Saturday, March 31, 2007

Return Air Ducting

Things are coming together! I know, it doesn't look like it, but trust me, we are one step closer to being done. Frank has been working hard all day on this and it's almost done. After I built some of the components (cut duct, pieced things together and taped up), I mostly stood around handing things to the poor guy on his back under the studio. Here is how it's looking on the inside so far - these two ducts will bring fresh air in to replace the toxic air the fan (which will be centered between them) will exhaust out. Under the studio, they run about 10 feet and have mesh to keep the rodents out.

And here, a picture looking under the studio - doesn't it look like it's about to blast off?! I'm happy this part is done, but I think Frank is estatic about it.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Studio Progress

Not too much happened all week, but today we made some big progress. I finished insulating and Frank finished the support/cross beam things in the roof and then prepped the ceiling for sheetrocking. Not very interesting BUT then we got into some good stuff. At the last minute as we were about to cut the holes in the wall for the return-air vents, I got a bright idea. Frank isn't calling it that, but I am. He's more along the lines of "pain in the butt idea", if you get my drift.

Anyway, my idea was this: instead of having the make up air come from the wall behind me while I torch, blowing cool damp air past my head on the way back out of the vent hood, why not have it right under the vent hood itself and duct it under the studio so that it's clean air coming in? Why not? Well, other than the pain-in-the-butt factor, and the more-money factor and the more-work factor... it sounds like a great idea. And so off to Home Debit I went and got all the materials needed. And Frank started cutting holes and putting it together. It's too dark to get a good photo, so I'll share a boring insulated wall one instead. I'm really excited, it's going to be so GREAT!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Site Design - Done!

A few minor tweaks, the addition of some yummy chocolate brown that pairs nicely with the Blue Between blue, and here it is - a brand-new, easier to shop, online jewelry store!

The Blue Between Handcrafted Jewelry and Lampwork Bead Art

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New Site Design!

As I said earlier today, I've been working hard on my site - I want it all spiffy and pretty and running great so I can concentrate on melting glass and making new jewelry... and I was almost there (just the earrings page left to go) when all of a sudden I got the urge to give it a fresh new look.

Normally this is something that I wouldn't just "do". I'd design it, sleep on it, ask around... and then do it. But not today... I just DID IT. And now I've got major butterflies in my belly... and I can't find anyone who will tell me what they think - are my friends and family ignoring me or are they really working or in meetings? Oh, Luke said he liked it. He seemed honored that I asked him... but I'm not sure he knows what it used to look like. Ah well... let me know what YOU think, if you don't mind. Thanks!


An hour or so ago:

New Bracelets for Sale

I've been working hard on my website, trying to make it more user-friendly. I hope everyone likes the new lay out! I'm still working on the earrings page and realize I desperately need some new designs there. Stay tuned...

In the meantime, a few new bracelets have been added:


Sunday, March 25, 2007

I love my new studio... even if it's not done yet

Inside construction began today. Frank and I built my workbench - the base of it - which will eventually be covered with my stainless steel top. I insulated part of it (extra thick insulation that will hopefully keep the fan noise out of the studio), and Frank worked on making the support beams "prettier". Yes, PRETTIER, because if you know me at all, pretty matters!

Studio: Phase 1-Done

The construction workers are all done with the studio (they still have some clean up to do.) The doors are on and even have door knobs and locks.

The rest is now up to us. Outside, we need to give her a bath, put a porch on, and she needs a skirt and some flowers planted around her. Inside, we are insulating, putting up prettier support beams, building a work bench, sheetrocking, painting, tiling the floor.... lots to do. Really a lot, but I hope to be melting glass SOON.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

New Necklaces for Sale

I listed 4 new necklaces and one old one that I'm finally ready to part with. These four are on my website and a lampwork wheel necklace is on Etsy.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Vent Hood Progress

I've made a little progress on my vent hood. You can see the details on the Bead Studio Page if you like.

Lampwork Vent Hood

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Power for the Studio

The electricians did their rough-in today. My studio has it's own circuit box, outlet boxes, light boxes, an in-wall heater (it will be right at my feet when I'm at the torch!) and switch boxes for the lights and blower. And a light for outside.

It's not all that exciting to look at yet - but if you are curious, you can see some of it on the Bead Studio Page.

Studio Progress

Roof is finished, including skylights. The door is hung, but something is wrong with it. Also, I bought the wrong doorknobs so they need to be returned. But close, very close. I can stain/prime/paint or whatever I'm going to do now and then put on the decorative slats so the siding matches the house. And build a porch of some sort. And.... oh it's not that close really.

The electrician is here today wiring it up and installing a wall heater. I need to call about the door problem and find out what that is all about.

I made a studio page for those of you who want to see the progress all in one place - it's going to be good for lampworkers because I'll be setting up the ventilation system and showing step by step photos of it - it's a very mysterious and confusing project for us girly artsy types who don't know what end of the fan (blower!) the air even goes in through! Check it out on my site: The Blue Between Studio.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Paintings on Etsy

I added a few of my small paintings to my Etsy store... just to see what would happen, really. if you are interested! Thanks :)

Monday, March 05, 2007

More Studio Progress

Today was exciting! They got the roof up and mostly shingled. Getting close!

studio day 6

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Woke up to this today. It's all melted though... well, just about.