Friday, January 23, 2015

Buttoned Up In Winter

Making buttons is a great way to use up really small bits of leftover glass.

I'm talking about those wee silly pieces that are an inch or less of glass wonderfulness.
Scrippity scraps.

Gather 'em up, melt them down, mush them around and mash flat.

Viola! Buttons and pendants.
Miss Kiki shakes her head in disbelief.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heart Fob

Ya know, like heart throb?

An experiment.
Just something a little different than my usual heart bead.

I like it, let's make more.
Valentine's Day is coming.

Made on the end of a 3/32" mandrel with some unknown batch of coral, light ivory stringer and Cim's 'Commando' green glass. There's some nice frazzling with the ivory but not much else, I expected more 'glass reaction' magic. Maybe I should have toasted it a bit longer.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Leather Bangle Tutorial

You asked for it - you got it!
Here is the handout for the free class that I am teaching on Saturday.

It seems too simple to even bother teaching this - it's just design, cut and glue. Viola!
I can't imagine that you will have any questions but please ask if you do.

I love my bead ladies and I am sure the afternoon will be a blast!
In the past two weeks I have made about a gadzillion glass beads with 5mm and 7mm holes.

*** Bead makers I use 3/16" inch mandrels to make beads with 5mm holes. 3/16" is a little less than 5mm and when you add in the extra thickness of the bead release the beads come out fitting on 5mm leather perfectly ***

Hope to see you on Saturday, from 11-2 at Let's Bead in East Rochester.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design du Jour - Leather and Glass Bangle

I'm teaching a free class!
Saturday, January 17th from 11 to 2 at Let's Bead in East Rochester.

You don't need to sign up, just drop in and we will make one together.
It will take about 15 minutes from start to finish.

Y'all know I'm always skittish about teaching.
I'm the nervous and fearful type when I look into those eager (or bored) faces.
But it's free so how could they possibly feel short changed?

It's a super simple and fun project.
What's the worst that could happen?
Perhaps a minor glue accident.

The first bead is stationary (the spot where it's joined) and the rest of the beads slide freely around the bangle. So much fun to fidget with. Keep it simple or pile on the beads and charms.

Come on in and I will show you all my little tricks.
Leather and beads will be available for purchase - material prices for a one bead bracelet start at $8.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy New Year

Shelter, wealth and wine.
Happy New Year!

My obsession with red and white polka mushrooms enters a new year!

Saturday, December 27, 2014


After months and months of making things for other people, both merchandise and presents, I made myself something. My most favorite thing to knit - MITTENS!

In my opinion, mittens are the perfect knitting project. They're useful, designing them is fun and they knit up fast. I have no patience for sweaters and afghans, and socks wear out too quickly for all the work that goes into them.


Mittens - This is a free pattern and it's a gem. Easy to understand,  uses needles that are not too big or too small, and it's fun to customize with your own colors and patterns.

Amanita Muscaria - or fly agaric mushrooms - you know, red and white polka dot mushrooms. I adore them. If you have a pinterest account follow this link down the rabbit hole.

If you want a peek at my stash of pinterest mitten pics - click here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Well, That Was Fun!

Some snapshots from Christmas 2014.

Suzy Snowflake sings to the lump of coal.

A very sparsely decorated, small tree this year.
Just in case we had to throw it out the front door during a pine allergy attack.

Everyone put their Santa suits on and got into it.

Delicious things were consumed.
Especially pink champagne for breakfast.

The brass unicorn came to the table.

Oops, oof. Something not so magical happened while we were sleeping Christmas eve.
So we never left the house on Christmas day which turned out to be pretty fun.

Circles and spirals everywhere.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


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!