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For those of you who don’t buy finished jewelry because you make your own I have a lovely goddess bead for you.  Normally she would sell for $25 but this week she can be yours for $15 plus shipping.  She stands 32mm high, has a 12mm waist, and was created on a 1/16″ mandrel.  She’s got a cz decorating her belly button and was created from a marvelously streaky multi-toned glass.   If you are interested in her or have any questions about this bead email me at heather@squareonebeads.com.

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Everytime I do shows I get asked lots of questions about how I make the beads I sell.  I decided to make a video and play it at shows so people can see exactly how much work goes into my beads.  I uploaded a little bit of it to youtube and thought I would share it with all of you.  If you would like to see me working go here.  I hope you enjoy it 🙂

I didn’t make my end of February deadline but I did finally finish my project.  🙂

Here is the last section. Here  is the first wall, drylocked and painted, and the second wall drylocked.  I thought the second wall one was funny because you can see everything pulled away from the wall, it looks like my basement  exploded 🙂

Next, the area completed with everything moved back into place.  If you notice from the original post I have rearranged my torch area, including moving the vent to take out the 90 degree bend.

The bookshelf in the above picture is right next to the table in the picture next to it.  The fish tank contains a female El Rosario rosy boa.

As well as painting the walls I painted the glass rack.  I painted it using four different shades of blue, then drybrushed metallic silver over it and glued on rhinestones for sparkle.

I think it turned out cute.  It certainly looks much better than the plain particle board and plywood that it was before.

Needless to say, I am tired.  🙂

About a week and a half ago I went to visit a friend in Michigan to help her work on her studio.  We had a blast and got tons more done that we had thought we would.  She had the room drywalled and primed so we painted our fannies off, cleaned, and reorganized a ton.  This gave me the bug to spruce up the basement where I work.

Here are pictures of what my basement looked like before.  The first three pictures are of my box room where we store stuff we aren’t using at the time.

These next images are of the rest of the basement. (Ignore the propane tank, that’s only there when I work, and had taken the pics just before sitting down at the torch.)

Ok, so now you can see what I have to work with. UGH!  A huge task.

Well my husband and I hustled our butts this weekend and made what I thought was good progress.  Thursday I took the huge pile of crap (in front of the paint cans) to St. Vincent.  Then on Saturday Brian and I went thru the box room.  We ended up breaking down a reptile rack I had and between that and other stuff we went thru ended up with 7 boxes and 3 bags of trash, plus we filled our normal trash can.  We ended up breaking down enough cardboard boxes to fill 9 bags for recycling.  We also ended up starting another box of stuff to be donated.

After getting all the junk out of the box room we ended up being able to move our patio furniture and christmas decorations into the room because we made so much room.   Here are the after pictures.

Huge difference eh?

Now that we got that section done it will be much easier to work on other areas of the basement because the Christmas stuff and patio furniture are no longer in the way.  After I go thru everything and toss/donate what we no longer want or need I am going to drylock the basement and use some of that vast collection of paint to cheer up the dark gray concrete walls.

Be sure to check back for future progress reports. 🙂

This week’s Flaming Hot topic is what is our staple glass object and why.  My staple is a gravity swirled pressed bead.  I make these beads when I am having problems with settling down and getting to work.  The beads are simple to make yet always turn out differently so despite the simplicity they are still fun to make.  The act of making these beads puts me into a zen like place which helps me relax enough that I can work on more complex beads.

As you can see from these three examples I rarely leave the beads as just a gravity swirl and a pressing.  A few little twists and dots of a transparent turn these beads into something quite pleasing and interesting to work with.

I just put a new coupon on my website and thought now would be a good time to do a little pimping.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I am a hot glass artist and jewelry designer and I sell items on my site at http://www.squareonebeads.com.  I also sell on Ebay, JustBeads, and Etsy.  My work on Ebay and JustBeads can be found on my site via the auction links but the Etsy store is not up there yet.  If you are interested in my Etsy store please click here.

If you would like to make a purchase thru my site use the coupon code FreeShip and get free shipping from now to January 15th.

Thank you, we now return to your regularily scheduled blog.  🙂

Today’s Flaming Hot topic is our goals and objectives, how do we track the progress of our business and how do we go about growing/expanding the business.

I consider myself an informed plodder.  I work at maintaining my site and keeping up with my auctions and that is the majority of where I spend my time.  However, I also make sure to take some time to expand my horizons.  I spend 10-15% of my time researching new ways to promote my business such as advertising and getting my work into galleries.  So far I have lots of ideas of what I want to do when I have the money for professional photographs so now its mostly just a matter of earning the money by selling my work.

My main way of tracking how my business is doing this year as opposed to last is my shipping file.  Each year’s shipping gets its own file folder and as long as the current years folder is thicker than the previous years folder I am happy.  The second way I look at how my business is doing is even less formal than the first way.  I will take a look at what sort of shows I’ve done, and what new equipment I’ve bought for the business.  If my business has paid for most of the shows and the equipment then I see that as a good sign.  This year my business paid for me to advertise on JustBeads and a Top 100 site, take a fusing class, buy a ring saw, and paid for several of my show entry fees including my most expensive entry fee to date for a show in April 2008.  So by using these two methods I have decided that my business is doing better this year than last.  Its not enough to provide me with an income yet but maybe in a few years it will be.  Right now, I am keeping my fingers crossed and I hope you’ll keep yours crossed for me too.