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Interview with Beads & More

Saturday, June 30, 2007
I recently did an interview with Chris and Madonna from Beads & More. They have a GREAT new forum for beaders and jewelry designers. Plus a wonderful blog that has some rockin' information and interviews. Their bead store on the web is located at

They are delightful people to work welcome them to the beady community!!!!!!!!



Small Sets...Website update next week

I've been busy making smaller sets for a website update. I still have a pile to take pictures of by this weekend. So look for an update sometime next week.

Have a great weekend!!!!

More Lampwork Bead Sets

Thursday, June 28, 2007
The above is part of a HUGE set that I split up into three medium sets. I will have all three up on eBay this evening. Can you tell by the hues that I'm already droolin' for fall. I really shouldn't wimper too much, the weather here has been rainy (which we really need) and kinda cool for the normal. Usually you can fry an egg on the sidewalk around here. So I am thankful for the dipping temps.

The above is a set that I was working on my 'natural' look. The pale lavender comes out with a blue tint. It's lovely with blue lace agate.

The below was a dot study. Since I burnt my hand, I've been working with a lot of dots to get my stringer control back. It has worked out better than I thought. I actually like dots and a lot of the jewelry that is currently being made with them. Since I'm changing my time schedule a bit, I'm getting ready to go back and spend time designing again. Mmmmm....maybe it's time that I made some dots for me. :-)

Well that's about it....I've still got to get packages to the post office and pick up after the critters. I'm delaying...there's isn't anything that I won't do instead of cleaning the cat box.

Have a happy, creative day!


I've been tagged...that's Meme Tagged by Cindy

Monday, June 25, 2007
I’ve been meme tagged by Cindy of Sweet Bead Studio. So no pictures today.

1. “What were you doing 10 years ago?”
I was living in Indianapolis, Indiana in an old historic home that my hubby and I were restoring at the time. I was a full jewelry designer and a part-timer in the medical field. I remember burning the candle at both ends and in the middle.

2. “What were you doing 1 year ago?”
Adjusting to Austin’s summer…I do live in the land of never ending summer. I was also in the process of finishing up my studio move. BTW, I’m still in that process…I’ve still got boxes of equipment that I don’t have room for.

3. “Five snacks you enjoy:”
OMG, if it isn’t beads…food is my next favorite subject and I’m limited to five answers. Oh my…here’s the list:
1) Fresh baked bread with brie and a side of grapes.
2) Cheese, my favorite being swiss, and oatmeal muffins with real butter.
3) White chocolate.
4) Dried cranberries and non-salted nuts.
5) My downfall and the extreme reason for all my extra buttage…ICE CREAM!

4. “Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:”
Well, this will tell my age. I know all the lyrics to every John Mellencamp song. I’m also a Jeff Healey Band and Sarah McLachlan fan. My favorite tunes to sing along with are any of their CD’S.

5. “Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:”
This is a tough one because I have just about everything I need in life.

1) I think it would be a hard choice between establishing an arts and craft camp for kids…OR…establishing a nonprofit co-op for emerging artists.
2) I would also take 100K and invest it for retirement.
3) I would list more but I think I have already ran out of money. :-)

6. “Five bad habits:”
1) I don’t exercise like is should.
2) I keep odd hours.
3) I have OCD so some times I get caught up in the smallest details and not look at the big picture.
4) I smoke.
5) I pace when I’m stressed.

7. “Five things you like doing:”
1) Sitting on my back deck early in the morning with my cup of java, when it quiet and the city is just waking up.
2) Bwahahahahahahaha!!! I love Halloween! I wait every year for trick or treaters, which I miss since we moved. It’s the decorations…the pumpkins…the fall leaves; it’s everything about Halloween. It’s walking around the neighborhoods and looking at the decorations. It’s the parties, haunted houses, and COSTUMES!!!! If it was up to me, I'd replace my birthday with Halloween. Can you tell, Halloween is my favorite time of year?
3) Looking around in fabric stores.
4) Taking a nap. It’s a rare treat for me.
5) Visiting my family and friends in Indy.

8. “Five things you would never wear again:”
I will never wear plastic shoes, a bride’s maid dress, or polyester pants. With a little groaning and moaning, I will never wear tight leather pants nor halter tops. My plump butt looks good in neither.

9.Bonus question..."List five of your favorite movies or books:"

I am choosing all books because I listen to so many audio books while I work. Not to say that I don't like movies, I do but I'm going to limit myself to just five answers.
1) The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.
2) The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
3) Both Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs.
4) Oathbound and Oatbreakers by Mercedes Lackey.
5) The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.

Ok...I can't limit stay within my own limits...I can't forget:
The Harry Potter series or anything by Anne Bishop, Kim Harrison, or Kelly Armstong. Then there is Jim Butcher...I can't forget his books either.

Ok…Now you know everything you didn’t want to know about me.
I have to tag five people. Here’s my list but participation is strictly OPTIONAL. I know that I’ve been asked before and had to pass because I was just too busy at the time.

1) Sue Bleiweiss from Threads
2) Jodi Marshall
3) Knot Gypsy
4) Marcia from Brat Cat Beads
5) Sam Parcels

BTW, if you get a chance, take a look at the above blogs. They have some interesting posts and lovely pieces of work.

New Lampwork Set...lots of reduction glasses!

Saturday, June 23, 2007
I've been working with reduction glasses again. Every once in a while, I just take a bit of time to play on the torch for the please of it. I just Zen out when I work with these types of beads.
The below is a pic of all the beads together.
Have a great weekend!


Mongo Lampwork Bead Set

This is a larger set than I normally make but....ya know, the Zen kick in. I was looking at some of Bob's cabs that he finished up. He's still working on a huge piece of Ocean Jasper. It's golden in color with flicks of greens.

Have a happy, creative day!


I'm back!!!!!

Friday, June 22, 2007
I've been around, just busy doing daily life. It seems I never have enough time or hands to get everything done. Does anyone else feel that way?'s a couple new lampwork bead sets. The above is Sweet Puckers!
Oooooooo…the sweetness of blueberries and the pucker of limes with a dash of mint. It will be up on ebay starting on Saturday.

The below, Earth Melody III and is currently up on eBay.

That's about it...I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!!


Interesting...I'm just not sure.

Thursday, June 14, 2007
The above lampwork bead set has been made from some of the new colors of 96 COE glass that I just got in. The clear is actually a pale straw color...lovely in person but I can't seem to get a good picture of it. The beads in my hand look so much better than in the pics. What's up with that? It seems my photography skills are declining. :-)

Other than that, I've been on the torch less time than I would like. I'm still working on getting back to I was pre-burn. Which is very just taking me so long to get back my stringer control. That's all is missing. You wouldn't believe just how many beads that hit the water. Maybe I need to bribe my Muse.

Anyway...have a great day...I'm off to the studio. Well after I get my ebay auctions set and ready to pop up tonight. As you can tell, I've been really cutting back on the number of bead sets that I've been putting up. Yippers, it's the combo of the burn and my Muse being on vacation.


New Lampwork and My Muse....

Monday, June 11, 2007
Here's some eye candy for ya'll!

The below is a lovely set that I really couldn't get a decent photograph of. It's all 96 COE with mixes of different sizes of raku. I don't know why I like the beads so much, I just do. The below is part of the huge mound of beads that I made in this color combo. I kept some for me. :-)

I've been kinda busy this weekend...but now the house is quite and I'm getting a few chores caught up. I did take some time for pictures and will have more finished tomorrow.
My hand is much, much better. I've now got new skin on the top of my's a lovely hue of pink. Much like the color of Pink Peruvian Opal. :-) Anyway, today will be my first FULL day at the torch in a long while. Mostly what I've been doing is short sessions and mostly just experiments.

Since I'm fully back in the saddle, I will be working on beads for the website. I figure it's about time that I paid more attention to my website. I seem not to have enough time for everything. How does everyone do it? Do they employ elves to help out or what? It might be that I've also come to the age that I need sleep. :-)

I've also come to a stage that typical, same ol' doesn't cut it for me any longer. I've only added lampworking to my odd mix of mediums since 9/04 so I'm coming up on my 4 year anniversary. Most lampworkers have some sort of style or design that they are known for at this point. I don't...the mystery of glass still enthralls me (and I have NO intentions of ever teaching). When it stops, I'll walk away from lampworking. Maybe I'll go back, maybe I won't. That's what happened to me with metalsmithing. One day, I went to the studio and just couldn't stand to pick up another hammer. That was it, the fat lady sang her melancholy song.

Then about a year ago, the silver started whisper to me. So I started making large linked chain with a little butane torch....then more whispers started. A year later, I find that I miss metal. I'm lucky that didn't get rid of all my metal tools. I kept most of them boxed up. My Muse wants them practical lady says, "NO, not don't have enough room in the studio and you will be moving out of state in less than a year. Just wait!" So I'm waiting. :-) Not patiently and not well, but I'm waiting. To be honest, I really don't have the room...I've got more tools geared for metal than I have glass. Those have visited my studio know that I have enough glass to supply a small glass shop. :-)

BTW, those little butane torches are totally fab. I used to work with a big bulky acetylene National torch mostly...some times a Little Smith. Both got great heat but was a bit much on working for long days at the bench. For small jobs, the butane torches are wonderful and I would fully recommend them as a second torch. Or if you only did soldering, they would do the job well. They really aren't that great for brazing though.
Well that's enough of my ramble...I'm off to the studio.
Have a happy, creative day!!!!!

New lampwork

Thursday, June 07, 2007
Here's a new set...I'm actually just seeing if the new settings on the camera worked. :-)

I'm been kinda busy the last couple of days but this is all I have to show for my effort. Most of my experiments aren't even worth taking pictures of. The next couple of days, I'm just going to make beads for myself. I'm getting the fever to make jewelry again.

Have a happy, creative day!


Silvered lampwork beads

Monday, June 04, 2007
It's been kinda quite here...I've been working on experiments. These are currently in the kiln. Plus I've got a sink full of beads right now. Most of which will reside on the bottom of plant pots. :-) Great ideas that need to be worked and I will explore them later. I still don't have as much stringer control as I had pre-burn...BUT everyday seems a bit better. I think what the major issue is that the skin on top of my hand is so tender. Any bit of heat is a problem. I tried Kevlar gloves, that didn't work. I tried covering it but that limits my movements. Plus if the covering isn't cotton or some sort of nonflammable material, I run a too high of a risk of it melting on my skin from a stray glass pop.

Ok, it's time that I quit whining...time will resolve the issue. :-) It's just that I've got customs backing up on me that I've got to get done.

Bob got back from St. Louis yesterday and has a contract here in Austin for the next couple of weeks. Which is a treat to have the hubby home during the week.

The above bead set is from my typical 'chaos' style of beads. The are a silver ink blue with opal yellow and lots of different purples. What I've been finding when I make jewelry is that when I mix them with natural gems, it's a PITA to get a smooth look. The glass hues don't always merge well with the tones of the stones. So I'm working towards using enough wet blend colors so that they will.
That's it for me today...I'm off to the studio.
Have a happy, creative day!

New Lampwork...Agate Studies

Sunday, June 03, 2007
I'm repeating myself again, but I've been spending lots of time on the torch. Mostly doing experiments...some haven't turned out like I've wanted. Those you never see....most of those hit the water. Some like below I've been pleased with. The goal was to created beads with a natural appeal of Brazilian agate.

Some of you have known me before I got into lampworking. For those that don't...I started out as a jewelry designer. Then I moved quickly into metalsmithing and then pottery. My hubby, the IT geek, has merged his hobbies of chain maille and lapidary into my business. At any given time, my studio (yes, I still claim it as my own) has several different projects happening at the same time. My hubby has been cutting some lovely pieces of golden ocean jasper and Brazilian agate. Both have the hues of Earth melodies within them. The below beads are my humble take on the stones.
The above were made on 1/8 inch mandrels. I need to get some jewelry completed as examples...I have but they have sold so quickly that I didn't get pictures of them. So I will try to get some more done.

The below were made on 5/64th fav size for wire and fringe bracelets.

It's a bit early for sleeping habits have moved to it's summer hours. Right now it's 4am and one of the few times that's it's quite. I'm taking advantage of it the hour and getting my day started.

Have a wonderful day!