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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chubby Puppy Bead

The first little puppy bead turned out so well, thought I'd give it another shot with a second one. This chubby puppy has brown and black fur that's been etched for a soft brushed finish. But his little nose and his little dark eyes are bright shiny and cute. He looks a little bewildered maybe, but I'm happy he's here.

Rowan's Puppy Bead

My niece got a fluffy puppy for her daughter Rowan so I thought to make a bead for her. It turned out pretty well actually, Rowan thinks it looks just like 'Roo' and she loves the pendant. She made me feel so good calling to thank me for it. Yes!  ** S U C C E S S **

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Light As A Feather

A new bead design for the Summer - Feathers. A pretty purple base (my personal fav) with deep turquoise raised dots. I can see more of these - lots of different color variations for the background. This is a new bead I'll be teaching at BeadCamp in Florida. Will be there in October of this year and again in March of 2017. I so look forward to these classes. It's a pleasure to teach all the enthusiastic students. And we have So. Much. Fun.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Little Touch of Enamel, Please

Haven't used enamel in years but I really, really like the results with this attempt. A new technique for the sun gave me just the depth I was looking for, and the blue enameled sky with a subtle layer of green enamel at the base of the bead gave the soft contrast I was seeking. I really like this use of enamel and guess I'll have to break our the old respirator and give it another shot. Am loving experimenting again. Thanks for looking.

Abstract Ocean, Moon and Stars


My attempt at layering the ocean waters, sort of stacking them all in a row to achieve more of an abstract result, instead of blending all the colors together as I normally do, didn't quite give the the desired affect . But still not bad. Might not be obvious, but there are 9 different colored layers to the ocean waves. The moon is surrounded by several fine silver stars, and the whole image is duplicated on the reverse side. Thanks for looking.

Todays Tree of Life

Today's Tree of Life - warm sun, luscious pastures, gentle breezes blowing the clouds in the sky. Oh my gosh ... I sound like a Lifetime Movie!! Maybe it's time to get outside a bit and go for a walk!!

May Palm Tree

Summer palm tree, ocean breezes, but it's still May!! Last month was warm enough to feel like summer and started my brain thinking of cooler days at the beach. Anyway, here's todays results and there's even a little piece of coral that I found in Florida this Spring while teaching at Bead Camp.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"Hooters"


Something new from me … Angry Birds! No, wait …. Hooters!  No, wait … sorry, couldn't help it. Have been working in the studio all day and I'm a little whack-o. Two cute big eyed owls. Have been wanting to do an owl series and it looks like this is the beginning. Hope you like them. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sea Shell & Bunches of Beachy Beads!

Getting ready for another show at the Beach, so you know what that means … lots of beachy beads! This beautiful conch shell is made using DH silvered glass and some SIS on the surface. Some new pendants made using hollow beads filled with sand I collected and some pretty natural pearls too. Quite nice if I do say so myself. Please stop by and see them - all of them. And, thanks, ahead of time.

Peacock Feathers

Back by popular demand. At the first show this year, there will be just a few of these beautiful peacock feather pendants. There are just a couple more using different bird feathers, but trust me … they will be around for only a very short time!

New Trees for 2016



As always, a couple of new designs in trees. Am liking the multiples, and the big moon in the sky. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

End of Summer Fallen Leaves

This is such a beautiful necklace and earring set. Soft shades of pale chestnut and raku mixed with pale smokey amber crystals and lots of sterling silver. Very smooth and almost 'soft' to the touch, most comfortable to wear. This matched set will be showcased this weekend in Raleigh at the Mistletoe Market Place. Hope to meet lots of new people, as it's my first time at this show. Thanks everybody!

Deep Sea Jellyfish

Something else new, a Jellyfish. A beautiful transparent deep coral jellyfish with flowing tentacles (is that what they're called?), floating in a sea of teal blue. Wish I'd had some of these at the Myrtle Beach show a few months ago. Rest assured this design will be a new addition in future shows.

Blue Leaves

Time for Fall Leaves of Color - this time they're blue. A beautiful matched set of leaves with sterling silver leaf earrings. So smooth and almost 'soft' to the touch. Very comfortable to wear and most striking to see.

Winter and Summer Trees

Beautiful summer Elm trees - another tree bead that went to it's new home this past weekend in Columbia, SC. Windswept clouds in the distance and a bright Summer sun in the sky … absolutely NOT what we had over the weekend. A rainy, stormy, wet and chilly weekend with fabulous support from the Columbia residents and beyond.


A graceful lakeside summer tree that also went to it's new home somewhere in Columbia, SC. Thanks to all who came out on such a cold and rainy weekend to support all the vendors and the Craftsmen's Classic Show this Fall.
This evening summer Oak tree bead with a huge rising moon in the background will be at the Mistletoe Market show in Raleigh this weekend. I hope there will be a great crowd there, it is my first time at this show and I look forward to meeting new people. And my granddaughter will help me with this show, she's a freshman and NC State this year - SO, much to look forward to this coming weekend.




This beautiful lakeside evening Winter tree is calm and serene. It will also be with me this coming weekend in Raleigh. The huge rising moon in the background offers a peaceful backdrop.

Ancient Image

Was thinking of cave drawings when I made this bead - sort of looks like that's what it could be, right? Silvered glass stringer work on the surface of pale ivory. Something to wear every season of the year, nice and smooth, lays nicely on the skin.

Etched Fall Colors

Here's a new design using subtle Fall colors, orange, olive, lavender, chestnut, cranberry - all encased in clear and layered with a spiral wrap of ivory. They're sort of wistfully see-through. Lots of sterling and Swarovski crystals, matching earrings, and I think there's even a bracelet too … somewhere. Took this picture at the show last weekend and it's not as crisp as it should be, but it needed to be shown on this page because it's really very pretty. A technique that will most certainly be done again.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sea Turtle

Have been thinking about making a sea turtle for quite some time - don't know why that time took so long in coming … but here it is. Am pretty pleased with the outcome too. Think I might have to add this particular bead into the curriculum in my glass bead making classes - especially the ones in Florida. It wasn't too difficult, but packs a punch. Let me know what you think.

"Humphrey"

He just looks like a 'Humphrey' to me, maybe it's the expression on his face. A cutie, none the less. There's a heart on the back, just incase people don't realize you're a dog lover by the image on the front!! HA!

Beachy Beads

Sand Piper alert! Keeping up with the beachy themed beads, here's another. Trying out some different blue mixtures for the sky and appreciating the 'calm waters' look of this bead too. Back to the torch to try for some more.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pods


I try really hard to keep the postings on this site limited to glass work, but this painting turned out really, really well and I just love it. (am I gushing?) So the decision to include it here might be a bit out of character, but ….. tell me what you think?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Snakes in the Cherry Trees EEEK!

Run for your lives everyone - looks like snakes have invaded the Cherry trees. Sometimes you just need a day or two to play at the torch, right? These two pieces are only some of the results of being alone in the house for several days. Must admit, it hasn't happened for over TEN YEARS - mwa-hahahahaha. The dogs and I have been able to spend uninterrupted hours in the studio and try lots of new
things. Gearing up for the summer shows, first one in Myrtle Beach coming up the end of July/first of August. Hope to see lots of old friends and meet lots of new ones. Looking forward to it.

Let's Go To The BEACH!!!!!

 It's getting close to beach time and with the help of a photographer friend who sent a lot of inspirational pictures I've been trying to prepare for the summer months. Each one something different, I especially like the egret pictured first. Might have to try to duplicate this one, it turned out pretty well. We'll see if time and inclination can work together to do just that.


 Swirling waters and forming tide pools are the underlying efforts here. A starfish just at the water's edge, and some sort of shell just in the sand. Base swirls encased in clear glass for added depth.
A different sea bird, looking for something to eat along the water's edge. Bright sun in the Carolina Blue skies everybody, yeah!!

Potted

Sorry for the hand shot on this one, but I'm refinishing my jewelry displays - ugh! But this is such a fun set - bright colors and cute earrings to match. Enameled sterling silver bail at the top to string on your chain or leather strap. What FUN!

Something very different and really cool - glass melted on antique keys. The necklace above is in shades of blue and has a long sterling, adjustable chain to regulate the length. The unusual key to the right has free moving beads on it and also has a sterling link chain for adjustable length. I love these two, but they'd better sell at the first show this summer …. or I might just have to keep one of them for myself!!

Crazy Funky Necklace and Earrings

Right up my alley - crazy funky stuff here and I really love it. Each bead is decorated with stripes and dots, each one a different color. There's lots of earrings too, SO much fun. Of course I had to keep the brightest color earrings for myself. Heavy sterling chain for these fun beads to dangle - so much movement when worn. Wish I were a better photographer to show this piece at it's best.

Groups Shot Lamp Finials

Group shot of some of the new lamp finials. They've been so much fun to make, there are now cats, dragonflies, sea creatures … something for everyone. But I've got to move on to something else - for the time being anyway.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brand New - Lamp Finials

 I am very excited for this new product. They are SO very pretty. I ordered several and got them all loaded up with some special beads, and they looked so pretty … I put them all over the house!!


Sooooo, I ordered some more. They should be here in a few days - hopefully before my next show - and then they'll make their first appearance.


 Maybe not the very thing for everyone's house, but they're really special and very unique.


We'll see how it goes - and let time and sales determine if I need to keep them on hand, or just in 'house' (mine).



Can't wait till my niece sees them. Will have to make some up in her colors, I think she'll really like them - hope so anyway.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If At First You Don't Succeed ...

Oh such a pretty set these beads were when I first saw them come from the etching solution … but, unfortunately no-one else seemed to appreciate them quite as much as I did. My attempt at selling a small set of them did not happen, (in fact, you'll see the small set pictured somewhat farther down) - so, I made some more and came up with this earring and necklace set. They are so lovely, soft and smooth - colors to go with any time of year - adjustable sterling chain goes from shorter to longer to accommodate any neckline. Love this set.

"Soft Tree"

This softly colored blooming tree has been a favorite of mine. It went to a new home this past weekend, but I wanted to showcase it here to remember it. Always trees available - each one a different little piece of art. Hope you like them all.

"Summer Tree"

Probably pushing it a bit with this Summer Tree, but there are a whole lot of people who are ready for warmer weather. This waterside tree with Carolina Blue sky awaits the first person who falls in love with it's graceful branches, cool flowing water and bright sky.

"Birch"

Another trip to Vermont to see our son and grandson will always inspire another version of a birch tree. They grow so very large and tall where Nick lives, and are so beautiful. A great many surround his house and we pass them walking through the woods from Curtis Pond to his house. Love Vermont. This piece with a dark encased base bead has the trunks of birch made using dark ivory and silvered ivory stringer. Small branches are off to either side - but the main trunks are made quite 3-dimentional with a layer of light transparent brown on top. I really like this 'different' way of making a 3-D bead. Flat back makes this piece lay so nicely on the skin.

Cactus! Ouch!

Has been a little while since I've made cactus pendants. Here's the latest of several. Has a 'moodier' look with the darker multi colored mountains in the background and the darker mix of green shades for the cactus. I'm starting to sweat a little just looking at it!

Coming From The Dark Side

Currently these are two of my favorite earring sets. I love the Raku dots on the left pair, coupled with the soft black. Etching the beads really gives a dressier look. And the frit beads on the right with just a touch of shiny Double Helix glass look great from the front or the side. Nice.

Chicken Little

Chicken Little laid a decorative egg - 'that had to hurt' said one of the student in my Florida class! Ouch! Just something light, just for fun, sure was fun for me to make. Any chicken farmers out there? "Bawk, bawk."

Long Neck Series With Double Helix Surface Glass

A striking bead made using silvered Double Helix glass, in the 'long necklace' series of pieces 30" and longer. A beautiful statement piece, rather large in size. Not for the average wearer, but awesome for someone up to the challenge!!

Baking Soda Beads

Love the colors on these beads - emphasized by rolling the hot glass in baking soda, then heating back in the flame. They take on an ancient look to them and coupled with soft black, the colors really stand out. This is a new series of long necklaces - 30" plus, to make a comfortable wear adding just that little piece of style, but not too much competition if you choose to couple with another neck piece. Nice.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Is It Time To Buy A Spring Hat Yet?

Here's my version of 'Mother Goose' … with straw hat and necklace. Have been playing around with some more fun sculptured shapes and thought Nursery Rhymes and poems would be a good place to start. Attempts have been both super, and not so super - but that's part of the fun!

Abstract Sun/Winter Tree

Here's a different take on a winter tree … abstract sunrise in the background. Might need a little tweaking, but I might be on to something - we'll see how the next one looks. Any feedback appreciated!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day, these puffy little hearts are sure to bring some smiles. Made using all sterling silver components and a Swarovski crystal atop each one for just a touch of that additional sparkle and bling.