Today I spent half a day at CHA. Did my demo of macramé to promote my book, Mod Knots and then wandered around about half the show. I had a pressing engagement and had to run early but I’m returning tomorrow to finish and search for more interesting items. there’s so uch cool stuff at CHA. Every craft and art supply company is there. But my focus was glass, of course. First cool thing I came across is a bead buddy and the queen of dichroic glass beads, Paula Radke. She had a booth with beads and other interesting goodies. She’s got a resin thing going on and she’s using some of her laser etched dichroic glass in resin bracelets. The benefits of glass with the durability of resin. Very interesting. She’s off to Tucson next…
The next cool booth I came across sells adhesives for the glass and craft industries. They are Streuter and they have adhesive for stained glass, mosaic, and fused glass. Tomorrow I’m hoping the piece one of the ladies was working on will be fused. She was using their glue with glass frit. I’ll give you an update tomorrow.
I also wandered over to the Amate Studios booth where they sell findings that are used quite a bit for resin jewelry but they’ve started making their little frames deeper and they would be perfect for fused glass cabs and even some beads. Fun stuff. I want some of these for some of my upcoming classes. More CHA news tomorrow!
By Cathi Milligan