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Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 1

Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 1 Part 1 of a 2 part blog on the basics of glass fusing. In this weeks article Donna will tell us how to set up your work area and gives suggestions on finding the perfect kiln. Often potential fusers ask about the cost of getting started in glass. I found that it isnt as expensive as one might think because the list of necessities for the beginner is not too long. So what would the list look like for someone who had NO experience at all? Well, this is what I began with, and I think you might find these ideas helpful. Space to Work- A place to cut glass can be fairly small. The most important detail is a floor surface such as concrete that will be easy to clean. I tried commercial tile in my first studio, and the shards were soon embedded under the work area. Obviously,

Lasting Sentiments

Lasting Sentiments What better way to dress-up a table than with an engraved vase. Etching Krafybloks for creating custom centerpieces is quick and easy. Follow the link below to download the project guide. Project courtesy of Diamond Tech. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website.

A Beginner's Trip to Lansing-Classes (Part 3)

A Beginner's Trip to Lansing-Classes (Part 3) My second day in Lansing was the day Id been waiting for. Classes. I met instructors Val Oswalt and Roy Kapp. When I say experts, Im not kidding. (Those of you whove taken classes with them know what I mean.) Online marketing expert Stacy Daniels joined me for the fusing portion of instruction. After much discussion over terms and techniques, we created small glass tiles for firing. These would eventually be slumped into small jewelry dishes. Here are a few beginner fusing tips I wrote down 1. Theres no real benefit to using 90 COE over 96 COE (or vice versa) 2. Never fuse more than one layer of glass over your mold (create your layered effect first if you so choose) 3. Molten glass wants to be inch thick. Plan your piece accordingly. 4. All kilns are different. Dont be surprised if you have to adjust your firing schedule.

Spirited Colors

Spirited Colors Playful yet elegant, the simple, straight lines of this pattern makes it a perfect project for beginners. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of System 96. Download Instructions Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site.

Ring of Fire Artist Challenge Pushes the Limits of Creativity

Ring of Fire Artist Challenge  Pushes the Limits of Creativity Delphi Glass and ArtFire, the premier marketplace for handmade crafts, announce a new online art contest. The Ring of Fire Artist Challenge is open to all artisans. Entries are being accepted now. Contest ends June 30 and winners announced July 9, 2010. Following its annual festivities for National Art Glass Month, Delphi has organized another online event with the help of its partner ArtFire. The first annual Ring of Fire Artist Challenge is designed for all artisans of all crafts and abilities, inviting them to use common art supplies in new and creative ways. Artisans are asked to choose one or more items from the 10 products that make up the Ring of Fire. These items range from patterned dichroic glass and fine silver wire to mosaic tiles made entirely from recycled glass. Winners are chosen by popular vote and jury based on technical skill and creativity. A beginners category

Here Kitty, Kitty!

Here Kitty, Kitty! Here Kitty, Kitty. Make this fun fish aquarium using Diamond Tech's Krafyblok and Image Art decal slide paper. This quick and easy craft idea includes step-by-step instructions courtesy of Diamond Tech. Viewing this downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Free Project

What to do About Foil Sticky Back Goop

What to do About Foil Sticky Back Goop I may be the only person this happens to, but why does the foil sticky-back goop squish out onto the glass when I solder? Nice description. The sticky-back goop is the adhesive that holds the copper foil to the glass. The reason that it squishes out is because it is melting from getting too hot. This is a common problem for people just learning to solder. It takes practice to lay a nice bead of solder. Beginners usually need to go back over the bead several times to make it neat. In this case, the entire area that you are soldering is getting heated up which may be causing the adhesive to melt. Try letting the area cool down before you fix up the solder bead. If you are lucky enough to lay a perfect bead of solder on the first try (good for you. ), the melting problem may

Glazed Gems Bracelet

Glazed Gems Bracelet Design chic jewelry that makes a statement. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by artist Julie Haan.

Dear Delphi: What's Hot in Jewelry Now?

Dear Delphi: What's Hot in Jewelry Now? Do you have a question or comment? Please contact us at DearDelphi@delphiglass.com Dear Delphi, I am a stay at home Mom who loves jewelry. I am looking at different ideas on how to make some extra income and not be away from my two daughters. I have some basic skills but I am more interested in what is hot on the fashion scene. Can you help? Thanks for asking, and we think we have some great ideas and simple solutions for you.The big looks today involve color and metal. Some examples of metal that have become extremely popular are fine and medium gauge wires in sliver and sterling. These wires are used as hooks, shapes and handmade intricate designs. The openness of the wire and delicate sheen of the silver or sterling will give enough bling to your designs.I recommend the book Totally Twisted. It is an outstanding reference

Touch of Glass Scrapbook

Touch of Glass Scrapbook Add a touch of glass to your scrapbooks with Pre-Cut Stained Glass Designs and Squares. Accent your favorite photos with color and depth using real stained glass. The Pre-Cuts make it easy. The Chips Variety Pack includes a rainbow colors. View our Small Pre-Cut Stained Glass Designs and choose from charming frogs (shown here), butterflies, flowers, fruit and more. Or if you already know how to cut stained glass, create your own designs. Stained glass scrapbook embellishments are an excellent way to use up scrap glass. Download Instructions Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site.

Ring of Fire Artist Challenge Winners Announced

Ring of Fire Artist Challenge Winners Announced The Ring of Fire Artist Challenge, lasting from May-June, sparked the interest of artists of varied media all across the country. While Delphi received entries of paper, glass, ceramics, wire, jewelry, etc., it was a select group of 10 products that united them all. Every eligible entry incorporated at least one of 10 unique products making up the Ring of Fire. These products included copper metal mesh, millifiori, clear glaze, dichroic scrap, recycled glass tiles, metallic tiles, color slide, krafty blok, fine silver wire and pressed flowers. Below is a complete list of contest winners. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner of the Jen-Ken Deluxe EZ-Pro Kiln, Kristin Simpson, with her Garden Whimsie entry. Also, congratulations to Lisa Norvell for her Mountain Meadow Surprise entry which will be featured in an upcoming Delphi catalog. Stay tuned for other great contests like this one in the near future. Delphi Awards Delphis

House Number Plaque

House Number Plaque Recycle vintage plates into fun yard art with pre-cut mosaic tiles and a little imagination. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by Delphi artist Jule Haan.

Michael Dupille: Frit and Fabulous

Michael Dupille: Frit and Fabulous Something better than pumpkin spice is coming…Michael Dupille will soon be at Delphi’s Lansing location for a 3-day class on frit fusing. Micahel Dupille, making Seattle frit and fabulous since the 1970s, brings with him his expertise, charmingly referring to his technique of painting with glass from crushed glass bits or frit as we know them along with firing methods as fritography. Considered a pioneer in the field of kiln-formed glass, Michael’s sold out class will be held for those who seek to garner his wisdom at any level from beginner to pro. The 3-day event will begin with a class on Beginning Fritography. Those in attendance will get the special chance to learn and explore new techniques that will help them design on a completely new level and add more sophistication to their pieces. Michael will also show how to create distinct shapes, give surfaces unusual finishes, the proper

Cristmas Tree Lamp

Cristmas Tree Lamp Create new holiday lamps with Krafty Bloks. Quick, simple and fun to make. Follow the link below to download and print it directly from your computer screen. Download Free Glass Pattern Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website.

National Book Lover's Day Gives Me an Excuse to Celebrate

National Book Lover's Day Gives Me an Excuse to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day is a lesser known holiday - much to my disappointment. Its celebrated on August 9th every year. I love books. I love books so much that in my house, every day is Book Lovers Day. Im hoping youll join me in celebrating for this one day at least though. A book is a gift you can open again and again. Garrison Keillor A home without books is like a room without windows. Horace Mann Books have always held a special place in my heart. They open up a world of new possibilities to me. Each time I come back to a book, I bring fresh experiences and perspective to it, which lets me take something new away from it. Art books are no different. In addition to the bones of the process, the invaluable instruction that they present, they offer an opportunity to dream and create.

Resin Key Ring

Resin Key Ring Make a statement with custom key rings, whether they say king of the road or world's best dad, they're sure to please. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by artist Karina Foster using artwork from "Mini-Ephemera" book #6062.

5 New Items Just Announced in Stained Glass News

5 New Items Just Announced in Stained Glass News Heres our list of 5 Favorite New Items from the May 2012 edition of Stained Glass News. 1. Hot, Hot, Hot by Christine Stewart Celebrated glass artist Christine Stewart brings us a long-anticipated new title. In her signature mosaic style she serves up 18 projects ranging from fused glass dinnerware to stunning mosaic wall art created with fused inclusions. 2. Inspired by Frankye Cartner and Suzy Huber This stained glass pattern portfolio contains 16 designs for panels in a variety of themes. Each project includes recommendations for using wire, bevels or other accents, and a suggested enlargement size. Projects are certain to provide a fun challenge for beginners and intermediate artists alike. 3. Assembling 3D art just got easier with Handy Wedges These simple non-slip foam rubber blocks offer the perfect solution when you find yourself in need of another set of hands. The triangular shape lends itself to

Vidrio Azul Flores

Vidrio Azul Flores Make this stunning jewelry pendant with your Fuseworks Microwave Kiln, glass milliefiori, and some basic supplies. This is a great project for beginners since no glass cutting is required. Fuseworks is the quick and easy way to make fused glass art. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of the manufacturer. Download Free Project Guide Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site.

Show Us Your Stuff at Delphi's 25th Annual Art Glass Festival

Show Us Your Stuff at Delphi's 25th Annual Art Glass Festival Ask anyone what the most wonderful time of the year is and you’re bound to get a lot of responses about the winter holidays. But here at Delphi Glass, our favorite time of the year has to be during National Art Glass month when we host our Annual Art Glass Festival. We love it because we truly have some of the most talented customers around. Every year, it seems the entries get more and more incredible. Click here to visit the gallery of our previous Art Glass Festival winners. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro at creating glass art projects, we encourage you to enter for a chance to win great prizes ranging in value from $100 to $400. We have a wonderful variety of categories that you can enter your work under. Some of them include beads & jewelry, blown glass, flameworked glass, kiln formed glass, lamps,

Bottle Luminary

Bottle Luminary Reduce, Recycle, Re-Purpose Get creative about making unique and functional patio lights from everyday items with ideas from this fresh project guide. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by Andy Spencer.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Stained Glass Artist

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Stained Glass Artist There are only 52 days left until Christmas. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If not, Delphi has you covered with some bright and shiny ideas for the stained glass artist in your life. Here are some we think will be very well received if you tuck them under your tree. 1. Stained Glass A stained glass artist can never have too much glass to work with. We carry a huge selection of stained glass. Why not order some new and exciting colors for your favorite stained glass artist? Try something different like the Van Gogh glass that is almost too pretty to cut. Plus with glass packs and sample sets, your recipient will get a gorgeous array of glass to work with in one fabulous package. 2. Studio Pro Caddy If you’re stained glass artist has tools all over the place in their studio, perhaps a Studio Pro

Ladybug

Ladybug These whimsical creepy crawlies are made with 96 coe fusible glass and some imagination. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of System 96. Download Bugs Project Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Make this project at home. Below is the supply list to make the ladybug featured in the project guide. You'll get enough materials to make two or more ladybugs, depending on how large you want them to be.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Stained Glass Artist

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Stained Glass Artist There are only 52 days left until Christmas. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If not, Delphi has you covered with some bright and shiny ideas for the stained glass artist in your life. Here are some we think will be very well received if you tuck them under your tree. 1. Stained Glass A stained glass artist can never have too much glass to work with. We carry a huge selection of stained glass. Why not order some new and exciting colors for your favorite stained glass artist? Try something different like the Van Gogh glass that is almost too pretty to cut. Plus with glass packs and sample sets, your recipient will get a gorgeous array of glass to work with in one fabulous package. 2. Studio Pro Caddy If you’re stained glass artist has tools all over the place in their studio, perhaps a Studio Pro

Beginner Fused Glass Clock

Beginner Fused Glass Clock Tick-Tock. The Time for Fusing is Now. Delphi makes it easy to get started in glass fusing. Create a fun and functional fused glass clock. It's easy with these step-by-step directions provided by Diamond Tech. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Fused Clock Instructions

Meet Delphi's Fall Guest Instructors

Meet Delphi's Fall Guest Instructors We are excited about the Fall 2013 line up of talented glass art experts teaching classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. Tim Driers intricate hollow forms will amaze flameworking fans. Learn valuable new skills from this master glass blower. Gain fusing expertise in Janet Schraders classes. Janet has many special tricks to impart that will take your fusing knowledge to a new level. Kent Lauers glass magic will enthrall coldworking enthusiasts. Youll also learn glass gem making from this master of beveling. One look at Patty Grays fantastic glass art will have fusers thirsting to learn her secrets. Patty will share some of her unique methods during her Advanced Fusing class. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class

Mosaic Trivit

Mosaic Trivit Add festive color to your kitchen or table with this functional art trivet project. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by artist Kayleigh Clark.

Glass Works Stained Glass Studio, NC

Glass Works Stained Glass Studio, NC When Mike Hartwig and Kevin McDaniel opened Glass Works Stained Glass Studio in 1997, they made it their goal to create a place where do-it-yourselfers could feel comfortable. Whether artists came there to buy supplies, ask questions or learn something new, Mike and Kevin wanted to offer it all.Both men had more than 25 years of experience in stained glass work including design, construction, repairs as well as teaching classes and operating a stained glass retail business. They knew what artists needed to be successful. In that same vein, they constantly sought to offer their customers new and exciting products and services to keep them interested. What inspires me most is being of help to our customers, Mike said.Whether it is someone looking for a piece of leaded glass for their home or church or just looking for that certain item to complete their own project. The products we

Hair Accessories

Hair Accessories Add sparkle or spunky personality to your tresses with designer hair clips. This is a great project for beginners. It can be done inside a small microwave kilns. If you use millefiori glass pieces, you don't even need to do any glass cutting. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by artist Tia Collin.

Michelle Rodriquez: A Cowgirl and Her Kiln

Michelle Rodriquez: A Cowgirl and Her Kiln How did you get started in glass? My husband Rich and his father used to have a custom stained glass window door company in Santa Clara, CA, so one day he offered to teach me stained glass. You also do beautiful beadwork, which came first, beading or warm glass? The beading came first and then my husband signed us up for a fused glass lesson at Ocean Sky Beads Glass in Oceanside, CA. I was so taken by it, that I asked him for a kiln for Christmas. Who or what inspires you? Discovering or making up new techniques inspire me the most, but I am also inspired by horses, animals and the sea. You seem to be inspired by Southwestern culture and style, tell us more about that. I grew up in Imperial Beach, CA, which is a border town to Mexico. I used to body surf at the

Men's Monogram Accessory Set

Men's Monogram Accessory Set Create a distinctive accessory for any gentleman's wardrobe. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by artist Val Oswalt-De Waard.

DIY To the Rescue: How to Make a Frit Piston

DIY To the Rescue: How to Make a Frit Piston As a self-described cheap glass artisan who lives in rural Maine,finding or making the tools I need myself (rather than buying them online and having them shipped) is a must. As a total beginner, I found that making frit with my scrap glass was actually messier and more dangerous than I had originally suspected. Hammering away on my back deck proved to be a situation which resulted in wasted scrap glass...and tons of cuts.I finally admitted finding a proper tool to make my own frit was a necessity (to my deck AND my hands) - but $50 (plus shipping) for a Frit Piston was just not in my budget. So I took an hour to roam the Home Depot (which, yes, even in rural Maine you will find one) for ideas on how to hack my own solution. What I came up with, after wandering the isles for an

Wine Charm

Wine Charm Wine charms are hot. Use to know who's glass is who's, and also to put a colorful decorative touch to plain glasses. By creating your own beads you can make one-of-a-kind wine charms, which make wonderful hostess gifts. This project is by Delphi Artist and Instructor Val Oswalt-De Waard and can be made with basic bead making supplies found in the Fireworks Bead Making Kit. A great novice project, download the free step-by-step instructions and start creating your own glass beads today. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Glass Bead Wine Charm Instructions

Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 2

Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 2 Part 2 of a 2 part series on the basics of glass fusing. In this weeks article Donna gives advice on indispensable tools for beginner glass fusers. In the beginning, I used one larger tool, and that was a Super Star Grinder. It is still running, running, running. Others have come, and some have gone, but this one is still here. For smaller cold working projects, diamond hand pads do a nice job. The next cutting tool that I bought was a saw. My Taurus 3 Ring Saw has worked extremely well for me, and I love what I can do with it that I couldnt do before, but I worked for 2 years before I purchased this nifty item. As for cutters and breakers, I have many, but for me, the Silberschnitt breaker pliers are a must for small (1/4) strip breaking.....saves so much glass. I use both

Bead Making Basics

Bead Making Basics Download Basic Bead Making InstructionsLearn to make your own beads. Fireworks Bead Making kit is a great way to get started. Learn the bead making basics and you will be on your way to creating beautiful beads to use in a huge variety of jewelry and home decor projects. The kit includes 15 Italian glass rods, enough to make many fun bracelets. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Bead Making Instructions

Meet Gloria Badiner- Delphi Guest Instructor

Meet Gloria Badiner- Delphi Guest Instructor We are excited about the Spring 2014 lineup of talented glass art experts teaching classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. First up is cast and kiln formed glass artist, Gloria Badiner. Badiner is a former scientist and studio artist living and working in rural Southwest Michigan. Her studio, Arts & Artifacts, makes commissioned and custom kiln formed glass for architects, designers and furniture makers. Commissioned work includes cast panels, high relief tiles and sculptures as site-specific installations in businesses and residences. Her sculptures include fused, kiln cast, sand cast and dalle de verre works mostly on an intimate scale and are often mixed with copper, silver, stone, bone and found elements. The themes of night and day, nature and human ritual are strong themes woven into her

1-2-3 Pebble Ornaments

1-2-3 Pebble Ornaments Fun and simple fused glass ornaments with 96 COE glass pebbles. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of System 96.Follow the link below to download and print it directly from your computer screen. Download Free Glass Pattern Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website.

Meet Delphi's Spring 2014 Guest Instructors

Meet Delphi's Spring 2014 Guest Instructors This Spring Delphi is excited to host two amazing glass artists at the Delphi Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Mosaic artist Carol Shelkin and master of beveling, Kent Lauer, will both be teaching this Spring at Delphi. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Carol Shelkin Carol Shelkin creates contemporary fine art and intricate mosaic designs that feature eminent care and attention to detail using hand-cut, high-quality stained glass. Her life-long passion for art has been honed through studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and under the tutelage of mosaic

Kaleidoscope Lamp

Kaleidoscope Lamp Enhance your home with this lovely mosaic lamp. The versatile clear glass KraftyBlok provides endless creative craft possibilities. The smooth surface is easy to mosaic on - you will be done with this lamp in a snap. Viewing this downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Kaleidoscope Lamp Project

Learn from the Best- 2015 Delphi Guest Instructors

Learn from the Best- 2015 Delphi Guest Instructors We are gearing up for the Winter/Spring 2015 session of art glass classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. This year accomplished glass artists Tim Drier and Carol Shelkin will bring their talent and expertise to Delphi to help students upgrade their skills. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Tim Drier Tim Drier has been a glassblower for 25 years, and applies his scientific glassblowing expertise to artistic flameworking. He concentrates on creating decanters, goblets, vases, and human sculptural forms. Drier has taught flameworking courses at The Studio and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and has demonstrated at the International Flameworkers Conference at Salem Community College. Check out Tims work on his Corning Museum of Glass page or his Pinterest

Christmas Tree Luminary

Christmas Tree Luminary Enhance your home and decorate for the holidays with this lovely mosaic luminary. The versatile clear glass KraftyBlok provides endless creative craft possibilities. The smooth surface is easy to mosaic on - you will be done with this luminary in a snap. Viewing this downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Christmas Tree Luminary Project

Art Glass: A New Pastime in China

Art Glass: A New Pastime in China For the last few years, Dan Daniels, founder of Delphi Glass, has had his eye on China. With its rich art history and growing middle class, the country offers a new opportunity for the largest art glass retailer in America. In the United States, art glass, like woodworking or quilting, is a popular pastime. But until recently, China didnt have the luxury of pastimes. Ten or even five years ago, the Chinese didnt have the time or money to take on a hobby, Daniels said. Now thats starting to change. As a result of economic development, leisure-time activities are becoming more and more common in China. People are spending free time with their families, playing outside or visiting the mall. But there are no big box craft stores offering paper crafts, jewelry or sewing supplies in China. The craft industry as we know it in the U.S. is simply non-existent.

Little Bloomin Night Light

Little Bloomin Night Light Enhance your home with this adorable mosaic night light. Perfect for a bathroom or child's room. The versatile clear glass KraftyBlok provides endless creative craft possibilities. The smooth surface is easy to mosaic on - you will be done with this night light in a snap. Viewing this downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Little Bloomin' Night Light Project

Late Summer and Fall 2015 Guest Instructors

Late Summer and Fall 2015 Guest Instructors Late Summer and Fall 2015 provides an opportunity to expand your artistic horizons. Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI presents new techniques introduced by Guest Instructors on the cutting edge of art glass innovation. This season renowned glass artists Wesley Wong, Margaret Zinser and Tim Drier impart their innovative new ideas and techniques to student glassworkers at Delphi. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Wesley Wong Wesley Wong is an award-winning artist who designs and produces custom glass art from his studio in San Jose, California. His passion for glass started in 1981 with stained glass, which eventually lead him into mosaics and fused glass. His work features lots of bright colors and intricate patterns and has been exhibited in many juried

Just Dreaming Pendant

Just Dreaming Pendant Create a beautiful fused glass necklace in your microwave. All you need is the Fuseworks Kiln (Item# 424849 ) Fused Art Decals (Item# 427867) and a single piece of fusible glass. Fuseworks is the quick and easy way fused glass art. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of the manufacturer. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Just Dreaming Pendant Project

Learn from the Best- Spring 2015 Delphi Guest Instructors

Learn from the Best- Spring 2015 Delphi Guest Instructors The Spring 2015 session of art glass classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI is all set to start. This season renowned glass artists Cathy Claycomb and Margaret Zinser join Tim Drier and Carol Shelkin to help expand the scope of your glassworking skills. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Tim Drier Tim Drier has been a glassblower for 25 years, and applies his scientific glassblowing expertise to artistic flameworking. He concentrates on creating decanters, goblets, vases, and human sculptural forms. Drier has taught flameworking courses at The Studio and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and has demonstrated at the International Flameworkers Conference at Salem Community College. Check out Tims work on his Corning Museum of Glass page or

Super Mod Pendant

Super Mod Pendant Create a beautiful fused glass necklace in your microwave. All you need is the Fuseworks Kiln (Item# 424849 ) Fuseworks Dichroic Bits (Item# 427872) and a few supplies. Fuseworks is the quick and easy way fused glass art. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of the manufacturer. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Super Mod Pendant Project

Cosmic Orange Magnet

Cosmic Orange Magnet Create this fun and quick project Fuseworks glass and microwave kiln. Fuseworks is the easy way to make one-of-a-kind fused glass art. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of the manufacturer. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Cosmic Orange Magnet Project

Itsy Bitsy Spider Necklace

Itsy Bitsy Spider Necklace Create this fun and frightful Halloween necklace with Fuseworks glass and microwave kiln. Fuseworks is the easy way to make one-of-a-kind fused glass jewelry. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of the manufacturer. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Itsy Bitsy Spider Project