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New Lampwork BEADS!...Pottery Charms

Monday, December 31, 2007
First off...I wish everyone a warm, peaceful, and creative New Year. It is my hope that there will come a time, that peace will reign instead of the Bush administration. Just remember, where there is hope, there is potential!

I've been kinda busy...thank you to many of you that have been shopping at my Etsy store. I ended today with catching up with all my paperwork. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEck...what a nightmare, but it's done. All customs for 2008 done, all orders placed have been mailed, and my desk is a total mess. I only have a few things to catch up but I will take care of that in a few minutes...then I can shut the door on 2007! I'm not saying it's a lousy year but I've had better.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...BEADS! I've been on the torch playing with the new 104 COE raku glass....yippy, it's kewl. Sticky but kewl to work with. Most 104 COE glass can be laid on top of each other in the kiln, this stuff can't. It's more like most furnace glasses.

Anyway, the below beads come from a mini series called, 'Pottery Charms'. Some are on Etsy currently if something strikes your fancy. Some have already been sold. Some I will finishing putting up on Etsy this evening...maybe. I'm not going out this evening but I really have a book that I want to read. :-) It's the new one out by Kim Harrison.

Ok...that's the end of the eye candy...I'm off to do something. Mmmmm....the idea of reading is winning.
Have a happy, creative day!

I've been busy...lots of new lampwork beads!!

Friday, December 28, 2007
These are all 104 COE beads...not my total norm but...ya know how I am.

The above and below are made from several different Vetrofond odd lots. They are much prettier in person than in the pictures.
The below has some squeezed beady dudes.
The below was was made from some of the new 104 COE German furnace glasses.

Well that's it...I've got to hit the torch and clean up my Etsy store. I've got lots and lots of new beads and jewelry to put up on Etsy. There is also a mini sale happening in my Etsy shop that will end very soon. (which means as soon as I start cleaning up the shop)
Have a happy, creative day!

More testing...

Sunday, December 23, 2007
I've been busy, busy, busy...that's why I haven't been around. I've been redoing my inventory tracking system. That took forever to get done. Since that's done, I also started testing new glasses that I've gotten in. Lots of new odd lots (some I like and some, well...icky), lots of American silver-laden glasses from Double Helix, and a bunch of stuff that I've been out of.

Most lampworkers, as well as any other artist or craftsman, has to spend time working with new raw materials and tools. Gotta keep up with the changing world around us. So there a times, that I just sit at the torch and experiment. More often than not, I don't get a lot of sets that is shown to the public.

Right now I'm working with the American silver-laden glasses from Double Helix. I got my paws on some odd lots. :-) Anyway, when you are looking at $100 per pound of glass, it doesn't take long to start racking up some pricey beads. Anyway, do you really want to know what goes into making beads and testing new glasses? Nah, it's here's some eye candy.

The above is a mix of several different odd lot ivories, Double Helix's Gaia, opal yellow, and silver plum. The below is KAPOW is the NEW color of 2008. So I made a set in just ain't your Granny's blue. :-)
The below is more organic, more earth yet has a tribal favor. Smaller sets seem to be what everyone is wanting so I've scaled back my number of beads.
The below picture doesn't do these beads justice...they are a fab set. I prefer designing and wear jewelry that is mostly tabs because they are do comfortable to wear. There is a lot of room for color yet they don't have the weight.
The below is a set that is currently up on Etsy...more Gaia, more odd lot ivories.
The below is a set that is one of my favorites...the focal turned out totally kewl. It took me several tries to get the look that I was going for. Anyway...all of these beady dudes are either up on Etsy or will be in the next couple of weeks. If you find something that you can't live without, email me or take a peek on Etsy.

Speaking of Etsy, I'm having a small sale there. I'm cleaning up my shop a bit. I've got too much stuff on there. When I go to work on my sections, it takes forever to bring it up.
OK...back to work with me...I'm off to start my day and get some torch work done.
Have a happy, creative day!

More Lampwork Bead Sets...

Monday, December 17, 2007
I'm back again...(of course I am, this is my blog). :-) The below is something I've been working on. Lots of pairs and colors but still organic. After I make one of these take me about an hour to fully clean my torcher chamber. I've got glass, frit, and silver everywhere. Even though the colors look much the same, they aren't. I used four different shades of blues. All 96 COE but from different companies.

Anyway, my desk looks like glass monster puked on it. The thing is, that I used so many different types of glass that I have to clean up after every set. Just because I'm working with 96 COE, I'm a purest. If I work with Kugler, I work with mostly Kugler. The same with Gaffer. If I work with 104, I work with 104. I will mix Italian and German with American...but not always. There are certain colors in Germany that don't interface well with Italian. There there is some of the newer types...ASK and CIM. Most of CIM is fine there are a couple that anneal at different temperates so I just stay away from them.

The below was an experiment...I think it has potential. I'll get working on it. I really do like how this set turned out though. It just took forever to get all the twisties pulled for this set.
That's it for me....I've got two kilns full of beads to clean in the morning. Since I worked with furnace glass most of the day, I had to ramp up the other kiln. When I work with furnace glasses, I take up a huge amount of space in the kiln....the glass is sticky and will leave touch marks if the beads are too close.

I've got several strands of beads that I will be putting up on Etsy this week. Some of them are very kewl.

It's time for snooze land for me!

Have a happy, creative day!


More Beads....Double Helix

Saturday, December 15, 2007
This is another one of my drive by posts...I had pictures to show off. Now isn't that what blogging is really all about???? I'm so bad. :-)

The above and below are both made with Double Helix's Oly Rain. It's an premium American silver-laden glass that can be harder than hell to work with....but well worth it. The company that I use the most is Double Helix....take a peek at their website. It's informative for the bead buyer.

The above beads look like they have topaz encasements...wrong. :-) If you look closely (click on the pic for an enlargement), it looks like they have smoke or water moving withing the bead. They are very kewl. It's hard to take a decent picture of these though. It's not like the camera lens can pick it up.

OK....things to do...packages to pack...and even a grocery run. Plus one of my famous Post Office outings are in store. :-)

Have a happy, creative day!


More day at the Post Office.

Thursday, December 13, 2007
I'm back again with more beads...I bet that's a surprise. :-) Ya know, I wonder sometimes why anyone reads my blog. I have asked a couple people...they said it was for the beads (eye candy). I bet it's because of my smart ass comments.
The above and below are from the same torch session....which are getting shorter as the lines at the post office get longer. These beady dudes will be going up on Etsy sometime tomorrow.
Today I had several International that means a trip to the ol'Post Office. Every time I walk in the place, there's something amuses taking place. Yeppers, I have nothing to do all day except people watch at the PO. Yeah right! Just because I'm on flex time doesn't mean I'm bored...I'm self-employed. :-) Think about that the next time you ask me to run your errands or pick up your kids from school. Actually I would do that, if you stand in line at the Post Office for me.

Anyway, sometimes you just have to wonder why people wear the things they do. I'm not the fashion Queen or anything so take this with a grain of salt. Nor am I a skinny mini that can walk around with very little on...but Austin does have it's share of faux pas happenin'. I swear one woman had SOOOOOOOO much Christmas apparel on, that I could of sworn that I heard "Jingle Bells". She looked like an upside down Christmas tree...she even little blinking lights on as a necklace.

Then there was the dude wearing house slippers and shorts. House slippers belong in the house, more so if they could be mistaken for stuffed animals or dog toys. I just wanted to tell him that no matter who told him that he looked good in those shorts, they were lying like a dog to him. There there was the chick (well I think she was female because I think there was boobage) wearing 6 shirts and two hats. Now that's a fashion statement.

I have to admit that there was one really funny situation happening in my line. A young mother was trying to humor her cranky toddler. It seems that the toddler just learned a new phase, "Merry Fucking Christmas" from somebody standing in line. The kid would yell that wonderful phase out as loud as he could and just laugh. Actually it was more of a high pitched screech. It got to the point I was laughing, then the guy next to me started laughing...then you could hear muffled laughter coming from the back of line. The laughter started to spread...maybe that's what Christmas should be about. A little laughter and cheer. :-)

That's it for me...I'm off to snooze land. I've got to go back to the Post Office in the morning. :-) Same bat time, same bat place....



Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I've been busy at the torch and takin' pictures again...well, I'm always doing that. That seems to be my life right now. I've got a huge amount of new glass hopefully you will starting seeing of different and more interesting things soon. The number of new types of glasses, the new colors, and the shapes has changed. Beads are like fashion and IT combined...there's a huge amount of new raw materials coming to light but color and designs are also changing. So lets see if I can keep up. :-)

The below set is a mini set...I really like this one, it's just one of those sets that going to be easy to work with in jewelry designs. It's just a classic and is in my Etsy store.

I fell in love with the color combos with these beads (both above and below). They both are currently in my Etsy store.
The below set will be up on Etsy sometime today. I'm on a 'easy to design with' kick. :-)
These are minis...petite beads for accents. I've been making a lot of these mini sets of petite beads. They look great with stone and metals. These babies just scream, stone though.
OK...that's it for me...I've got to pack up and deliver all my orders...then hit the torch. I've got a couple of new ideas what I want to work on.
Have a happy, creative day!

New Etsy beads this week!!!!

Sunday, December 09, 2007
I've been busy as a cat in heat...the Muse juice has been flowing. That and I've been a bit overwhelmed with customs and keeping up on my Etsy sales. I also want to thank everyone for their kind comments on the blog...for some reason, Blogger won't let me make comments. Beats me why too. I can post blog entries but can't do anything else? I will try to figure this issue out soon.

Here's a mini series that I worked on for a period of a couple of weeks. It's sets of beads that can be used with gemstones, wire, or what ever but they are in organic hues. I got on an accent bead kick and just kept going. There are odd lots, encasements, furnace glass, fine silver burnishes, fumed, spot name it, and I worked it. :-) These are beads that I was going to keep for myself except I just don't have the time to make jewelry anymore. I've been so busy the last couple of months selling beads, that jewelry is now a sideline until we move.

(180) The below is a set of 18 beads, that average 8.25mm by 12.75mm. The Etsy price…$30.

(172) The below is a set of 26beads, that average 8mm by 11.25mm. The Etsy price…$42.
(173) The below is a set of 15 beads, that average 10mm by 14.25mm. The Etsy price…$30
(174) The below is a set of 12 beads, that average 7.75mm by 13mm. The Etsy price…$25.
(175) The below is a set of 12 beads, that average 10mm by 15mm. The Etsy price…$35.
(179) The below is a set of 18beads, that average 8.5mm by 14mm. The Etsy price…$35

I've got lots and lots of pictures done!!!!! Yippy! You know what that means? More Etsy beads, lots of Etsy beads. I've still on the torch daily too! I just pulled 2 sets from the kiln this morning and was very PLEASED with the kiln fairy. She did me goooooood...these beady babies are in hues of cobalt, browns, and violet.

OK...I"m off. Have a happy, creative day!


More lampwork beads

Friday, December 07, 2007
Howdy...this is a drive by blog post. I'm busy as a cat in heat. I also wanted to thank everyone for their orders. I am not caught up...every order has been processed and taken to the post office. It's a mad house down there. Geez, I'd go postal if I had to work be nice to your friendly but overworked postal people.

I just post the above on Etsy...I will post the below set on Etsy as soon as I get a break. These are lovely. The glass is Double Helix, an American silvered glass.
The below are already up and ready to go home with someone. Mmmmm...kinda like a beady bar. :-)

Well that's it for me...I'm off to the torch.
Have a happy, creative week!

A picture is REALLY worth a 1000 words...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I now understand the value of a decent camera and better photography skills that I have. I had the below three sets posted up on Etsy, nobody was really looking at then. I couldn't figure why, because they are some of the nicest sets that I've ever made. The below set took me hours to make because I had to work so high up in the flame. Fine silver distorts most opaque glass. All the colors you see has been made by layering color then transparent then clear...then more color, then a transparent...then more clear. Then I had to remember the sequence I layered the colors in. :-) I will never do another set like this...I can make three sets in the same time it took me to make this one. If I was a well known lampworker and my sets sold for $500 plus, yep, I might...but I doubt that's going to happen in my life time.

The below is another one of those sets that took forever to do...I flatties were graduated to I made....well, I'm not going to tell you how many beads I made to get the strand you see. :- ) But new pictures do help.
The below has rondells that are matched pairs...
Here's another chainmaille bracelet that I just posted up on Etsy....
Here's some matching earrings.
Ok...that's it for today...I've got a huge number of packages to get to the post office and I'm spending some time on the torch. It's play time.

Have a happy, creative day!


Yeppers...more lampwork!

Sunday, December 02, 2007
Ok...I'm back again, with more pictures. This time, I took the pictures outside. I liked how they turned out. Many times, folks tell me that when they receive my beads that my pics don't do them justice. Glass patterns can be so complex that it really needs to be viewed up front and personal. The camera, the way I take pics, can't give the layering or depth of the bead. When I'm working with 96, I know there is no way that I can show anyone how reduction and metallic hues almost blur into fragments of color.

I just posted all of the below on Esty last night...

The below is one of my favorite sets of all times. the color is layered and almost wet blended.
This is a simple set but it's made from an odd lot...I just loved the color but I'm not sure that I can get more glass. Oh well...I still have 2 rods left for ME!

That's it for the show...I've got a house to clean and feel the itch to start a new biggie set.

Have a happy, creative day!