Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday sale!!!

Early start to black friday sales: use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY from now until Monday to get 15% off everything in my shop :
And no minimum purchase required!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Did you say earring pair beads ?

Today on Facebook, Sharyl McMillian-Nelson from sharylsjewelry raised the question why  beadmakers rather sell in sets than earring pairs and a lengthy discussion came up with some very interesting facts.

Well I am one of those rather selling in sets than pairs, which does not mean I don't make pairs.

 In fact, every time I make 2 beads that are nearly perfectly identical, they come on my earring pairs string. I intended to take pictures and list these each time a string is full. 
Well, that did not quite work out, as you can tell from the picture…I currently have 2.5 strings full of earring pair beads, 44 pairs in total!
Now I am off to take pictures of them and list them, maybe in groups of 2 or 3 pairs ?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Revisiting some old favorites!

In march this year, to celebrate my 10 years of lampworking, my studio got a real good clean-up. 
One of the most feared tasks was to reorganize my frit collection. It took me several days and I was very proud of the result, as you can see on the picture below.
The only downside to it was that I no longer dared to use some of it, because it was so beautifully arranged in all those boxes…


 But a few days ago, I was sitting in my studio and I had no idea what to make.So I took a deep breath and opened one of my clear boxes… 

As you can see, I still know how to use frit. Some years ago, when still selling my beads on ebay, I made many beads in this style and in all shapes, mostly rounds, pillows and lentils. Now I tried them in my freeformed nugget style and I am quite pleased by the outcome.
If you like them too,they will soon be up on etsy, looking for new homes.