Monday, January 16, 2017

Torch Songs

New hearts, so many new hearts.

I've been torching like crazy getting ready for a trunk show this weekend at my local beads store.
Come see me this Saturday at Let's Bead in East Rochester, New York.

Now, for some beady info.

The heart on the left is super simple. One color of glass - Effetre pastel Ivory with a little fine silver wire wrapped around it and melted in.

The heart on the right also starts out with a base of ivory glass. Then a strip of fine silver foil was wrapped around the middle and the silver was encased with light transparent tourquoise. When you start melting things get wild.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Old Bump & Grind

It's been a wild ride since my last post.
My sister and I dashed to Florida to help our Dad thru a health crisis. Happily he's on the mend.
I enjoyed my 'Christmas that almost wasn't' and completely over did it on New Year's Eve.

I'm back in a really nice bead making groove and have a big trunk show coming up in a week.
Check back for some beady goodness.

Friday, December 02, 2016

I'm A Wreck (the halls)

I love designing posters!

Really looking forward to this party!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Glassy Holiday Recipe

Home cookin' that's cute as a button.
Val Cox 'Raku Jitterbug' frit on a base of Cim's 'Sangre.'
You're welcome!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chain Gang

Sometimes something so stinkin' simple works perfectly.

Just sterling silver and tiny, tiny flameworked beads.

Super fun to make and there are endless color possibilities.
Easy to wear, they're very lightweight.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

'Ice Princess' Necklace

A new necklace - 'Ice Princess'
Lampwork glass beads, rock crystal and sterling silver

I used a whole bunch of beautiful Lauscha clear glass shorts that I was gifted.
The barrel shaped beads are rock crystal (clear quartz).

Winter is coming.

Friday, November 11, 2016


I'm just going to hole up in my house and sew catnip mice until I wrap my head around this mess.

They're O so terribly posh.
Made with thrifted cashmere and fine wool sweaters, organic American grown catnip and organic cotton stuffing.

Here's my friend Jen's cat, Miss Amelia B, enjoying her mousie.
And another satisfied cat customer.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Autumn Pod Necklace

'Autumn Pod' necklace
lampwork glass pendant and beads, antique amber prayer beads, soapstone and vintage chain

The amber beads are floating on a lighter weight chain so that you can slide them around for lots of fidgeting fun while you're wearing the necklace.

This one is at the fine craft gallery at RIT - Shop One2.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Heart Throb

A new necklace.
One of my lampwork glass heart pendants, labradorite, pyrite, garnet and rock crystal wired with a vintage chain.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Summer Seeds Necklace

Inspiration is where you find it.

The beads in this necklace were inspired by the hundreds of tiny bright yellow-green burrs I hand-picked out of Miss Kiki's black fur. About a month ago she came back from a night-time walk plastered in them. A few test beads later I had the color I was looking for and it was just a matter of making enough of them for a rope of burrs.

It's one continuous strand made with hand-hammered bronze links.

The core of the beads is Effetre 'petroleum green' and the encasing is a mix of Effetre 'pale apple green' and 'grass green light transparent.'

I used a wonderful cheap-o press from Devardi to shape the beads.

My furry muse, Miss Kiki P. Oodle.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Grape Jam

There's some progress on the grape painting but it's embarrassingly slow.
I'm so focused on getting beads made for holiday jewelry that I am neglecting the easel.

I need more hours in my days... I know you can relate.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I'm A Button Makin' Maniac

This is what I do with a lot of my short rods.

I make buttons.

The quilters love them, the knitters love them and so do jewelry makers.

You can almost always find a mess of them in my Etsy 'Belvedere' shoppe.

I make them off mandrel so the holes are flame polished, which means they are very round and smooth all the through. They will never, ever cut your thread or yarn like some other glass buttons.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gettin' My Autumn On

A new fall necklace.

A big lampwork glass pod made on the end of a mandrel.
Rough cut garnet, freshwater pearls and vintage chain.

I wish I had spools of this chain with it's little pod like links.