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Lampwork Glass Bead Making Class

Hi everyone, hope your having a wonderful holiday season so far.   I am so excited to be teaching a Lampwork Bead Making Class on Saturday January 2, 2016 from Noon to 5 pm.

I have room for 1 more student in the Class.   Here is some info on the class:

LAMPWORK BEAD MAKING: This class teaches you how to make your own handcrafted lampwork or flamework glass beads.  Glass rods are melted under an open torch and formed into glass beads.  You will learn about expansion of glass, compatible glasses, how to anneal your beads, and much more.  $100.00 includes all supplies and the use of all tools (you take home your finished beads).  This is a one secession class, 5 hours long.  The class is limited to two students.

Here are some pics of bead making:

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Me melting the glass under the torch.

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Above and below, Shaping the bead.

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Adding decoration to the bead.

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More shaping the bead

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Adding clear glass over the top of the bead

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The bead taking the final shape

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Beads right out of the torch.  The bead on the left is the one I was making in the pics above

RIMG0865Final beads after they come off the rods. Bead in the center is the one I am making in the pics above.

My classes very individualized providing you the one-on-one instruction that you will not receive in a larger class setting.   Let me know if you want to take this class.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, very Merry Christmas, a fantastic Holiday Season however you celebrate, and a Happy New Year.    Christina

#lampwork, #flamework, #glassbeadmaking, #classes

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Jewelry Care Tips

Here is my Jewelry Care Tip of the day.  This is how I keep my Sterling Silver, 14k Gold, my fused glass and precious metal clay (PMC) pendants, my glass lampwork beads and semi-precious stones looking shiny and pretty.  I use Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes.  I am not affiliated with the company or the product.  I just use it, and like it.  One wipe can be used over and over and over again for months.  One box will last you for years.  The wipe also puts a protective non-tarnish coat on your sterling silver and protects your jewelry from tarnishing longer.

 Jewelry WipesI just thought I would share with you how easy it is to keep your jewelry looking shiny all the time.  You can buy them at any jewelry counter or on the web.

#jewelry, #jewelrycaretip, #sterlingsilver, #fusedglass, #PMC

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Free Crochet Pattern: Double V Shell Afghan with Scalloped Edges

Double V Shell Afghan with Scalloped Edges

By Christina M. Lee, June 30, 2015

(For Lapgan Measurements see end of pattern)

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Skill Level:  Easy/Beginner

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft (5 skeins 6 oz skeins) or any 4 ply worsted weight yarn
Color A: 3 skeins Chocolate, Color B: 2 skeins Watermelon, or colors of your choice.
Crochet hook size H

Special Stitches: Double V Shell (dvs) = 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same space, will be referred to as dvs in pattern below.

Gauge: Not important

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Pattern:
With color A Ch 168.
Row 1. dvs (Double V Shell, see special stitches above) in 4th ch from hook (see above for instructions on how to make dvs), *skip 4 ch, dvs in 5th ch*, repeat across between **. Ch 3 turn.

SANY0002Here is what the Double V Shell (dvs) stitch looks Like and the beginning of row 1.
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Row 2. *dvs in the top of the 2 ch space of the dvs in previous row*, (in the center top of shell) repeat between ** across. Ch 3 turn.

SANY0007End of Row 2, you can now see the scalloped edges starting to form.

Rows 3-17 (approximately the whole skein of yarn): Repeat row 2.
Rows 18-34: Change to color B. Repeat row 2.
Rows 35-51: Change to color A. Repeat row 2.
Rows 52-68: Change to color B. Repeat row 2.
Rows 69-85: Change to color A. Repeat row 2.
Final row. *sc in the top of the 2 ch space of the dvs in previous row, ch 5*, repeat between ** across. Fasten off.

Approximate final measurement of afghan are 45” x 60”

PATTERN UPDATE, 2/29/16: I made a nice lapgan out of this pattern by ending at row 55. Then going to the Final Row. I changed colors of yarn every 5 rows.  I used “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby.  Approximate Lapgan six 45” x 36”

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I hope you have fun creating your afghan. Please share pictures of your completed afghan with me, feel free to post them here on my blog.  I would love to see your completed afghan.

You can also post your pictures of your finished afghan and comments about the pattern on my Facebook page, Knitting & Crochet Friends.

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This is an Original Design by Christina M. Lee. Copyright June 30, 2015, Lee Creations, Inc., d/b/a Christina M Lee Designs.   Please feel free to use my pattern to make as many afghans as you desire, give them away, sell them freely.

You are prohibited from selling the pattern or claiming the pattern is your own, or publishing the pattern in any printed material without my explicit permission. You are prohibited from publishing, copying, or using the photographs in the pattern in any manner without my explicit permission.

I would please ask that when you share the pattern you give me credit for the pattern and post a link back here to my blog or my website.

If you have any questions about the pattern, or need any help with the pattern, please feel free to contact me. You may email me at Christina@creationsbychristina.net or post a comment here on this blog or my Knitting & Crochet Friends Facebook page.  Please feel free to share this pattern on social media.

Happy crocheting,  Christina

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Classes I teach: Bead Stringing

BEAD STRINGING: In this class you will learn the basic bead stringing techniques, including crimping and how to make a basic loop and a wrapped loop.  Class fees are $40.00 and includes all supplies.  This is a one secession, 3 hour class.  You will take home a completed necklace or bracelet.

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Classes are available by appointment only:

Due to limited space available for teaching, my Classes are limited to 1, 2 or 3 students per class depending on the class.  I can accommodate more students if the class is held at the location of your choice. 

Small class settings allow my classes to be very individualized providing you the one-on-one instruction that you will not receive in a larger class setting.  Small classes also allow me to be flexible in my teaching schedule.

Classes are generally weekday evenings, or Saturdays during the day or evenings, but I can work with you to fit your class around your schedule.  I thoroughly love teaching, click here to see a list of other classes I teach: http://creationsbychristina.net/?page_id=913

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My First YouTube Video

Made my first video about my crocheted Sock Monkey Hat & Mittens for sale.

Sock Monkey Hat & Mittens It is basic and simple and no sound.  Was just trying to see if I could do it.  Proud of myself.  Check it out.  It is probably kind of corny for all you experienced YouTubers out there, but hey, gotta start somewhere, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNOh6OrU5lg

By the way, sold the sock monkey hat and mittens right away, so the video was a success.  If you would like a set I can crochet you one.

All fiber arts created in a smoke free, pet free environment.

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Classes I teach: Lampwork Bead Making

LAMPWORK BEAD MAKING:

This class I teach you how to make your own handmade lampwork or flamework glass beads.  Glass rods are melted under an open torch and formed into glass beads.  You will learn about expansion of glass, about compatible glasses, how to anneal your beads, and much more.  $100.00 includes all supplies and use of all tools (you take home your finished beads).  This is a one secession class, 5 hours long.  The class is limited to two students.

Classes are available by appointment only:

Due to limited space available for teaching, my Classes are limited to 1, 2 or 3 students per class depending on the class.  This makes my classes very individualized providing you the one-on-one instruction that you will not receive in a larger class setting.  This also allows me to be flexible in my teaching schedule.

Classes are generally weekday evenings, or Saturday during the day or evenings.  I can also work with you to fit your class around your schedule.  I can arrange a weekday afternoon class if that is the only time you have available.  I thoroughly love teaching, so click here to see a list of other classes I teach: http://creationsbychristina.net/?page_id=913

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