Monday, March 8, 2010

funky beads

Yes indeed, my life has been on overload for about three weeks. And in fact, there are still some very big, very stressful jobs to get done. Working on my torch is such a good way to relax, and let my mind go into a creative 'spot' A place where the stress just melts away. It's better than a good bubble bath. ;-)
This is what I came up with this weekend. It's ruffled at the top and dotted at the base. I so want to wrap some turquoise seed beads through the center and then make a seed bead necklace for this. In a few weeks, when things settle down a bit, I will, for sure be playing with these making finished jewelry. In the meantime, I am listing a few on Etsy.
It will be fun to see if others like them as much as I do!

Monday, March 1, 2010

a beadie talisman

A few years ago, I designed this bead. I was working in a situation that just became more and more difficult. Teaching art is a really awesome job until you have huge classes with over 40 students. I was hanging in there fairly well until the paycut. It just seemed that so many of my good friends were 'laid off' yah... like we never saw them again, so I would call that 'fired' . Having a fairly large paycut added insult to injury.
Art can be healing.
Working with glass is great therapy. I forget everything and it's just me and the glass, melting it, shaping it, and working the heat correctly.
The weekend after the paycut, as I sat at my torch, I decided to make masks. This particular mask design started with a cute mouth that is making a kiss. And then my evil twin took over on the torch......
I made a cute little behind for the bead. ahhhh the laughing at myself made things much better, and wearing the bead to work made things seem a bit easier too. I could present a happy face at work, and yet when frustrated, rub that little behind.
things are much much better in my life now. Regular sized classes, actual raises once in a while and actually a bonus several times. wow Being a state employee as a teacher has some real advantages, especially in a state where there is much support for teachers and how hard we work, rather than blame for financial hardships.
I still make the beads though, but end up wearing hearts. I love my job. :-) This type of bead was a great little talisman to try to push my frustrations into, and I still sell them because sometimes you just need to think something you can't say outloud.
this bead is in my Etsy shop. you can click on the picture to have a bit more of a view.