Here are a few photos of recently finished jewelry. My kiln has been broken for the last week so I have not been able to make beads. I am hoping that the part will be delivered today; then I have to figure out how to replace it myself. I will keep you posted on that saga.
Come by and visit next Saturday at the Market Street Art Show. It is supposed to be a beautiful day if the weather forecast holds true. I have several friends that will be exhibiting their art too so there will be quite a variety. Have a good week!
There is a specific technique that I have tried before and I never was able to get the color that I wanted. This time it worked! I hope I can repeat it but you never know when it comes to glass. Sometimes it has a mind of its own.
We have been cat-sitting for most of the week. He is a sweetie but it is like having a toddler in the house. He likes to butt-heads with you instead of gently nuzzling. I found him in the top of the pantry this morning and he has no problem opening every cabinet and drawer in the house. I thought I would take a picture of him because he is going home tonight.
I am still practicing making bent beads and these are shaped by hand without any tools. I have one new set and the necklace is made with the first ones that I made. I had to buy heavy rubber cording to balance out the weight of the beads. I like the way this turned out and plan to make a few more in this style. It is a challenge to make 2 bent beads that match.
It was raining buckets this morning and we were going to work in the yard today. It is Spring Break and time to do all those things around the house that I have been avoiding. I even cleaned my studio!
I managed to make a few beads so here are some new photos. The very round ones go with the bent bead that I showed earlier. Those are fun to make and I have ideas for more in different colors. Thanks for looking!
I love this bracelet! I am going to have a hard time letting this one go because it goes with almost anything neutral. The reaction between the Dark Ivory, the silver leaf and Intense Black glass is one of my favorites. The extra pure silver wire swirled and melted to the surface just adds the right shine.
This little tree frog has been in the box that holds my Propane tank outside my studio window. He has not moved even when I lifted the lid to turn the tank valve on. It is so tiny - only a little over an inch. There was another tree frog last summer that was larger but I have not seen him again. Maybe this one is it's baby.
I noticed that the Chinese Fringe Flowers were blooming in our back yard and this is the first full bloom after they had to be cut back last fall. They have grown as high as the fence and are very pretty.
March is here already. I entered my first juried art show last Saturday with my leaf necklace and came home with a second place ribbon. The judge was very complimentary and encouraging. I put so many hours into a piece like that, it helps to hear an encouraging word from a professional artist. Here are a few new things that I photographed recently. I am on a bending bead kick but I can only make 2 in a day because they won't fit in the kiln with the other beads and they take forever. I have a necklace design in the works using the first ones so look for that soon. If you see anything that you like, please feel free to contact me.
I first began making glass beads in 2004 and have been consumed ever since. Experimenting with different techniques, glass colors and metals is a never ending pleasure. I love opening the kiln to see what new suprises are inside. I am truly blessed to be able to do what gives me so much joy.