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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of the creative effort.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt”

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Tips for Building a Workbench

So you want a workbench. Now WHAT?

Each workbench I own was a decision I had to make: buy one or build one? Simple right?
Well – sometimes it’s a combination or rather a modification of something else to fit your need.
Here I write about the first workbench I ever built in part one of my Custom […]

Custom Workbench Series - part 1

Carrie

Building a custom workbench doesn’t have to be expensive.

The very first workbench I ever build cost me a few hours of time, the help of an assistant (my Dad)  and cost me a little less than $20.

Carrie’s First Workbench.

 

Only a few tools are needed. Basic materials are generally cheap or can be scrounged for […]

MFNC 2012

Here's your sign…. everybody gets one.

Well it’s over now, and I survived!  As usual Maker Faire NC was very frenetic. I was there presenting a booth on the basics of fused glass. Answering many, many questions, and even getting a few people involved in cutting glass or grinding an edge groove into a small […]

Selection of Fused Glass Books Reference List

I spent some time the other day looking for books on fusing glass. There are a lot of them out on Amazon’s website, a few on Barnes and Noble, and the rest are scattered to the wind.  In any case there are of course many resources out on the internet to help you in locating […]

Big Dreams of Trains to Nowhere and Everywhere

My inspiration of the month….

With thanks to Craig who sent me the following link:

http://weburbanist.com/2009/10/29/all-aboard-clever-recycled-train-car-homes-offices-hotels/

It involves the clever reuse of train cars. Now what I find so inspiring about this … well in college my friends and I found a couple of old wooden cabooses…sitting on abandoned tracks a short walk from our dorms. […]

Using Gallery Glass Paints

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Since not everyone has ever heard of, let alone made a faux stained glass window, I thought that I would share with you some of my thoughts about making one.

My goal was to make a fairly large window and I only wanted to do it once. I knew that I would need to make a […]

Shopping at Gem and Jewelry shows

My thoughts on making the most of shopping at Gem and Jewelry shows.

Making a living - Photography

I had a friend ask the question about taking his photography to a professional level and trying to make a living with it… I thought I’d share my answer since may others also may be thinking along those lines.

Hey There!

If you seriously want to explore the whole photography as business idea -or – other passion […]

Shopping for the Impoverished Artist

The Holidays are upon us….

I find at this time of year that I am drawn even more to all the bits and pieces of equipment, tools and supplies that I don’t already have. That I quite simply can’t afford or justify either.

So. What do you do?

I try to cope by going to lots of thrift […]

Setting up a Workshop / Studio

Setting up a Workshop / Studio

by Carrie S. Hafer

If you look around the web and talk to various artisans you will find lots of advice on setting up your own work space.Things to consider:

available space
required use and storage needs
flexibility of space as needs change
can you use the space available “as is”
do you need more power, […]