Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Spring Flowers

The silly calendar says it's February but over here at Belvedere Beads it's spring.

Glass and sterling silver earrings with semi-precious stones, or freshwater pearls, dangling below.

For me, there is no better inspiration than flowers.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Big Yellow Apples vs Little Green Apples

Work in progress - Big Yellow Apples.

The problem with this painting is the song "Little Green Apples," which drones on and on in my head whenever I work on this canvas. #artproblems #earworm

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Flame On, Flame Off

The end of a long,  happy session at the torch.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Busted Valentines

Oops, I postered again.
I love making band posters, especially for this knucklehead's band.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Milkweed Puff

A digital collage of a milkweed pod.
I'm using it as a screen saver.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Apple Sauce

Working away on the 'Big Yellow Apples" painting.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Resolution Resolved

One of the things I have on my list for the new year is keeping my Etsy shops nice and tidy, and full of treats.

The shops have been sadly ignored, and nearly empty, for almost a year.
There are widgets to visit them, over there on the right side of this page.

It seems like I should say something clever about "a bird in the hand."
But I can't come up with anything at the moment.

There are some really lovely vintage Venetian glass beads available in my 'Curious Old Things' shop.
They're like a lighter version of EDP with super sparkly goldstone swirled in.
Don't you wish you could get rods this color?

Friday, January 01, 2016

It's Cooking - Just Like Crafting

Do you think cooking is just like crafting?
I do.

A tripe layer red velvet cake.
Before and after...

Get the recipe I used here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Background Screens

I built some background screens for my computer.
Just messing around in Photoshop.

If you would like to use them please do.
But you know, don't sell them or claim them as your own.

It's pretty simple and lots of fun.
You should try building your own.
Just make 4 copies of the image, each copy in it's own layer. Then transform (flip) them and snug them up against each other until you have a pattern you like. Flatten and save. Viola.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sweet Little Apples

'Apple Study'
10"x10" - oil on canvas
Lucinda Storms - 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Celeste Necklace

A simple necklace.

I love the Cim's new color 'Celeste.'
Not dissimilar from that work horse Effetre 'Pale Aqua' but there is no scum, it works like a dream and has a wonderful sparkle.

These simple beads are 'Celeste' with a small dot of hand-pulled emerald added.
Each one was rolled in a CGB ribbed donut bead roller and that's that.
It doesn't have to be complicated.

The whole necklace is put together with 18g sterling silver and a commercial sterling lobster clasp.

The lucky lady who got this one for Christmas is very happy.

Sorry I vanished from this beady blog for almost the whole month of December.
Ya know what? 
I was kinda busy.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Flower Chain Earrings

Hand hammered sterling silver earrings with art glass beads.

Working my finger to the elfin bone trying to replenish my stock after a great weekend of sales.
Thanks to all who came out to the More Fire Glass Studio holiday studio open house!

Monday, November 23, 2015

'Glo Pod' Necklace

I wish I could capture the iridescence in this glass. It just glows from within.

It has a core of black, wrapped in sterling silver foil then bands of Double Helix Clio were added. The whole mess is encased in clear.

I cut the bead cap from an old sterling silver plated tray.
It's a lot of work for a bead cap, all the cutting, filing and doming but they're so worth it.
The chain and findings are sterling silver.