Friday, April 28, 2017

Tee Shirts, Posters and Buttons, Oh My

Very few beads but a lot of commercial work this week.
All for an event that's part of this year's Rochester Cocktail Revival.

This looks like quite the party - above is my design for the poster and postcard.
Below is the tee shirt design.

Here are the bits for Facebook and Instagram.

A giant vinyl banner for behind the stage (something I've never been asked to produce before).

And lastly, my favorite thing in the world to make - buttons!

My butt is flat from so much time parked in front of my computer.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town

"Bunny Hunny"
Oil on canvas.

Twenty years ago I painted a series of 'portraits' of vintage plush toys.
This one was hard to photography because it was done with a lot of metallic and iridescent oil paints.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Goddess of 420

New poster work!

Sounds like a party to me.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

My (Grape) Jam

'Vinyard' - 36"x36" oil on canvas

It's always very satisfying to finish a big painting.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Sweet Tweets

Two little lampwork robin pendants.

The bodies are 'special brown' dipped in fine raku frit, the breasts are 'carrot red.'
The bails are bronze.

Do you know this nursery rhyme?

Little cock robin
Sitting on a pole
Niddle noddle went his head
Poop went his hole

(they don't make 'em like they used to)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Springtime Flametime

Put everything away and pulled a whole mess of new rods to get spring-y with.

That little short lavender end piece in the middle is Cim's 'Crocus.'
The most beautiful glass color in the world.

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


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


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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Love Match

A matching pair of glass heart pendants.

Both are made with Cim's 'Sangre' and fine silver foil melted in and reduced.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Torch Songs

New hearts, so many new hearts.

I've been torching like crazy getting ready for a trunk show this weekend at my local beads store.
Come see me this Saturday at Let's Bead in East Rochester, New York.

Now, for some beady info.

The heart on the left is super simple. One color of glass - Effetre pastel Ivory with a little fine silver wire wrapped around it and melted in.

The heart on the right also starts out with a base of ivory glass. Then a strip of fine silver foil was wrapped around the middle and the silver was encased with light transparent tourquoise. When you start melting things get wild.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Old Bump & Grind

It's been a wild ride since my last post.
My sister and I dashed to Florida to help our Dad thru a health crisis. Happily he's on the mend.
I enjoyed my 'Christmas that almost wasn't' and completely over did it on New Year's Eve.

I'm back in a really nice bead making groove and have a big trunk show coming up in a week.
Check back for some beady goodness.