Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Retro Black & White Glass Lampwork. Handcrafted one at a time...

 Basic Black and White...Always in Style...
All handmade beads made by melting glass in a torch fire...Hand decorated with my unique designs...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lampwork Beads just out of the kiln

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. 

It takes a LONG TIME from start to finishing a piece of art..

 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-do the whole design.
The end process is measuring and remeasuring. Then add crimp tubes, wire guards and the toggle clasp. Here too, I am particular. The wire must go through the crimps just right or I take it apart and start over.

It's a big accomplishment for me to complete a piece. But my work is not done. Photographing is next ~

Monday, January 28, 2013

Featuring this week Jan 27 - Feb 3 The Alchemists Vessel

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.                                                                             

You can find more here:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party®

 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

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, etc) ::
 ::  Some coordinating spacers or beads  ::
 ::  A special clasp (not a lobster claw)  ::
~ Let's have some FUN ~


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Featuring this week Jan 13 - Jan 20 John Rasmussen

Handmade Artists Forum Feature Of The Week

This 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.  

This ring was done as size 8 and can be custom made in other sizes.

View more work here:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Positive Med has something for everyone

The most Amazing Collection of Fruit Arts.

Fruits are nature’s fascinating medicines loaded with all sorts of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and many phyto-nutrients; And a good source for creative minds to create fruit arts!
See more here

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lori Anderson Memories and Thanks. Brooklyn Bead Goddess

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 wood. Some had a broken leg or trunk. I had fun moving them from the back to the front of the shelf. Kind of gave them a chance to be the star of the week 'til next cleaning time. 
When I saw these pewter elephants I knew I had to add them to my design. The Swarovski crystals above and below them give it the sparkle I wanted.

Making the colorful lampwork beads was my next step.While at the torch, I'd reminisce and found a sense of peace run through me. I've made some pretty beads for this special necklace piece.Don't you agree?
  Thank you for this opportunity Lori Anderson and PrettyThings Blog. I've enjoyed the warm feelings and memories it brought back to me.
Please remember to leave your comments below.

Below are the participants and their blogs

Please take some time to see what others have made and leave your thoughts in the comment box. Enjoy !

 Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things
 Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
 Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee's Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
 Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations
 April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper's Gems
Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                   FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It's My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey
Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston                 CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                    Inge's Blog
Iveth Caruso                       Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa's Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton            It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                   josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks
Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C ... A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue
Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                       Lily's of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                            Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                           Ornamento
Marti Conrad                          Marti's Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                         Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles -- Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                            Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                           Hellopalz 
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence
Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon's Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z                         Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi's Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Featuring this week Jan 7 - Jan 13 is Kris from Lisianblue

Handmade Artists Forum Feature of the week 

This 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?

One of her shops include hand painted ornaments and stained glass items.
Find her shop here ~Lisianblue

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: 

Visit Kris on Twitter 
and Blog with her here

Monday, January 7, 2013

An artist needs an opened mind...

            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

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Sparkling earrings handmade lampwork glass

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. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

And a big Thanks to The Universe today..

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.

Sometimes 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.

So happy for you,
    The Universe

Here's the site if you're interested in receiving some inspiration


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Each bead has been made with its own beautiful design

 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. 

See it here: Brooklyn Bead Goddess

Purple flowers in my garden .