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' 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!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Getting Busy!

I have been busy working on some new beads for a special project.  Here are a few that I finished up this past week.  I'm slowly getting back to the studio, and it sure feels good!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

First Friday at Indy Flame Art

Friday, April 6th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Circle City Industrial Complex
1125 East Brookside Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana
(Mass. Ave, 10th and Brookside)
Every Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM
I hope you can join us!

Back at the Studio!

I finally made my way back to the studio last weekend to teach my first large class (pictured above and below) after having to take several months off due to a "Life Interuption" episode.  I have so missed the studio and all of my glass friends.

The class was great, and we welcomed out of state guests/students from Utah, Las Vegas, Michigan and Tennessee.  It was wonderful to see old friends, meet new ones, and finally meet a few on-line friends in person.

I will be scheduling lapidary and electroforming classes very soon.
As always, thanks for looking!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Special Gifts for Special People

Here are a few gifts that I made for my physical therapists, who cheered me on every "step" of the way!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Electroforming Class

Electroformed Focal Bead
My Demo Bead from Electroforming Class
Student Diane Burnette's Bead
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It was great on this end! 

We celebrated my Mother's birthday, and it was so nice to spend time with my family.  Saturday evening was spent with my two favorite kiddos, Ethan and Jersey.  The weekend was wrapped up by spending  today with my sister, playing with wire work.  I cherish time spent with family and friends!

Above are beads from an Electroforming class that I taught this past Friday.  The first two are demo beads, and the last leaf focal is one that Diane painted.

The first bead is done in a mixture of DH silver glass...I believe I used Kalypso and Triton layered together.  The colors are much richer in person.  The second and third beads are made with dicro, copper leaf punch outs, flat lapped on each side, electrofromed with leaf cut outs, and finally finished with a nice patina. 

Electroforming is MY FAVORITE secondary, cold process to do on glass...and lapidary is a close second!  The design possibilities are endless.

Have a great week, and as awlays, thanks for peeking!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

ISGB 3X2 Exhibit - Metal Meets Glass

Three x Two is a collaborative jewelry show that will be on display at Facere, a Seattle jewelry store and gallery that features hand made pieces by several talented metalsmiths, from July 24th through the 28th, 2012.

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) juried over 100 applicants and chose 40 artists to collaborate with the Seattle Metals Guild (SMG). Each glass artist made three similarly styled beads that were then sent to a SMG member to make three brooches, pendants or rings. The bead maker and metalsmith will get a finished piece, and the last will be displayed and sold at Facere.

I was very honored and excited to have been paired with jewelry artist Adrienne Krieger. Her work is beautiful, and her talent extreme.  You can visit her website at . 

As stated above, in this collaboration, I supplied three similar beads for Adrienne to use in making three for the exhibit, and one for each of us.

Above are pictures of two of the finished necklaces.  I absolutely love what she has made.  I think the silver and glass are beautifully paired, one complimenting the other.  Thank you so much, will be forever treasured!