Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Show-Off: Big-Holed Beads!

As beads are what first attracted me to lampwork, I must stay true to my roots.  This weekend, I worked on new color combinations and have a kiln full of wavy beads to show later.  For now, let's look at a few new big-holed beads (the ones fitting Pandora, Chamilia, Trolll bracelets, etc.):

If you can make that first bead in the session, you may make many others.  This bead is made from one of my favorite color blends with red and purple.  At the very least, that one bead needs some company!

You get on a roll, and start making many new beads.  Nowadays, I wonder who will receive the beads I work on, and if they will be used in some fantastic creation.  Even by themselves, they are focally attractive to me :)

Before you notice, you haven't eaten for a few hours, your throat is dry, and the kiln is Chock FULL!  We realize our addiction and take the first step to moving on; admitting we have a bead problem!

Well, at least I know I'm hooked, I love beads! Stay tuned next week for new designs and colors, and some awesome focal beads coming soon to a photo near you. Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Show-Off: Student Earring Pairs!

Happy Sunday! Today's post is to show off what my student and I made in our last lesson: earrings!  We made several pairs, but this was our first time making earrings at all, so she wasn't able to make as many as I was, but don't worry: she gets to take them all home! : )
Our earring pairs from the most recent lesson!
I made the purple/teal ones into earrings for her before she left so they would be giftable now :) 
We would have made Easter stuff, but we're ahead of schedule with St. Patrick's Day goodies already under our belts, that we felt earrings would be a good way to mix it up.  Have a great Sunday and week, and I'll see you on later!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Show-Off for March 6th, 2011

Today I have some new designs specially themed for this month's holiday, plus a new pendant that you'll usually find in my shop as a sculpture...

First we have this large shamrock/clover pendant.  It has a colorful green shamrock implosion in the center of it, which I think makes it very different from my usual clovers:
Large Implosion Center Green Shamrock Pendant (Listed on ArtFire)

Next up is a smaller clover/shamrock pendant, using mint green and a more silvery green as the actual little clover "painted" on with glass from behind:
Small Mint Green with Clover Pendant
Lastly is my newest crossover from sculpture to pendant category... this custom-made hummingbird pendant!  He's already found his new home by the sweet girl that special-ordered him, but I wanted to make sure he got his 15 minutes in the sun... hummingbirds like that ;)

Silvery Green with Yellow Accents Custom Hummingbird Pendant
Thanks for checking out my week's progress, and I'll see you back soon :)