Thursday, December 18, 2014

J O Y

































Doing my best to get with the holiday thing this year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lovely Love Charms

































One of my standards - the love charm necklace.
Glass heart, vintage chain and an odd vintage charm.
































That's right, a bust of JFK.

And below, a very old Monopoly shoe.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

!!! Earring Alert !!! Earring Alert !!!

First I make some earrings, and then I make more earrings.

A Murder of Crows - lampwork glass and sterling silver

Cherries - lampwork glass and sterling silver


More skull earrings because I never, ever have enough of these.

Who is currently obsessed with little tribal bells?
I just keep buying them on etsy.


This pair has some old Danish coins that I found in a button box at an estate sale.

More 'berries & leaves' style earrings.

Like I said above, I am obsessed with little tribal bells.

Big wonking baroque pearls.

And, ta da, something completely new.
Sterling silver post earrings.
I used one of my small button molds to make pairs of glass cabochons. 

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Bone Yard

I still l o v e making these.
































A little bit of glass, some rhinestones and some bones.































It's like holiday baking!
































Tasty, fun treats for yer lobes.


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Beach Glass Necklace
































'Beach Glass' necklace - lampwork beads and sterling silver.

Glass colors? For all you bead makers who might be wondering...
Effetre clear (used some old scummy stuff), Pale crystal green, medium brown, hand pulled emerald, pale aqua and cobalt blue. These are not etched, they were tumbled in a rock tumbler.

Where I live, Rochester, New York, is on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
If you could see across the lake you would see Toronto.
Beach glass hunting is good here, but brrrrr, not in winter.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Bird Is The Word
































Little glass bird charms on vintage chains.

































































Getting ready for the More Fire Glass Holiday Open House on Friday!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CRAFTACULAR !!! 2014


































Ready or not, here it comes.
The 2014 edition of CRAFTACULAR

It's a super small show with just nine people - one of every crafty thing.

Here are the posters I have made in year's past...








































If you're in Rochester be sure and come by.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kisses & Sweet Berries

































'Night Berries' bracelet

































lampwork glass beads, bronze, garnets, labradorite and freshwater pearls

































The leaves are made with Riechenbach "Magic" glass.

































The little berries are Hessian Garnets that came from Dakota Stones with bronze cornflake freshwater pearls as their caps. There are also a couple of labradorite berries in the mix.

































I got a little kiss from Miss Kiki while I was photographing the bracelet which I am sharing with you.

Monday, November 17, 2014

White Velvet Cake
































Quick like a bunny - a superfast snapshot of all the beads annealing in the kiln.
































Out of the kiln and onto my desk.
































I found a film strip!
Who else remembers these from grade school?
Wait, I've veered off track.

Off the mandrels and ready to be cleaned.

I am missing some action photos.
The cleaned beads went into my rock tumbler all shiny and came out looking like velvet.

'White Velvet' necklace
lampwork glass beads and sterling silver

Love the clasp on this one.

 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beatrix Bracelet
































'Beatrix' a new tin spangle charm bracelet.
































I love this one!
The tin spangles were cut from an old Beatrix Potter cookie tin.
That Swanstrom disc cutter is my best friend.





























I meant to photograph it before I cut it up but I got over-excited and just banged it to bits.
This is a picture of the same tin.
It's just someone else's snapshot that I found floating around the interwebs.
Sorry for ganking.

The links and clasp are sterling silver.






























The lampwork glass beads are mine.































There are a couple of charms tucked into the mix.






























I even made a little sterling nametag for it.
As you can see I am still the worst stamper in the world.

I'll just bet there's a Beatrix Potter lover out there who will get this as a holiday present.


Ok, just one more.