Thursday, July 31, 2008

What was I thinking?

Experimenting in glass is the way that I have learned what I know today. Sometimes they turn out fabulous and other times they turn out like this. This is a cab and not a bead and designed with a specific idea in mind for my friend the wonderful metalsmith. I think the concept has potential but this one is not going anywhere.
On the other hand, I have been playing around with a tutorial that a generous bead artist published and you would never know these were even the same type of bead because I put my spin on them. I am very happy with these.

Monday, July 28, 2008


My modem decided that for some unknown reason, it wasn't going to talk to my Internet Provider anymore. There is nothing more frustrating to me than a computer that does not work because unfortunately, I don't know how to fix it. My dear brother walked me through some diagnostic tests and that didn't work either. I finally had to call my provider and they were able to figure out what the problem was and get it going again by resetting something. All I knew was that for over 24 hours, I was without internet. It goes to show how much I depend on everything working the way it is supposed to work.

Enough of that, I have new beads and cabs! Torching in 100 degree heat is no fun but I do it in short spurts. Hopefully, there will be more beads later in the week.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


My bead group has challenges monthly and a themed Newsletter that is very informative. The theme for the next Newsletter is "The Dog Days of Summer". It was 100 degrees here yesterday so I think that qualifies. I made a dog bead inspired by my friend's sweet dog. The mismatched ears were on purpose because that is the way her ears really look!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Three Colors

Glass is amazing and that is why I don't think I will ever get tired of exploring. This bead only has three colors of regular Moretti glass. Can you guess what they are???

Sunday, July 13, 2008

New Favorites

Thank you for coming to our opening of the new VanJan Collection! It will stay in place at the Houston Potter's Guild Shop through the rest of July.

This is a new set that I am very happy with. I used more shards from Janet's Glass on Etsy and I love the reaction with the silver on these beads. I actually made an entire set in one sitting which hardly ever happens.

Stay cool!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!!!

New beads! I also have new cabs for my jewelry partner Vanessa. I can't wait to see what she does with them. Our new line of jewelry is called VanJan . We will be showing our collaborative work throughout July at the Houston Potter's Guild Shop and Gallery. Stop by if you are in the area.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

July Show

During the month of July, Vanessa Parker and I are showing our collaborative work at the Houston Potter's Guild Shop and Gallery. We will have an open house with a drawing for a free necklace on July 12. Please stop by and take a look at our new work.