Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nugget shape or soft edges???

I have made some changes in the shape of my nugget beads, as you can see in the 2 sets above.
In the past years, I made them really nugget-shaped with well defined edges.
Maybe its because I am thinking spring and soft colors... I decided to soften the edges by flamepolishing them more after faceting.
I like this effect, but DH thinks they look like round beads gone wrong....
What do you think?

All the new beads are waiting for new good homes here:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More spring beads, fresh from the kiln

Finally, the temperatures are rising and I am able to spend more time in my studio.
Looking forward to make lots of new beads. ;-))

On March 21 I will be celebrating 9 years of lampworking. Watch out for bead giveaways all through the month of march!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring inspired leaf beads

I want winter to be over now!
No more nasty weather, temperatures too cold to go to my studio, no more dark rainy days, I WANT SPRING!
Lent  is starting next week and I have been thinking about what to give up for these 7 weeks, but I must admit I have no idea yet. Maybe instead of giving up something for this time, I could add something to do, just as " one green smoothie per day" instead of "no coffee and sweets".
How about you?

My torch time lately has already been spring inspired, here are my latest:
5 leaf beads, in a light  green transparent glass, just the right size and color for spring inspired jewelry.
They are waiting for you here:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monthly Make for February

This pair of socks just got finished. I started it in Februar last year and after the first 10 rows abandoned the project because I did not like the colorway.
Thanks to the monthly make project, I mustered all my courage and started working again on them this February 1st. Now they are done and my daughter has adopted them already!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Turquoise bead set made from vintage glass

Back in spring 2003, when I was just starting out to lampwork, I bought a stash of old vintage glass rods dating back to the 1950's on a flea market. At that time, I had nearly no notions about glass COE and bought the glass because of the beautiful colors.
I learned the hard way that it is not compatible with my usual range of 104 COE so I just made spacers of some rods, others in less beautiful colors got a new life as garden stakes in my herb garden and a few very shocky ones even landed in the trash bag.
Then when I reorganized my studio in 2007 to make room for more glass, I put these in a large drawer and completely forgot about them...
During my latest lampworking pause due to technical issues in January, I used my torch time to clean and rearrange my mess studio and rediscovered these rods.

These beads are a very intense semi translucent brilliant turquoise. I made them all into 11x8mm spacers and got a total of 17 beads from the 3 rods I had left. They are currently looking for a new home here: