Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's a Spring Thing

Wee glass Easter Egg pendants.

Broke out all the Val Cox frits for these little guys:
Haiku, Cashmere White, Golden Brown, Peony, Purple Rose, Raku, Enchanted...
Each egg was made on the end of a 3/32" mandrel.

Some have fancy end caps that I made.
Some just have a bail.
Both ways are put together with 2-part epoxy.

They're all for sale at Let's Bead.

They were so much fun to make - and decorate.
I did not use a graphite, or brass, shaping tool.
Just spot heating and gravity to make their eggy shapes.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lentil Pendants

Guess who got a new lentil press?

A new style of 'end of the mandrel' pendant.

These are fun to make.
And on these first practice ones I just used up bench scraps of glass and a few funky murrini.
Each one is about 1 1/4" wide.

In case you're wondering, I glue my bails in with 2-part epoxy.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Heart Pendents

Lotsa new heart pendants that were made on the end of the mandrel.

It's been 'wrap every bead in silver foil' week.
Isn't it weird how you get on jags like that?

I also made some murrini this week.
Little spring flowers.
It cannot come soon enough, it's snowing here in upstate New York today.

By reaching way back into my lampwork repertoire I torched a heart with wings.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Leaf & Berry

One of my favorite earring designs, I call it 'leaf & berry.'

The pair above has ridged berries made of Opalino Carnelian glass and leaves made of Vetrofond Cosmic Storm ODD Special glass. I have just a little bit of Opalino Carnelian glass still in my stash, I wonder if this beautiful glass is ever going to be available again?

This pair has berries of clear glass with Val Cox's 'High Ho Silver' frit and leaves of clear with Val Cox's 'African Violets' frit.

It is a simple enough design. One small pair of berries and one pair of small off mandrel leaves.
The variations are endless and they are effortless to wear.
I try to always have at least a half a dozen pairs in my show inventory.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dripping With Pearls

Can something be overly decorative and "organic?"
Of course.

New earrings with my glass beads and hand painted ceramic bead caps.
Also used some rhinestone rondelles, vintage chain and rice pearls.
The leverback earwires are sterling silver.

That's a lot of earring.
Not my usual 'keep it simple' style but they were a blast to make.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Little Bits of Spring

It's going to be spring sooner, or later, right?

There will be color and flower buds.

And there will be little, brand new, green leaflets.

All the little glassy bits in a row, waiting to become a bracelet.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Big One

A huge capped and cored 'full moon' bead.

I'm really excited about the bead caps on this one.
Such a lot of work to fabricate them.
I think I had every metal cutting, shaping, banging and filing tool I own out of the cupboard.

The bead is hollow (duh).
Ivory and dark ivory for the base glass. Decorated with fine silver foil and trails of Double Helix 'Psyche.'

I need a bigger dapping block to make these bigger bead caps.
Always in need of a new tool, am I right? Why does every idea lead back to my wallet?

It's the big one! This bead is about the size of a golf ball.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Seeds & Stems

I often say that I don't like my jewelry to look machine made, I don't even like it to look handmade, I like it to look like it just fell off a plant.

I think I nailed it with these new earrings.

The handpainted ceramic bead caps are super-duper labor intensive but the end result is just what I want.

I think I will spend my Sunday afternoon hand coloring some more.

Curious about the process? Click here.

Friday, February 20, 2015


One of my standard riffs.
The orb pendant. A round bead made on the end of a mandrel.
I use my marble mold to get them nice and round.

This one has a base of Vetrofond 'Banana Cream Special Odd' that was wrapped in a fat black and raku twistie.

Get out your short rods, leftover bits of twisties and some frit and make some of these.
They're a great way to use up your scraps.

Knock, knock. Who's there? Scold. Scold who? S'cold outside!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Buffalo Girl

A new pendant.

Just looking for a way to show off the crustiest old buffalo nickle.

I hammered the bead caps, punched the nickle and made the bead.

The glass in the bead is Cims Sangre with raked bands of Double Helix Psyche.

Look at this mess. Is it any wonder that I haven't been to my studio in days?

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Sweet Heart

Even after all these years I still love... lampwork.

Three new, large end of mandrel hearts.

left: sky blue with ivory
center: Cims 'lipstick odd' with a little bit of Val Cox 'gold pink' frit under silver foil
right: topaz with raked and reduced bands of Double Helix 'Psyche'

Saturday, February 14, 2015

H. V. D.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hair Brained

You know it's really hare brained right?
To think like a goofy wabbit.

I need to make a bunch of cabochons for hair do-dads.
I'm using them as test beads in an attempt to be organized and 2X productive at the torch.

The glassy recipe for the one above is:
A base of Cim's 'Mermaid' then a wrap of silver foil and finally coarse Val Cox 'Purple Rose' frit.

The recipe for the one below is:
A base of transparent violet then a wrap of silver foil and on top coarse Val Cox 'Purple Rose' frit.

The recipe for the one below is:
A base of pastel nile green then a wrap of silver foil and on top Val Cox 'Limerick' frit.

Have fun cookin' with glass.