Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Kiln Harvest

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Here are a few out of the kiln this morning....back to the torch today :)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beads from Yesterday

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I had the opportunity to torch a bit yesterday. Above are two beads out of the kiln this morning. The first bead is much prettier in person, and offers ink blue and sage green, touches of white and brown, wrapped in a ribbon cane down each side. The second one is a familiar style for me, just a bit on the "funkier" side. It truly glows, with the bold dichro peeking through the surface decorations.
I went to breakfast this morning with Steve, and now must get the kiln and torches fired up for a play day with Samma! We always have great torch days, being very productive while chatting and laughing the day away :)
Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CLOSED ~ One World One Heart - Blog Giveaway - Win This Bead


Come join us on a magic carpet ride to help unite bloggers from around the world. I'm so excited to participate in this fantastic international event. What a great way to meet new friends and connect with fellow artists!

Click on the OHOW logo on my side bar for more info.

Win this handmade lampwork bead, complete with a pendant post:

This bead was made with Italian glass, dichro, silver fuming and cubic zirconias for a little more sparkle. It is kiln annealed for strength and durability, and ready for your wear. I will include a sterling silver change a bead pendant post complete with bead caps, ready for your chain or ribbon. This bead measures about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide at it's widest point.

HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES:

1. You must have an active blog
2. You must leave a comment to be eligible for the give away. Be sure to leave contact info, in case you are the lucky winner
3. The winner will be drawn at random on Feb 15th.

Glass has brought me so much joy over the past five years. It has also introduced me to so many wonderful people, and new friendships that will last a lifetime.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow artists and bloggers!

Thanks for looking, and GOOD LUCK!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Friday!

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Yesterday was a Happy Friday indeed! My friends Fran and Chic came over to play at the torch, and we had so much fun! Here is one out of the kiln this morning....again, playing with Ekho.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dichro Focals

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I actually made it to the torch after work yesterday....a short session, but it was fun, relaxing and I put two in the kiln. Mornings are so much nicer when there is a kiln harvest! Here are two focals with surface decorations allowing the dichro cores to shine through.
The top bead really glows with the red dichro glowing from beneath...it really looks molten. The second bead sparkles with silver on one side, and emerald green on the other side.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fresh from the Kiln


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Here are two from yesterday. Have a great week!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Weekend at the Torch

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I have a fun filled weekend planned, spending much of it at the torch. I have a lot of catching up to do in the studio. I have had several requests for leaf beads, which I make this weekend. Next week I will get them painted and put in the solution. Thank you for your interest!!

Tonight the Colts are playing...GO COLTS!! I really don't follow football, but I always root for the home team! We are going over to my brother's house for football and fried food...maybe even a little wine sipping...(ssshhhhh!) If there is a lot of wine sipping....maybe even some karaoke!! LOL

It is MAN CAMP weekend here at the Atchison homestead. Steve is ice fishing today, and tomorrow with my brother. They usually do very well, and I'm looking forward to some crapi and perch for dinner next week. He catches, cleans and cooks them, so I can just show up for dinner :)

I am soooo over winter, and have been anticipating spring in the studio. Above are a few beads from yesterday's kiln harvest. My friend Dawn came over and we spent the day just playing. I love my Friday playdays....they are good for the soul!

Besides making leaf beads this weekend, I am going to make small bead sets to match the focals. Wish me luck!! After working so big, for so long, it is going to be hard to scale down on size. It's difficult for me with such a small canvas. Hopefully I will have some sets to list soon.

Enough of my rambling!! Have a great weekend, and don't forget to root for the COLTS!!!

As always, thanks for looking!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Little Triton

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Here are a few focals made with Triton and dichro. I hope you all are staying warm!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What a FUN Day at the Torch!

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I need to hide the Ekho...lately, it's what I pick up everytime I torch. I find it very fascinating with all the colors it will produce. I'm having a blast with it, and I find that I do better when I "play" and just have fun. Hopefully I won't bore anyone while I get it out of my system! Above are beads from yesterday.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend, and staying warm!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Focals

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Ekho and Dark Ivory
I hope your week started off with a marvelous Monday!! Just a quick post of a new bead from Sunday evening. Have a wonderful week, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First Beads of the Happy New Year!!




My friend Robin Koza came over yesterday for a play-day at the torch. It was a lot of FUN ~ we played with silvered glass (beads above). The first one is Silver Brown and Dark Ivory, and I really like the colors achieved. The second bead is Ekho and Dark Ivory. The last bead is Terra Nova 2 and ???, and I'm sure that I did not work the glass correctly, as it turned out WAY dark. Back to the drawing board with that color!!
Happy New Year, and as always, thanks for looking!!