|2005 - AUGUST MEETING - New Tools and Challenge|
|There were lots of new tools to look at and buy at the ISGB Gathering and Margo Knight brought in quite a few for us to see. Thank you Margo.|
Pictured below is the Creation
Station the first of two arm rests that Margo brought for us to try
out. . If you look closely, you can see that it consists of a
triangularly shaped, metal covered work surface attached to to wooden
elbow rests. Here each elbow rest is covered with a black foam pad
for cushioning. On the work surface is a clamp that can be used to
secure a variety of torches (including a hot-head) and two wrist rests.
Each wrist rest can be adjusted in multiple positions for different
tasks. They can rotate up and down, clockwise or counter-clockwise
and are cushioned in flame retardant foam - the Web Mama knows this from
experience since she has dropped glass particles on hers. While
this contraption is difficult to understand from a photo and
description, it really does work well to provide stability and comfort
when doing detailed work with glass. We are not sure of the
manufacturer but Corina Tettinger is a distributor and you can
order one from her website.
This photo shows Adele Sheperd
in the background sitting at the Creation Station. Kristy
Nijenkamp sits in front using another arm rest brought in by Margo.
This consists of a foam cushioned wrist rest that goes over the torch.
Both the the torch and the wrist rest have to be attached to the work
table separately. Some of us who tried it out found it easy to
use. We believe it is available from Arrow Springs.
Another view of the Arrow Springs wrist rest. This time Robert Simmons is trying it out. Kristy is in the background at the Creation Station.
Margo Knight, our Southern Flames
co-president, also brought in lots and lots of tools. Starting on
the very left is an OLIVE MASHER. Next that is a LENTIL PRESS that
comes with a variety of end attachments for making lentils in different
sizes. The three graphite tools that follow are an OSIBIN FORMER,
a PADDLE , and a MIKEY. Next to this is a PATTI WHACKER - another
type of lentil shaper made by Patti Walton. The last tool on the
right is a KIM CONE AND VESSEL SHAPER. Most of these tools are
available from Arrow Springs and/or Frantz Art Glass.
Since we were having a garage sale,
the Bead Challenge was "Things that go in a Garage" At the
lower left is a car made by ??? and at the lower right is a pendant with
a frog on it made by Jack Roberts. It is a lovely bead and the Web Mama would never put
it in the garage. At least the artist who made it won the
challenge and his picture is below. In the middle is a bead on a
piece of mandrel - my guess is that it is in the garage because it got
stuck. Susan Vesmarovich made the bead on the upper right
and was lovely enough to put her name next to it. I hope she also
put a name in the pot so that she had a chance to win the price.
Susan, if you see this - tell us the reason this bead is in the garage
and not in my jewelry box!
The winner of the Bead Challenge is
Jack Roberts - he
made the frog pendant and won a box of Gathering Postcards.
A beautiful photo of Julia !
Bonnie Anderson is wearing a handmade
shirt decorated on front with the original Southern Flames Logo.
On the back is an applique identical to the one on the cover of the
Gathering Brochure but we didn't get a photo. Bonnie made it
for and wore it to the Gathering.
Southern Flames meetings are hosted
each month by Gerry White (on the right) who is the owner of
Beads by Design. On the left is her daughter Stephanie.
Both of them make beads and Gerri is also a silversmith. Here they
are sitting at the front of the store after a long, long day cheerfully
waiting for us all to leave so they can close the shop. Beads by
Design not only carries artisan beads, seed beads, pearls, crystals,
finding etc, etc, etc. Beads by Design has handmade jewelry as well as
torches, kilns, supplies, tools and glass for lampworkers, multiple
books and magazines; silver clay, polymer clay and tools for making
polymer beads. What else - classes in beading and beadmaking, wire
wrapping and more. Click here
for the current class offerings.