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.




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Purple Rocks

































"Purple Rocks" - lampwork glass beads, amethyst crystals and sterling silver

































For all you bead makers out there who would like the glass recipe.
The beads are made with Effetre light violet, dark violet and Double Helix psyche frit (reduced).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tweedle dee Deedle de Tweet Tweet
































A little glass bird on a vintage brass chain.
































I made the hammered brass clasp with some special little beads.
No matter how time ineffective it is, from here on out, I am all done with commercial clasps.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Opening Day of Earring Season

Lampwork glass, strawberries cut from a vintage tin, bronze & sterling silver.


Lampwork glass, vintage tribal amber beads, bronze & sterling silver.

Lampwork glass headpins & copper

































Lampwork glass (golden iridescent seeds) & sterling silver

































'Fridas' Lampwork glass headpins, rhinestone rondelles, stone skulls and Czech blue glass flower beads.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Zoo Parade

































Seneca Park Zoo necklace.

































Vintage Seneca Park Zoo souvenir penny, cut mercury dime, freshwater baroque pearl, citrine point, faceted garnet, glass beads, vintage copper chain and sterling silver findings.
































It's a squished penny from our local zoo. It's not much of a zoo but the grounds are amazing, I think of it as a beautiful park with some animals. The mercury dime is a Rochester thing - one of the city's most recognizable landmarks is an Art Deco building downtown with a statue of Mercury on top.
































I could be the worst stamper in the world, still I like my little sterling silver name tag.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Fridas


































Lunch at the studio with some new earrings.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Necklace Production Line

I did a bead show last weekend and it was great - but now the fun can start.
All the leftover beads can now be made into jewelry for my upcoming holiday shows.
Who doesn't love a delicious mess of leftovers?
































Some bits of vintage chain, my glass pendants, a little bit of heavy gauge wire for clasps and some more glass beads.
Snip, snap, wiggle, hammer, hammer, tumble.































Close-up of the clasps I fabricated. One brass, one bronze.
































The view through my 'new' magnifier. Wow! Is it helpful. It's a nice old shop piece from an estate sale. A giant magnifying glass with a swivel ball joint attached to a goose neck mounted on a big fancy cast iron base. I love it so much I think I will marry it.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Slag You're It !





























A nice 6lb. chunk of slag glass.
It's getting harder and harder to find, which makes it all the more fun when you do score a nice hunk.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In The Best Possible Light

The light was so beautiful today that I had to take a few studio snapshots.
































First, my new red chair. She must have six layers of paint (at least).
The tart wooed me at the end of an estate sale with her sad $4 price tag.
I mean seriously, why had no one adopted this sturdy little bentwood chair?

This paint-by-number garbage can is a crucial part of my painting process.
Seriously, you would roll your eyes if you saw how many kleenex get used while I paint.
Wiping brushes, wiping off paint off paintings, wiping off my fingers...































A Pyrex pie plate is my palette of choice.
I buy cheap used ones, they last a month or so before the surface is so gooped up that I toss it.
The black cabinet holds all my oil paints, lovingly sorted by color into individual drawers.





























The rubber crickets have followed me from studio to studio for almost 20 years.
Crickets are lucky, right?
I love stupid faux nature.
































Rubber rats, they're not just for Halloween.