Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Came & Christmas Went

He sees you when you're sleeping...

...and it shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

It dropped more needles than it kept but we loved it anyways.

I even kept some of the ornaments I made.

Many records were played on the old mono record player. This was my holiday favorite.
Time to pack it all up and stuff it back up the chimney.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Souvenir of Luxembourg

It's necklace season.
An iridescent lampwork focal bead, vintage found chains, a tiny stone heart and a couple of old stray crystal beads to go with this beautiful old souvenir charm from Luxembourg.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

On the Fringes

A new necklace.
The focal is one of mine, an off mandrel leaf that is about 2" long.

All sorts of beady fringe goodness.
Labradorite, carnelian, garnet, freshwater pearls, tiger eye, amber, coral and black tourmaline sticks.
The chain is all vintage, scrounged from estate and garage sales.

For you lampworkers out there - the leaf is Cim's 'Sange' with Val Cox's large size 'Raku' frit.

Friday, December 08, 2017

!!! Craftacular !!!

It's that time of year again,
the most wonderful time of the year...

Monday, December 04, 2017

Cookies and Beer

Another holiday party poster done!
Beer, ugly X-mas sweaters, whiskey, big beef and rock & roll - what could possibly go wrong?

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Candy Spangles Bracelet

Bits of a new bracelet.
I found an old, old lid to a candy tin and cut it into spangles with my handy dandy disk cutter.
Then got on the torch and made some beads to match.
Wired it all together with bronze and sterling silver.

For the lampworkers out there:
I started with a barrel core of black and rolled in aventurine frit. Then carefully encased it with clear. At the end I added a stripe of transparent olive green around the middle.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Santa / Satan

In my other life I do graphic design.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rockin' Robin

Day 2 of a small (10"x10") robin painting.
It's a real juicy one.

*please note * that in the photo above I am wearing my lucky red socks.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Old Plush

I shoulda been doing this, I shoulda been doing that.

Instead I squeezed out some oil paint and started a batch of small paintings while blasting the Pogues on my studio stereo.

This is day one of this little painting.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Heart & Seeds

A big mossy glass heart with vintage chain and stray glass beads and a nice chunk of yellow jade.

This necklace is available at:
Shop One2 - the fine craft gallery at RIT.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Pod Necklace

A very simple necklace -
one of my lampwork pod pendants,
some vintage silver tone chain  and two segments of old of rosary chain.

The black glass rosary chain lays against the back of the neck.
That way if you have short hair, or your hair is up, there a nice surprise detail.

This piece is available at:
Shop One2 the fine craft gallery at RIT.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Acorns Galore

Glass acorns and their handmade copper caps all lined up and ready to be assembled.

The wee caps are a pisser.
First you cut the holes and the circles, then texture hammer and dome them, a little filing and you're finally done. To finish you make the copper bails and carefully epoxy them together.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Strange Fruit

Glass pod pendants with bronze, or sterling silver, hand hammered bails.

Each one started with a base of coral glass, the pointy ends were rolled in raku frit.
The applied leaves are ocher, or swamp moss.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Wee glass pumpkin pendants with bronze 'stem' bails.

The pumpkins were made on the end of the mandrel and the bail is two-part epoxied in place.

Colors? I used up some orange short rods that were cluttering up my bench for the base glass and rolled that in ocher frit.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

'Late Summer Seeds' necklace - lampwork glass beads and hand hammered bronze links.

This is a new glass from Cim's called 'corn silk.'
I am mad for it.
Also Cim's 'peat moss,' 'maple' and Effetre 'topaz.'

Above is the first batch, fresh out of the kiln.
I use a small brass tong press from Divardi glass to form the beads.

Mid-construction with my trusty hammer.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Jingly Seed Pods

Seed pod pendants with tiny tribal bells, like seeds bursting out of them.
Super fun to wear.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wee Pods

Tiny pairs of glass 'seed pods.'
Made on the ends of mandrels with the bails added later.
Perfect for earrings.

Friday, September 22, 2017


More 'end of the mandrel' pods.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

River Rock

"River" heart pendant.
Ivory glass, silver foil, silvered ivory stringer and several shades of transparent blue glass.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall-ing off a Plant

 A really large pod pendant.

Made on the end of a mandrel with a bronze bail.

Coral glass with Val Cox Raku frit, the leaves are some unknown mustard green I found in my shorts pile. I wish I knew what it was, I'd like to order some.

The little idea sketch I worked from.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Peace of (my) Mind

Another new button design.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What Is Wrong With Us?

When things are so upsetting that I cannot sleep, I don't just lay there.
I get up, turn on my computer and start designing new buttons.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Finger on the Button

When you can't sleep because you're fretting about political things you can't control.
Get up, turn on your computer, and design some anti-war buttons.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Devil Is In The Details

 Little bits of the two, new, big paintings of magnolias.

Saturday, August 05, 2017


I love the smell of oil paints.
Finally, a long day of painting at my studio.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Apparently Pirates are Carnivores

Postcard front (above)
Postcard back (below)

Poster (below)

The hardest ones are those that are really an essay and are pretending to be a poster.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


This is the 4th Whiskey Brunch!
So much fun, I wouldn't miss it.
I had a blast making this summery poster and buttons.