Thursday, June 22, 2017

Brite Summer Flowers
































I love summer parties under giant tents, especially if there are magic markers.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Wild Strawberries


































I had an idea, to make tiny wild strawberry charms in all sorts of fun glass and frit colors.
Each one would have a little brightly colored metal bead cap hand cut from a vintage tin.

Above is the first batch of berries, still on their mandrels, fresh out of the kiln.
Below are all the berries cleaned next to a pile of tin disks ready to be domed.

Don't even ask how many funky old tins I have kicking around, some are cut into sheets of metal and the rest are piled into a big storage box in my studio.

































Here they are!
All dressed up with their domed bead caps and little bronze bails.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Frit Happens -or- Full of Frit

































I love organizing, especially a good sorting.

Here are the new little plastic jars I ordered full of frit.
Begone dysfunctional plastic baggies!

Monday, May 15, 2017

More Buttoned Up

 
 
 
































A few more handmade glass buttons. (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thrifty Britches

Don't you dare waste a scrap of glass.
I use up every short rod, little dinky pile of frit and even the popped off end flakes to make buttons.


 

































I make mine a little differently than most.
They're done off mandrel and the holes are pierced and then flame polished.
The holes are super smooth and rounded, so they will never cut your thread or yarn.

Here's a little strawberry button.
I just put all of these in my etsy shop (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Poster Child

I made another event poster.


































Party time!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

What's She Building In There?

Working on a couple of necklaces.

































These necklaces are called 'Hippie Chick' necklaces.

I take my big dish of stray single beads and lay out a pretty necklace.
Then just simply rosary chain them together with bronze or sterling silver.
This time I added some ceramic and bone skulls.

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).



































Here's a photo of the banner out in the real world.

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






















Phew.
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

Straw-bear-y
































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.