Yesterday on our local news, they did a story on how to be more frugal. Not cheap, but frugal, and there's a big difference. I try to be frugal - it's that Scottish thing. I usually ruminate quite a bit before I buy anything, unless it's for my kids! Anyway, part of the story mentioned this web site, FrugalVillage.com. Just thought I'd pass it along - you might want to check it out.
Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!