What’s in the works…

I have the worst time keeping this updated, sheesh. ๐Ÿ˜› Anywho…

Holiday season was…slow, to say the least. ๐Ÿ˜› But that’s okay, it ebbs and flows like the tide. In the meantime, I’ve done a lot of thinking and planning and this is what is in store for the year:

  • Name change. My business outgrew the DarkFire Designs name a long, long time ago. I don’t know what the new name will be but when it’s meant to happen it will make itself known. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Shop revamp: a long time ago I embraced my witchy roots and sold wands, staves, goddess dolls, and incense burners alongside my jewelry. This was before I ever picked up a kiln shelf. After a hiatus from working on the shop I’m finding myself being drawn back to that world, and I will embrace it full force. This doesn’t mean I’ll stop fusing glass, but I will be incorporating much more into my glasswork, and also making rune kits in addition to what I ย made a long time ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ In essence, my store will slowly transform into a metaphysical shop.ย 
  • I’ve been expirimenting with metal inclusions in my fused glass. I started with silver-filled wire, which was a specatcular failure. ๐Ÿ˜› I will be trying brass next.ย 
  • I have a lot of kiln firings to post and new inventory to shoot. I’m waiting for pendant bails to arrive so I can finish pieces and get things moving.ย 

Also, for those in the Glendale area…

I have started selling my jewelry at The Talented Tortoise in the historic district. This is a wonderful little shop full of handmade jewelry, accessories, children’s clothing, pet accessories, and soaps, all made by local artists. If you’re in the area definitely give them a visit!ย 

And that is life, in a nutshell. ๐Ÿ™‚

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First October Kiln Firing

It was a bright sunny morning, perfect for the first kiln firing of the season!

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We still haven’t quite unpacked from Burning man…

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Before firing I had to do a bit of maintenance to the kiln, as well as some spot touchups on the kiln shelves.

 

I did two firings, both to a soft tack.

 

Both firings came out beautifully. A couple of pieces needed more firing but all in all I’m please with the result. Here’s the finished product that’s come out of this firing so far…

I’m in the process of putting them up in the Etsy shop as we speak. I’ll post a new pendant each day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Two of them are already up.

Until next time! :3

August Kiln Firing

Hello world!

I’ve wanted to post this for awhile now, but dying computer plus the memory card going MIA for a bit kind of put it on hold. Anywho, here we go!

Woke up to a very abnormally chilly morning in Mesa, and cracked open the garage door to see…

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What is this madness?!?

…very gentle rain, which is practically unheard of in the summer. If we get rain during this time of year it’s usually the torrential monsoon downpours, complete with lightning, thunder loud enough to set off car alarms, and flash flood warnings.

It was a nice change. It make the kiln cool off quicker. xD

So I shut off the A/C and set up shop in the the lovely messy garage.

 

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One does not simply unpack from Burning Man.ย 

The first firing of the day was for a soft-tack fuse. Here’s the first kiln shelf layout:

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I’d been experimenting with a lot of frit, as well as some fabulous scraps I got from Hayden Brook Studios on Etsy. (Digression moment: LOVE their scrap! Lots of color and texture. I will be using much, much more of this type of glass).

I use super glue to hold the pieces temporarily together so I can get them from my studio to the kiln without losing anything. The glue burns off clean long before the glass starts to melt, and to vent the fumes I keep the kiln cracked open for about ten minutes, or until the pyrometer reaches 750 degrees.

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Aaaaand roughly 45 minutes later we have results!

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A few of the other pieces are missing from this shot because they didn’t fuse enough, so I added them to the second firing, which was supposed(keyword) to be a medium fuse.

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With this firing I learned that the difference between medium and full fuse can be as little as two minutes. I kind you not. Two freaking minutes. ๐Ÿ˜› They fired to a full fuse, which I personally don’t care for, but I like more structured, geometric designs. Some of the above glass just didn’t work, so they got added to the scrap bin(another post for a later time).

Anywho, here are the final results of the weekend’s firing.

Next kiln firing coming soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Monsoons and Kiln Firings and Burning Man, Oh My!

Soโ€ฆI keep getting sidetracked. Currently dealing with some family things, and then Burning Man Happened. ๐Ÿ˜›

Things that have happened so far in the Etsy Store:

  • Major policy overhaul. Clearer, makes much more sense now, and is easier to follow.
  • Iโ€™ve fixed and tweaked item descriptions. Etsyโ€™s new layout makes everything so much easier!
  • Slowly but surely putting new inventory up.
  • Also, kiln is firing as I type. :) Blog post and pictures to follow!
  • Also got my AZ tax license and am working on getting my city licenses so I can resume vending at festivals and art walks.

What is not happening this weekend thanks to the rain and other snafus:

  • The finish of the reshooting. I canโ€™t get decent lighting in this weather, but we really, REALLY need the water out here so Iโ€™m not going to squawk about it.
  • Also, my old computer that I use for photo editing(has the best color and layout) is not cooperating, so things are at a bit of a standstill until I can either bring the backup computer home from Cali or get a better monitor to hook into the laptop. Also, I canโ€™t print anything. Luckily I can download the printer drivers to the laptop and remedy this, quickly.

I am leaving for California on the 11th, and will be taking store inventory with me so I wonโ€™t have to close the shop or delay orders.

And now the sun is coming out, so I might be able to shoot stuff after all. Ah, blogging in real time. :)

Okay, this time we’re really back. xD

It took a few months to get back on my feet. In that time I’ve been reshooting literally everything in the Etsy store. It was a bit of a hot mess. xD Also some new inventory up.ย 

I want to do another kiln firing soon, it’s been awhile.ย 

Phoenix Public Market is on hold for now. I’ve been going every weekend to get my groceries for the week(can I digress for a minute and say that locally grown produce is not only lighter on the wallet but some of the BEST FOOD I have ever eaten? ๐Ÿ˜€ ), and I notice that people just go for the food, which is understandable. ๐Ÿ™‚ So back to the drawing board I go.ย 

Shows/festivals I’m looking into:ย 

Phoenix Pagan Pride

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show(if I can get monies and good materials for it. That may wait another year).ย 

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Also…I’ve started making bridesmaid jewelry! I got a huge order for some, based on one of the pairs of orbital earrings, and I realized I needed to tap into a very potentially lucrative market. We shall see how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

And that is all, for now.ย 

Aaaaand we’re back!

It’s been awhile, ne?

Life just sort of happened. Got a new job to supplement income, got my new place. Other things fell apart, but for the better. Toxicity OUT!!

I realized the aforementioned toxicity I purged in the last month was putting a huge dampener on my creativity, and that I was making things for the sake of making them. Not good. So I took a break, got myself straightened out, and now I feel my muse returning.

I have a much bigger and better work room now and things are slowly getting more organized.

I will still be doing fused glass, and my pieces(some of them, anyway), will be taking a more metaphysical turn. I’m also breaking out the polymer clay again, because I discovered I miss making Goddess dolls and incense burners.

I’m going through my inventory as well, and am planning a huge sale at some point this summer to clear things out!

Last, but certainly not least…I’m planning on applying to become a vendor at the Phoenix Public Market. I’ve wanted to for awhile now, and I finally have the means to make it happen.

There’s more stuff in the works but it’s no fun to reveal it all at once… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay tuned!

New Arrivals/Kiln Firing Results

I finally got a spare minute to post how the firing went!
These are what they looked like before…

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And here are the results!

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They’re for sale in the Etsy shop.

These were fired to a soft tack. I’m thrilled the frit held its shape so well!

I’m going to do another batch of these, with the following tweaks:

  • Slightly larger frit for texture
  • Thinner clear cap. The clear I had was super thick, and didn’t fuse into the cap I wanted without requiring a longer/hotter firing, which would kill all the texture I was trying to create with the frit.
  • Slumped bail made from clear glass as opposed to using metal bails, so as not to spoil the composition. ๐Ÿ™‚

Up next on the agenda: What to do with all the overfired/fail pieces, and more scrap projects.

Sneak Peaks from Last Week’s Firing

Here’s a sneak peak from last weekend’s firings! What do you think? Let us know!

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Twitter Updates and Such.

I’m reorganizing my social network feeds, and DarkFire Designs now has its own feed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Those of you following @d_keidesigns may have noticed it turned into @ddotkei. That feed will now only be fore my Visual Kei shop, d.Kei. For all DarkFireDesigns updates and tweets, please follow the new feed, @darkfiredesigns. ๐Ÿ™‚

The facebook page remains the same: http://www.facebook.com/darkfiredesigns.

New Year’s Picks

New Year’s is quickly approaching! Look your best this New Year’s Eve with these staff picks. These are our favorite pieces in the Etsy shop. โค Click the pic to purchase.

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Gold-Plated wire with quartz crystal and faceted glass beads. Size 6 1/2.ย  $20 USD.

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Gold-Plated wire with quartz crystal and Czech faceted glass bead. Size 7. $15 USD.

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Gold-plated wire with purple Czech faceted glass bead. Size 6 1/2. $10 USD.

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Silver-Plated Wirework Cuff Bracelet. One size fits most. $35 USD. A silver-filled cuff is also available for $45.

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Silver-plated orbital earrings. $8 USD.

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Silver-plated orbital earrings with Czech faceted glass beads. $8 USD.

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Silver-Plated orbital earrings with red Czech faceted glass beads. $8 USD. Also available in Gold.

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Silver-plated orbital drop earrings with Indigo Czech glass beads. $8 USD.

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Gold-plated blue/purple orbital drop earrings. $8 USD.

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Gold-plated wirework ring with Indigo glass bead, size 7. $8 USD.

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