November '21

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B y the time you are reading this article, the holiday buying season will be in full swing, with snow fly- ing for some of you readers. Maybe it is a little hard to imagine I am writing this article in my glass stu- dio in September, enduring a heatwave of unprecedented 90 degrees Fahrenheit! No wonder I have to work on my- self a bit to send my thoughts ahead to a much cooler time. Usually, around September I send out reminders to my customers alerting them that it is all downhill from here and that they had better plan ahead if they wanted to be prepared for any orders coming their way for the holiday season. Some do this naturally, while others prefer to pro- crastinate to the very last minute, hoping they will get their products in time to enhance them with their blasting skills. Often that seems to work out, but then, we are experienc- ing COVID-19 right now, and nothing, absolutely nothing works the way it used to. Manufacturers cannot get the materials for their produc- tions, often waiting weeks and months to get anything, and those who order products for resale from abroad are facing equal if not worse nightmares, with ships taking months to get to the States. So, my words of warning will not reach you in time for this season, and I sincerely Tis the Season ... Once Again ' A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z A T I O N Top: The most common type of ornament: made from regular glass, usually referred to as jade glass with a narrow bevel. (Image courtesy Professional Glass) Left: clear glass round ornament ith a pencil edge finish, a sot rounding of the edge. (Image courtesy Professional Glass) Again SUPPLY CHAIN WILLING, IT'S TIME FOR ORNAMENTS AND GIFTS 6 2 G R A P H I C S P R O N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 1 G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M B Y R U T H D O B B I N S

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