Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oxygen Check Engine Light and Sky Bleached Batiks

Hello friends!

I had intended this post to be souly about my new beads, but it turns out life decided to get more exciting... So let's start at where we are at this moment in time and work backwards.  So today I sit down to create. I pull out my glass and grab my nubbies of one of my colors to melt down and make into something usable. After all I am WAY overdue on ordering glass and have to  squeeze the last bits out of the glass I can. So I go to click on my oxygen concentrator(an essential part of my lampworking machinery) and I get a flashing red "service" light and beeping. 



So at any rate, my "check engine" light to my oxygen machine comes on and it's inoperable. Awesome.  Did I mention that this is my BACKUP concentrator? My "donut" tire, if you will. So what happens when your spare dies as well? Well, you cease to make beads. As you can imagine the panic sets in. I mean Bead Fest is HOWfar away? and HOW many beads to I have to make yet? oh and I have class beads to make too. *dies*

So what do we do after we panic and proclaim that the world is against us? We have sale, yep, that's right! a S-A-L-E! We tell our friends of our woes and ask them for their support by joining us in a sale to repair our broken equipment.

From now through July 11th(my birthday, YAY!) I will be offering up a 15% off sale in my shop here>> www.geneabeads.com. Use the coupon code "glass4oxy" at checkout to receive your discount! So this is a win, win for both of us. Not only have I just release these amazing, LIVE NUDE BEADS, but they are also on SALE! The sale will help me buy the necessary parts to fix my machinery and return to my regularly scheduled glassiness. See, yay for both of us! :D

Now about that moving from the present to the past thing. You can pretend it's like those movies that show you some strange blip and then start the story, only to re-show you the weird blip and then tie things together. Just like a big bow on a present!

So here we go...



So you see that bright band of color there? It's yellow, pale mint and turquoise? Yeah, that right there is what got my heart all a flutter. So I pulled out my glass and got to it on some more designs!

This is what the beads look like when you make them. Ugly huh, but with all beautiful things, it's what lies beneath.....
Partially cleaned. You can now start to see the design peeking through the muck.
Here they are the LIVE NUDE BEADS! Pretty sassy in the buff huh?! Isn't glass an amazing creature? May I introduce my "Sky Bleached Batiks" collection :) I had intended to sit down and make more of these awesome beads until my oxygen concentrator(oxy con, as we lampworkers call it) crapped out on me. Pretty breath taking huh?! I think I could still make a whole pile of these and not tire of them. So if you would like to see more of this glassy awesome. Stop on over to my sale and send some love my way ;)

I was kind of on this stone theme from last weeks update, which I failed to post here, oops!

These were last weeks treasures(there are still plenty in the shop). I am a dirty tease though, I did save the Orchid and Black beads for my Wooly Wire "One-oh-FUN" class for Bead Fest Philly. You can get all the details for class here.

Or you can just read it here ;) Be sure to sign up by using the link above ;)

Here is what we will be creating. Pretty sweet huh? If you have never used Wooly Wire, but want to dip your toes into the pool of fiber wire, you really should hop on over and take my class. We will start out with some basic steps and move into these gorgeous pieces.

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Well I will have to bid you adieu for now. I'm off to tag and tie up the new beads so they can get ready to go to their new homes!

See you soon!

Much Love and Beady Goodness, 

Genea

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Work, NEW Designs, and RARE Glass Beads!

Hello friends!

Are you ready for some BRAND NEW DESIGNS? Some special ODD LOT GLASS BEADS? RED?

Well you are in for a treat! This was my haul from the studio this week. As you can see red still remained on my lampworking table.

Introducing our NEW designs: "Sarcophagus", "From the Inside Out", and "Mirage". The new pointed and swirled design in our "From the Inside Out" series represents the flow of energy, beauty, and love that flows from the inside out. This design was the foundation for all of the other designs we created this week. 

We started in red and moved onto electric lime green feeling like this design would compliment the color very well. As you can see it was a great success! We even pulled out some peacock pearl metallic glass too! Since we have to use our smaller torch the metallics come much more easily. We figured instead of cry over having to temporarily step down in torches we would work with it! 



All of these wondrous beads are NOW available in our Genea Beads shop!

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See you soon!

xo Genea


Friday, June 27, 2014

Introducing Genea Beads Buddy Bucks!

Hello friends!

I am excited to announce our "Genea Beads Buddy Bucks"! How do you get said bucks? Join our mailing list, and refer a friend. When both of you join we will e-mail you both a special code for $5 off your purchase!  Already on the list? Refer a friend and when they join, you will both receive the code! You can sign up for our Genea Beads Bulletin here.

Now for the rules...
Limit one per customer, per transaction. You can still keep earning bucks for every friend that you refer that joins our list. You will only be able to use one coupon at a time though ;) **Disclaimer** To keep it fair, please only refer interested parties. Please don't add your mother's brother's, friends, cousin's cat that has no interest in beads ;)**

We can't wait to keep you in the loop about all things Genea Beads and give you some BUCKS!

See you soon!

xo Genea

Sunday, June 22, 2014

OMG RED Beads! Shop Update!

Hello friends!

Can you believe we made RED beads?! I am in shock a bit myself. It took me ALL day and I scored a super nice sunburn, but the shop is full! Well... it was full. There are still some awesome beads left from the update. Well don't just stand there! Run on over to the shop and pick some up for your designing!

xo Genea

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Shine On" Limited Edition Collaboration Kits by Genea Beads & S L Artisan Accents!

Hello friends! 

Staci and I are excited to be offering our Limited Edition Collaboration "Shine On" necklace kits! We thought it would be fun to do do a collaboration just before Bead Fest Philly in August last year. We chose a pink and purple palette and got to work. I created a glass headpin, Wing Ding and Weeny Ding glass beads. Staci Created her awesome star focals and the fabulous finished design. Our kits have been featured in the current Step-by-Step-Wire Jewelry July 2014 magazine! There are ONLY 8 of these incredible kits available and when they are gone, they are GONE! You can purchase them in Staci's shop here!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo Genea



Friday, June 13, 2014

Grand Opening Sale and Announcement

Hello friends!

So it's finally time to release the behinds the scenes information! 

BUT FIRST...


 Come on by and check out our GRAND OPENING SALE! Receive 15% off by using coupon code "helloindie" at checkout! Sale runs June 13-15th! www.geneabeads.com

  We are excited to announce our newest adventure!  We have moved our bead shop and entire page over to IndieMade!  You can get to the new shop by visiting www.geneabeads.com. We feel that this move to our new venue will allow us to better grow our business. You can now easily find everything you want to know all in one place! Yay! 

Our "Welcome" page will tell you what's going on just like our old shop announcement page.  Our bead shop is the "Shop" page. The "Blog" will direct you to our  Blogger page. We have a super awesome new calendar so you can now see our "Shows & Classes"!  I am still working on the tutorials/video tutorials, and gallery tabs.  You may notice that our jewelry is still over at our Etsy shop for the time being. We are still working out how we want to manage that shop.

Some other changes that you will notice is that we will be offering up our beads in our IndieMade shop instead of doing Facebook bead previews. We may still offer up special sales on our Facebook from time to time, but will do the bulk of our business in our new shop venue.  We feel that this change will help avoid confusion and insure that our customers are able to get the beads they want.

Our Wholesale customers can now use wholesale coupon codes to automatically receive their discount at checkout. *Custom orders are not eligible for a wholesale discount and are not being offered at this time due to our busy show prep.

The checkout is easy to use and just about the same as Etsy as far as inserting your coupon codes and paying through paypal. If you don't have a paypal account you are still able to pay without making an account! 

We look forward to better serving you with our new upgraded site!  Thank you for your continued support of our business! We could not be doing what we do without YOU!

xo Genea

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The M* F*ing Saga Continues

Hello friends!

And so the saga continues.... Since you last stopped in here is what has happened. We finally got downstairs to set up the studio. When we got ready to set up we noticed some black spots on the ceiling. Yep, you guessed it! Mold! Damn it! So we got out some bleach water and sprayed the spots and followed that with 2 layers of Killz. 
Ricky painting the ceiling.

Here was us setting things up.

Here is my horribly stripped oxygen concentrator connection. The shitastical plastic threads were finally stripped. Who in their right mind puts PLASTIC threads on an OXYGEN machine? Someone needs to be brutally maimed. So my darling husband does his best to saw off the bad threads with a STEAK KNIFE of all things(we don't have many tools) to get to the nice textured threads at the top. After sawing, and sawing, and SAWING, and cursing, and SAWING. He finally gets that bottom part cut off. We attach the hose and you can hear the oxygen hissing out of the top at the connection.

Awesome.

Class? Do we know what this means? Oh why yes, this means that the concentrator is CRAP until that part if fixed. :(:(:( So now we need to locate the correct fitting and order a new part. So what does this mean? No mini cc torch set up for me :(:(:(

How do we remedy this problem? Well we take out our OLD torch set up before our upgrade! So out comes the Nortel minor torch and old oxy con. We get them all set up and awesome. Check for leaks, adjust and we are back in business! SWEET!!

BUT.....

I flip on my kiln and the most horrible buzzing noise comes out of it. I quickly switch it off. What could horrific sound be?? Oh it MUST be the kiln relay I have NEVER replaced since buying my kiln in 2008(normally those crap out after 4-5 years). 

Awesome. 

So then what? Well we go upstairs and sit. Panic. Feel like the universe must be telling me I should NEVER make beads again. Gah.. WHY?????? *sigh*

We decide to be proactive. I call up Glasshive(the makers of the most AMAZING kilns ever. No, really!! EVER!!) to find out what the damage is for this new part. Turns out it's only $20 bucks! Awesome, but um.. I am short the $20 at the moment. So what do they do? They SEND IT TO ME AND TELL ME TO PAY LATER. OMG! Um yeah, what I said about best kiln company EVER. Yeah, so if you need to buy a kiln, guess where you should be spending your money ^^ 

In the mean time my friend Brandon calls. I had called him just after calling Glasshive to trouble shoot my problem. He told me that it may be and overloaded circuit. That means that I plugged the kiln into an outlet that is less than 30 amps(the necessary amount to run the kiln). So being the genius I am, I decide to play lets guess the outlet! Awesomely enough NONE of the breakers are labeled in our breaker box. Boo.

So here we go, outlet number 1- BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Outlet number 2-BZZZZZZZZZZZ. Now as you are reading this you still don't know just how awful this sound is. Imagine a super buzzy alarm clock x 100. That might give you an idea. Playing guess the outlet is like playing Operation. You remember that game right? The one that buzzes every time you bump the sides as you try to remove the broken body parts from the patient. Yeah, the outlet game is like that. I cringe as I plug in the cord and flip on the switch. Outlet 3, outlet, 4-BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. 

Outlet 5- Bzzzz CLICK. Wha?? NO FUCKIN' WAY! It's WORKING!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! 


A fuzzy photo of the magical outlet.

Next I call Glasshive to find out if running the kiln will hurt it worse. Turns out if it's running it will be just fine. I guess generally after the kilns set they can get moisture on the contacts and have the relay go out as well, OR they can turn on, dry up, and start running again! So I did a trial run. I just decided to make spacers incase my kiln decided to continue dying.

Mmmm so pretty! Just like candy!

So for day 2 I decide to get a little more ballsy. I was told that the relay generally dies in the off position. So I figure if it turns on and heats up we are good, right?


There she is. My tiny little hot girl. My very first upgrade from my hot head torch. It was SO nice to make beads even if the torch is so much cooler than my Mini CC. I could MAKE THINGS. Ahhhhh.

Ok so the fan set up is not so awesome, but we will be attaching my vent fan soon so I can go back to having real ventilation! Hooray! Until then we just do it however we can, right? Not that I am telling you that this is a safe way to work. 

There she is still kickin and holding the temp correctly. 

The kiln relay. The magical switch that regulates the kiln temperature. I have yet to install this piece yet, but will as soon as my friend stops by to help. I am not skilled in the art of mechanical devices. I leave that up to the people that are. We don't need ANY more studio drama.

On a side note. Life around me goes on. Mom gifted me with this gorgeous passion flower! I am super excited to see it bloom. She told me it's a red one, but the label says otherwise. I guess I will be surprised when it opens.

Look it already has a bud :D I kinda think it will decide to open when I am out of town this weekend. Drat.

Oh did I tell you I will be going to Red Feather Lakes, Colorado Friday-Monday?  Ricky's dad is flying us in for Ricky's mom's b-day. We can't wait to see them! Not to worry the shops will remain open for your shopping pleasure and purchases made between those dates will ship on the 10th ;)

We also have some exciting business new coming up, but I will save that for another blog post.....

I spent the last few days getting back in the swing of things and waiting for inspiration to strike. My friend Amanda kidnapped me for a hang out day. We saw a sign on the side of the road for 25 cent snow cones! These darling girls made us snow cones and they were quite amazing! What a treat. The world still does have sweet simple pleasures for next to nothing :)

I made this awesomeness from a bunch of organic fruit that we were gifted. Our friends work for a delivery organic place and the fruit was in the bruised bin.I put each fruit in my juicer and poured and froze each layer to get this amazing star pop! Holy crap was it AMAZING!! So delicious! Way better than that crap loaded with sugar and fake dyes. Ick.

Mom sent me home with some of her day lilies. I planted them by the front deck on stairs. They should fill in here nicely :)

I weeded the left side of the house by the garage. That big heap of green inbetween the hostas was all weeds! Rat bastards trying to choke out my plants! *shakes fist*

I had a few more lilies so I planted them in this, also weed filled bed on the right side of the house. It doesn't look like much, but they will be so pretty when they grow in.  

Would you believe this?! I even made *RED*beads! You all know how I hate red, right? Why do I hate red? Well I will be a girl about it.. It doesn't match with my red hair. Yep, really. Lol.  I really am smitten by these beads. This red just glows when layered and etched. I even added some stone texture. I will show you what I did with some of these next time.

Until next time... 

Have a great weekend and see you next week!

xo Genea