Thursday, January 26, 2017

Texture and Interest...Hard and Soft




Here is my most recent bracelet.  It is a sterling silver cuff, etched with spring flowers, and accented with three small amethyst stones.  One edge is straight and refined, and the other is melted, pounded and finished with a darker patina to emphasize the organic element.  The patina has hints of blues and magentas, which I could not capture in the photograph.  I am going to further explore this "a little hard and a little soft" style.

I am going to try to make it to the torch this weekend and see if I remember how to make beads :)

Have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for looking!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Do Something That Makes Your Heart Sing!

BIG, BOLD and FUN!


SPINNER BRACELETS...BIG AND BOLD!  THEY ARE COMFORTABLE, FUN AND STATEMENT PIECES


SPINNER RINGS...FIDGET RINGS...WORRY RINGS...FUN RINGS...
NEVER OVER DONE, BECAUSE THAT IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE!
I have to say that I love metal as much as glass.  I never thought I would say that, but every time I get to sneak out to the studio, I'm drawn to the soldering torch instead of the lampworking torch.  I know it is because it's new and I have so many ideas to try.  Bottom line is that I need more time to do both, as it is good for the soul. 
Thanks for looking, and I hope you get to do something today that makes your heart sing!

Monday, April 4, 2016

In the Works

 
 

 



I have been working in the studio making rings, bracelets and earrings...and having a blast!  I have to say that I love working with metal as much as I love melting glass.  I feels good to learn new skills and work at improving them.  I have acquired a cabochon machine and will be making my own stones soon. 

I hope to have a few pieces for sale soon!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Silver Lining!

Silver Cuff with Smokey Quartz

Silver Cuff with Smokey Quartz

Silver Cuff with Smokey Quartz


Silver Cuff with Smokey Quartz
I have been creating with silver lately, and love working metal!  Now to have metal meet glass...

I took an online class by Leslie Kail Villarreal.  After making the class project, I made the above bracelet...all components are hand made with the exception of the bezel cups.  After etching the silver, I fabricated the cone for the center stone, ground down the faceted smokey topaz stones into cabochons and made the domed flowers and leaves.  I am very happy with the results.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kiln Harvest

 
 
Here are a few beads from the weekend.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lighting the Torch Again



 
Hi All!  It has been a while...Here are a few focal beads from last weekend's torch session.  After taking some time away from the torch the past few years, I hope to be able to spend more time doing what I love...making beads. 

I now have a four to five torch studio set up at my house so I can once again teach classes.  I will be posting pictures, and a schedule, very soon.  The classes will include lapidary, electroforming, all skill levels of bead making and PMC (I am now RioGrand Certified).
 
Thanks for looking and keep your torch burning bright!  Lisa   


Sunday, September 14, 2014



Here are a few focals from yesterday's torch session.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1000 Beads book by Lark







I received my Lark 1000 Beads book, and thought I would post the above pictures of my beads that are included. I'm truly honored and humbled to be included with such talented beadmakers.  Congratulations to all, and thanks to Lark and Kristina Logan for affording me this opportunity!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wild Colors!

Here is a bead from the weekend.  It is a little on the wild side for me,
with orange purple and a splash of dichro.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Electroformed Focals

Above are a few new electroformed focals just finished this past weekend.  The first one was heavily electroformed and then I added texture to the copper. 

It is COLD here in Indiana...I hope everyone is staying safe, warm and happy :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! The last few days have been wonderful, spending time with family and friends, making new memories and celebrating the holidays. Steve and I are certainly blessed! Wishing you all much love and happiness this coming year!!

Here are a few photos of Christmas presents I made this year, and beads this past week.
 


 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

International Society of Glass Beadmakers - Glass Bead Evolution




I was so excited when I was contacted by Roberta Freeman back in March to tell me that the International Society of Glass Beadmakers wanted to feature my work in the Glass Bead Evolution magazine.  What an honor! 

I have been a member of the ISGB for several years.  I always anxiously await the quarterly issue, as it is full of tutorials, glass bead education, articles about my favorite beadmakers and packed full of drool worthy eye candy!  To say I was honored is certainly an understatement!

After I received the magazine, I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude that they had decided to put one of my beads on the cover...I've never been a Cover Girl before!  Then when I opened the magazine to find myself in such great company with some of my favorite beadmakers, and friends, such as Julie Nordine, JC Herrell and Lori Greenburg...well, I was humbled and overjoyed!

I want to express my appreciation and say thank you so much to the ISGB for the wonderful feature in the Glass Bead Evolution magazine. I am very thankful for all of the opportunities that ISGB has afforded me over the years, with the exhibit and learning opportunities, and now the magazine feature. I'm elated to be part of such a giving organization!!

Roberta Freeman did such wonderful job writing the article.  She is a wordsmith (word artist in my book) and such a joy to talk with.  She made the process easy, and after one conversation, I felt like I had known her for years.  I am now lucky to call her a friend!

Okay, off to work I go.  Have a great week, and as always, thanks so much for looking!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Electroforming with Texture and Designs

Here is something I have been playing with lately.  I decided to try adding texture and designs to the electorforming to accent the pattern of the bead.  The feather design in the electroforming flows with the design in the glass.  I'm excited about this as I think the possibilities are endless.

Since an injury limited my seat time at the torch over the past ten months, I decided to take what time I was able to work, and just play.

As always, thanks for looking, and I hope you have a blessed week!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Little Wheelbarrow Herb Garden

My wheelbarrow herb garden, and of course, the birdhouse Ethan painted for me!

My wheelbarrow herb garden, and of course, the birdhouse Ethan painted for me!

The gazing globe that was my Grandma's...one of my backyard treasures!

The Atchison Dog House Inn, that Zoe really likes

The WELCOME mat is out :)

Okay, and a bead!  This bead was heavily electroformed, and the copper textured and finished with a nice patina
So, here are the results of what little yard work I have managed.  Since the injury, I my legs and back will not allow me much garden time.  The herb garden was priority!  I so look forward to fresh herb salads drizzled with olive oil and organic honey as a dressing. 

As always, thanks for looking, and many blessings to you and yours!