Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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
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
These are in transparent turquoise and teal...
and a teal and green mix.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
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
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 ;-)