Waxworx 101a: Selecting waxes

Wax ain’t just for candles. Surgeons pack bone with it, medievalists seal letters with it, it coats cheeses and shines your car (or your shoes), makes edible Halloween lips and honeycombs and mascara and photocopies and lava lamps and soap and art.

It’s pretty wonderful stuff and, much as I dislike using it, invaluable in glass casting. HOWEVER…it’s daunting, potentially dangerous, and very, very messy, so I thought y’all might appreciate some tips. First off, let’s talk about selecting waxes.

(Typical disclaimer: This is about the waxes I use in MY studio, employing MY casting techniques. I don’t […]

dripping in glass

Several of y’all have asked me to explain how to use stainless steel rod to create custom dripping platforms for potmelts and such, so I thought I’d oblige…let me know if you have any questions. Glassists are also scavengers–our favorite stores are Harbor Freight and Goodwill–because we’re always looking for cool stuff to use in […]




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I saw my officer this morning, bronzed and burly as he scolded an errant driver on the side of the road. I don’t know his name, and I’m sure he wouldn’t know me. But we made a brief connection a few years ago and so he will always be my officer.

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she said admiringly, rolling down her window, “I do so envy you master gardeners!” My neighbor Rick choked on his coffee, trying not to laugh.


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9 most useful iPhone apps

  • March 13th, 2014
Iphigenia the iPhone holds a boatload (or maybe a phoneload) of apps, those intriguing little chunks of software that do…stuff. I’ve a […]

10 02, 2014

Shooting snow with an iPhone

  • February 10th, 2014

you know I can’t pass up something as gorgeously photogenic as crackly, melting ice over snow in my backyard, right? Right. I can’t. And I didn’t. I thought about schlepping Darius-the-Nikon and all his gear out to the backyard for a shoot…but the “melting” part of the above description gave me pause: Darius is not […]

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