Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hungerford Show Countdown - Pendants

Only three days left until the Hungerford First Friday Christmas show! I say Christmas, but it's really just the December show.

Yesterday I took a picture of some earrings all dressed up and ready for a new home. Today I have a picture of a few of my new pendants. I've made 28 so far -- everything from my new borosilicate swirl pattern, to some classic flower beads and some in basic black.

You'll have to come to the show to see them all - and the work of all my fellow R-Nest members!

Can't wait to see you there. Oh! BTW, mention my blog and you get 10% off anything. Marry Christmas!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gearing up for First Friday

Most of you know by now that my husband is deployed, and this leaves me with lots of time to create beady goodness this year.

To that end, I've committed to shows that get me motivated to make new jewelry. My next show is this Friday, December 2 at the Hungerford Building (Room 8) from 5 to 9PM. I purchased a new earring display rack on-line and it arrived, larger than I imagined. 24 new pairs of earrings later I've only filled 1/4 of it!

So, back to the torch today to make some borosilicate beads 'cause I like to switch it up.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bead of the week

My favorite bead this week is:

I made this one by mixing Effertre dark red with white, layered the mix over a white core (which probably didn't do anything except make the bead sloppier to work with), then encased the mess in Effetre super clear. There are a few bubbles, but I love the pure, rich color. Next time I'll mix it a bit more, but for my first color mixing experience I'm quite happy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Back to the torch ~

Well, after a mighty long winter, I finally fired up the torch again. I’ve got to say that I love the Mega Minor Burner torch I bought just before the snow started flying last year. Being a surface mix torch, it’s a bit of overkill for soft glass, but I get great control for the reduction and silver work I’m doing.

You can see by these beads I’m still quite the amateur, but I’m sneaking up on the “type” of beads I like: bright, colorful and “swirly”. The first ones I made are the blue ones on the top right. They’re not the traditional round or doughnut shaped bead, but I see them as shell shaped and stopped melting them at that point because I absolutely love that shape. They’re going to make great earrings for me!

The next bead down has the same blue base, but with dots of Aion2, a rich, fine-silver laden glass that strikes (changes in a propane-rich flame) to make pretty pinks and pastel-like blues and greens. After striking I encased the bead in a super clear glass.

Then I decided to have a different kind of fun: making multiple tiny beads on one mandrel. To do this you must keep the bead that’s red hot rotating smoothly or gravity will pull it out of shape as it cools, you also have to keep the beads that have cooled warm enough that they don’t crack, and you absolutely can not let these magnificent rotating dollops of color hypnotize you for longer than a heartbeat or – crack – one snaps. Quite fun, I think.
For the next bead I used a base of purple (Vetrofond) and decorated it with some funky stringer I had laying around. The stringer didn’t do what I wanted it so I made some yellow dots (3 groups of 3), made a deep impression down the middle of each with a razor blade, poked a rake into the middle of the three “petals” and set an orange dot in there. Then I encased the whole thing. Kinda looks like I set out to do that from the beginning, yes?

The last 2 beads are just dark ivory with the Aion2 wrapped around and struck a bit. Then the bottom one was encased and pressed into a lentil mold.
Can’t wait to get to the torch and play some more!
Happy Beading,


Monday, April 18, 2011


Two months without posting? Yep, it's true. It's called winter and much like the black bear I hibernate the best I can.

But spring is here and I'm poking my nose out of my den--home--with a giveaway: a Heart Pendant Beading Kit. This kit comes complete with full-color, detailed instructions and materials to make three color-coordinated heart pendants, and an 18" chain to hang them on.

To enter, go to http://www.rochesternystreetteam.blogspot.com/ and follow the directions. Contest ends tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19.

Now, if you feel I've posted this just a bit too late for you to enter then  make some noise! Post some comments! Let me know someone is out there! Who knows, I just might be persuaded to have another giveaway!

Happy Spring,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


One thing I've discovered about selling: the more effort you put into it, the more effort is required to keep it up.

Case in point: Over the holidays I checked Etsy three or four times a day for sales. Most of the time there were none, but I re-listed anyway, just to keep near the "top" of the search "pile".

Then in January my family went off the deep end a bit and I barely made it on line for 10 days. Finally, I check and OMG: sales!

Yay! Oops!

Thank God for understanding customers. And other creative-type sellers who've done the same thing. After a blunder like that it's so good to know that I'm not alone!

That's my confession for the week. And rest assured, now that I've made that mistake I won't do it again (fingers crossed).

Another confession? I don't blog often because I don't like uploading pictures.

Anyone else?



Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well, it's here: 2011. For someone born in the sixties, that's quite an event!

I began blogging in March of last year, about the same time I discovered seed beading and lampworking.
Since then, I've blogged about twice a month, mainly documenting my progress in these activities. (The weather in NY is just plain depressing much of the time. Like now, it's 9:15 in the morning and it's grey outside. Seriously.  Grey. Yes, that's the "English" spelling of gray, and I'm choosing to use it.)

Anyone still with me?

This year you'll find me looking for the silver lining. I'll be seeking out the new and bold, exiting and dramatic, the soft and lush--in both color and form. I'll still use Pantone's latest color palettes and be influenced by the designs in BEADWORK and Bead & Button magazines, but I'll be looking toward nature's glory for inspiration.

And, of course, bringing you all the interesting things I find along the way!

Here's one: Pantone's new 2011 color of the year is Honeysuckle! I wonder what I can use it for first....