Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blooming Sunflower

Isn't this spectacular? 
I didn't even plant it. A bird must have dropped it in my garden! Thank you!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sterling silver, turquoise and ivory. It's a beautiful combination.

One of my favorite bracelets sold this weekend. The colors blend together with a calming effect. 
Thank you Wendy !  Have fun wearing it ~ 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Step by step pics of me making a glass bead

I took these pics yesterday, while I made some Glass Beads !
This shows a rod of blue glass and a thin white rod of glass called a "stringer."
Here I am slowly heating the rod of blue glass in the torch flame.

I heat it until a blob forms

Very hot blob of glass. Next pic shows how it looks 'wound' on a steel rod.
Steel rod, dipped in a clay like liquid called 'bead release which helps the finished bead to come off easily. The bead release looks white when it's dried. See it here on the steel rod in this picture?
The blob of hot glass is 'wound' onto the steel rod while rotating it around. This makes the hot glass round and makes a round bead.

The rod and hot glass is taken out of the flame a bit so it's not 'red hot'. See it's blue now that it has cooled a bit. 

 I've added a thin white design with the Stringer Rod of glass. It goes into the kiln now. 

                                                           Glass Beads finished!
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Yankee Burrow : My friends, old and new....the best part of being ...

Check out my friend Debbi. She has included me in her blog.

Yankee Burrow : My friends, old and new....the best part of being ...: One of my favorite things about being an artist, and getting to know other artists, is that we don't know any strangers, just friends w...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

She sells Seashells by the Seashore.

I've been working on this piece for weeks and I'm happy with the results. Each glass bead is made one at a time in a torch flame AND the weather has been very hot lately. I usually made about 5 beads in one session. These designs have layers of colors, pressed down flat, then more designs on top of them.
I imagined the beach and flowers when I created these beads.
Click on this link to see more.