Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Easy Fix for the Winter Blues #3

Retail therapy!

Some new tools arrived today. Now to any self respecting flameworker, tools are second only to glass - or maybe glass is second only to tools. Who cares which way around it is anyway, since they go hand in hand.
To be honest I have been restrained on the tools front, I only own four brass presses & one shaper tool. I use the shaper the most.
However, for me anyway, the Chalcedony seems to react better with the graphite shapers than it does with brass. Given that my current obsession seems to be chalcedony it was a no brainer that I spend my 'tool allowance' (read; my birthday present to me) on some graphite tools that I have been eyeing up for some time.

They arrived from the USA this in this mornings post. Two wonderful graphite shapers from Donna Felkner of CGBeads.

Yesterday saw a shopping trip to buy Ms Gabriela a book to read during the holidays. A quick side trip into the shoe store to update her Chuck Taylor's saw Mum come out with a pair of boots.
OK I admit it, that sucker for shoes thing still lives on. I was drawn to the toe shape. What can I say!
I really, really don't like the rounded or chunky square toe shape on most of the boots around, & normally I find that anything that attracts my attention inevitably has a price tag that has a couple of zero's after the first number... and anything that has a couple of zero's after the first number I can't bring myself to wear to the torch.
This time I just wanted something that I could put on in the morning & wear to the torch, no heels or fancy stuff.

Ahh well they filled pretty much every criteria, flat, nice tapered & chiselled toe,& they are black.
I'm not sure whether I should be proud or dismayed that I actually own a non leather pair of boots now.
Then again, at $27.99 who gives a rats patootie!lol

Oh, and in the "Presentation is Everything" department, this weeks award goes to Donna for her tool packaging! This just has to be the prettiest presentation I have ever encountered when buying tools.


angelinabeadalina said...

Cool boots...and why buy $leather$ when you can be spending the extra $$ on something else? Perhaps more glass?

I am drooling over the flaming handles on those tools! Those are great, and the graphite parts look pretty useful, too.

P.S. I am now addicted to Chalcedony, thank you very much :) Only had one real day of torching before I left for Kentucky, but I took the jar of Chalcedony frit with me. My cousin Tasha was happy to try it at her torch, so I watched her encase some really pretty colors. Guess what I felt the need to do when I got home this afternoon? Ordered some pretty Gaffer colors that I didn't have yet.

rosebud101 said...

Deb, I love the boots! They really look wonderful.
Aren't Donna's tools the best?
I love my oval shaper. I just ordered the donut shaper. I can hardly wait for that toy, I mean, tool to arrive.
And you are, again, updating in my blog roll.
Now, if only my posts would automatically post again.

Laurie Whitney - Mermaid Glass said...

Love the boots!
Have fun with your tools, too. I agree with the graphite v. brass on the Chalcedony, too.

My dad actually made me a couple of roller tools out of aluminum and they work even better than the graphite. I think it might have something to do with the cooling speed. Aluminum pulls the heat out so fast, that I've been getting some amazing colors.

Can't wait to see some of your new, perfectly shaped beads! :)