowledge - I learn every day I read. This is truly a geat group of people - although a little off the wall if I might say ;) - that's probably what I like the best.


Welcome, Janet! Your timing sounds a lot like mine - just pushed out a few years. I got a beadmaking book for Christmas, took a class in January, got my kiln at the end of April, and went to the Oakland gathering in August. And yes, I was overwhelmed at the gathering and it was one of the best experiences I had ever had. So prepare yourself to have a ball!

You'll really enjoy the class with Kate Fowle - she's terrific!

Hope we get a chance to meet up in Alexandria.

07-25-2002, 10:33 AM
Welcome to WC, Janet! We started beadmaking about the same time and I know what you mean about the non-bead friends thinking you're a pyro... One friend can't leave my house without saying "please don't burn down the house!" (Oh, OK, hadn't thought of that, but you're probably right, best not to...) Others just thought I'd taken leave of my senses and rolled their eyes whenever I said - "well, gotta go torch now..." But they've all adjusted ;)

Technology Consultant, huh. Having been a, uh, Technology Consultant for past 10 years with my own training and consulting company, I know EXACTLY what the means :D Just teasing...we consultants get SUCH a bad rap. Well, ex-consultant in my case.

Lots of computer geeks in lampwork and/or spouses of computer geeks. And, yes, we all are a tad, uh, bent...

Post pics when you can!

B2 (Beth)

Shirley C.
07-25-2002, 12:20 PM
Thanks B2, you've just given me an excuse for my "bent" behavior.

07-25-2002, 12:27 PM
oh, so *that's* the reason! :D

welcome, janet!


07-25-2002, 03:37 PM
Hi Amy,

I lived near Crozet the last 2 years I was in the area...about a mile down 250 after the turn-off for 240. My doggie went to the Crozet vet for a few years before that even, ever since she was a puppy. Can't forget the trips to Crozet Pizza either! :D


07-25-2002, 03:38 PM
Glad you de-lurked, Janet...keep on posting! :clap:


07-25-2002, 06:08 PM
Hi there. I'm Emily. I just wandered over from the ISGB forum, and I've been mouthing off there for long enough that most of you already "know" me by now. I'm going to the Gathering (next week!), so I'll get to meet some of you in person.

I'm 42, and yes, it hurts to say that. I live in a tiny rowhouse in center city Philadelphia with two cats. Nefret is an Egyptian Mau and Sasha is an animal shelter special. I've never been married. (I make mistakes -- I just don't marry them.) I work as a federal prosecutor. When I'm not reading the forum, I can look out my office window and watch red-tailed hawks circling the bell tower of Independence Hall. (The hawks fly around Independence Hall, but actually live down the street at City Hall, because there are more rats down there. I am not making this up.)

I'm an avid scuba diver, but I refuse to dive in cold water, so I get to go diving only one or two times a year. (Don't talk to me about Jaws -- I'll stick up for the shark.) Yes, of course I make fish beads. I'm struggling to teach myself to make hollow beads, so that some day I can take a class from Pam Dugger.

I started lampworking almost exactly two years ago, when I took Kate Fowle's beginner class. I took her intermediate "bells & whistles" class about six months later. I work on a Minor with an oxygen concentrator in a dank and disgusting basement (which I'd like to call the "torcher chamber," but no one else seems to think that's funny.)

Here's a picture of my girls in a quiet moment. Don't be fooled - there are plenty of moments when they're trying to kill each other, too.


07-25-2002, 06:19 PM
Hi Patti (paskon), Karen (KWoj), Sylvia (Valorie's mom:D ), SueZeeQ, Judy in MN, Brenda (Bead Realm), Janet (JEB), and Emily! Welcome to WetCanvas everyone!!!

07-25-2002, 06:48 PM
Hi Emily, welcome to WC! :clap: Cute critters! At least they hang out sometimes...ours would never go very near each other, but at least that meant they never fought!


07-25-2002, 10:41 PM
Beth- Did you ever go to the Crozet Arts & Crafts festival? I grew up right down the street from there & my Mom and her best friend founded that show.
YAY Crozet Pizza! Can you believe they have a Dairy Queen now?

07-26-2002, 01:30 PM

I never heard about the Crozet Arts & Crafts festival until a few years ago. Guess I was living in my own little world back then! :p How long has it been going on now? DQ...yikes, they're "big town" now!


07-26-2002, 01:42 PM

I am Kaye ~koregon, 41...soon to be 42 in November...married to the same guy forever...well 23 years...met in high school...and the rest is history. He also makes beads...learned from watching me. I took my lampwork class on Super Bowl Sunday this year...and had vivid dreams for the whole week I waited for my order to arrive from Franz...in color! the dreams :-) well when my husband helped me set up my torch and get all ready...I actually made a perfect donut hole bead...I have been making beads everyday for so many hours ever since..unless something calls me away for the day.

I was always lucky enough for my husband to bring home enough money to be a stay at home mom, which was wonderful, especially since I had a bed ridden mother at the time also...and could visit her during school hours. Well the kids grew up...and my mom passed away...I had to do something...since I had a love of jewelry...I took up jewelry making...and became extrememly addicted to beads...tackle box after tackle box..until it became a room in the house. I found eBay a year and half ago and began selling my jewelry on line and did well....but then I found lampwork beads...another form of bead...and my love for them drove me to find that class I took Super Bowl Sunday. Now I concentrate on make lampwork beads...along with my husband ...who works all day and comes home to unwind at the torch and make a set each day himself. I love the fact that I can never stop learning...and never have to repeat myself when making beads unless I want to. And Beads sell so much better than jewelry...a 99.9% rate of sales...which is great.

I love to Kayak and camp...inflatable kayaks for me...the hard kind for my husband. I love to read...historical and romance...I love my cat...and outdoor cats...Scadoobie my cat...well He is my baby...eBay heled save his life last year...$1,000 it took to fix him up and he is a well cat again, out hunting daily..smoozing nightly. I have two dogs...one old one young...and live on two acres of paradise...well at least to me and my husband...we have so much inspiration with the wildlife and water life we have out our back door.

Well I hope you know a bit more about me now...if ya need to know more...just ask :-)

Kaye ~koregon

07-26-2002, 01:48 PM
Welcome to WC, Kaye! :clap:

...already did this in another thread, but another time won't hurt...

07-26-2002, 01:54 PM
Thanks everyone for the welcome...Kaye

07-26-2002, 01:58 PM
Cute kitty, Kaye! I have a friend whose cat loves the sink too...must be the cool of the porcelain?


07-26-2002, 04:41 PM
Here are my kitties; the tuxedo cat on the roof (no, its not a tin roof, but it is hot! G) is Gatica, and she loves sinks too! They are just the right size to lay down in. She doesn't care if they are wet or dirty or not...

Yesterday we were at the Vet and she jumped right into the sink and stayed there the whole time! I think she felt safe in there. The Vet did part of her exam with her in the sink.

The other 2 are Pearl, the gorgous fluffy white thing, and Midnight the mysterious (our stray black cat.)

http://pic1.picturetrail.com:80/VOL103/635992/1016881/11816228.jpg http://pic1.picturetrail.com:80/VOL103/635992/1016881/11816252.jpg http://pic1.picturetrail.com:80/VOL103/635992/1016881/11816308.jpg :cat:

Ok, I'm just piddling around because I have a Lynx, oxy concentrator, and propane tank in the basement waiting to be put together...I have no idea why I'm so nervous about getting them set up! :confused: Wish me luck!:)


07-26-2002, 04:45 PM
I also don't know why the pictures didn't show up instead of a URL.....I clicked on IMG and put in the URL.....

Sigh. Must get going on that Lynx!

In hot and steamy St. Louis

07-26-2002, 04:49 PM
Welcome to WC Patti:clap:

The following link might help you.
Posting pic question

Originally posted by paskon
I also don't know why the pictures didn't show up instead of a URL.....I clicked on IMG and put in the URL.....

Sigh. Must get going on that Lynx!

In hot and steamy St. Louis

07-26-2002, 06:06 PM
Welcome to WC, Patti! :clap: Cute kitties! If you have any questions about setting your stuff up, this is a great place to ask!


07-29-2002, 05:29 PM
I could take pictures of our animals but, I think this little guy might be appericated more.

07-29-2002, 06:01 PM
He's too cute Harold, you do good work!

07-29-2002, 10:01 PM
Originally posted by Harold
I could take pictures of our animals but, I think this little guy might be appericated more.

He looks just like Dad! What a sweetie!

So, Harold - how did you get you tinyhead to blink???


07-29-2002, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by b2beads

He looks just like Dad! What a sweetie!

So, Harold - how did you get you tinyhead to blink???


Thank you Betty and B2 for the kind words about Zachary...he just turned 10 months and is starting to talk...pride and joy.

B2...the tinyhead is really 2 graphics that I have combined into 1 GIF file. The first image is the original and the second is the same but with the background removed. They display for about 1 second each and then loop...causing the blink effect.
I would be more than happy to create one for you if you provide the images? This is another Art form I enjoy...I can't always work with glass because of the Mr. Mom title.

07-29-2002, 11:02 PM
Harold....he is sooooo adorable..... I wish mine were little again. Especially my 2 year old.... why can't I fast forward to 4?? The terrible twos are a little too terrible right now....


07-30-2002, 04:59 AM
Hi, my name is Pauline aka Jazzy Lily I live in England, passionate about glass beads and cats, although sadly no cats in my home at present but I share next doors!

Jazzy Lily was a name I heard some one use to describe a person wearing bright and colourful clothes. I have always been excited about colour, and especially coloured glass. Even before my glass beadmaking course in 1998 had started I knew that I had found my ultimate passion. The sheer challenge of heating glass and shaping it into miniature works of art which can be then worn I still find somewhat magical.

I have been very lucky to have attending classes with some great beadmakers firstly Diana East who constantly keeps me inspired, Kate Drew-Wilkinson, Kate Fowle who helped me work successfully with dichroic glass and Nancy Tobey and her inspiring work with borosilicate glass.

During 2001 I began teaching the art of beadmaking for beginners, it is wonderful to share the thrill when they produce their first bead.

Beadmaking is unfortunately only a part time occupation for me, Monday to Friday I work in the City of London for a large investment bank as a Finance Project Analyst.

Miss Kate
07-30-2002, 07:54 AM
Harold - that is the cutest bambino I've seen in a long time. I'm sure he keeps you hopping!

Thanks for sharing his pic :clap:
Miss Kate

Helen Simon
07-30-2002, 12:57 PM
I'm a Christian (17 years) wife (18 years), homeschool (12 years) Mom (24 & 8 year old sons), ex-hedonist, wasting 20 years on drugs, alcohol, dancing, getting a little art done when I had the time, which wasn't a priority. Since God decided me wanted me, I've changed my life a lot. My art can actually get done before I forget my ideas..duh! And He's blessed me w/ oodles of ideas and media. I grow a lot of herbs & roses(& cook 'em), make bread(& cook it), make hot process soap(& cook it), dye silk(& cook it), paint quilts(& cook w/ iron), used to work polyclay (& cook it) and now glass(& cook it). This is one hot house, but for the a.c.:cool: I'm the crazy lady who's sold all this stuff at the Farmer's Market to afford this new passion, and although I probably won't stop here for long, I'll be back..after another medium, yet to be revealed. Y'all sure are a friendly bunch, and I love hanging out here. Off to Pilates..hyper-helensharvest.com

07-30-2002, 01:54 PM
Cute kid, Harold...how about pics of the others? :clap:

Welcome to WC, Pauline & Helen! :clap: :clap:

Helen, you cook your roses?! :p


07-30-2002, 01:58 PM
Welcome to WC Jazzy Lily & Helen.

07-30-2002, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by macbeth7
Cute kid, Harold...how about pics of the others? :clap:


Thank you Miss Kate, Leslie, and Beth.:D

O.K. Beth...haven't seen you in awhile...here the other one's.
You can also find more family photos at the following link:


Welcome to all that I might have missed in this thread:clap:

07-30-2002, 02:23 PM
Hi Harold,

Yes, I've been away from WC for a few days...I'm sure you missed me terribly!

Cute kids! You do live in a house full of redheads!

...trying to catch up on posts here...