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New Lampwork Jewelry...new designs for Spring

Saturday, February 28, 2009
I've been in a jewelry designing frenzy for the past couple of days. So I thought you might want to see what I've been up do.
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The below is an old design...an off shoot of my 'stacker' bracelet series. BTW, pardon the picture quality...it's just a quickie update.


The below beads are part of a new series that I'm working on...

The above and below bracelets are part of my spring collection of the 'Everyday' line. The whole object was to showcase the color of the lampwork beads without overwhelming them. These are to be sleek and wearable for everyday wear. I mean in the shower, doing dishes, playing with the kids or furballs, and of course, working the 9-5 grind. The sterling is shiny so it's very easy to clean...the design isn't complex or has anything to catch on...I used a trigger clasp so that even during wrestling match with the dog won't pull it off your wrist. This is the design that I wear daily and I'm tough on jewelry.







The below is another design that showcases the beads without much fu-fu. The beads are barrels and the chain has been handforged by me. The only thing that I didn't make is the seemless round beads and the one Bali spacer.




Here's another design, still sleek but has a bit more fu-fu but not much.





Colorful but still not overwhelming. Great for summer...ya know that missing season from Indiana weather. :-) If I remember back, it's a time for t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops.






Ok...that's it for today...I've got jewelry cleaning and pricing scheduled. I've let it pile up...I've got almost 200 pendants to clean, put on cards, and then price. Some goes for about 200 pair of earrings. I don't mind the necklaces or bracelets for some reason...it's the carding that I don't like. The cards are necessary because of my displays.
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Have a wonderful weekend!
~Moon

Cut the Mustard...Broadripple

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Whoo, whoo...we cut the mustard and juried into Broadripple Art Fair. I wasn't too excited during the application phase but I am now since we got the notification. I've been chained to the torch for so long, I had forgotten just how a big deal Broadripple Art Fair is. It's one of Sunshine Artist's top 200 shows and it's the top art show in Indiana. So if you are in Indianapolis on May 16th or 17th, stop in to the show and say "hi".
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On another note...this whole process has made me I'd remember just how much I miss shows and making jewelry. Yeah, I still make jewelry but I spend a hell've allot more time on the torch. Maybe it's time I shifted gears back to doing what I enjoy the most. Anyway, that it for the news. I've got to get back to glass testing.
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Have a happy, creative day!
~Moon

New Lampwork Series Test

Monday, February 23, 2009
Just dropping in to show off what I've been working on. The beads are still a bit rough in design but the idea is still forming.

I'll more pics this week once I get a better handle on the idea I'm trying to form in glass. :-)
Have a happy, creative day!
~Moon

Lampwork Bead Photos...What I'm working on...studio update

Friday, February 20, 2009
I'm feeling better...I still haven't caught up on paperwork nor all my emails. That's what I'm going to work on today. While I've been sick and grumpy...I've been working on pendants for my show season. The below is a small sample. When I mean small, I think I already have over 200 pendants ready to go. Which really isn't a lot considering that I'd really like to go back into wholesaling.

Here's a close up example...from my Beachy Keen series. BTW, the pendant looks much better in person than in the photo. I'm still having trouble when with any piece of jewelry in blues and/or with lots of shinny silver. I think I'm going to have to change backgrounds. They look so much better on the grey or blue shade backgrounds BUT I like the white background look. So I've got more work to do on my photography. It's a never ending learning experience.
So I thought I'd try a different background...a bunch of green turquoise I just got in.


Different lighting but same background...



I've also been playing around with different types of bracelet designs. Normally my bracelets are a bit more complex...fluffy...or what ever you want to call it. The thing is that no everyone wants to wear a jewelry shop on their wrist AND I think that art jewelry should/could be worn as everyday wear. The below are designs that are simple, wearable, and showcase the lampwork beads. There's a lot of visual action happening just with the beads so I kept the design KISS.




Every once in a while, somebody will ask me...what does your jewelry look like. The below is MINE. I just made it for me....it's chainmaille chain and lampwork. It works for me. I keep the sterling bails simple...actually this one is a fine silver bail. Anyway...I find a certain chain that I love and keep it for myself. Then I add pendants to find my wardrobe. Yeah, I have earrings too but they don't always match. I'm kinda strange like that. Anyway you have no idea just how much treasure I keep in my hidey hole. :-)




You know me and color...right now the color of choice is PINK. I've been playing with all shades of pink to girly patel to SCREAM PANK, IN YOUR FACE pink. The below is a fruity-juicey color, like watermelon slices. Yeah, the beads a bit boring but I've got plans for them. You will see some pink on Etsy but not much. I don't make a lot of pinky beads so I will be using most of them in my jewelry designs.


The reason why I'm keeping the above for my horde is below. I have a special thing for Birkenstocks. All I wear is either Birkies or ASICS...I'm beginning to eye KEDS though. They are still comfortable but are lighter on the feet. I'm hunting for the below color of Boston's to complete the summer feel to my wardrobe. :-) I'm going to look like a giant fruit salad on crack if I don't watch out.

That's it for the eye candy and tester photos. Now for the update on my new studio...the church's daycare still hasn't gotten its licence for the new building. There are artists moving in currently in other parts of the building but the space that I want still has little people running around in it and will for another 2 months or so. Hopefully, I will be moved in by May. So I'm still working from home.
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Other news...I'm still waiting to hear from the Broadripple Art Fair if we cut the mustard. Bob and I juried in with a gallery so it's different than a typical jury. Yes it still involves quality of work but also work that is different than the other galleries. It's a double jury in a way. Just because the quality is or isn't there doesn't mean we will show. It's the package of the entire gallery and it's presentation as a whole. If that makes sense.
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More news...yes we went to court on Feb 10th but didn't get a ruling. The case was long and winding...very complex because of the amount of little things and the time line of the carpet issue. So the judge took it under advisement and we should hear something (via mail) by the first couple of weeks of March.
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It seems a lot of things are in a holding pattern in my life. Yep, that's it but it's OK. John Lennon said it best, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
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Have a wonderful weekend...now I'm off to pack up packages to get them to the PO.
~Moon

I'm Still Cranky

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Well, I'm still sick...I'm still cranky but I thought I'd share some pictures.















That's it...yeah, I know...very little conversation and lots of pictures. :-)
Have a happy, creative day!
~Moon





More lampwork...I'm cranky

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I know that nobody had heard from me for a bit...I will get to all the emails soon. I'm sick...just a cold but I'm cranky. Geez, I just got up from a five hour nap and I'm still tired. Bob got sick first, bless his little buggy soul, and gave it to me. Normally I rarely do I come down with colds...I did this time and it's a lingering one. So I'm not a fun person to be around.
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So I've been playing at the torch. Mostly making beads that I normally make...don't know why but that's how it is. I got kinda stuck on blues...lots of beach themes...lots of spring colors.














I'd explain all the kewl special effects but I'm tired. :-) I'm now working on PINK...yeah, it's another color that I shy away from but I'm getting a bit bored at the torch again. Color is the main reason why I still do lampworking...I know you have heard that one before.
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I will be up loading lots of new bead sets on Etsy this evening. I've got about three dozen on my desk but I doubt I will get all of them up loaded.
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Stay warm and well!
~Moon

Purple Kick...more Lampwork...Color Gizmos

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I got a purple kick...I do that once in a while. Now I'm totally done with purple, plum, and violet for a while. There's a few more sets, I didn't get pic yet...I'm keeping them. :-) I'm gathering for a jewelry making frenzy. I've got a couple trunk shows and will be finding out about some shows in May. (mmm...did we get accepted or not)
Larger sets for more jewelry designs...the below has been the typical set that I've been making for myself.









That's the end of the eye candy.
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I will have these listed on Etsy the next couple of days. Then I'm going to move in to BLUES.
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Wish me luck in court...we finally are going to get this previous house owner issue solved. Well at least I hope so. More info tomorrow.
Have a happy, creative day!
~Moon




Phil and I aren't friends!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009
I was just sent a picture of Punxsutawney Phil, the weather fortelling groundhog. Yes, he predicted 6 more weeks of winter. (no surprise there) Phil, you ain't my friend. Thanks Cher for the picture and reminding me that I no longer live in land of sunshine. :-)
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Just thought I would share...back to the torch with me...
~Moon

Yeah, More Lampwork Beady Dudes...

I've been pulling out the spree slim more often than the older style. I like the larger size (21mm) but they are thinner (about 8.5mm). Lots more bead canvas but less weight. Much makes a huge difference when designing bracelets.

The above and below have been partially encased to get the purple hue to pop up I also used an old lot that I haven't used before...can't remember the name...but it's reddish tile color. I also really was pleased how the focal turned out in the above set. Again, it's slim or I couldn't added all the raised surface decor. I also made the dots larger than the typical and melted half flushed. The thing is that dots are great, don't get me wrong. They give visual interest and texture to the bead but they aren't always comfortable to wear next to the skin. Little dots and a little pressure next to the next makes me uncomfortable so I bet it does to other as well. So that's why I either flame the dots or press the dots in more. I also have found that I don't like designing with beads that have 'too much'. 'Too much' means too many different colors within a color scheme or too many itty bitty dots. Too much color makes mud and too many little dots can do the same. That's unless I'm working towards that favor like in organics.
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I guess it comes down to each designer's pref of what they like to work with. Be it color, shape, or style of beads. That's one of the reasons that I keep coming back to my 'Color Gizmos' series and barrels. It's what I like to design with....I use a lot of metal and seed beads in my designs plus color does it for me. A lot of my beads you don't see on the blog...I'm sure that most of ya would be bored to tears if I posted everything I made...but I was adding up all the bead sets (no focals) that I made in 2008. It was well over 3,000 bead sets...that's a lot of different color schemes. I know that the color schemes are limitless BUT there are a lot of colors that don't really go well together or they react oddly next to each other. Anyway, I haven't ran out of ideas yet but it does get harder and harder to come up with something new and interesting. I'm hoping that







405...average 11.25mm X 14mm








404...ave 11.5mm X 13.75mm











403...12.25mm X 13.75mm




402...ave 11.25mm X 14.25mm



401...ave 12.25mm X 14.25mm
That's all the eye candy for today...
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BTW, I just finished up Patricia Briggs' new novel called 'Crossed Bones'. That's what I did instead of making beads yesterday. I got into the book...in front of the fire...and stayed there. I had the greatest intentions of working on beads but well, sometimes I just need a break. I'm doing that more and more. I figure that will end soon...like today, I'm off to the torch.
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Have a happy, creative day!
~Moon

It's Snow AGAIN!...New Lampwork Bead Sets

Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I'm sure all of you are a bit weary of me complaining about winter...so I'll keep it short It's snowing again...nothing like the last time but I still haven't recovered from the last one. Ok...I'm done.
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Now for the beads. The below set is a new design I've been working on. I've made mostly focals from the design...mainly because they work up so well within jewelry designs. They take forever to prep for torching them...I mean I have to handmake the murrini, then all the twisties, and then all the stringers. Then I had to test the murrini and stringers. Some were made with some of the softer, spreading glasses like yellow opal or lavender. (BTW rubino, plain ol' white, and EDP are also some of the softer glasses...plus if you use any of the 'spreadables', the patels bases can make them even more watery....enough of the glass lesson, I'm sure that most folks really could care less.)
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Anyway, after finding the right combo so that it didn't look like a gremlin in a blender, I made beads. I liked the below combo so well, I make a set of beads. The base is a pale light brown that worked totally fab. I love the glass, it melts smooth as butter but now drippy.

The below has a base of an odd lot (you know me and odd lots) veiled 104 COE blue. This is one of those glasses that almost as $$$ as silvered glass. $44 pound I think is a bit much but it makes lovely beads. I hurried up and ordered another pound of it and another one called Kiwi before they were gone. Both look much better in hand that the pics. The camera just doesn't do the glass justice. Even though I love the glass...and will use it to make jewelry from the beads...I doubt I would recommend it being used for jury pics. It's a type of glass that really needs to be seen in person...great beads for jewelry for shows though. If you click on the photo...you'll get the point.

I got on a roll when making the below bead set...I spent an entire torch session on this color scheme. I even kept a few of these beady babies for myself.
Ok...it's time for me to get some work done. I've got a major pile of beads to clean...I really need a studio Elf...that or a Fairy Godmother that likes to clean beads. :-) Now the reality is I really just want to sit by the fireplace and read a book. It's becoming harder and harder to work in that chilly garage. I also have the urge to play with some metal again...but I'm already in the process of packing up the stuff in that area of the studio.
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I also should be making jewelry...I've got another trunk show the first weekend in March and I am SOOOOO not ready. Bob and I are doing this one together...and he's much more prepared that I am.
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Decisions...decisions...decisions...
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Same bat time...same bat place...
~Moon