It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to post, blog, etc. as life has been pulling me in different directions! I hope that this will all change as my husband & I now settle down as “empty” nesters! As I say good-by to my little girl and send her off on her own life’s adventure, I am looking forward to hav ing the time to PLAY with all my vices! She had a destination wedding in Lihue on the island of Kauai at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa. The day was suppose to be the best of the week-end, but as fate should have it…it poured all afternoon. So her garden wedding under the gazebo was cancelled. Instead she got married on the beach under a cabana and I think fate made the right call here! A few pictures of my daughter, Laura and my new son-in-law, Anthony. And lastly, a beautiful Hawaiian sunset!
“I need to blog” is an understatement! So many things have been happening in my life in the last 6 months. Getting thru Christmas, planning a wedding, some medical situations, not to mention some classes that I have taken and will be taking. Hoping in the next week to show you what I made at a recent Kristina Logan class at Brazee Studio in Cincinnati (which if I lived in Cincinnati, I would be there everyday — a beautiful studio with so many classes!), busy with new bead sets and spending a lot of my time with custom orders and figuring out what I’m taking at Bead & Button. I hope to soon “blog” about these things, show some pictures and more!
I haven’t had too much time lately for all my vices (LOL!) and have had to cram them in lately between getting repairs and upgrades done around the house. I finally got some energy (I’ve lost 20lbs.) and thought I should get them done…this way I can coast for a little while and concentrate on my lampworking and beading! Well, that’s the plan, but we’ll see if it happens, lol!
Been playing with my Kumihimo and have a few necklaces made. When I can get around to photographing them, which I’m hoping will be in the next day or so, I’ll post them. Planning on trying some “different” techniques to see what I can come up with. My good friends, Rose & Philonese, have been very influential in this area and I can’t seem to stop making them!
I’ve managed a few bead sets in the last few weeks, but just getting around to getting them processed and up for sale. I’m having fun making bead set with LOTS of metallic dots and ”storming” — a technique used with silver glass and developed by Amy of AKDesigns. I’m also enjoying making “button” bead shapes. You can decorate them in so many ways and I just love the look of them either alone, or in beads sets. So, you’ll probably see more beads like this from me, ’cause I’m just love making them!
PAPAYA…I love the color of this set! A rich peachy-orange color with dark ivory dots, several silver glass that I mixed and ”storm” that resulted in beautiful colors…kind of looking thru a crystal ball. So the set would sparkle and shine, I added blue metalic dots.
SILVERED SEAWEED…I’ve always liked green with ivory, such a fresh combination. Silvered Seaweed has a transparent green base , dark ivory dots that I’ve applied and silver glass using the ”storming” technique with decorations of two different metallic colored dots.
GRANITA…a somewhat neutral-colored set in a base of dark ivory and a slight hint of color in the “stormed” silver glasses with raised metallic dots for decoration. The beads in this set are button spacers and I love working with this shape.
SOUTH PACIFIC…a beautiful turquoise set with “stormed” silver glass in such rich blues, purples & violets. Spacer beads of turquoise and metallic dots really enhance the set. I loved the way this set sparkles.
I know I’m a little late, but I’m hoping everyone one had a great time bring in the New Year and that my wishes for everyone is for a safe, healthy and prosperous NEW YEAR!!!! A big “THANK YOU” to everyone that supported Good Omen Designs (godesigns) by buying my beads…and helping my vice!
Getting ready for this new year by scheduling some more lampwork classes, yeah!!!! I love taking them. Going to take Astrid Reidel of South Africa again. She is such a wonderful person and great lampwork artist and she has a ton of new things to teach…especially on the murrini front (you know those cute little raised or melted in thingies-technical term).
Also I’m scheduled to take a class with Lydia of Ashton Jewels down in Charlotte, can’t wait for this! She make some of the most beautiful beads, rich with details, that you don’t even think they look like lampwork. I am soooo excited about this class and I really do love North Carolina. Gonna drive down with my pal, Robin…we always have so much fun!
Got the Kumihimo bug after my friend, Rose, showed me a necklace she made and I just had to have one! So she was so nice to give me her amethyst Czech rondells that she had left over (isn’t that a great person!) and I made it in one day! Now I ordered more rondells and made one with black rondells and silver beads…this is for Lena who does my nails (another great person!). This next one I have in mind, (that I can’t wait to start-it for me), is going to be black rondells with some swarovski in there….gonna start that ASP!
I’m in the process of making bead sets for two of my new focals that I recently sold and was requested by the customer to do so. I’ve completed one and named it KARMA. Got to start working on the other one, (in my mind), but haven’t decided on a name or what bead shape to do. I’m just hoping to find some time to make some of those beads (for me!) and more to sell.
Where has the time gone? I don’t know! I can believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted here. I’ve been busy making & selling beads and also fighting whatever it is that’s going around. I just can’t seem to get rid of it. It seems I’m playing tag with my wonderful grandchildren with this virus!
I did take a lampwork class with Claudia Page of France. I learned some great stringer control and how to make an eye murrini. This took half a day just make the murrini. I have so much respect for people that make complex murrinis. It was a wonderful experiene and she is a great person.
I also had the fortunate opportunity to take a class with polymer clay artist, Lindly Haunani. Two days on color theory and making canes. I LOVED this class and if you ever get the chance to take a class with her, don’t miss it! She shares a wealth of information with you and you will not be disappointed!
Okay, the one thing with being sick is you do get grounded and I was able to do more torching in the last few months. I have quite a few bead sets to process, but this is what I have so far.
SPUN SILK - I’ve made this set before and loved doing it. The first set I made was for a necklace for my daughter that she wore to a wedding. If you like lots of silver/gold and sparkle then this set is for you. The addition of the black donut spacer beads gives it a touch of elegance.
GUERNSEY – When I made this set, I had my friend’s “dairy cows” in mind. The set uses a frit that has a little bit of blue in it and it gives a “halo” of blue on the black. The black sides of the beads were etched to a velvety smoothness and I added white beads with raised black dots to finish the set off.
GINGER - This set is made with my friend, Robin of Glass Diversions, frit blend — Cinnamon Spice. I had the fortunate opportunity of doing beads for her website using all her frit blends. I stumbled upon Cinnamon Spice and fell in love with it and have used it in several bead sets in different applications. It has such a warm, spicy, carmel color. I also used a silver glass and silver foil for a hint of metallic. I think the reddish-brown spacers highlight those colors very well.
DUSKY FLOWERS - I loved making this set! I made some handmade flower cane by combining several purples. The beads use a copper green base to which I added a handmade frit blend in subtle shades of purple, browns and greens that I encased to highlight the colors of this blend. To keep the ”dusky” feel of the set I chose opal yellow as the base for the donut spacers and placed small flowers all around the bead (lentils have flowers only on one side) and decorated the beads with tiny metallic and green dots. This set sold so fast…but I do have several focal beads using this same technique that will be going up for sale soon.
Well, I’ve stopped traveling, going to weddings, showers, etc. and I’ve been able to catch up on my beading…the thing I love the most to do!!! Here are several sets that I have recently finished. Some are for sale and some just flew out the door before I could get them up for sale.
AMEBA DANCE…a simple set with an ivory base and raku frit noted form it’s variety of colors. I saw this set as more of an “organic” form, so I’ve etched the beads to a silky smoothness.
GOSSAMER GLOW…this is one of my favorite sets (I think I’ll make one for myself). It has a very “ghost-like” wishpiness to it that seem to drift within the beads. Depending on how the light hits the beads they can take on a golden, a firey and blue tones. Thats the wonder of silver glass!
BERMUDA REEF…anothe set that I just love making and every time I make it they come a little different. I made one set that was blues and purples; anothe set came out with more ref-violets. Again, how can you not love the effects silver glass gives you.
EARTH BERRY…another “organic” set from me. I don’t usually etch my sets, but sometimes they just speak to you. Romance is the name of the frit blend that was used on this bead set and was developed by Kalera Stratton. It is a reactive blend that I used on a reactive base glass. I love the colors and effects that it gives.
DUST STORM…this is a set I have been playing with for quite a while. I wanted lots of sparkle in the set so it looked swirling golden dust like in a sandstorm. To tone down the glitz, I added a bit of black to anchor it a little.
CHANTILLY LACE…this was a request and I love the effects. This set using Romance frit, but I’ve encased in a crystal clear and added some smokey green beads. It give me the feeling of being very Victorian.
TAPESTRY…a set that I played around with for a while too. I love the deep richness of the red, red-oranges, yellows and the goldstone in this set, kind of like the richness of a beautiful brocade fabric.
SPUN SILK…I was playing around at the end of a torching session and had some left over glass, etc. and thought what if I do this and what if I do that and this is what happend. I made a necklace for my daughter out of these beads, but I sure am going to make one for myself too! I’ll post the necklace as soon as I can get a picture of it.
This was such a hectic year and it seemed I just couldn’t get anything finished. It was a year of taking classes, weddings, showers and baby showers. I’m finally done with all it except for some additinal classes, but I’ll tell you more about those later. I finally got several sets completed that I have been working on. I seem to be stuck on making bead sets with lots of different silver glasses. Just a quick explanation on what your seeing.
Furious Dancer - this set starts out with two different glasses as a base, but the combination of the two results in a very pretty blue. I then encased the beads and wrapped a reactive twisty around the bead giving it a little swirl and dotted them with, of course, metallic dots. The spacer beads are a very pretty metallic blue.
Temari Braids - this set actually started out with what I call “play” beads…trying something out that your not sure of what your going get. The reactive twisty resulted in some pretty effects, kind of “ghostly” — I added a swirl here and there, metallic dots and blue metallic spacers.
Beach Waves - a base of opal yellow and what doesn’t go with that color! I added a silver glass, reduced it, gave it some texture and encased it in crystal clear to preserve those effects, added some “striking” murrinis and the set looked like a beach scene to me. I added metallic beads with a high shine that respresents the water when the sun hit it…you know when it has that “mirror-like” look.
Brown Sugar - this set came by accident while I was playing with Cinnamon Spice frit and wondered what it could do and then just added a little of this and a little of that and of course a silver glass. The set was actually based somewhat on a focal bead that I had previous made. A pretty set that sold quickly….I’m thinking of making another one.
Lurking - a basic black & white set, but I used Effetre Black, which is not a true black at all, but rather a dark, dark purple. So when swirling the beads, some of that purple mixed with the white and there a little bit of blue “lurking” from those black designs which created some interest to the set.
A couple new sets from me…
PISTACHIO NUT – starting out with a reactive base with the addition of silver foil caused the frit used to react resulting in shades of olive green and a greenish turquoise. I really love the “baroque” style of beads. A light “grayish” green spacer bead pop the colors in the baroque beads.
LAVISH – a silver glass is part of the base of this set that resulted in different intensities of blue, green and purple encased in crystal clear to magnify the colors. Decorations of murrinis raised & melted in, along with raised metallic dots and scrollwork.
CONTRAST – a neutral set in contrasting black & white that is on a crystal clear base. A basic set that you can make your own by adding your own personal colors to highlight this set. The round beads have a ribbed texture. I added black square discs to add some bold contrast.
Okay, so now I’ve got my act in order, things are starting to settle down and I’ve been busy getting my bead sets in order, yeah!!! Below are three new bead sets that will be going up on my Etsy account within the next couple of days.
A set that is reminiscent of the greens in a “jungle”. The beads have a subtle sparkle to them by starting out with ailver foil base to which I added some goldstone. The frit that is a blend of greens from emerald to peridot including green adventurine with some amethyst and aqua in the mix. I’ve choosen transparent green spacer beads for a little more contrast.
It seems like such a long time since I posted anything! I have been so busy for the last 1-1/2 months that they just flew by. Weddings, showers, baby showers, new babies, travel, home repairs and classes have taken up my time. Hopefully, things will start to settle down and I can do some posting on some of the things that kept me busy the last month.
With that being said, here is a new set COBRA” that I finished. The base of each bead were heavily burnished with silver foil and then rolled in a frit by Glass Diversions, Thunderstorm, that has purples, lavenders, plums & greens in the mix which reacted with the foil and base glass. Although the result was darker than I had expected, I thought that the beads looked like ”snake skin” and I bet they would look good etched. I added transparent green donut beads to help pop the greens in the beads and to add texture I settled on a ribbed design…not too bad for a bead I was going to discard!!