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End of September I had an operation on my left hand (I am a lefty!!) The operation (Thumb Arthritis) requires a long revalidation and the first months where not so nice.
The last few weeks I have been busy downsizing my glass studio so I can use part of it as a photography studio. I have to many tools, equipment, glass, etc so I have a lot for sale in my second hand webshop.
Being robbed of your dominant hand is difficult, but it was worse I couldn’t hold my camera and I couldn’t make beads. The camera was the first thing I picked up again after 4 months and yesterday I made a few beads!!
Clearing out a lot of stuff I don’t use any more and rearranging my vast collection of glass, takes a lot of time. And my hand is not functioning like it should so it takes some time.
Last week I got a packet from Kathy Seamonds from Creation is Messy (CiM) with 16 new colours glass. Thank you Kathy, this was a good excuse to stop clearing and moving stuff around and go sit at the torch and make some beads!!
The new CiM colours are beautiful. Here are the 16 new colours, aren’t they pretty?
So the renewal of the studio is not finished, I need to do a lot more before I can move in my professional flash lights, backgrounds etc.
But first we are celebrating Carnaval starting on Saturday!!
Het moest er een keer van komen. Ik ben begonnen met het opruimen van mijn atelier. Nee, ik ga niet stoppen met branden, maar wel stop ik met het houden van workshops. Ik heb er lang over nagedacht en veel getwijfeld, maar ik ben blij dat ik de knoop heb doorgehakt. De ruimte die ik nu krijg kan ik gebruiken voor mijn studio fotografie.
Stukje bij beetje ruim ik weer een plekje op, fotografeer wat ik wil verkopen en zet het in de speciaal daarvoor gemaakte tweede hands webwinkel. Er is al veel verkocht en zodra ik weer tijd heb, vul ik de winkel weer aan.
De grote tafel gaat nog weg en het glas wordt ook opnieuw ingedeeld en waarschijnlijk komt er ook glas te koop. Zilverglas, odd lots, boro etc liggen al lang stof te verzamelen, ook heb ik veel speciale mandrellen die weg mogen.
Houdt de tweedehands winkel in de gaten voor nieuwe updates!!
To give you an idea how I make my colourcharts, I photographed the process.
First I ordered and bought all the colours glass which where missing on the former charts. There are still a few colours missing, but I hope to get my hands on them soon so I can finish the posters and send them of to the printer.
To give you an idea, I have bought about 200 new colours which are not on the posters from 2011 and 2013. At this moment there are about 600 colours on the charts on the website and I am still working on 60 Ornela beads. I will upload these to the website in the next few days.
On arrival, I sort them out by number.
I use the 3 in one lentil press from Cattwalk. As you can see it is well used. Before I make a bead, I write the name and number of the glass I will use on a sticker which I attach on the mandrel.
My little oven is wonderful, I can stack so many mandrel in.
Next is the boring part, cleaning. I have to be careful not to mix things up. So I clean one bead at the time, remove the name/number sticker and put the cleaned and dry bead with the sticker on a piece of paper.
I keep them in ordered by number to avoid mistakes.
Then comes the photographing part. I photograph them in the same manner I did in 2009 to avoid to many differences between the photographs although my photo gear has be update to professional equipment now.
To get the colours right, I use a professional gray and colour card. In Lightroom I can set the white-balance exactly as it should as I do photograph all my photos in Raw format.
I photograph them in the same order as the are on the paper so I can rename them properly in Adobe Lightroom. Then I make sure the whitebalance is corrected and I make sure the colour is right.
Then I move the file over to Photoshop to crop the photo, make it square, make the background totally white and remove dust and other annoying things. Before saving the file, I make sure the colour is exactly matching. I work on a calibrated monitor so what I see on my screen is accurate.
For showing the beads on the internet, I have to add a watermark. I hate this, but people where stealing my photos and even printing them on stuff they sold.
The next phase will be to sort all the colours by brand and number and add them in Adobe Indesign to make a pdf for the printer. This is also a time consuming operation. I will start this when I have all or most of the missing colours.
I know not all colours on my charts are available any more, but I made the decision to show all colours I have at the moment I make the posters. Manufacturers couldn’t reproduce some colours and they have become limited or don’t exist any more, but since I have made the beads and photos, I will add them to the collection.
I haven’t included the Effetre Cool colours for that same reason. With the Ornela colours, sometimes they give them a new number just below or above because the colour hue is a little bit different.
Manufacturers are still developing new colours so the posters will never be finished. I try to keep up, but it takes a lot of time and money.
If you see a colour missing on the online charts and you want to donate me half a rod, I would be very grateful. Please contact me first, because maybe I have the glass but didn’t have the time to update them on the website.
As I have a lot of other things going on, I can’t tell you when the new posters will be ready. In the mean time prices of the “old” posters are reduced with 25%. You can buy the posters at the Glasss webshop.