Monday, January 31, 2011

Bracelet with disc beads by Caffeine Girl Beads

Isn't this cute? Deborah of Caffeine Girl Beads made this bracelet. She uses the money from her jewelry sales towards tuition for her kids. College certainly isn't cheap! (but oh so worth it)
Deborah ordered a set of disc beads from my Etsy shop, and I am just loving what she does with them.
Stop by Deborah's blog/web page and see her other pieces. She has a wonderful sense of color and her jewelry is playful and full of color. A great thing to wear in the winter, yes? It'll perk up your day!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lampwork Hearts


I love making heart beads. Here's a little sample of what beads will go on Etsy today.
It's so much fun to make them and maybe that's because the surface is just right for making some simple designs and trying out new glass and color variations.
There are a few in my Etsy shop already. I hope you take a look at them!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Beadfest Philadelphia


Have you ever been to a Beadfest? Lapidary Journal gives a wonderful show in Philadelphia each August. Sharon Driscoll and I will be teaching two classes there this year. We haven't taught there for a few years, taking a break because of my moving, and then she had lots of 'life' happening too. Now we're baaa-aaaack! And happy to be there! It's so much fun to meet new people in our classes. And the vendors!! Whew! Lots of vendors, more beads than you can imagine. :-)
Take a look at the Beadfest site and maybe you'll sign up for a class or two or three!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lampwork and Metals studio



Yay! It's basically done! My own little corner of the world. A place to melt the glass and pound the metals. There is room to teach too.
The ventilation system works perfectly. hooray! Bryan did a wonderful job. The 'box' to lampwork in is lined with metal, and the outer section is handy for hanging tools. The ventilation is through the top, and well lit also. I love lighting my torch and watching the flame getting pulled toward the vent.

You see my work bench is already in use, as is the bead kiln. Beads are annealing and a piece of jewelry is being created on my bench.

This is the best ever spot to work. There is still organizing to do, dusting and mopping, and a long shelf to hang, but it's taken shape beautifully.
It's good to be back in the swing of things too, since I haven't been able to work on my torch for a bit of time while this was taking shape.
Happy 2011 and hoping for much beadie goodness! :-)