|excellent books on lampworking, including out of print hard to find Passing the Flame|
I can't just dabble. Part of my charm really. (no, really!)
So when I got interested in lampworking, I had to do massive research, buy all the books I could find, watch video's, buy tools and buy glass. Boy, did I buy glass.
After playing around for 4 odd years, I just decided I really didn't like it. Doing it in my house was hard-- for awhile I had it set up in the basement, and with my allergies and Asthma ever worsening, I couldn't do it in the basement anymore.
Actually some of the fumes associated with lampworking didn't agree with me either.. mind you I'm very sensitive - not everyone has problems with the gas and fumes. (yes, that might be why I rarely use hot connections anymore... that and the fact I adore rivets!!)
Even with very good ventilation it can bother me.
While certain aspects of making glass beads thrilled me, the overall process did not.
I realized a couple of years ago I hadn't even tried to make glass beads in YEARS.
I floated the idea in my head to sell all the materials I had gathered.. and I just couldn't bring myself to do it, at least not yet. AT that time I had started to fuse glass ( which I actually quite enjoy --much much more than I ever had making beads) so I guess I thought to keep my options open.
So I kept it all... and thought about it once in a while.
This summer I finally made up my mind... it was time to give up the idea. It's just not me. Nothing wrong with it.. I have several lovely friends who you can't barely pry away from the torch!
I learned some very important things while I "flirted" with glass beads, not the least is a great appreciation for those artists that do make beads. My hat's off to all of ya... I'll just enjoy buying them, instead of trying it myself.
So I'm looking for a buyer. I am hoping to sell it all, but I'll consider offers on individual bits if I have to.
|Lots and lots of glass rods and stringers. Seriously, this represents over $1000 in glass.|
|lots and lots of frit, including specialty frit that was beyond pricey|
|tools, more books, and even a crockpot with vermeil|
|More books/booklets on torching|
|Hot stix Dichroic glass rods.. again, very pricey and about $360 bucks work in 2007 dollars|