Thursday, June 30, 2011

The last beads for June: 4 earring pairs

If you long to make summer inspired earrings, how about these colorful beads? They measure 9mm and are exactly identical pairs :-)
Now available here:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One more set of the purple sugarcoated beads

How I wish I had more of this wonderful Z-99 enamel powder... I really love its effect on simple round beads.

Monday, June 27, 2011

My beads in a treasury

Check out this beautiful treasury. I am honored to be included!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Using my last rods of Lauscha pink

In a dark corner of my glass stash, I had been hoarding a few rods of an old charge of Lauscha pink.This color is out of production for at least 5 years, I suppose and now I finally can let go. It makes wonderful striations and color shifts when striked. The beads in the picture here are decorated with fine silver dots all around.
Some of them are already here:

I also made some with the ribbed beadroller, they are still in the kiln and the glass has been used up to the last inch.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Red is a pretty color too ...

...for ribbed beads ;-)
These are from yesterday and today I made some in a gorgeous pink, a very old batch from Lauscha. I only had 2 small rods left and I made ribbed beads and some wrapped in fine silver; they are still cooling in the kiln!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I am in love with a beadroller...

The beadroller, long forgotten in my tool drawer, now has become my favorite for the moment.
I cannot stop trying ribbed beads in all the colors... new ones almost daily in my etsy, here:

Mostly the opaques look great, on the transparent colors the effect is less spectacular, I will try to etch some of them.
Donna Felkner from sells all different kinds of beadrollers, go and take a look at her site, but beware, they are addictive ;-)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A little bit of experimenting

These are the beads from yesterday.
I still do not know if I like the sparkling crystals with a medium amethyst stripe...
The focal debuted as a silvered ivory stringer over Zimmerman dark rose special,but then took a life on its own...
After that, frustration took over and since I did not want to finish my beadmaking session after only 3 beads, I challenged myself to work with something unusual.
Rummaging through my somewhat large stash of enamels, frit,metals and tools, I rediscovered the 2 beadrollers, simple and ribbed.
I love the look of the ribbed beads with opaque colors and will definitely make more of these, maybe some in a mix with transparents. I tried some in only transparent glass colors, but I will have to etch them first to make the ribbed look come through.
The simple round spacers are still difficult for me to shape rigth, they tend not to be perfectly round but have a slight hand-tooled look, there again I still have to decide if i like it or not.

What do you think???

Friday, June 3, 2011

Glass and silver wire part 2

These are beads decorated with a stripe of sterling silver wire, they are much darker than the fine silver, but the effect is very nice.
I think there will be more of these to follow ... ;-)