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2007 Wishes and New Lampwork Bead Set

Sunday, December 31, 2006
This is my last post of the year!!! I hope that New Year's Day is a fun filled day for all. It is my hope that 2007 will be a year of peace and compassion worldwide. It is my hope that it will be a year filled of milestones of creativity and prosperity.

The above set is all furnace glasses (mostly Gaffer) with lots of silver tossed in. I'm just beginning to figure out how the new glasses work. They aren't NEW glasses actually, just new to me.
Have a wonderful New Year's and a year filled of joy...stay safe...don't DRINK and DRIVE!

A Face only a Mother Could Love!

Saturday, December 30, 2006
Every once in a while a find a picture in the news that just has me rolling. 'Alien' kitty might have a wonderful personality but ya know...funny lookin' is funny lookin'. I think it's the missing whiskers...maybe it's the eyes, maybe the kitty been hitting the catnip a bit hard. It could be the lack of fur...can we say BALD?
The above is a lampwork bead set I finally finished. It's done and I'm moving on to another strand. I got a new bead press today...larger nuggets. I tested it out this evening, it's an easy press.

Ok...I'm off to snooze land. I thought I'd share because I'm going to be chained in the studio for the next couple of days. I've got several bead sets that I've got to get finished.

Have a Happy New Year!


Channeling Gigett

Friday, December 29, 2006

The above lampwork bead strand isn't my typical. I normally like the bright primary hues. When I was creating this set, I think I was channeling Gigett. It's all 96 COE glass and mostly Gaffer glass. Gaffer is a smooth flowing and vivid glass.
I'm in the middle of another project so I'm off to the studio!!!
Have a happy, creative day!

Lampwork Jewelry Set

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The above was a custom order that finally made it to the customer. The USPS must of been backlogged because it actually was delieved on Christmas day.
The set turned out to be one of the nicest sets I've ever made in I'm off pins and needles now. I was waiting for it to be delievered.
I'm off to start my day!
Have a happy, creative day!!!

Clean Studio!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Bob and I did the Christmas thang and had everything wrapped up a while ago. So I talked the hubby in helping me moving around the glass area of the studio. It was scary before. Take a good look...I don't think my torcher chamber has ever been this clean. I needed to out a torch and added a kiln. The SC-2 was back from having a bead door installed. The Bobcat is finally clean...I was getting a bit frustrated with the Minor. There wasn't enough room to add the RedMax and still have room for my silver bench. That's ok...I only have another year of this.

I also clean out the presses....I found a box of bead presses that I forgot about. I figure if I haven't used them for year and didn't missed them, it was time for them to find another home. They are on WC swap shop. Here's the url if you are interested in CattWalk bead presses:

Well I'm off to the studio...time to dirty it up a bit. :-)

Have a happy, creative day!


Walmart Shopper...Ferris does Wal-Mart

Monday, December 25, 2006
I've never been fond of Wal-Mart since the mega-company has moved from Sam Walton's vision. Now they are promoters of sweatshop labor! They look like the "bloated, pre-bankruptcy K-Mart" more and more as each week passes.

WAL-MART WATCH, take a peek if you rather not have the Mal-Mart zone in your neighborhood!!!!

The below is a internet funny that my Dad sent me. I was ROTFLMAO. These are the ideas that Ferris Bueller would think of and I would love to try out in Walmart.

Mr. And Mrs. Fenton are retired, and Mrs. Fenton insists her husband go with her to Wal-Mart. He gets so bored with all the shopping trips. He prefers to get in and get out, but Mrs. Fenton loves to browse.

One day Mrs. Fenton gets this letter from Wal-Mart:

Dear Mrs. Fenton, Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and may ban both of you from our stores. We have documented all incidents on our video surveillance equipment. All complaints against Mr. Fenton are listed below.

Things Mr. Bill Fenton has done while his spouse was shopping in Wal-Mart:
1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they weren't looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clock s in House wares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the ladies rest rooms.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official tone, 'Code 3' in house wares..... And watched what happened.

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and asked to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.

6. September 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.

7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them in if they'll bring pillows from the bedding department.

8. September 23: When a clerk asks if they can help him, he begins to cry and asks, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'

9. October 4: Looked right into the se curity camera; used it as a mirror, and picked his nose.

10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, asked the clerk if he knows where the antidepressants are.

11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously loudly humming the Mission Impossible" theme.

12. December 6: In the auto department, practiced his "Madonna look" using different size funnels.

13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browse through, yelled "PICK ME!" "PICK ME!"

14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumes the fetal position and screams "NO! NO! It's those voices again!!!!"

And last, but not least 15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, "There is no toilet paper in here!"

So if you ever get bored and decide to have a little Ferris fun in Wal-Mart...please be sure to let me know.

Have a Happy Holiday!


It's Raining!!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006
I know it's a bit strange to be excited over rain but it's been kinda dry here. It's been raining since yesterday afternoon. It started raining just as we were going to start the studio re-arranging project. That's been put off until it drys up a bit. I figure it gives me a couple more days to come up with a new arrangement...and to put up the huge amount of glass I've got laying around. I 've a glass closet but...I've been testing a lot of colors lately. Plus I've been working with more furnace glasses. There's two large piles of cane. My mailing area is now filled with glass. My silversmithing area has boxes of glass under my bench. It's really becoming a maze. My OCD and claustrophobia is beginning to act up. If I'm not concentrating on working, it kinda gives me the heebie jeebies being in there.

There isn't enough room left in the studio just to move everything around inside. I actually have to empty part of it outside. What I really need is more square footage. Ah well, that will be taken care of once we move in a year or so. For now, I've got a plan to make due with the space I have.

The below is a new set of lampwork beads...kiln fresh. I've re-worked an old style...I've been having troubles breaking out of my 'chaos' style beads and moving away from the nugget press. This is the first step.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Another Lampwork Strand

Saturday, December 23, 2006
Not much else to post...that is all that I dare show from the kiln. I seem to be stuck in a rut with this style of beads.

I've been playing with gaffer glass mostly except for small sets like above. I might be willing to show a set tomorrow. Some of the beads I pulled from the kiln today...well, deserved to be buried.

Happy Holidays!


More Lampwork Beads...

Friday, December 22, 2006

Sorry to post and run...but I'm in the middle of a project at my torch. I've got to get it done so that I can start re-arranging my studio. Yes, again...but this time, I'm going to set up another torch and bring out the other kiln too. I'm finding that I'm filling one kiln halfway though my torching sessions and have to bescareful that I make for the rest of the day. So it's time to add the second kiln but while I'm at it, I'm adding the second torch too. I have them stored right now but they are in a box...somewhere in the closet. There are too many times that I want to work on 96 COE glass when I have my torcher chamber set up with 104 COE glass.

Have a happy, creative day!!!!!


Finally Finished this Bead Set...

Thursday, December 21, 2006
I had this set half done a while ago and finally finished it. So that's one less thing on my list to get done. Ya know, I get one item checked off the list and three more pop up. I used to focus more on my lists, now I just focus what gets in front of me. The bead bowls were overflowing so those were moved to the top.

I was going to slowly work though the list the next couple of days...they can wait. I hear the 'gaffer' calling my name..."Moon, come here...closer...that's it closer...turn on the torch...I know you want to melt me." So I'm giving in and going to do some test beads from a shipment of gaffer glass that I recieved this week.
Have a happy, creative day!

New Lampwork Beads...Lots of Dots

Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Everyonce in a while, I've got to go back to my roots. This set was a partial set that I finally finished. I do that a lot, start a strand...get distracted and torch something else. Then I have all these half finished strands in bowls around the studio.

Sorry to post and go AGAIN but I've got lots to do today....people to see...and errands. Yippy, I just love errands while it's misting rain outside.

Have a happy, creative day,


The only pic that turned out

Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I finished up the small set yeterday along with a full kiln of beads. This one was the only picture that turned out. This is what happens when you get a new camera with all those fancy buttons and knobs. I'll get the hang of it in time.

Ok...lots to do today. Gotta get to the studio and start another project. It seems lately, I'm more driven to be there than do anything else. Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll have some jewerly eye candy but I wouldn't hold your breathe waiting. :-)

Have a happy, creative day!


Interpretive Image and more lampwork beads...

Monday, December 18, 2006
First off...take a peek at Robin's blog post. She has done an interpretive image of one of my beads. Why you are at it...take at peek at her blog. If you like eye candy, you will love her blog.

I've been at the torch pretty much non-stop since my last post. Here's one big set. They are kinda hard to get a decent photograph because of the amount of silver that I've put on them.

Now what do I call them? I'm spending all my creative juices making the beads and haven't had the extra for the naming process. Got any ideas?'s a busy day for me. Lots of chores and I want to get back to the torch. I made a couple test beads to test some ideas. They came out I'm out of here.

Have a happy, creative day!


Another Lampwork Experiment

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The above is another lampwork experiment. I like how the colors turned out. I've got another idea for today so...I'm off to the studio.
Have a happy, creative day!!

Just Added MORE Lampwork Specials

Saturday, December 16, 2006
I've been a busy little beady head...

More lampwork specials have been added to my website. If you are one of those 'beady' people, you can take a peek here. (can you tell that I just found the link thingie in Beta?) Some of the beads were tests and others were just small sets. I also found a 'bead bowl' in my studio. A bead bowl is just a bowl that I toss beads in until I'm ready to do something with. I found a huge bead bowl tucked away of a drawer. These are in the eye popping colors that I was doing last year, so they must be a year old. I have so much stuff and not enough room in my it's bound to happen.

We've been playing with the new camera too. The below is a new set, fresh from the kiln, that I'm getting ready to put on ebay next week. BTW, the pictures look much better if you click on them, so that they enlarge.

OK...I'm off to the big plans for today.
Have a happy, creative day!

Styx and Stones...New Lampwork Beads

Friday, December 15, 2006
The below are three pics of the same set...I'm playing with the camera. It's all furnace glass, mostly gaffer and leaded glasses, gives the dense colors. I used both silver leaf and foil to get the color scheme. These took forever to make...lots of stringers to be pulled and I've got to work some of the colors cool or they will lose their vivid color.

Ok....I'm off to the studio...gotta get some work done today!

Have a happy, creative day!


AND More Lampwork Beads

Thursday, December 14, 2006
Here's the last set in the series. I'm done with this color scheme for a while. It's up on eBay now. Ebay has been a bit fickle and quite the last couple of weeks. That's fine, it's the season.

The second part of the set looks much better if you enlarge the pic but clicking on it.

I just finished up another set that's in's in plums, turq, and black with accents of lavender and dark periwinkle. It looked great when I was torching them but time will tell.

I've got a couple orders of furnace glass coming in. I just love the stuff. It's a smooth melt and not as forgiving as most of the 104 COE glasses but the color!!! The colors are dense, vivid, and look much more alive than most of the 104's.

I've got errands and an appointment scheduled for me this morning...hopefully my last dental appointment of the year...then I'm off to the studio. I've got a couple more projects I'm working on and want to make some headway on.

Have a happy creative day!!!


More Lampwork Beads

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Here's another set that I finally got pictures of. These were hard to photograph because of the details. For an idea of size, the flatter square beads measure 18mm hole to hole. The spacers are small, they average 5.5mm hole to hole. I liked how they turned out.

OK...that it for today, I'm working on a beady project and want to get moving to the studio.

Have a happy, creative day!


New Lampwork Beads...New Camera

Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here's a new set of lampwork, I finally finished the series. I've got three more that I finished, but need to take pictures of. The below is a pic from the new camera. So far, I like the new camera much better than the old. I have to use a tripod now because of the weight of the camera and lens. The old one was very light and easy to handle. The new one takes better pictures but has a lot of little buttons and nobs that I'm still not sure about yet. It will take some time to figure it all out.

There's another view....this is on eBay right now, looking for an adoptive bead-head.
Both were done with mostly furnace glasses. They are what a lot of glass blowers use for color in their work. It's much denser and is much more vivid in doesn't wash out when you work with it in the flame. A lot of times I want to add a lot of clear to a single area to move the glass around and make a certain pattern. It can be done with most furance glasses but not the 104 COE types that I've found. I'm almost to the point that I prefer furance glass...I'm move totally over if I didn't have so much 104 COE glass. I have so much has it's own closet space in my studio. I have enough glass that I'm surprise it hasn't asked for it's own allowance.

Ok...I've got to get my day rolling. I've got packages to send, presents to wrap, and back to the studio for me. I'm working on another idea.

Have a happy creative day!


The Miracle of Sound Proofing!!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006
It’s been a strange day here…mostly audio strange. We live in a small addition of older homes in South Austin. They aren’t really close; each house is on at least an acre or so. Currently I have a couple new neighbors and a house being built behind us. My new neighbor is younger with a bunch of roommates and plays guitar, loud electric guitar. Most of the work-people (there is both men and women working on the house) are using electrical tools or hammers and singing. My other neighbor is working on his lawn; actually he’s using a leaf blower on his roof. (I wondered why but didn't want to ask) Then there is my other neighbor that is working on an old car, he restores classic cars.

None of this is bad but put it all together. The bad, squeaky guitar doing bad Jimmy Page imitations…. the off-key Mexican love ballads, eclectic drills, and hammers pounding…. the leaf blower echoing off the trees…the sounds of backfiring engines. Each one has it own rhythm…. each one is trying to drown each other out. Get the picture…or should I say, can you “ HEAR “ what I’m talking about?

My only question is, why is everyone home today? It used to be quiet…just the singing and hammers, which I’ve gotten used to.

OMGs, it’s sounds like a dozen cats stuck in a tree during a maelstrom. We just had new windows put in the house, and its normally almost sound proof. The noise is echoing off the walls in here. The cats are down-under the closet (that or they moved out to quiter digs) and won’t come out. The two dogs started howling off and on during today.

I thought about ear plugs but… I’m going back to my studio and not worrying about it. My studio used to be an old recording studio and it’s almost sound proof. Thank the Gods for small blessings….the miracle of sound proofing.

Have a quite creative day!


New Glass...Test lampwork Beads

Saturday, December 09, 2006
Here's two pics of test beads made with all furnace glass. The clear is leaded crystal clear. All 96 COE. My photography doesn't do them justice...the color is dense and vivid.

This is a pic layed on a light box. The light is muted and the beads look closer to what you would see in person.

Ok....I'm off to the torch today. Got lots of work to do.
Have a happy creative day!

New Lampwork Experiments

Friday, December 08, 2006
Thought I'd post some of my experiments....the below is all 96 COE glass. The are simple beads, just white hearts that have been encased in clear with silver foil and frit. They are large hole beads that fit on a chain. They weren't hard to create, but I really like the look of them with some large sterling round beads when they are on a plain sterling chain.

I'm beginning to find that I kinda like the simpler beads for everyday wear. There are enough jewerly designers, silversmiths, and lampworkers that the average woman who wants to wear unique jewelry...can. Plus it doesn't have to be at a cost that you have to hock your first born to do it.

BTW, they are much prettier in person, it was hard to get the layering effect in the glass in the photo.

The below is another experiment with raku and fine silver mesh. Not bad for a first try but I need to work on it a bit. I think that the concept could make for some slamming beads.
Ok...I'm off to the studio...I've got a huge shipment of glass waiting for me to unpack. I better get it done because I've got another one scheduled for this afternoon. That one, I'm excited to get my paws on. It's all furnace glass.

Have a creative day...stay warm!



Thursday, December 07, 2006
Sorry folks, but I’ve been kinda zenning on the torch and I forgot my password to Beta. Yeap, I'm a dipshit some days. I just figured out how to add all my link-o-la's to the blog. I'm hopeless when it comes to all of this. There are 7 y/o that can beat me silly in most of the video games. Besides losing some of my ego to a 7 y/o, they are really to violent for me. Just not my thang.

I've been working on two custom orders, both totally different from each other, but both were interesting to do. One has been sent out and the other I’m still agonizing over…that one is a jewelry custom. I made well over 100 beads and in reality, I will use less than 30 beads to make this jewelry set. Why you ask? Well, I couldn’t match my stones and accent beads to the vision I have for the necklace design. That is saying something, because I have well over twenty years of pack-ratting beads. So I made the accent beads with raku cane. Playing with the flame of the torch to get the different hues so that I have enough color to pick from. Then I had to make over 35 matched pairs so I could pick the exact size and color to run up the sides of the necklace. I will have pic soon.

This isn’t unusual though…this happens just about every time I made a piece of jewelry that I have a concept of what I want to make. It really even happens when I do a set of lampwork beads that isn’t what I call “zone” beads. Zone beads are those that I just grab a couple rods of glass and sit at the torch.

I had to take a picture....I cleaned my torcher chamber. I had to, it was a mess...I will not even show you the before picture. It's scary. The other reason why is because I'm switching over from 104 COE glass to 96 COE glass. Every time I make the move...I clean. I'm also getting ready to work with more of the furnace glasses. I also want to chance out my torch Bobcat and RedMax are both cleaned, waiting for me to make them start working again. I will have bead pics soon....promise.

As you know, I'm back on eBay again. I didn't want to...but I had too. I tried, I really tried to slow down on the torch and kinda move away from glass for a while. I had great plans of doing much more metalsmithing BUT the honest truth of the matter...I like zoning in my torcher chamber. I will still make jewelry but my focus is more on glass right now. So...with me doing all the zoning time in the chamber...I have beads. I really have beads and I don't have another bead show for a couple of months so it's eBay. These little beady dudes have got to find homes. I'm out of room.

So while I'm getting all the writing and pics done for's my two little helpers. They are in my office, just hamming it up for the camera.

Have a happy creative day...I'm off to do some errands!

Busy as a House Elf

Sunday, December 03, 2006
Lori wrote me and asked how my studio cleaning was going. It was going great, almost done. Then I got a couple jewelry orders...mostly nothing really fancy, mostly from my everyday line. Two were larger jewelry, more like I'd rather be designing. Those will be finished up sometime next week, after I get the needed lampwork made.

The below is one part of the studio...beads waiting to be put away. This was totally clean two days ago. Look at it do I do this? I guess the question should be, why do I do this to myself?
This is my desk after two days of working 18 hour days...I've got to clean this up before I create anything else. Things are falling off my desk because I'm out of room.
Here's one order that is getting packed up and getting sent out tomorrow.
That's it...sorry I didn't have time to take some kewl eye candy pics. I just wanted folks to know that I was still alive and kicking. Hopefully, if the rush dies down...I will be back in a couple of days.

One thing that I have to admit, my hubby has been a great help right now. He's doing washing clothes, cooking dinner, and taking care of the critters. He's out now doing the grocery shopping and picking up the dogs some chow.

After the first of the year, I'm taking it easy for a while. Just eBay (lampwork) and a few projects that I want to do. That's it for a couple of weeks. I doubt the world is going to come crashing down. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!


I moved to Beta

Saturday, December 02, 2006
I moved to Beta version of Blogger. It's going to take me a bit to get everything cleaned up on put back where it was. Right now I'm busy as a cat in heat. I'm still cleaning and I've got a half dozen or so orders to get done. After that, I'll be back with new eye candy.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!


Back on eBay Again!

Friday, December 01, 2006
I've been busy in the studio...still cleaning. You never know just show much 'stuff' you have until you start cleaning. I'm beginning to make headway.

I took a break for a couple of hours to finish up a lampwork bead set that I've been working on. It's below. I think it came out pretty well. It has a lot of diversity for a jewelry designer.

Now for the interesting news....I'm back on eBay. It's come to a point that I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all the beads that I make. I can't stand to be off the torch more than a couple of days and there is no way that I all of them in my jewelry designs...nor put up on my website. So I'm going back again. You can take if peek if you like at:

I will keep my specials and my jewelry on my website. There are so many bead designs in my head that I"m pretty sure that I can keep bot the website and eBay happening. There are also a lot of beads that I love making but aren't in the style of my jewelry designs.

Anyway, it's much cooler feels like fall. I've got the door open in the studio but we turned on the heat in the house. The studio stays warm all year round because of the kilns and torches. It is nice to look out of the door and see the backyard when I'm working at the torch though.

Ok...I've got to run...lots to do today. More ideas are as soon as I get the studio cleaned, I've got another project getting ready to happen!

Have a happy creative day!