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07-14-2002, 06:04 PM
Hi there....

My name is Leslie Videki, and I just became a member here. I have heard too many great things about this forum not to join! I am mainly a fused glass artist, but I have been doing more and more lampworking lately. I love it!

I live in Traverse City, MI, and am the single mom to two boys ages 6 and 2.... in fact my 6 year old is a budding fused glass artist as well! His glass suncatchers are in a local gallery!

Here is a picture of one of my favorite sets.....

Thanks for looking!

Leslie VidekiLeslie Videki Designs (http://www.bead-goddess.com)

07-14-2002, 06:09 PM
Welcome to WC Leslie:clap:

I'm just learning to fuse...:cool:

07-14-2002, 06:10 PM
Welcome! I have long admired your fused glass work, and love the beads you've shown us as well! Thanks for posting them, and we'll look forward to hearing from you more.

Best, Valorie

Laura Brito
07-14-2002, 06:11 PM
Wow what lovely beads! Welcome!


07-14-2002, 06:17 PM
Wow.... I just posted, and look! SO many awesome people out there!

Valorie, thanks for admiring my fused work... fusing is still my #1 obsession. I have a goal of getting a bigger kiln, and making sinks. Yes sinks.... strange, but I just love the look of glass sinks.... especially will fish and bits of dichro floating around. Someday....

And thanks Laura for liking my beads.... I have been practicing....lol

Here is a fused piece of mine....



07-14-2002, 06:37 PM
Les, if you ever start fusing sinks, I'm *there*!! How cool would that be!! Nice beads too, btw! ;)


07-14-2002, 06:39 PM
Welcome Leslie! I enjoy your fusing and lampwork. Glad you are here!


07-14-2002, 06:57 PM
Hi Leslie,

Welcome to WC! Great beads & pendant! :clap: I remember seeing a pic of your son & one of his pieces...I'm sure everyone here would love to see it as well!


Anne Londez
07-14-2002, 07:06 PM
Welcome Leslie :clap:
Looks like WC is luring all the good people there !

07-14-2002, 07:31 PM
Welcome to WC Leslie:clap: There is always room for one ,two, even three more.. Love the beads they are cool. "L"

07-14-2002, 07:34 PM
Beth remembers when I posted my 6 year old sons first fused work. He has since gotten his suncatchers into a gallery.... I have to say I am quite proud. (Okay, I am friends with the gallery owner, but still.....lol) He sits in the chair behind me, while I lampwork, with his own dididyums....and either watches or cleans glass..... we fight over who gets the kiln....lol. He likes to work art fairs and bead shows..... and yes.... according to him, we are in business together.


Mike E etc
07-14-2002, 07:35 PM
:) Welcome Leslie! Nice work.
Mike E

07-14-2002, 07:46 PM
Welcome to WC leslie. Pretty soon I'm going to be making marbles with dichro. very easy to burn up. not completly ready to try yet. dichro is tempermental.

07-14-2002, 07:50 PM
Hi Vicki!
I am new and from Michigan as well! Glad to have you here!

07-14-2002, 08:19 PM
Hi Leslie,

Have admired your work on a Yahoo Group we both belong to.

That is a gorgeous bead set! And your son is too cute!!

I just found the WC myself and still having fun getting lost here!

07-14-2002, 08:25 PM
Glassy.... when you make your marbles... try encasing your dichro in clear first.... then the dichroic coating isn't directly in the flame. I often take a dichroic piece, encase it in clear, and pull stinger from it. It does break up the dichro, but it is a really nice effect when you just want a hint of sparkle.

Cherry.... you aren't from Traverse City, are you?? With a name like that, I thought maybe....lol.... and then we could get together because I live in the cherry capital myself.

Jodi..... I am excited to see you here, too. This will be fun!


07-14-2002, 08:29 PM
Hey, Leslie! Great to see you here! And great to have your fusing knowledge! I really want to start playing with fusing - bought a couple books, but haven't ventured there yet. Welcome! B2

Miss Kate
07-14-2002, 08:31 PM
Welcome Lesli!:clap: :clap: :clap:
I have admired your pieces for sometime - seen on ISGB. Wanting to learn how to fuse myself (well, not "myself", but glass anyway)

Welcome to Wet Canvas! I am as addicted to this forum as I am to torching.
Love your son's work by the way.

Miss Kate

07-14-2002, 09:09 PM
For those of you wanting to learn how to fuse..... go to http://www.warmglass.com and click on the tutorial. It is the best! I taught myself fusing from that tutorial, and from hanging out in their forum and soaking in knowlege from some of the warmglass powerhouses like Brad Walker and Robert Leatherbarrow. It is an awesome site!

And for those of you near Traverse City, MI, I teach a one day, one on one fusing class in my home....... :D


07-14-2002, 09:12 PM
Leslie- LOVELY beads! I've been playing lots with silvered ivory, and those are real gems! Welcome to WC. I'm happy to see you here.

07-14-2002, 09:45 PM
:) welcome leslie! so glad to see you here! i love your work, and you already know that i think your son is one of the cutest guys on the planet-- that smile! wow!!!


Kathy Champion
07-14-2002, 09:51 PM
Welcome Leslie...beautiful glass work, beads and fused pieces!

Looks like you are raising a buddy artist, and cute too!


07-14-2002, 10:03 PM
Welcome Leslie,
You will love it here.
Your work is wonderful!

07-14-2002, 10:16 PM
Welcome Leslie, great work. I will be picking your brain for fusing tips.

07-14-2002, 10:23 PM
Welcome to WC! Thanks for the link to the fusing tutorial! I have wondered how it was done.

07-15-2002, 12:45 AM
Welcome to wetcanvas Leslie and Cherry!

Leslie, when you start doing those glass dichro sinks please, please pleazzz post pics! :D I can imagine the beauty!!!

07-15-2002, 01:08 AM
Gee Whiz...don't lezlie and Howard make a good looking couple...and howard is into fusing too...I wonder if Howard is single? Enquiring minds want to know...:cat:

Rose Queen
07-15-2002, 01:34 AM
It's lovely to have you at WetCanvas, Leslie!

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07-15-2002, 01:40 AM
Leslie....Glad you are here.....I have checked out your site and beads for some time now. There great and I just love to see young artists. When you get your sinks done I would like to be on the list.....One of my goals is to have a glass sink. And don't you just love ivory/silver???? In a sink...WOW ! ! !


Carol Saker
07-15-2002, 02:46 AM
Hi Leslie,

I love your fusing work - that pendant is eye-popping! I've admired your work on ISGB and am so glad you are here!


Anne Londez
07-15-2002, 03:41 AM
Originally posted by Glassy79
Pretty soon I'm going to be making marbles with dichro. very easy to burn up. not completly ready to try yet. dichro is tempermental.

Hi Richard
When I took this paperweight making class with Don McKinney, we used a lot of CBS dichro and it's only afterwards that I realized I had worked it for hours in the glory hole, dichro side out, without burning it at all... so the conclusion is : use only CBS dichro, it's really good quality .