I have been trying for months to perfect this “feather” technique with silver glass and I think I finally got it. I love the way that the color shifts from purple to light blue. I’m not sure if they are actually called feathers but that’s kinda what they look like to me.
I am hosting a Spring Jewelry party on May 2nd for some of my friends. I will be setting up and photographing my jewelry displays so I can be ready for the application to enter Christmas Through Lowell, which is due in June. I will also be selling some stuff, but that is not nearly as important as preparing for such a prestigious event. So, my dilemma…I love to make beads, I could make them all day, and when I make an especially cool one I really want to photograph it and put it up for sale on my Etsy site as soon as possible. Buuuut, I am having a JEWELRY party . I actually need to have jewelry at my “jewelry” party. I have to take my especially cool bead and turn it into a piece of jewelry, but then it is such a cool piece of jewelry that I want to keep it for myself…do you see my dilemma???
I taught my very first lampworking class this past Saturday! I taught the class at Bead Quest here in GR. I stopped in a few weeks back to inquire about selling some beads on consignment and found out that they were in need of a lampworking teacher. So I signed on. I was a bit nervous before the class, having never really taught anything to anyone in my life. But, once I got past the introductions I was cruising right along. It was actually quite fun. I found that I really enjoy teaching people something that I am truly passionate about. And I really REALLY enjoyed the pleasure my students got from watching the glass melt in the flame and turning that little glowing blob into a piece of wearable art. It was how I felt the first time I lit the torch. While I am still very passionate about making beads, that silly giddy feeling has long since faded…it was nice to see it again!
I am teaching my second class at Bead Quest on May 9th at 2pm. We will be making some simple etched glass beads. If you are in the area I would love to have you in my class.
I have been neglecting you my gentle reader(s). Now I realize that that kind of treatment has got to stop. So as a kind of belated new years resolution I promise to no longer neglect you…as much.
Here are some samples from my latest batch of beads. I can’t seem to stop swirling that darn glass around the mandrel. I just love how the glass runs together and mixes itself up when you begin the swirl. What you get in the end is usually a lovely surprise!
Debutant was born from an experiment with wedding colors. I am getting married in September and I know that I want orange in my wedding but I also LOVE Asiatic Lillis so I wanted to see if the Orange/Pink combo was going to be to much. Well, I do think it would be to much for the wedding but I still love this bead.
Fish Tales is an experiment with this new (well, new to me) kind of twistie. I call it Baleen twistie. I have no idea what its really called, or if it even has an official name. I am not very good at making twisties of any kind, and I envy those who can make them perfectly uniform. I still think the effect is pretty cool in this bead. It reminded me of Fish Bones.
I’m making beads again FINALLY! With the house on the market and the studio all set up I just ran out of excuses not to be at the torch. That’s a good thing! I have been working with a new swirl technique, well its not really new, I have used the technique before but never with such pleasing results. Have a look at My Etsy site and check out the new beadies.
I am also working on some new Beadie Babies (unofficial name) I am kind of nervous about sharing them with the world cuz I don’t want anyone to copy them. But nothing ventured nothing gained right? I am still perfecting the technique and working on putting little shoes on them or little things in their hands but here is my latest one. Look for them on Etsy soon!
I have decided to do a set of goddesses based on the 9 muses of Greek mythology:
- Calliope (the ‘beautiful of speech’): chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry
- Clio (the ‘glorious one’): muse of history
- Erato (the ‘amorous one’): muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs
- Euterpe (the ‘well-pleasing’): muse of music and lyric poetry
- Melpomene (the ‘chanting one’): muse of tragedy
- Polyhymnia or Polymnia (the ‘[singer] of many hymns’): muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing and rhetoric
- Terpsichore (the ‘[one who] delights in dance’): muse of choral song and dance
- Thalia (the ‘blossoming one’): muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
- Urania (the ‘celestial one’): muse of astronomy
I am posting the first one out on Etsy today. She is Thalia: Muse of comedy and bucolic poetry. I think she came out really nice. Her body is a DEEP purple color and she has multi colored hair.