Monday, December 29, 2008

Playing With Boro


I had a chance to play for about two hours yesterday, and decided to break out the boro. Debbie from Pierce's Designs was generous enough to throw together a boro frit blend and send it to me. She makes such beautiful boro beads!! Thanks Debbie for all of your help and encouragement!! Here are the beads from the kiln this morning. I think some of these might make nice bracelets:

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Merry Christmas!! Wishing you all many blessings, good health and much joy this holiday season!

Below are a few beads that will be listed after the holidays.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Beads From the Kiln


Here is a Winter Blue - Subtle shimmers of frosty dichro under the transparent blue *Sold*

Flowing colors of blue, amethyst and olive green...very colorful and full of depth *Sold*

My friend, Julie Miller from IndyJules, passed some very large CZ's (in all different colors) my way. In order to keep them from cracking, they have to be heavily encased. I will be making more of these in different colors after Christmas.
Thanks for looking!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Copper Viking Knit End Caps - Now Available

Available now in my Etsy Store:

Since I do a lot of electroforming, I use a lot of copper. Viking knit looks great in copper! I actually like it as well as sterling silver. If you have looked for copper viking knit end caps, you know they are next to impossible to find. So I decided to make my own. I invested in a nice drill press to make the process easier.
These end caps are solid copper, center drilled and tumble polished for a nice finish. The inside diameter is .25", a popular size for pulling the viking knit chain. The caps are simple, and will look nice with most designs.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Like Freshly Fallen Snow....

The Winter White beads truly sparkle and shimmer like freshly fallen snow. Much of my work is nature inspired, and these beads are no exception.
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There are woods directly behind our house that has a small creek running through it. Whenever it snows, Steve and I put on our warm coveralls and walk the woods. There is nothing more peaceful than a walk at night with the moon and snow lighting the way. It's always so quiet...only the sound of our steps and the wind through the trees. The crisp cool air even makes it seem easier to breathe. One of the simple, finer things in life for us.
I'm hoping for a white Christmas, and a family walk in the woods before the year end.
Thank you for the emails and your interest in these beads. Look for the Winter White beads, and others, on Etsy over the next few months.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Whites and More!

My good friend Katherine came over Sunday and we spent the day torching. I had to give up torching on Saturday due to my burned finger, but thanks to the awesome healing powers of Sulfadine, it was much better Sunday.
Here are the beads from the kiln that will make their way to Etsy this week.

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Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Red Hot Electroformed Bead

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I did an electroforming class yesterday, and above is the bead that we processed while painting our class beads. I have another electroforming class scheduled for January 17th with one spot left. Please let me know if you are interested.

I had all good intentions of torching today to make several of the Winter White beads (thanks for the requests). However, that is not how it worked out. No painful details, but I spent the day nursing a burnt finger. Hopefully it will be well enough to try again tomorrow.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Beads in the Etsy Store

I listed 16 beads in the Etsy shop Saturday afternoon, and will continue to add new items throughout the week.

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Featured here is a bead that I considered keeping for myself. It's one of my favorites, and if it does not sell soon, it might find it's way to my jewelry box. Bold colors of green, blue and amethyst with lacy silvered ivory, murrini and CZ's make up this bead.

Working a full time job and trying to keep up with the beads has proven challenging! So, I have hired my daughter to help me on Sundays. This past weekend, I showed Brittney how to take pictures and list on Etsy. Each Sunday she will list what I have made throughout the week. I should have new offerings on line every Sunday/Monday. Not only will it be a HUGE help, but I will so enjoy spending time with her. I'm very proud of Brittney. She has a work ethic that is unmatched by most 24 year olds.

And here is my new helper....hard at work!

Thanks for looking!!