Friday, November 25, 2011

Glass Leaves

Something else new that is not quite finished.  I made some of these leaves a long time ago and then a few more recently for practice.  It is amazing how my skills are not what they used to be after spending time away from the torch for so long.  I don't agree with the people that say it is like riding a bicycle.  For me, I have to get that muscle memory back and it takes a few tries before I feel like my skills are up to par.  I am tenacious so if it doesn't work quite the way I think it should, I will keep trying until I am satisfied with the turnout.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I can relax now that all the dishes are done.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Glass Headpins

These are my new favorite earrings and the photo is taken with my phone as a test. When I made something new that I really like, they are usually my favorite until the next idea comes along.  They have etched brass domed disks that I made and lampwork leaf headpins that I also made.  I need to make more of these as I already have orders for them.  They are so lightweight that you can hardly tell you have earrings on.  I have all sorts of ideas in my head for more so stay tuned.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Glass Floral Bouquet

This piece started out as something completely different and took off on it's own.  That is my favorite way to work anyway because it just sort of happens.  All of the components are my handmade glass attached to hand dyed and sewn silk ribbon.  I plan to explore this concept a bit more and who knows what the next one will look like. 

Show season

Even though I am only doing one small show this Fall, I have a dear friend who uses my lampwork in her jewelry.  She has several shows and I have been busy making things for her.  In the meantime, I have new jewelry as well that I thought I would share.  I am doing a show for Master Gardeners so  I have been making leaves, flowers and birds.  It is fun to go in a different direction and gives me a chance to practice my much to be desired sculpting skills.  More later.