Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lemons to Lemonade (add vodka as needed)



What you are looking at are mistakes, on two levels,
and a lesson in making lemonade out of the lemons you're sometimes handed.


I have a lampwork studio, yes.  But that doesn't mean I have lampwork talent or skills.  Or time.  Because it takes TIME to get good at this glass art stuff.  Molten glass, crazy-hot torch, hot kiln, summer heat -- it seems like the only time I have that's comfortable to work on lampworking is when its time to ramp up the jewelry making for holiday shows.  And once those are over, it's freezing and the rods of glass get hot, then shatter when I take them out of the heat into the winter air.  


So you see where I'm going -- I'm not good as this lampworking stuff.


But I like it!  And when I DO get to go out to the studio, the zen of staring at that glass, the colors all over the place, the mystery of what's behind Kiln Door #1.  All of that is really cool, and the fact that I'm not a wizard at glass yet, and may never be, is perfectly fine with me because I get something out of it.


Sometimes, lots of times, actually, I make wonky beads and KNOW I can't that hole perfect or the shape just right but I don't dump it in the water bucket to shatter into oblivion and start over.  Sometimes I take a bead that is really pretty, but I KNOW it's going to be a mistake, and I keep working it.  I play, I add this, try a new technique, knowing all the while it's destined for the Bowl of Boo-Boos.


Then there are the DOUBLE boo-boos -- a bead that I can't get off the mandrel, no matter WHAT tricks I try (and I've tried about 4,591,233 of them).  When the bead is a wonky one, that's OK, but boy does it hurt if I made a good one and it's STUCK.


That's when you make plant stakes.  Lemonade.  


Vodka optional.




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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

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33 comments:

  1. Mistakes are part of the learning process and just as enjoyable and as you have learnt with your plant stakes mistakes can have a beauty all of their own. I have piles of mistakes that have become other kinds of art - after all art is good for the heart and always a pleasure to look at. I love the beads on your plant stakes ;~D

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  2. Ha! Love those plant steaks, those beads are way to cute to throw away;)

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  3. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Lori.... I love your mistakes... wouldn't mind sitting by your side admiring them with a tad bit of vodka!! LOL... I am totally itching to wire flowers around your sweet mistakes! Love your post! Have fun at the bead show!!! :-) Kris

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  4. There are no mistakes... just unintentional successes. lol you didn't make bead mistakes.. you make decoration successes ;)Plus the fact that you enjoy the process is all that matter :)

    Personally, I think you should do a mini 'cup of BooBoo soup' challenge and send a bunch of people one of your booboo beads and see who can create a success out of it ;)

    (yus it's the real 'Creative Chaos Skye'...I'm not on my own computer and I forgot my google password >.< lol )

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  5. I believe in life there are no mistakes, just learning experiences you grow from :)

    And, throw in a little lemonade from the lemons you're thrown (vodka optional like you said) and I'd say you've got yourself one heck of an experience ^.^

    Good for you keeping at it Lori! That just shows what type of person you are.

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  6. You always seem to have such a great attitude. I'm wondering something about you.....do you ever cuss? If so, is it bad or just the light stuff.

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  7. I like how you deal with lampworking. Some things take time to learn and playing on and on and on is all it needs.

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  8. wow those are beautiful!! (so do you think the mandrels are too heavy to be hair sticks if you cut them?)

    man, all these issues with glass that non-glass people are not aware of! you'd have to keep that studio pretty warm in the winter! i have the summer-winter thing with spray paint. no place to spray when the temps drop.

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  9. Love your plant stakes! Maybe you should sell those too?

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  10. That is a truly lovely way of looking at a mistake. Plus, your lampwork plant stakes look beautiful! I'm certainly going to have to keep that in mind when I get my lampworking stuff out of storage. :D

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  11. Love that! A perfect way to look at life. BTW, I make lots of mistakes. Make them all of the time. Have been making one over and again for a few days now. But then the light bulb goes off and I learn something new (slowly). But those mistakes are where growth happens and sometimes even new somewhat brilliant ideas. I love your attitude towards this. Tis the journey, yes?

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  12. Yep, I feel ya Lori. Been there, done that and made lemonade too! Once I was teaching a lampwork class one of the ladies in it picked up a bunch of mandrels and made several beads. When we took them out of the kiln the next day, not a one of them would come off! Turns out, she forgot to put the Sludge on the mandrel. She went home with some nice plant decorations.

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  13. Your beads are lovely and they are truly special pieces of art in your garden. Sweet Lemonade. I like your approach to the lampworking skill. Blissful Beading Dear...

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  14. First of all, Keirsten's comment about hair sticks cracked me up! But you are correct...your beads that will not release are TOO PRETTY to be trashed! Love them as plant sticks!

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  15. I think that those are gorgeous plant stakes. Perhaps not what you were intending but beautiful.

    And I agree with Skye. Boo boos would make for a great cup of bead soup.

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  16. I can just imagine how frustrating that must be. Nice that you found a way to enjoy them, though.

    Is there a time when vodka is not needed? :-)

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  17. I wish I could help, but I know nothing about lamp working. But you what they say, practice makes perfect.

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  18. I think those beads are cute...but your attitude is cuter. You make lemonade if you have lemons...only if I can remember that when I am so down!

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  19. You are such a breath of fresh air, always cup half full.

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  20. You've convinced me that if I ever dare to attempt lampworking, I'm having the vodka beforehand. Then I could blame my plant stakes (which are bound to be JUST mistakes) on the drink.

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  21. I'm right there with you!

    I don't have a lampworking studio, but I've started taking trapeze classes because they scare me out of my comfort zone and are incredibly fun to boot. I'm NEVER going to be great at it, but boy do I smile!

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  22. your soo lucky to have a lampworking stuido , it's something ive loved and wished i could try since i was around 11 and was up in shelburn falls and there was a glass stuido, they where making bowls and vases , and in one corner there was a woman making beads , I think my mom had to drag me out of there because i was fasanated ...I can't wait to try someday. I love the beads you posted , I think there really pretty!I personaly would buy one on the "plant stake" for my mother who loves to garden but went from 2gardens about 4x10ft as well as window boxes wile living in MA ... now shes in Florida and now can only do verious pots on her back porch i know she would adore something like that.! I know i'd LOVE some oopsy beads to play with and see what I could make with them,I'll trade ya ,I'll send you some of my oopsy polymer clay beads/pendents that just did not come out the way I wanted but are still pretty and I can't think of tossing them ... I keep them , thinking that my daughter may like to use them to makesomething , I love how my 6 yo is my biggest souport system when i create anything , I can make a simple bead and my daughter just ooossss and ahhhhhs over each one regardless if it's missshapen , the color changed , the imprint dident hold upwell , she still tells me how pretty they are , and that counts alot!

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  23. Great idea!...plant stakes! Now I know what to do with mine and my daughters boo boo's too. :-) They are learning lampworking along with me. Anything molten and glowing...I'm in.

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  24. It's all about starting. Just Do It! I bet Better Homes and Gardens would love these.

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  25. Love it. Plant stakes is a great idea. I have bowls and dishes and boxes of metal boo boos. I wish I could melt them down, most are burnt and sharp, and I haven't figured anything out to do with them yet.

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  26. Great Idea!
    But, I hope the Flower Fairies don't sabotage your lampwork efforts just to get more lovely beadies in the garden !!!
    m.e. :)

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  27. Lampworker's all have there BOO BOO bags of beads. I use mine in the garden too. I have a rock garden and it's part of the design. Have fun. I can't wait for colder weather working in this heat is a drag.

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  28. my planter beads as I call them, live all over my house, yard and studio, after 12 years I still make them... and I love the fact that they are in the plants, they make me smile every time I see them...I love the way yours came out too...
    jelveh
    peace

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  29. Keep it up girl NEVER say die! :^)
    I know you will suceed wonderfully.
    Be blessed to be a blessing.

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  30. I'd totally buy those plant stakes. :-)

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  31. Funny, Lori! But you could start selling those on the side at shows I bet!

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  32. Would you sell me a plant stake? It would look wonderful with my birthday flowers/plant my dad sent me.. :)

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  33. Oh, I made loads of "plant jewelry". My momupped it a notch by adding wire wrapping and extra beads. Vodka!

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