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New Jewelry Sets

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Fused glass earrings and bracelet set. (Clear and dichroic glass, glass beads and copper wire.)

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Sold separately at Samara Organics. (Fused aqua and dichroic glass, natural turquoise, glass beads and copper wire.)

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Fused glass earrings and 21″ necklace.  (Fused blue aventurine and dichroic glass, lapis chips, glass beads, and copper wire.)

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(Green aventurine and dichroic glass, glass beads, and copper wire.)

Earrings – 4,000 colones

Bracelet – 5,000 colones

Necklace – 7,000 colones


Bring it on

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Halloween costumes tucked away, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

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These 4″ Poinsettias will look great hanging on your Christmas Tree and remind you of the native Pastor that are already changing color along the roadsides in Costa Rica.

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Grab one, while they’re available, at Samara Organics – 5,000 colones.


Design with light

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fused glass art in samara costa ricaAnother fun glass fusing class with beginner, Jeff from California, and frequent fuser, Roy.  Colors seemed to be of a theme on this cloudy tropical morning.  But Roy, this votive holder is my favorite piece yet of yours.  Great design work!  Nice arrangement of colors, darks and lights, and, of course, “surprise”.  It’ll catch the candle-light beautifully.


New work on display at Samara Organics

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Fused glass plate 8″ x 8″.  Handmade in Samara.fused glass samara costa rica

Colorful votive holders, beaded bracelets, and a bowl.art glass samara costa rica

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Kids’ class in Samara

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Friday afternoon, we made light catchers with students from Mareas Homeschool, here in Samara.

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We talked about glass: what it is made of – and glass fusing: what happens when it is heated in a kiln.

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We talked about color, the color wheel, and how different colors work together.

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We used pre-fired pieces of fusible art on top of a clear base sheet, in designs to match or drawings.

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Here are the light catchers, with hooks, in the kiln and ready for firing up to 1490 degrees farenheit.

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Twenty-four hours later, we opened the kiln to find the pieces of glass fused to the base sheet.

 

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And, voila!

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Colored light, ready to hang in a window.

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Kids classes can be scheduled for small groups.  Call for more information.


Another fun glass fusing class

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fused glass class samara costa rica

A variety of colorful and bright of colorful pieces made in this week’s class: a nite-lite, 2 plates, and a votive holder.   It’s fun to see how different personalities are manifested in light and color.


Make art while on vacation in Costa Rica

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glass fusing class in samara costa ricaBeginning Glass Fusing classes are offered at Gecko Glass studio and are taught by Lavae Aldrich. The class includes:

  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Two kiln firings.

You’ll learn the basics of kiln-formed glass while making your piece of artwork, including:

  • glass cutting
  • design and layout
  • fusing
  • slumping

???????????????????????????????For a first project you’ll choose from molds to make a 6” x 6” plate, dish, votive holder, or a nite-lite. Classes focused on jewelry, stenciled powders, and metal inclusions are scheduled by request – just ask me in advance, if that’s what you’d rather do, to schedule a focused class.

Gecko Glass studio is just 1 ½ kilometers outside of central Sámara. It’s about 30 minute walk, mostly along the beach.

Fee: c10,000 ($20.00), 2 hour class. Students should allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).

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Limited US Shipping

 

Red Leaf Platter - 8" x 14" - $54.00

Red Leaf Platter – 8″ x 14″ – $54.00

I’m headed north in a few weeks from my home in Playa Samara, Costa Rica.  I’m going to the US, where shipping of my hand-made fused glass art work will be a lot easier and safer.  Some of my customers have been patiently waiting for my next trip to the land of UPS and Federal Express and will be rewarded with delivery in early July.  These pieces below are still available for purchase.  Let me know before 21 June 2014 by Facebook message or email if you’d like one of these beautiful works of hand-made glass art sent to your home.  Or call.

Striped plate, green & blue transparent - 6" x 6" plate - $22.00

Striped plate, green & blue transparent – 6″ x 6″ plate – $22.00

 

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Waterlilies - 6" x 6" plate - $26.00

Waterlilies – 6″ x 6″ plate – $26.00

Waterfish - 6" x 6" plate - $26.00

Waterfish – 6″ x 6″ plate – $26.00

Flores, cranberry on yellow - 8" x 8" plate - $18.00

Flores, cranberry on yellow – 8″ x 8″ plate – $18.00

Sea Green 2 - plate 8" x 8" - $32.00

Sea Green 2 – plate 8″ x 8″ – $32.00

Sea Green 1 - Plate 8" x 8" - $32.00

Sea Green 1 – Plate 8″ x 8″ – $32.00

I’ll quote you the additional shipping costs before you purchase.  I can accept credit cards or Paypal.


Fundidos – New jewelry at Samara Organics

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I’ve just finished a new series of fused glass jewelry.

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There are several different styles.

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Earrings, pendants and bracelets.

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Handmade in Samara.

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On display and on sale at Samara Organics and Dragonfly Gallery in central Samara.  c4,000 ($8.00) each.


Jewelry/Bead Kiln for Sale

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kiln for sale

Here’s your opportunity to get into glass art for a small investment.   Learn a new art or  add to your existing studio.

AIM glass fusing electric kiln.  10” x 10” x 9” deep is perfect for fusing jewelry and small pieces or for annealing blown glass.  120 volt with a manual controller and a bead door.  Used.  priced to sell at $200.00.

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10″ x 10″ is perfect for plates and bowls.

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9″ deep allows you to slump into tall drop molds.

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Manual controller.

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With bead door for annealing beads and blown glass.

for sale Samara

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Digital thermo-coupler.

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120 volt electric elements

Email Jimmy for more information: jimmybennett3@yahoo.com


Waterlilies Redux

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glass fusing in samara costa rica

I’m really excited about a new series I’ve started.

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I was so inspired by this gorgeous photo by Frans Lanting, that I attempted to recreate it glass and copper.

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How’d I do?


High season class schedule

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Lavae Aldrich at Casa Gecko Glass is offering Glass Fusing classes Monday, Thursday or Saturday mornings at 10 am during high season.  c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings.  For a first project you can choose a plate, a votive holder, or a nite-lite.  Jewelry classes, stencil powder classes, and metal inclusion classes are scheduled by request – just ask me in advance.

2 hours class.  Students should allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).

Call 8977-1576 or email for a (required) reservation.


Que Lindo Art Fair a big success!

Over 27 artists showed their wares at the annual Que Lindo Art Fair in Samara yesterday.

Over 27 artists showed their wares at the annual Que Lindo Art Fair in Samara yesterday.

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New class schedule

glass fusing samara costa ricaGlass fusing classes are offered Monday, Thursday or Sat. mornings at 10 am during high season.  c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings.  2 hours class.  Allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).  Jewelry classes are scheduled by request.

Call 8977-1576 or email for a reservation (required).

Come melt something!


Sparkle Plenty

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New fused glass earrings on display at Samara Organics Mercado and Café.

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Handmade in Samara, Costa Rica.

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Fusing flotsam

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Because my glass fusing studio is at the beach, students are always asking me about using shells and sea glass. The sea glass, I explain to them, is an unknown quantity that probably won’t fuse well to system 96 or float glass.  We can talk about compatibility and different formulas of glass.  But I had no way to explain why I believe that shells won’t work in a fused glass project.  So when Kelly insisted, I let him try.  He sandwiched the shells between two layers of 1/8″ glass and fired to full fuse.

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The results speak for themselves, I think.


How to wrap a puddle – class

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Wire Wrapped Glass Jewelry Class – 1 pm Monday 11 November 2013jewelry class samara costa rica

Guest artist, Joyce ???, will help us learn to wrap a glass puddle or stone for jewelry.  We’ll make

–        Earrings

–        Pendants

–        Charms

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I have a bucket of glass “puddles”, many matched in pairs for earrings.  Or bring your own stones or beach glass.  Joyce will show us how to wrap them with jewelry wire.  I have wire and findings for pierced or un-pierced ears, as well as for pendants.  Please bring needle nose pliers if you have them.

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Call or email for a reservation.   8977-1576 or glass@casaelgecko.com. C7,500 ($15.00)   You’ll make 5 pairs of earrings, pendants or charms.


Tropic of Christmas

fused glass christmas ornaments

fused glass christmas ornaments

Christmas Ornaments with a tropical twist.  For sale at Samara Organics Mercado and at Dragonfly Gallery.  Or contact me for an order.  I’ll be hanging mine on the potted Ficus tree.


Trinket Triumph

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kiln opening

It’s always exciting to open the kiln after an all-night firing.  The results of our first jewelry class were successful.

Linda's pendants

Linda’s pendants

Linda’s pendants turned out well, with bits of dichroic sparkle.  Ready for a simple silk cord.

Becky's set plus

Becky’s set plus

Becky has a nice blue set with a pendant and earrings.  Here copper mesh earrings are swell.

Roberta's suite

Roberta’s suite

When Roberta picked up her pieces, she sat right down and fitted the findings so that she could wear her earrings and pendant on the plane home.


And now we wait

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Fuse Glass Jewelry class was a lot of fun.  (more…)


Fused Glass Jewelry Class

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glass fusing in costa rica

Pendant and earrings set

10 AM Monday 21 October 2013 at Casa Gecko Glass

–        Earrings

–        Pendants

–        Charms

You’ll make 5 pair of earrings, pendants or charms.

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Dichroic glass inclusions

We’ll use copper wire to embed hooks in the firing process.  Bring your fabrics to make jewelry to match your favorite dress.  Just in time to make Christmas gifts.  I have findings for pierced or un-pierced ears, as well as pendants.

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Copper inclusions

Call or email for a reservation. Class size limited to 5.  8977-1576 or  glass@casaelgecko.com. C10,000 ($20.00) 5 pairs of earrings or pendants.


Brooke tried out a new mold

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Brooke just finished this beautiful 8″ vegetable/chip bowl using a mold that we’ve just started using.  Fabulous results!

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Queque anyone?

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A new cake plate catches the light like jewels.

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14″ diameter, dead flat, it sits on three feet.


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Nite-Lites

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We now have nite-lites. (more…)