Sunday, March 19, 2017

Big Babies

































Some really big capped and cored beads.

































The cored holes are the standard big hole bead size.
The caps were cut from a vintage silver plated tray with a disc cutter and then domed.

I'm using a graphite marver from Divardi Glass to help shape the beads, it's called a 'three slot disk shaper.'

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hippie Chick no.5

I can't stop making these.
Whenever I have enough stray beads I chain one together.

































Test beads, earring pairs that don't quite match up, end of the day beads...
they all go into a dish and eventually end up in one of these necklaces.

































Easy peasy, there's no clasp, simple rosary style chain links made with 18g bronze.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Ball Chain Gang

































Capped and cored big hole beads on ball chain.

































I could be the worst letter stamper on the planet - and I don't care.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Straw-bear-y
































Sometime I get a little loopy at the torch.
































Straw-bear-y pendant, front & back.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

The Bangles

































A heaping helping of new leather and glass bead bangles.

Including some with huge glass beads.
That's something new.

I've got some new fruity leather colors for spring.

Only one bead is stationary on the bracelet, the rest move around on the cord so that you can fidget with them. 

This one has two colors of leather, gotta use up those leftover bits of leather.
It also has a nice vintage donut spacer that I salvaged from a garage sale necklace.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Earth Day Is Coming

I have a feeling Earth Day is going to be a big day this year.




































New button designs!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bead Soup

































Bead soup for supper after a great day at the torch.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Whiskey For Breakfast


































This poster making thing is becoming a regular thing.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Conversation Hearts

Here's some old(ish) work (2011) that I excavated from a closet just in time for Valentine's Day.

































All of them are 4"x4" oil on board.



































Just Another Day at the Office

































Getting ready to melt some glass and listen to some old time Beyonce.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lightness

Today the light was perfect for painting.
































A good bit of progress was made on the large (36"x36") grape painting.
It's still a lot of under-painting but the colors are starting to be where I want them.
All in all a satisfying day at the easel.
































Studio desktop.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bird Brain

































True fact : I never tire of making birds.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Magic Showstopper

































This one is pure magic.
It's a huge capped and cored bead.

The bead has a center of the bluest iridescent glass and fine silver deeply encased in clear.
The caps are hand cut from a vintage sterling silver plated tray. Much of the silver is worn away revealing the inner copper. The core is sterling silver tubing.

I only snapped this one terrible phone photo of it before I gave it away.