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    Quote Originally Posted by Beast Master View Post
    Chaka, my unsincere apologies!!!

    The secret is soft glass. Seriously. Holds heat a lot longer than that boro garbage

    Interesting.

    I met a German woman that sculpted in soft glass, she was taught
    to work the glass so that it had no strain in it and her pieces never
    broke even though she didn't anneal.

    Do you use any particular brand of glass ?

    Addendum:

    After looking at your site I see that Effetre and DH are favorites.

    I have a ton of Effetre/Moretti, going to try that black widow today !!

    Really incredible work, thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks!

    Effetre is the main glass I use. I'd say I've used less than a pound of DH in the last three years put together. I little of that stuff goes a loooong ways.

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    I got my spider in the mail today, thanks so much Wes! I was really impressed with how delicate it was as well as the very realistic pose. Thanks again, I will be getting more of your work for sure!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.I. View Post
    I got my spider in the mail today, thanks so much Wes! I was really impressed with how delicate it was as well as the very realistic pose. Thanks again, I will be getting more of your work for sure!!
    I'm glad it arrived safely and that you're happy with it!!! Thanks for supporting my glass work

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    Aaaand.. Favorited. Your work is beautiful Beast.

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    Charlie, thank you for your nice compliment.

    I just posted some more goodies on there, including a replica of the Eupholus magnificus species of weevil:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1009389...s-weevil-lapis


    There's also a wasp resting on a blade of grass (similar to my 2010 ISGB Gathering demo):

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1009384...of-grass-glass
    Last edited by vetropod; 05-29-2012 at 05:48 PM. Reason: more werds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddles View Post
    Segmented antennae on that tiny hornet...
    Mindblowing.
    this

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    Man, the weevils ALWAYS give me the creeps! lol
    Boost the economy, buy more glass!!!

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    Stunning.

    Love the wasp on the grass.

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    Thanks you three!!!

    I just posted some more critters, lots of colorful ones, all at good prices. And remembers, you can use the coupon code for members of this forum - enter the code: "TheGLDG" when you check out for 15% off!










    Enjoy!
    Wes.

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    Hi Everyone!

    I'm really loading up my Etsy store, instead of sending pieces to galleries. Prices are also a good bit lower than gallery pricing (shhhh! ) These are all Effetre/Moretti ("soft" glass), "off-mandrel" sculptures.

    Here are three I just posted:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1018747...nd-green-tiger


    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1018751...e-black-silver


    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1018748...mpworked-glass



    Enjoy!
    Wes.

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    Diggin' that spider Wes!
    Boost the economy, buy more glass!!!

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    damn wes tone it down a bit...
    you make it hard for the rest of us melters to keep up.



    your work is always so tight and visually stunning...

    alright dont tone it down, i guess we all just gotta work that much harder...
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    life>fiction

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    John - thanks! That's my new fav color combo for spiders, I've been making a bunch of those lately.

    Jay - thanks, too! Funny thing is, I don't feel like I work hard enough/make enough stuff. Maybe because I do my own photos and the work is smaller/easier to photograph, it seems like I'm more prolific? Anyways, it's nice to hear a differing opinion to the one in my head

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    must be crazy to ship these things, how do you pack them to prevent breakage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalbone View Post
    must be crazy to ship these things, how do you pack them to prevent breakage?
    Shipping is tricky, to say the least. Most important is to keep the item immobile, so it doesn't break itself when the box is bumped around on the journey. But obviously it needs to be well, cushioned as well. How to do this really depends on the piece.

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    I've got pics of the packaging job of the first spider I bought from Wes... I'll post them later tonight.
    Boost the economy, buy more glass!!!

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    Here's the first spider that I bought from Wes. Absolutely amazing that something so fine can be shipped halfway across the country and arrive in pristine condition. I've got 5 so far and they've always showed up in perfect shape.

    Basketball sized box... notice that it was tested by the post office.




    Tons of peanuts.




    Smaller box inside peanuts and large box.




    Critter nestles in chunks of foam.




    Black and blue spidey checking out his new digs. He later lost his life in a tragic dusting accident.

    Boost the economy, buy more glass!!!

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    very impressive pack job

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    John, thanks for sharing those pics for everyone! I have very low breakage rates and will repair any work broken in shipping at my cost.

    I just posted some more work up on Etsy, trying to be regular at this. A few fun, weird items this time:

    Fanciful take on a trilobite beetle:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1022602...ack-and-orange


    Goblin-Back Orb Weaver Spider:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1022606...-weaver-spider


    And some of my usual fare, a Jewel Tiger Beetle - this one has really nicely detailed feathered antennae:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1022609...beetle-sparkly



    Enjoy!
    Wes.

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