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Fire Flowers

Making a Fire Flower by Janet Crosby

Flowers that bloom in a ball of fire and molten glass. 😍 I have been on a kick exploring what are known as ‘implosions’ in glass. A process where, as opposed to an explosion, the main action is inward. Prep Work I start by creating small canes, which are ‘sticks’ of glass featuring 2-3 colors,…

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Art For Animals Wrap-Up

World Vets provides veterinary care for animals that would otherwise have none - photo courtesy of World Vets

Thank you to all who participated in sharing the word, bidding, and taking time to learn more about World Vets in the first ever Art for Animals fundraiser! The Auction The auction for Pippa the Pencil Thief (photo below) closed at $81.00, and World Vets and I extend hearty congratulations and a big thank you to…

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Reclaimed Barn Wood Series

Red Barn in the Autumn Light

I live on an old farmstead out in the rolling hills. One of my favorite things — and biggest inspiration — is our old red barn. Built between 1907 and 1911, it has stood the test of time. As has our old truck, although not quite as old. 😀 (1946 Chevy). A Closer Look A…

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Hand-cut Enameled Hearts

Enameled Hearts by Janet Crosby

I posted some steps I take to create hand-cut copper enameled hearts on Instagram over the last few weeks. Here are the photos, along with more detailed explanations, to show what is involved when making these heart charms. I started making hearts this way for two reasons: 1) I like each piece to be unique. 2) I…

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A Peek Inside The Kiln

Kiln Load - janetcrosby.com

To maintain some semblance of sanity while working on speeding up my website, I did lots of torching and fusing! Here is what is in the kiln right now. These pieces are undergoing their second (and for the flower, third) firing. In 8 hours, I will be able to see how they turn out! Mini…

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Flying

Watercolor Flowers and Butterflies - Janet Crosby

I have been working hard fine-tuning my site. This is definitely not as fun as time in the studio, but necessary just the same. First up: SPEED! My site has been slow since moving to a new host a couple of years ago. I tried to quicken up the code (only broke my site a time or…

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Spoonflower – Art on Fabric

Spoonflower Shrooms - Janet Crosby

As many of you know, I love to paint and photograph mushrooms. I have always been ‘aware’ of mushrooms, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, but this renewed interest was surprising, even to me. It started in my own backyard and then continued with my love of hiking and stopping to take notice of the many…

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Up Close: Macro Beads

Silver Dot Bead Close Up - www.janetcrosby.com

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been spending lots of time in my studio making new stuff. I have been focusing on using large mandrels (for large-hole beads), using silver glass (the colors!), and coring beads with metals (copper and sterling silver). This necessitated a new look for photography. This idea is still a…

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New Works

Ombre Beads and Fish - Janet Crosby

I haven’t been listing beads lately, but have been spending a lot of time in my studio the last few weeks. I have been working on a few custom orders, but spending most of my time playing around with some new colors, new bead ideas, and trying to figure out new ways to look at…

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Liberty, Equality, and… Reality

Beaded Keychain - janetcrosby.com

I am still stumbling along with my computer woes (I am great with computers … until they don’t work. haha), but also something else. Ugh, Politics I have struggled with how to proceed in a world where ‘politics’ have taken over. I, like so many people, hate politics and was not really involved. Until now. Don’t…

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