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Button June/July, 2017 - Vol. 31, No. 1.
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    Tutorial: Making a Ripple Vase
    Making a "Ripple" Vase     by Madeline Rile Smith
        My favorite process on the torch is working with tubing to create hollow sculptures. I love the challenge and intimacy of working with a thin wall and shaping the medium with my breath. I usually make organic sculptures, called Arthropods, that are otherworldly exoskeletal forms with a menacing, yet delicate, quality. The rest of the time I like to create functional objects like blown vessels and cups, and pieces such as the ripple vases in this tutorial.
        The act of focusing on the clean form of a utilitarian object clears my head and gives me satisfaction. It’s a refreshing process that clears up my way of thinking. I like to make these vases for demos because they are technically informative, yet there are many ways of improvising on them. These vases can be made on any scale; this tutorial uses a miniature size. One focus is adding texture to a hollow form by visualizing the torch flame as a “line” of heat ...

    Tutorial: Fillacello Pendant Tutorial
    Fillacello Pendant Tutorial     by Alison Secor
        One particular technique that always intrigued me was fillacellos. The art of drawing lines on the side of a tube and flipping it into a pattern is mesmerizing. I have been using fillacellos in my work for a couple of years now, by adding them as caps on the bottom of rigs or incorporating them as sections in my larger pieces and collaborations. This tutorial explains how to make a fillacello pendant ...

    Tutorial: Butterfly Wing
    Butterfly Wing     by by Mariko Nogami
        You can make two wings and enjoy them as a beautiful ornament or combine them with other things. Use different color on Bordering or use opaque glass. Make your original color combinations and enjoy your own design of wings ...

    Tutorial: Tutorial for Making a Hollow Bead with a Hole on the Side
    Tutorial for Making a Hollow Bead with a Hole on the Side     by Ikuyo Yamanaka
        I made lampwork accessories with silver, tableware, art objects with Boro glass, and glass beads with soft glass. In 1978, I began participating in exhibitions, both group and solo, and in 1992, I went to the Pilchuk Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, USA. For the last 15 years, I have been concentrating on making beads with soft glass. I have been living in the Greater Vancouver area for the those 15 years, where I have my own studio and enjoy making my beads every day. I sell my beads to customers around the world. Lately, I have started making and selling tutorials about some of my techniques for how to make murrini.
        Even after all these years, I still find glass a fascinating medium to work with because it offers limitless possibilities and continually stimulates my creativity ...

    Tutorial: Honeycomb Disc Pendant
    Honeycomb Disc Pendant     by Frank Fleischer
        I am a scientific glassblower at a university half the week where we make and repair scientific apparatuses. The other half of the week, I work in my studio at home. I live in northern Germany with my girlfriend and my two kids. I came across borosilicate glass art before my education as a scientific glassblower. A website that displayed all kinds of functional and non-functional glass art caught my attention and slowly I went down the rabbit hole...

    Tutorial: Mixing Double Helix Color on the Hot Head Torch & Petal Application for Compression Flowers
    Mixing Double Helix Color on the Hot Head Torch & Petal Application for Compression Flowers     by Michael Crandall
        I found that I enjoyed the process for compressions the most, and decided to focus on making flowers. Not long after the process “clicked” for me, I discovered Double Helix Color. A bit of research brought me to reduction glasses and the great effects that can be achieved with the natural reduction flame of the Hot Head torch. I began experimenting with the colors, first seeing what each would do on their own and then combining the colors to create new effects.
        It was when I was showing my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Madeline, one of Daddy’s marbles, that I realized something about it was different. She sat transfixed, unable to look away. As I was turning it over for her to see, she kept giggling and telling me how pretty it was. I agreed, and knew I was onto something special. That something special is one of two Double Helix color combinations that I have fallen in love with, and would like to share with you ...


Button August/September, 2017 - Vol. 31, No. 2.
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    Tutorial: Making “Funny French Men”
    Making “Funny French Men”     by Beatrice Störtz
        I am inspired by anything colorful—a fabric, painting, nature, photography. I am also strongly attracted by masks and faces in general; 20 years ago, I used to make funny character puppets on a string. They usually had striking faces with great big noses. One day, I tried making my former puppet faces in glass. When my sons saw them, they both smiled and said “Hey, the French guys are back again!”
        I made quite a few as one-hole beads for wine bottle stoppers and people loved them. After introducing them to my Facebook audience, they sold instantly there, too. There were also requests to make them threadable. This tutorial explains both.
        In addition to making glass beads, I have taught myself to torch enamel on copper. As a jewelry designer, I know there is a demand for a combination of glass and enameled components. I also teach classes in both beadmaking and enameling “like a lampworker” ...

    Tutorial: How to make a branching coral implosion pendant
    How to make a branching coral implosion pendant     by Scott (Scotty B) Joseph
        In the two years since I quit my job and started Oop Azi, my work has improved exponentially. It wasn’t easy at first; thankfully, my wonderful wife, Lena, helped keep us afloat until my art improved enough to actually make a living. Now, glass offers me almost limitless possibilities and I’m more than happy to pass along a bit of what I have learned.
        Making a branching coral implosion pendant The same steps for making a branching-type coral in a circular pendant can be used to make many different designs, but this is one of the most visually striking, unique-per-piece styles of implosion. It never ceases to impress...

    Tutorial: Planet Marble
    Planet Marble     by Brittney Leigh Goode
        This style is very organic in nature. It’s pretty hard to mess up. I prefer to use striking or reactive colors, but interesting effects could also be achieved with colors that are not reactive. Your frit choices are also pretty much up to you, but I consider clear frit a must (not just with these, but with boro in general. It’s amazing. Get some) and sometimes that’s all I use. In this case, I also added some GA Dragon’s Eye frit. I suggest keeping your flame neutral to slightly oxidizing while working, and then reduce once you melt in the Dragon’s Eye and clear frit.
        Most of all, have fun! This is a super laid-back design, and one of my favorite things to make...

    Tutorial: The Joy of Making a Rainbow Rose Murrini and Garden Bead
    The Joy of Making a Rainbow Rose Murrini and Garden Bead     by Deniz Divleli Özdemir
        I believe that the learning process in glass is never-ending. I do my best to learn something new every day. Thanks to International Denizli Glass Biennial of Turkey, I attend workshops by famous and pioneer glass artists every two years, such as Lucio Bubacco, Gianni Toso, Simone Crestani, Tom Galbrait, Christian Arnold, and Julie Anne Denton. It was a great honor for my husband and me to be demo artists for the biennial in May 2017.
        Nature inspires me. That is why I love making murrini and to reflect the colors and themes of nature in my works. With my murrini, I design flower gardens, colorful landscapes, vivarium, and galaxy beads.
        This tutorial presents my rainbow rose murrini using Effetre/Moretti Italian soft glass rods.
        The rainbow rose murrini has six layers. The first three layers use two different colors and the other three layers use three different colors...

    Tutorial: Making a Favorite Marble
    Making a Favorite Marble     by Daniel Nuttall
        I have only been making marbles for about a year, and I enjoy the challenges glass has to offer. Being self-taught, I may do things differently but that’s OK. It’s all trial and error, but that’s apart of the fun.
        I use basic tools and a GTT Bobcat with a Jen Ken Chili Pepper kiln. I would like to share the steps I take to make one of my favorite marbles...

    Tutorial: Making Kokesy, the National Japanese Doll, as a Glass Bead
    Making Kokesy, the National Japanese Doll, as a Glass Bead     by Masha Levitin
        I work with different techniques: enamels, drawings, three-dimensional drawings in a transparent glass, and sculptured beads. I can’t say which technique I prefer over the others. Honestly, I love them all!
        This article explains how I make a bead in the form of the national Japanese doll, Kokesy. Kokesy is usually made out of different types of wood. The doll is a girl with a cylindrical body and a round head, painted with a flowery pattern. Of course, my bead isn’t identical to the original Japanese toy, but I hope they look alike...

    Tutorial: Wire Shank Button Tutorial
    My Glass Journey: From Blowing to Buttons, and Beyond Plus a Wire Shank Button Tutorial     by Patty Lakinsmith
        I started to take classes from nationally known beadmakers at Arrow Springs glass studio, and the techniques they taught excited me. I learned how to work with precious metal clay to make jewelry findings that were uniquely mine, and different techniques for ornamentation, making canes and twisties, working with reactive glass and foils, and much, much more that has found its way into my glass expression vocabulary.
        I discovered the joys of collaborating with artists who do similar, and very different, work from what I do, and I discovered I love it. It’s soul- and mind-stretching, and I quite like the challenge. Each time I do this, I find myself learning a lot and finding new areas for my own work to expand and explore.
        Lately I’ve been playing with the idea of words on lampwork beads, using the same techniques as for making signature cane. I’ve also been making (and teaching) headpin and cabochon techniques, and imagining new ways to combine hot glass and wire.
        In my journey with glass, I’ve done a number of things that felt soul-stretching and helped me develop professionally as an artist. If I had to look back on my 14-year adventure and offer some advice to those just starting out, here are some things I would tell them, based on how it’s worked out for me...

    Tutorial: Dichroic Glass Marble Tutorial
    Dichroic Glass Marble Tutorial     by Anthony "Smitty" Smith
        I have become a staple in the glassblowing community with my jewelry, functional works, sculpture, and custom pieces. With 18 years’ experience and still learning, glass has been an infinitely intriguing medium that is becoming more and more liberating with every year that passes. In hopes of adding another 18 years to my glass experience, I continue to push myself further than I have ever gone in previous years ...


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