Thursday, June 21, 2012

Big focal beads with new fun colors...

 I like making big focal beads because there's so much room to decorate compared to smaller beads..

 The weather here is really hot......
          but I'm still torching!

Experimenting with my new glass colors.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My order of New Glass Rods have arrived !

It's exciting to hear the UPS truck in front of my house ...

I've joined the Bead Soup Blog Party ...BSBP

     I was admiring the work of some jewelry artists and stumbled upon the idea of a Bead Soup Blog Party. The BSBP is where Lori : Lori Anderson Designs  sorts hundreds of people into partners. We then check out our partners jewelry work and put together a 'bead soup' to challenge them. The soup has to contain a focal, a clasp and some coordinating beads. After everyone has mailed off and then received their own bead soups, you have to make some jewelry out of it, take pictures, than on a specific day, we all post blogs showing our creations off and every one runs around visiting all the blogs.

I'm happy to join in on the fun. To begin, Lori has asked us to blog about this topic to get things started:

  How/why you became a jewelry designer, and what you like best about it. 


     I enjoy being creative with anything I do. In my garden I look around and visualize how I want to design an area. Then I dig things up and move them around. It's amazing to see how I can transform a empty spot into a pleasing view of blooming plants and flowers. If they don't do well after awhile in one spot, I dig them up and move them to another area. I carry this way of thinking in my fashion style too. Any person can throw on plain shirt and a pair of jeans. But if you enjoy being creative you can add a belt, necklace, scarf and bring out your personal style. To me, it starts out from a simple thought. Then it flows into expressing that thought with the materials you have. Whether it's a plant or a piece of jewelry it is all the same with me. You just keep going with being creative until you're satisfied. Designing jewelry is an amazing process and adding the beads I have made myself gives my pieces an extra special feeling to me. That's the part I like the best. I don't have a plan when I design jewelry. No restrictions, no rules. I just go with the flow and to me, nothing compares to that. 


That's what I like the best about designing my own jewelry.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Classic Black and White Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads with red faceted glass beads and sterling silver...

Classic black and white handmade glass lampwork beads. I've made each one with its own unique design of swirls and dots. Added sterling silver ball beads adds some shine and deep red faceted glass beads gives some sparkle. Extra hanging dangle fastened with soldered sterling silver jump ring. Fancy sterling silver toggle clasp closes the deal.
Sterling silver bead tubes and wire guard protectors too.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Blueberry and Plum...Handmade Lampwork Bead Bracelet....Handcrafted Artisan Glass...Wearable Art Jewelry...SRA and SRAJD member

Purple and blue glass beads with sterling silver and swarovski crystals. All nine beads are handmade one at a time by melting glass in a torch flame. Bali design sterling silver toggle clasp closure. Dangle lampwork bead with sterling silver daisy spacers wrapped on a sterling silver head pin. Sterling silver bead caps, wire guard protectors and crimp tubes. It's wearable art !

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Put the lime in the coconut ...Handmade Glass Bead Necklace ..Handcrafted lampwork flamework

Eleven handmade glass lampwork beads in topaz ,lime green, turquoise and medium brown. Each one has its own special design.Sterling silver ball beads and fancy sterling silver toggle clasp. Round czech beads in earthy colors accent my lampwork beads. Simple, sweet, pretty and one of a kind ~ Wearable Art ~

Measures 18 inch neckline
End to end measures nineteen inches.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Purple flowers in my garden .