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Great Gifts in Under 3 Hours

Great Gifts in Under 3 Hours Quick. I need a last minute gift, and I need it now. What should I do? What should I give? I have no time left, and I will not go to the MALL one more time. Sound familiar? Is this just a repeat from past years? Do you want a simple solution? Let the Delphi Elves help you eliminate the stress, the frustration and headaches and achieve Ultimate Holiday Bliss. OK maybe, thats pushing it a little far, but we do have some awesome gift ideas that you can create in fewer than three hours in most cases. I have selected some of my favorites to give and receive.

Spring Decorating Trends in Glass

Spring Decorating Trends in Glass 1-2-3 Alphabet Soup Make your style personal and creative. Use numbers and letters to personalize your home dcor. Various fonts, sizes, colors and unusual applications create striking results. Initials, monograms and words add depth and sometimes amusement to a bare wall or boring box, and will always require a second look. Numbers are also popular. A house number, significant date, anniversary or just a favorite number (mine is 16) all add a personal touch to everyday projects. Todays numbers appear clean, fresh and new again. Combining new project ideas and vintage pieces, can be show stopping when displayed together. Whatever you create, youll be #1, and get an A for your efforts. Drawer Pulls / Knobs A quick and easy project that everyone can do. When added to a piece of furniture, drawer pulls instantly give a room personality. Initials or monograms are fun and creative and will be unexpected.

How to Use Diamond Hand Pads | Delphi Glass

How to Use Diamond Hand Pads | Delphi Glass Jeanette, one of Delphis top stained glass instructors, gives you tips and ideas in this quick how-to video. http /njt3tM DelphiGlass.com offers thousands of supplies for stained glass, fusing and other artistic crafts.

Spook-Tacular Halloween Decorations

Spook-Tacular Halloween Decorations Did you know that Halloween is the second largest decorating holiday after Christmas? And October 31st will be here before you know it. Now is the time to start thinking about Halloween decorations, especially if you plan to sell your crafts. For a boo-tiful look for your home, office or store, we have made simple suggestions that anyone can do. This years hottest home decorating trends are SKULLS, GHOSTS and SPIDERS. All shapes, sizes and colors, will accent your tabletop, window sun catchers, accent mosaic pieces and of course your trick or treat candy bowl. For fun and quick easy looks, we suggest 1.) Place a square of orange or black glass in the middle of your table, and arrange pumpkins and spiders for a incredible centerpiece. 2.) Pre-cut glass shapes of various Halloween motifs can be easily made into unique and functional serving pieces, candy dishes, and one

How to Use Glass Decals | Delphi Glass

How to Use Glass Decals | Delphi Glass Artist and instructor Julie Haan shows you how in this quick instructional video. http /qXdm6f.

New G2 Bottle Cutter: A More Versatile Bottle Cutter

New G2 Bottle Cutter: A More Versatile Bottle Cutter Looking to expand the scope of your bottle cutting projects? Listen up. Diamond Tech International has just created a new bottle cutter, the Generation Green (G2) bottle cutter. Its clever design allows users to cut anywhere along the bottles curved body and to cut rings of various sizes. The tool is adapted to cut almost any size glass container including wide-mouth jar and oversize wine bottles, a feature customers have been specifically asking for. And its lightweight frame allows users to cut bottles in a few quick steps. Sturdy construction and a 6-wheeled turret cutting head helps ensure long product life. The G2 can be used for creating a variety of projects, ranging from hanging pots and votive holders to glass jewelry. It earns Delphis title of Earth Friendly because it allows artists to repurpose used bottles into components for glass art. In addition, it is constructed entirely from recycled

Learn About Dichroic and Iridized Coatings on Glass | Delphi Glass

Learn About Dichroic and Iridized Coatings on Glass | Delphi Glass http /nAWvrk DelphiGlass.com offers supplies for stained glass, fusing, jewelry crafts and other creative arts. At Delphi, we love to help customers learn a new craft or technique, and are here to answer any questions. To learn more visit our website http //www.delphiglass.com?source=sm

Get Inspired with Collegiate Pre-Cuts for the Holidays

Get Inspired with Collegiate Pre-Cuts for the Holidays As a proud Dad of an MSU grad (2008-Son is actually working in his field of study) I have to tell you about what we have developed at the Delphi Glass Studio - pre-cut glass logos and mascots of Michigan State University. They are wonderful and easy to work with. We have had many of our in-house artists create different projects using these pre-cuts. I plan on using five white S pre-cuts, five green S pre-cuts and five mid-size Sparty Helmets on a small evergreen tree on our foyer table for the Holidays. This will be a quick and easy way to show our Michigan spirit. (Also, I just found out, to celebrate 8 in a Row we have put all the shapes on sale. ) Stock up now, while theyre on sale, before the holidays. This is the perfect gift to give any Sparty Fanatic. Check them out on

How to Add Details to Your Flameworked Beads | Delphi Glass

How to Add Details to Your Flameworked Beads | Delphi Glass This video gives a quick overview of the steps needed to make glass beads and goes over basic tools including the glass torch, mandrel and other flameworking supplies. http /osq2cG DelphiGlass.com offers tools and supplies for lampworking, fusing, jewelry crafts and other artistic crafts. Visit our website to learn more. http //www.delphiglass.com/

Simple Solutions to Glass Art Pet Peeves

Simple Solutions to Glass Art Pet Peeves Here at Delphi, we love a good reason to celebrate. With the Holiday Season still looming weeks away, we were feeling anxious for a bit of excitement now. The good news? There are lots of lesser known holidays scattered throughout the year if you only look for them. (September includes a favorite of ours; National Talk Like a Pirate Day.) We needed another zany mood boost to get us through Thats how we found this gem Its National Pet Peeve Week. In honor of this holiday we thought long and hard about what really gets under our skin and pushes our buttons while working on projects. Check out our top glass art pet peeves, and the simple solutions sure to put a smile back on your face. Pet Peeve Disappearing Marker Lines Solution Mark Stay II saves the day. Just wipe

How to Use the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln

How to Use the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln The Fuseworks Kiln makes glass fusing easy. You can make jewelry and other exciting crafts right from your microwave. Glass fusing is quick in this small kiln -- most glass projects fire in just 3 minutes. http /rqsmJX. To learn more or purchase the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln, please visit Delphi Glass at http //www.delphiglass.com/beginning-fusing/beginner-kilns-kits/fuseworks-microwave-kiln?source=sm

Bring the Outdoor into Your Home

Bring the Outdoor into Your Home Any ideas on how to make my home more relaxed and casual? Bring outdoors into your home for a fun, and spirited look. Become adaptive with planters, stands, and iron tables. These items can be as charming and functional as they have been outdoors. Think outside the box, be creative and enjoy your new surroundings. For a quick pick up, we suggest Iron tables Perfect next to your bed Place a lamp on the top and place next to your favorite reading chair A great spot for the remote, cell phone or any other electrical gadget Place a larger glass top and have a new breakfast area A smaller table is a welcome addition in any bathroom or dressing area In a foyer, this will set the tone for a casual look. (Place fresh flowers on top) In a dining room, cluster candles on top and eat in candle light

A Polka Dot Sensation

A Polka Dot Sensation From the Paris runways to your childs birthday gift wrapping paper, everywhere are POLKA DOTS. From small aspirin dots to quarter dots (Size is noted by common everyday round objects) the look is here to stay for a very long time. It is believed the dot originated in Poland with the now famous Polka Dance. Dancers would create wild and colorful clothing emphasizing multi-sized circles/ dots. Need some inspiration to get you started? We have ideas. For your next party, create fun and functional serving and accent pieces. One of our favorites is the quick and easy cheese serving set. The simple pattern will let you customize any color to fit you decorating scheme. Make 2 sets, one to keep and one to give as a perfect hostess gift. Brighten up a boring table, by making either polka dot chargers, or after dinner dessert or side plates. Use each

FREE Scarecrow Project Guide & Fall Decorating Ideas

FREE Scarecrow Project Guide & Fall Decorating Ideas Ho. For the leaves that eddy down, crumpled yellow and withered brown... Starting aloft to windy ways, telling the coming of bonfire days. - Bonfire Days by Grace Strickler Dawson Ginny from Melbourne, Florida wrote us with this question Help. I need ideas and suggestions for my front lawn and porch to welcome in the new fall season. It seems every neighbor has great plans except for me. What do you recommend? We have some really fun, interesting and quick ideas This season, scarecrows will take center stage. Each one will be unique and make memories and smiles. Simple or elaborate, each will showcase their personality. Feeling ambitious? Create a pair or a family. Make the stained glass scarecrow shown above. Download our Free Project Guide by Delphi Artist Julie Haan. Dress up your walkway or your front stoop. As the nights get longer, and dusk comes sooner, luminaries

Donate Your Beads to Beads of Courage

Donate Your Beads to Beads of Courage By now, youre probably aware of Delphis partnership with the Beads of Courage program. For those of you who arent, heres a quick overview. Beads of Courage brings handmade beads to children receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses. A bead is awarded by the childs healthcare provider for treatment milestones like blood transfusions, chemotherapy treatments and surgeries to document the childs treatment journey. The success of Beads of Courage is completely reliant on artists and volunteers. Since 2004, more than 500,000 beads have been donated by lampworkers, clay workers, woodworkers and other bead artists, and we want YOU to get in on the action. Were so passionate about this cause, weve pledged to donate 100,000 beads to Beads of Courage, and we need your help. Were asking you to make a few extra glass beads the next time youre in your studio. Send them to Delphi and in return, well give

The New Gingerbread Man

The New Gingerbread Man Nothing says lovin like something from the oven. Remember that phrase? Holiday 2010 is all about memories, and making special gifts with appreciation for the recipient. And nothing brings back memories at Christmas like the Gingerbread Man (now complete with an entire family). From enjoying the cinnamon aroma while baking, to decorating each one with care and arranging them just so on the plate, these cookies bring love and joy to the baker as well as the cookie eater. Recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, grandparents to great grandchildren, neighbors to neighbors and now even to strangers on Facebook. In 2010, look for the new Gingerbread Man cookie to be wrapped with precision, tradition and preservation. These beautiful golden brown cookies, with hints of red, look great on your table, as a snack or as a centerpiece. When grouped together, it makes a simple, yet elegant

How to: Host a Mosaics and Wine Night

How to: Host a Mosaics and Wine Night Heres a great idea for a night in with the ladies...Jennifer Newman, Delphis Director of Merchandising, recently hosted a Mosaics and Wine night for a few of her friends. It was a fabulous event (all of the ladies are now addicted to making mosaics. ) Heres how you can plan a similar experience for your closest friends. 1. Send out invitations. You can use a free service like Evite to send out stylish invitations to your girlfriends. We recommend no more than a dozen people. Ask them to bring an item to mosaic (a flowerpot, a wooden box, a small table, a trivet, etc.) 2. Plan your menu. Snacks and beverages like sangria, beer, salad, artichoke dip, veggies and chocolate covered strawberries are always well-received. Make it a pot luck and ask each lady to bring a food item or beverage. 3. Gather your supplies. Youll need a few pairs

Make an Unforgettable and Delicious Gift This Holiday

Make an Unforgettable and Delicious Gift This Holiday Giving an incredible handmade gift can be easy, and doesnt have to take much time from your busy holiday schedule. This season, design a keepsake plate and take advantage of the firing time to whip up some cookies in the kitchen for a special gift that will last beyond the last scrumptious bite. 5 tips for creating quick plates 1. Apply wash to your mold before getting started on your fused design. This will allow plenty of time for multiple coats to dry before it is time to slump. 2. Using two pre-cut circles (available in 90 COE or 96 COE) as the base of your plate makes it the right thickness for a full fuse, so you can focus on adding details instead of cutting glass. 3. Fusible pre-cut shapes (available in 90 COE or 96 COE) and millefiori (available in 90 COE or 96 COE) make creating fast.

Be Kreative with KraftyBlok!

Be Kreative with KraftyBlok! Summer is a great time to unleash your creativity. It’s also a great time to grab a KraftyBlok or two from Delphi and bring your ideas to life. KraftyBlok is a multifaceted glass block that you can turn into pretty much anything you can dream up. Think of it as a blank canvas in glass block form. Its smooth and clear surface is the perfect base for mosaics, etching, painting and plenty more. Plus, it has an opening where you can easily add embellishments or even lights to really make your KraftyBlok project shine. You can purchase KraftyBlok stands to display your KraftyBlok creation too. There are endless possibilities to bring your KraftyBlok project to life on so many levels. Turn it into a piggy bank for your children or grandchildren. Make it into a stunning vase to hold your fresh-cut flowers. Night lights, picture boxes, bookends and more can

Be Kreative with KraftyBlok!

Be Kreative with KraftyBlok! Summer is a great time to unleash your creativity. It’s also a great time to grab a KraftyBlok or two from Delphi and bring your ideas to life. KraftyBlok is a multifaceted glass block that you can turn into pretty much anything you can dream up. Think of it as a blank canvas in glass block form. Its smooth and clear surface is the perfect base for mosaics, etching, painting and plenty more. Plus, it has an opening where you can easily add embellishments or even lights to really make your KraftyBlok project shine. You can purchase KraftyBlok stands to display your KraftyBlok creation too. There are endless possibilities to bring your KraftyBlok project to life on so many levels. Turn it into a piggy bank for your children or grandchildren. Make it into a stunning vase to hold your fresh-cut flowers. Night lights, picture boxes, bookends and more can

Finding Your Way Around the Delphi Website: How to Track Your Order

Finding Your Way Around the Delphi Website: How to Track Your Order At Delphi, we often get messages on Facebook and through customer service about package tracking. We’re always so happy to help assist you, though we hope this little tip will help you find the package you’re looking for. It’s very easy to locate your package using our Order Tracker. To find it, you can look at the bottom of our home page, where it says Track Your Order. Once you click on that, it will ask you to fill in your order number or your confirmation number. Next, simply click the button to the right of it that says “get tracking.” You also have the option of viewing a list of your orders placed online. However you choose to use the Order Tracker feature, it should help you to determine when your packages will arrive. What if there’s a problem or your number is not found? If you run into

What Are Your Favorite Tools?

What Are Your Favorite Tools? No matter what you’re into – mosaics, stained glass, glass fusing, or glass jewelry – Delphi always has the tools you need to be creative. Without your tools, it would be impossible to bring to life all the incredible ideas that you dream up. As our 26th Annual Art Glass Festival quickly approaches, we know our glass artists are busy fusing, firing, and cutting to create their best pieces ever by using their favorite tools. So what are your favorite tools? Let’s explore some of our most popular tools. Toyo Dry Wheel Supercutter Everyone loves this oil-free cutter because it’s easy to use and makes great cuts without all the clean-up. Plus, it’s very durable and the cutter head is replaceable, making this tool a prime choice for glass artists. Creators Premium Bottle Cutter Glass artists that love to upcycle love this tool that makes cutting bottles

Mosaic Art and Home Décor: Adding Elements of Distinction to Your Home

Mosaic Art and Home Décor: Adding Elements of Distinction to Your Home Mosaics are one of the most beautiful ways to add a unique touch to your garden or home. They can be crafted to form stunning pictures or patterns. You can also use mosaics to take something ordinary and make it into an extraordinary one-of-a-kind item for your home. Candle holders, bordered mirrors, vases, coasters, and wall hangings are just some of the things you can create with mosaics to make the décor in your home really stand out. You’re really only limited by your imagination as to what you can create when you make mosaic art. Mosaics can be done in a variety of ways, incorporating different materials to create your own distinctive pieces. From tiles and glass which are by far easier to cut and shape to making use of broken bits from bottles or other recyclable materials, mosaics take small pieces and incorporate them together to

Gocycle G3 vs. Jupiter Bike Discovery, Unfolded

Gocycle G3 vs. Jupiter Bike Discovery, Unfolded GoCycle G3 vs. Jupiter Bike Discovery, Unfolded New foldable pedal-assist electric bikes have filled a void for commuters, but how do you choose between them? Electric bikes have become huge in the transit segment in recent years, giving commuters more options for getting around without investing in a car or motorbike. They're ideal for short distances, particularly to complete the commuting process for those in the workforce without the costly expense of parking one's car in a garage downtown all day. They're also easy to load into a yacht or RV for convenience getting around nearby. These folding electric bikes have carved a huge following, giving consumers exactly what they needed, though some consumers missed getting to pedal when they felt like it. True that hybrid bikes with pedal assist have been around, they've all been large, full-size options that can't fold up. Fortunately for consumers, GoCycle and Jupiter Bike

Questions and Answers with Mary Datwyler

Questions and Answers with Mary Datwyler Mary Datwyler is the owner and primary designer of Sunflower Glassworks, Delphis latest Elite Dealer. She has over 20 years experience in art glass, seven of which has been running her full-service glass shop. Her work has been taken to six continents (anyone headed for Antarctica?) and has been featured in print and cable TV. Recently, staff at Delphi Glass sat down with her to ask the artist a few questions about her work and her inspiration. How did you get involved in art glass? As a child my mother shopped religion so I was exposed to many styles of stained glass (and philosophies) in all of the various buildings I was in for religious training. Thats where it began. I took my first class nearly 20 years ago and after working in glass for 12 years, I finally was brave enough to sell my first piece to the

Clearwater Stained Glass Studio, FL

Clearwater Stained Glass Studio, FL For an art glass enthusiast, discovering the Stained Glass Studio of Clearwater, FL is like a fried foods addict finding the fairgrounds. Its sensory overload. Large panels hang from the ceiling, small panels are posted on lightboards, and a large mixed-media piranha looms in the front window. You could spend hours in the 2400-square-foot studio and not find all of the art glass treats sprinkled around. Owner Kathleen Bromley is like the Willy Wonka of this proverbial chocolate shop. Her studio, located on US 19 attracts tourists, snow birds and locals of all ages, and she has diversified her offerings to appeal to multiple audiences. We went to visit Kathleen at her studio while a class was in session. Her students were learning how to make glass kaleidoscopes. She broke away from teaching long enough to introduce her staff and give us a quick tour. She, like her shop,

How to Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments

How to Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments GLASKOLBEN cylinders are pre-blown clear glass cylinders with blow pipe ends, used for blowing glass balls. Glaskolben cylinders are used throughout Europe for making Christmas tree ornaments. Glaskolben is a German word that translates to glass bulb. WATCHAVIDEOONBLOWINGGLASKOLBENORNAMENTS. SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT Torch head for Mapp Gas use Gas/oxygen torch Glaskolben™ cylinder 90 COE frits and powders for decoration Ornament cap and loop set (available in gold or silver) COMPATIBILITY Glaskolben is compatible with Uroboros and Bullseye 90 COE glass frit and powders. Do not use any other COE as it may cause stress or fracture. HOWTOBLOWANORNAMENT 1. Light the torch and adjust the flame - a broader flame is better. Select a Sealed End Cylinder Glaskolben™ and introduce it into the back of the flame away from the torch. Rotate it as it is brought into the hotter area of the flame. Continue to rotate until the cylinder is glowing

Raise Your Glass: Discover the Technique of Stained Glass Painting

Raise Your Glass: Discover the Technique of Stained Glass Painting If you love making stained glass projects, then you’ll love the cool effects that painting on stained glass can have. It gives you more of a chance to be creative, allowing for more of a flow of ideas without having to worry about cutting or other processes that need your complete accuracy to ensure a beautiful outcome. The paints used for stained glass painting are made by taking ground glass and mixing it with a variety of colored pigments and a flux. They can be applied in any number of ways and then they get permanently affixed by being fired in a kiln. These paints may be transparent or opaque, and you can mix them together though it is advised that you stick to the same manufacturer when mixing paints for consistency reasons. While stained glass painting is a wonderful way to experiment with a broad range of vibrant colors,

Meet Michael Dupille- Glass Artist and Guest Instructor

Meet Michael Dupille- Glass Artist and Guest Instructor Delphi Glass is pleased to welcome guest instructor Michael Dupille. Michael will be teaching two classes this May and June at the Delphi Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Get to know this innovative glass artist and be inspired by his techniques. See a collection of his works on our Pinterest board. Michael is considered a pioneer in the field of kiln formed glass and has created many of the working processes and techniques which are considered standard in the warm glass industry today. Artist Bio A Seattle resident, he has worked in art his entire career as both creator and educator. Experienced in a variety of media including animation, illustration, print and textile design, he continues to challenge himself through invention and innovation. Michael was part of the glass blowing program at Central Washington University in the early 70s. Since the late 1980s he has worked extensively with glass, having

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.