Lampworking 101 Part A –begins tomorrow!

I did include a reminder about Dwyn’s 4 week Introduction to Lampworking class last week as we were re-working the dates a bit. This 4-week lampworking course is for beginners. Fascinated with the idea of making your own glass beads? You’ve seen these beads in jewelry, in collections. You seen them online and on ebay. You’re intrigued with these handmade works of art and the process of making them yourself draws you like … a moth to the flame? In this 4-week class, you will learn how to make your very own glass beads, starting with nothing but the glass …

Malachite!

Marg brought this back from Tucson – handed it to me, in a small plastic baggy.“Wow,” I enthused, “Nice malachite!” I slid the small strand out into my hand. “Oh,” I said, confusion colouring my enthusiasm. “This is … not Malachite, right?”“Right,” she said. “One of the vendors gave me that. Apparently, there is virtually no new Malachite out there. Nothing affordable. Mostly, it’s been mined out.”“D4mn,” I replied, turning it over and over and hefting it in my hand. “D4mn. It’s good. It feels wrong, but it looks amazing.” This imitation Malachite looks like the real thing, but in …