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Old 2015-10-03, 3:47pm
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Old 2015-10-03, 9:31pm
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Well to the OP, though I am NOT at the Mary K level flower implosions OMG teach me!

Yes it's possible to make a decent profit off/living off boro glass work. I started 4 years ago and this is all I do now.
When I started I sold my I'm just learning pieces at 15.00, and have raised prices since then reworked a lot of stuff in between...not on schedule just felt like my skill was higher, my views higher, my photos OMG better, maybe next item needs to cost more... Average pendant is now like 30.00 everything larger is 45 plus and I'm on the cheaper side still...and icicles are SO going up soon.

Making a living at being an artist isnt Just being good at your art...it's marketing, it's perfectly photographing your item, it's customer service, it's SEO, its webdesign, its book keeping Fees lordy understanding the Fees let alone taxes, inventory, its whole selling and/or hitting up the shows. There is a Ton of Other stuffs one doesnt even think of when the Mind goes Gee I wonder if I could be...... It's NOT impossible. It just takes work, and IMO after watching so many artist flop on its this biz side stuff its not the art that hurts them but this small stuffs but again it's NOT impossible just is more things to learn then I'm betting your thinkin about atm.
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Old 2015-10-04, 6:09pm
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I looked at your sites-- and you have many nice designs, great work -esp your hearts.
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well said, Untamed! When I considered making a business of it, I thought I would spend most of my time making the beads. hahaha
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Mary K, I have a question if you don't mind. What gives the separation between the layers of petals? Is it the space between the lines you lay down?

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Old 2015-10-20, 2:14pm
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So many things wrong with this one, but I love it anyway.


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Old 2015-10-26, 7:24am
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Mary K, I have a question if you don't mind. What gives the separation between the layers of petals? Is it the space between the lines you lay down?

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Yes it is space and technique. My lines are thin, and sometimes I manipulate them with a tool to push the glass in or out, and then there is heat and where you keep your heat base hottest. Mostly though, it is years of practice and seeing what works well for you.
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Lanemclglass your work is very nice. Only thing I would say to really work on is your bails or loops. You want them to be neat and even, and big enough to get a decent cord through them. A sloppy bail can ruin the look of the nicest pendant. Do you have a reamer and a paddle tweezers? Find a color that works well for you for your loops and be sure to make them as neat and even as possible. Your marbles are nice! In my experience I hate Etsy! they charge too much and you can get lost among all the crap that is on there these days. I like Facebook pages to sell, like Marbles and Things. Check that out, that is where I sell online, along with my facebook artist page.
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Thanks Mary! I did purchase 2 Regalia's and I'm loving the performance from my torch now. But now I've got my eye on that Sidewinder

One more question, you've got pictures of a pendant floating around the internet of a deep, deep red flower. I just LOVE it. Would you share what glass you used for that one?

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This one?
This is Asian Red, it is a striking color. Thin line of the red and then thinner line on top of that of carmel, and you need to work it as cool as you can. Takes forever. If you go fast and hot it will turn brown and ugly.




Some people call it china red as well. It is a cheap glass, and some batches are better than others. I had one stick that was all air and bubbles. Here it is used in the center petals.

it is tricky glass, hard to keep your heat low and slow. Once you get it compressed in, you can heat it hotter, but not for too long.
Patti I have had my eye on the sidewinder as well, but..... I think I would need ANOTHER regalia to run that. lol
Let me know if you get one!
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Beautiful! Thank you. And I think I have some of that
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Yes, I just missed one in the Garage sale ... darn! I might give them a call and ask.
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There was a Sidewinder in the garage sale
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