Friday, April 20, 2012

The Pendant Game

Here's some of the new pendant designs I'm working on, bad photography and all:

Somehow I managed to order glass rods that are either too small or too big to make the pendants I originally intended. And the murrini wasn't nearly thin enough. So, perfectionist that I am, I put in an order for yet more glass. Funny, I do the same thing with seed beads. Not the perfect color? Buy more! Good for art. Bad for the wallet.

At least I found out that my little torch will cut through 1" clear rods. Good to know.

My first show of the year is in one week! MayDay Underground - April 28 at The Village Gate in Rochester.

See the NEW Show Schedule section to the right? Now you'll know where I'll be this summer. Just in case you see something you like....


Friday, April 13, 2012

The Countdown Begins!

Are you up for a virtual craft and art fair scramble? I'm not, but I am getting prepped for real this year! Follow along as I try to get all my ducks in a row for my first real-live, three-day, need-a-tent festival.

So where are we going? Not just to any ol' place, but back to Ithaca, NY. Back "home" as it were. I was raised there, graduated college there (Cornell, class of '97 for those that care), got married there, and moved away 13 years ago for sunny Florida. Now I'm back in NY and looking forward to vending at the first art festival I ever went to and thought, "Hey, I want to do that."

So where am I in the process? I have tables and displays, pendants and earrings, and some beading kits based  on designs I made for classes last year, but everything needs a good re-vamp. The table coverings need to be lengthened, glass animals need to be made, lampwork beads, pendants and more beads, and kits need to be put together. A tent, of course, and new signage. My head is spinning.

First up: making murrini for the center of my new "water" theme pendants. Glass is on order and will be here tomorrow! (So happy I found Wale Apparatus, a glass distributor on the east coast. They ship same-day, and it gets here in only 1 or 2 days!)

Here's the pendant I'm making more of:

I sure hope my little Mega Minor Burner is up for the job!

More soon,