Monday, September 26, 2011

A question for my jewelry designing readers...

...what size mandrel do you prefer when incorporating handmade lampwork beads in your designs?
The small 1.6mm size ( 1/16"), the 2mm ( that would be about 5/64") or the 2.6mm ( 3/32") size?
And do you prefer different size holes for regular beads and for focal beads?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yesterday, I was in a purple mood

Purple is one of my favorite glass colors, next to turquoise and dark ivory. 
But all these years I never found a purple I was really happy with. 
Some of the Lauscha purples were too reactive, the effetre was to grey and now I tested CIM's grape ape and am really happy about how it turned out.

 This last set has been left glossy. All these beads are currently up on etsy, looking for a new home ;-)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

And 2 more focals...

Initialy I wanted to keep these for myself to work into pendants, but since I only rarely make jewelry anymore, they might as well find another home ;-)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A focal bead, for a change ;-)

Yes, I still make focal beads, I even have lots of them lying in a box waiting to be photographed and uploaded to etsy, but somehow I do not like taking pictures  and listing them. They are much more difficult to photograph, at least for me.
So here is one of the lucky few who have made it outside the box ;-)
It is opal yellow decorated with lots of enamels and fine silver wire, measuring 27x26mm.

Friday, September 9, 2011

More beads with silver wire and a new but lovely obstacle for my torch time

I simply cannot stop making these, actually there are some copper blues in the kiln and more ivory ones of course.

I could have torched for hours and hours today but then i had to make way!!!
My daughter has started to make some beads of her own a few days ago and now each time I am at the torch, she comes around and asks how long I will work, because she wants to make beads herself.
She is 9 and of course knows everything in theory from watching me since she was a baby, but so far she was to much afraid of the flame and only tried a little bit sitting on my lap.
But now the time has come for her to give it a try, and she really has a good hand at it!
She was so proud of her first non-wonky bead and me too. Proud mummy all over ;-)))

Monday, September 5, 2011

More mixed bead sets in new colors!

 I am enjoying it so much making color coordinated sets , I could not stop at the silvered ivory striped beads but had to give my silver moss series beads a try too: the above set is with opal colors.

These are in transparent turquoise and teal...

                                                  opals and green...

and a teal and green mix.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bead mixes as inspiration for your jewelry designs

I did not torch yesterday, it was way too hot. Now that september is here, the summer makes a late comeback: it's nice for our tomatoes which will ripe faster and become more red every day! But our two rabbits did not want to stay outside and were happy to be brought back inside to the cooler living room.

My studio gets morning and midday sun, so it was impossible to work. Instead I spent my initial torch time to go through some piles of my beads and arrange some colourful sets, ready to be made into jewelry. I will put them up on etsy during the weekend.


I must admit it was fun, although I tend to make mostly sets of beads of the same color. This might be about to change ;-)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fresh "old-Style" beads for fall season

After several weeks without torching, I felt quite insecure going back to my studio.... it is always the same; after some time without making beads, I think I have completely lost the feeling and knowledge, but it is not true.
Usually, in fall, I am in focal bead mode and make only few sets, but this year, I decided to change.
This technique is one of my staples, they are simple, yet elegant and can be made in many color combinations. I love to use them for bracelets and simple necklaces. They also look nice when etched to a matte finish but I don't like the feel of matte beads in the jewelry I wear and I thought I might not be the only one... but in case you prefer the etched look, I can etch them for no additional charge.
These 2 sets are in my etsy now, but I gladly take commissions on this style; you choose the colors and number of beads ;-)