I'm a woman with many talents. Glass bead maker, photographer, boxer dog lover and cats too. Gardening keeps me busy. Nature and flowers. Colorful artist. I create my own beauty wherever I am. Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.
These lampwork beads just came out of the kiln. The beads are still on their steel mandrels and you can see the clay-like bead release on each rod. This prevents the beads from sticking to the mandrel.
My pieces take a long time from start to finish. The first step is to actually sit down at the torch and MAKE the BEADS...Then they kiln anneal which is an important procedure and takes hours. After they cool, I take them out of the kiln and prepare to remove the beads off the mandrel. Sometimes they come off easily, sometimes I must use a pair of pliers to hold the mandrel while twisting the bead off. Working with water, I remove the clay-like material out of each bead hole. A tedious job.
After inspecting the beads, I usually stare at them for a day or two (or weeks.) During that time, I get a feeling of how I'd like to combine these 'new' beads with other beads I've made. I move them into my studio and usually it takes me a few more days to come up with an idea.
When the inspiration appears, I sit down to start the designing process.
Sometimes it goes smooth. Other times it doesn't. I'm particular. If it doesn't look quite right, I take it apart and re…
Handmade Artists Forum Feature Of The Week.Each week one shop/blogger is featured.This week let's take a look at The Alchemists Vessel. Chainmaille, Sterling Silver and Semi-precious Gemstone Jewelry.
Specializing in unique handcrafted collectible artisan creations. All
products are handcrafted with meticulous and loving care by Alixandra,
the designer and owner.
7th Bead Soup Blog Party This is an exciting, once a year event.Detailed information is below, but the basic facts::: I pair you with another jewelry designer. :::: You send each other a quality package of beads. :::: You make one or more pieces of jewelry with those beads, incorporating beads from your own stash as needed. The focal and clasp you were sent MUST be used.:::: You post your creation on your reveal day, and you try to visit as many of the other designers' blogs. ::This blog hops has gotten quite large in the past -- 400 people last time:: First, you must have a blog! :::: Second, no, you do NOT have to make your own beads! :::: Third, YES it is open to International beaders! ::
When the sign ups close, I will email everyone with their partner
and list all the Party Blogs here and at www.BeadSoupBlogParty.com.
Once you get a partner, email them to learn a little about them.
Then you'll then send that person a Party Pack: :: A focal (pendant, large bead…
Handmade Artists Forum Feature Of The WeekThis week let's take a look at John Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC Rasmussen Gems & Jewelry.John and his wife create beautiful pieces of art.My favorite is this Copper Patinated Ring. Crafted from a pure copper sheet, which was pierced to make the ring
band. The band was soldered with hard silver solder, filed and sanded.
Then the ring was formed on a steel mandrel and textured with a ball
peen hammer. Finally, the ring was patinated with Liver of Sulphur to
produce the black color. The final finishing was done with sandpaper to
brighted the high spots, then sealed with glossy acrylic resin.
ring was done as size 8 andcan be
custom made in other sizes.
Memories and Thanks Blog Hop January 12, 2013 At the end of last year, Lori Anderson announced the next blog hop will be about someone special in our lives. The theme is about the people in our
lives who mean a lot to us - a mom, a friend, a brother - anyone who
has meaning to us. We were asked to create a piece of jewelry that tells a story about that special person. It was an easy decision for me. My mom was a colorful person who loved flowers, gardening, jewelry, 'hip' clothes, makeup. She loved spending the day shopping. "It's my therapy" she would say and it was a special time to be with her. I've dedicated this jewelry piece to my mom and named it "Matilda." She's no longer with us but is always in my heart.
Mom collected elephant statues (which were a pain in the neck to dust on cleaning day.) Each one had it's own story. One had his trunk raised up, another had it down. One was made of glass, another of carved w…
Handmade Artists ForumFeature of the weekThis week let's take a look at Lisianblue.Kris came up with the unique name"Lisianblue" from one of her favorite flowers named
listhianthus, especially the blue. So, she
combined the two words to come up with the one - lisianblue. Cute isn't it?
Each stained glass wind chime and hand painted ornaments are carefully
designed and hand crafted with the idea that they will be one of a
kind creations, and will not be reproduced. Another shop has her handmade items made by knitting, sewing and crocheting. Find her shop here: http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/lisianblue
While I was buzzing through posts on Facebook in the Bead Soup Cafe, I noticed people talking about an eCourse beings offered. Aspire to Wire by KERRY BOGERT. It's a month of wire jewelry designs starting Monday January 7th 2013 and running through February 5th.
Each day is a new wire tutorial.
30 days, 30 projects. To me, it's always a good idea to learn from other artists. Their knowledge and passion opens up the creativity in ourselves. So, I'm signed up and excited to "meet" new friends on the internet. Maybe it's what will inspire you too. Here's her blog site http://www.kabsconcepts.com/.
Handmade creamy off white glass lampwork bead. Faceted Czech beads catch the rainbow of light. Sterling silver and swarovski crystals complete these beautiful earrings.
These earrings have my handmade lampwork glass beads in dark brown topaz. I've added drops of white glass heated until they lay flat. Then topped each with a dollop of crystal clear glass. Swarovski crystals and Sterling Silver daisy beads with Sterling Silver french ear wires.
I subscribe to TUT ( Totally Unique Thoughts ) and love their Notes From The Universe. The Notes are brief passages written by "The Universe,"
personalized with your name and goals, designed to remind you of life’s
magic and your power. Their daily messages are always inspirational to me. Thought I'd share this one with you.
one can learn much more about life, love, and happiness, when they're
single than when they're in a relationship, when they're looking for
work than when they're working, when they're confused than when they're
clear, and so on... And if they allow themselves to learn what there is to learn, rather
than resist, their life will be transformed, and that which was,
will be no longer.
Handcrafted glass lampwork beads made one at a time by melting glass in a
hot torch flame. Handmade solid light brown topaz beads in between with Sterling Silver
ball beads as accents. Just before the iridescent potato pearls are two
solid army green beads I made too. Sterling silver fancy toggle clasp,
crimp tubes, wire guards and crimp covers.