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Friday, April 18, 2014

From 'Too Dark' to 'Tastefully Tantalizing'!

Sharing what a wonderful customer did with what I thought was a fugly bead I'd given her several months ago. She did the beautiful crochet piece and decided on the components to make the pendant. I was just amazed, not only did she make something absolutely stunning … she certainly made me rethink my attitude about what constitutes a good quality bead both in design and execution. Wonderful job Patsy!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dog Says 'WOOF' - Cat Says 'MEOW'

A couple of cuties I haven't done in awhile - had to hold my breath practically the whole time I was at the torch!! Two Springtime cuties that are all about fun and bright colors. Getting ready for some Spring shows, catch me if you can. Check out the show schedule on the right side of this page

Front and back of this furry little ball of fluff. 













This little kitty looks like he's up to no good, right? Spring colors and attitude abound with this smooth operator and cute ball of fluff.

Front and back views of the same bead.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Great New Earrings - Aged Copper

Some new yummy earrings for the Spring, or anytime you want to have something unique. Only a few of these beautiful earrings, and they'll be introduced at the King's Walk show in Charlotte the end of this month. Happy Spring y'all - altho it seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer here!!





New Series: Native Trees

The Rainbow Eucalyptus trees of the Philippines have brightly colored bark that displays then sheds to reveal new growth. As the bark ages, the colors that appear are green, blue, purple and orange, then brown before being shed. These trees are mostly cultivated for use in paper manufacturing.


The White Oak  is the most common tree species of the Eastern United States, and can grow from 80 to 100 feet tall. It’s bark is gray streaked in color and has a life span, if undisturbed, of 500 to 600 years. The white Oak is valued for its timber products such as furniture, flooring and pallets, cabinet making, barrel making, interior finishes, and for heavy construction. It’s acorns feed squirrels, deer and chipmunks.




Friday, April 4, 2014

New Series: Native Trees

Quaking Aspen
Native to NC this fast growing graceful tree loves the sun.  Bright green Spring leaves contrast the smooth white bark that has dark splotches on a long and narrow trunk.  These trees may grow fairly tall and become clear of lower limbs over time. They are sometimes called ‘Trembling Aspen” because their leaves seem to tremble in a light breeze due to their flattened structure.
 The Flat-topped Acacia tree is typically found on the Savannas of South Africa. The tops of the trees are usually flatter giving an umbrella appearance. This exotic tree thrives in hot, dry regions and it's wood is extensively used in making furniture and flooring. Their striking silhouette against a setting sun makes for a stunning picture.


The Flowering Dogwood, native to North Carolina, is one of the most common and beautiful ‘understory’ trees – meaning they grow beneath taller trees. Its trunk is short and branches reach to spread a wide area of beautiful white or pink blossoms in the spring.  The leaves turn a bright red in the fall, and red berries adorn the branches.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Silver Mesh Neck Pieces - Brand New for 2014


I have several of these new mesh neck pieces. This is an example of the silver colored pieces, and if you'll check further down the page, there are examples of the dark colored mesh pieces. All have beautiful beads and crystals - a few have an added bonus. They are all very long (more than 36 inches), but completely adjustable to compliment whatever your wardrobe needs. New to shows this Spring of 2014. Please come check them out at one of the shows listed to the right of this page. See you there!

Cutest Little Cake Testers in Town!

These are just the cutest little things. Who knew a cake tester could take on a personality? These are sure to win over the cake lover, the baker, or that certain someone who has everything else! Lots of different designs and colors to choose. I think these will be around awhile.

Dark Mesh Neckwear for the Dog Lover

Here's another mesh neck piece with the new mesh. Beads and crystals a big 'ole doggie paw print - all adjustable in length! A great fun piece for the animal lover. Only one made just like this one.

New Silver Mesh Neck Pieces




A beautiful silver plated mesh neck piece with a couple of gorgeous beads. So chic - I have only a few of these, not so sure how long they'll last. Each one unique, but very classy - very long, or may be shortened to your own desired length at any time.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Birds

A Springtime addition, cute little birdies for your house plants. Last year the mushrooms were such a big hit, I decided to try little birds. Bright colors and happy uplifted heads for these peepers. Hope you like them.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sweetest little Chickadee - Love!

This is just the sweetest little Chick-a-dee ever, she looks oh so cute perched on her little silver nest - with a hopeful expression on her face. A new bird style with a traditional mounting. Ready to place on your own chain or leather cord. Lovely gift for the bird aficionado. Oh, sorry for the piece of finger and ruler in the picture . . .

Fish with Eyebrows!!

It's not too soon to think of the beach, right? Here's a new fish - with eyebrows! Attitude abounds in this new little fish, he looks like he knows everything! There's only one right now, but hopefully I'll get some more made soon, especially before I go to the Myrtle Beach show!

Springtime Birdies

Traditional bird in a nest pendant, beautiful colors in these beads - just in time for Spring (I hope!). For the bird collector, or the bird lover - great gift and certainly unique.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brightest Little Mushrooms

The mushroom making may have gotten just a bit out of hand lately, but they are so much fun to make - and so forgiving. Thinking about adding this to the list of what gets taught in my classes.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Latest Funky Bracelet

Really enjoying spreading out a gathering of orphan beads and blending them with some odd silver and having them turn into a really fun and funky bracelet like this one. I have a lot for the Fall shows, all different colors, shapes and sizes. And they were all really fun to piece together. Don't think they'll last through the group of shows coming up ...

The Crows are Roosting

A brightly colored tree bead for Fall, a gathering of pumpkins at the base and crows in the branches - you just can't get more "Fall" than this piece.

Almost Gone

Those last few leaves are hanging on for dear life … but they are allllmost gone. End of Fall Tree bead, not quite like it is at my house, they're still changing color. But my son called the other day, he's in Vermont, remember? It was 19 degrees. I think in Vermont the trees pretty much look like this one does.

Just in Time for Fall Gathering - Acorns!

A family member suggested I give acorn making a try. I'd seen pictures of this done before - a real acorn cap used on top of a bead - so here's my take on the whole thing. I had to go back outside and gather a whooooooole lot more of those acorn caps to accommodate some of the beads made, but I think the whole thing ended up working pretty well. Originally I thought of Christmas tree ornaments, or maybe just a novelty piece, but these could pass as pendants too I think. Not sure how sturdy those natural caps are, but they held up really well drilling a hole in them. Guess I'll just have to wear one for a few weeks to check them out. Hope they're received well at the Fall shows! Thanks for spurring me on to do these Gretchen!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Halloween Mummy Earrings

It's not too early to think Halloween, right? Besides, these mummy beads were just too cute to wait for Halloween to make their appearance.

Friday, September 13, 2013

'Fraternal' Twins

These two sets must be fraternal 'cause they're the same thing, basically, but they don't look much alike. Just goes to show when you use the same techniques, but change the color of glass and some add on's, things can change quite a bit. Hence: 'fraternal' look alikes.

Freeform and Abstract

Just love this set, creative and fun - lots of options. A long link sterling chain finishes off the necklace so it may be adjusted to fit nicely with any outfit. Long or short, the choice is yours. Free form in design and definitely one of a kind - ivory, turquoise and black go with most anything, right? A nice set or a particularly nice gift.

Seeing Spots?

A striking set of graduated lentil beads with layers of clear, ivory and black. Everything has been etched to offer a soft brush finish to the beads. Just a great piece over all - perfect for that 'little black dress' you just got!

Graduated Tab Set

New this fall, a graduated tab set. Not exactly 'tabs', but I'm not sure what to call these beads. Doesn't matter, the set is really cool. A little silvered surface on the beads using silver foil melted into the surface. A totally unique look and the ivory base makes it suitable for any time of year, any color outfit!

Dogs at the Beach

"Dogs at the Beach", well - sort of. It's a dog, and there's a beach scene piece. Fun pieces to wear anywhere, any time of year - as long as you love dogs and/or the beach!

Pretty Close to Christmas Colors (?)

Trying to get ready for the fall shows and this piece will probably be as close to Christmas colors as I get this year! Busy, busy - lots of shows coming up, so torch time will be limited, but this is a pretty piece and it is a loooong bead. It's a statement piece for sure, lots of color, a little sparkle, a bit abstract in design. Raku frit dots the surface and a little adventurine contributes to the sparkle.

New Magazine Article

This article will be in November's publication of Ballantyne Living magazine distributed in Charlotte. I am very pleased and owe much thanks to Gretchen, Kathryn and Marley for their advice and assistance with this article - words are not my strong point. Thanks to each of you.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Asymmetrical Starfish Pendant

Trying to get ready for a show at Myrtle Beach the first weekend in August - held inside the nicely cooled convention center (thank goodness!). This pretty starfish will be added to the growing stash of water oriented pieces. And to my new friends I met at the Charlotte bead show - who seem to get an email every time I post something new - hope you like it too. It was a pleasure meeting you!! Have a great rest of the week. Hope to see lots of people at the show, always new pieces.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cactus Pendant

This is the bead that survived (see picture below this one). It turned out pretty well and I'll sure make some more. But I'll definitely try to make more with copper colored mountains in the background just like the one that cracked (see below). I think they're much more visible on the surface of the bead. These look more like rolling hills rather than mountains. Sometimes what's in my head works, sometimes not. Off to torch some more. . .

'Painted' Cactus Pair

Tried something new today - some cactus beads with mountains in the background. I was so very pleased with the way they turned out, but tragically one developed a crack just sitting on the table. Aggghhhh - it happens, but it was my favorite one, the one with the copper colored mountains in the background. Oh well, back to the torch to give it another try.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Etched Desert Sun and Tree

It's been awhile since I've etched any glass and this is one of the things I did yesterday. The soft brushed finish, subtle and graduated shades of amber and the bright desert sun almost make this bead feel warm to the touch. A different kind of gnarly tree for me, but I really like the looks of it. Summer's here, feels like some hot weather coming soon. Too hot to torch a lot, so productivity is waaaaay down. Might be awhile until something else get's posted - I'm gonna go find a pool and jump in!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

'End of Day' Ammonite Necklace

You guessed it, another Ammonite piece. Yes, yes, I know I said I'd stop. . . I lied. I just love these pieces and at the end of a day of melting it's really cool to gather up what's on the table and see how it melts together. Simple and classic, not a lot of bling, just a bit of sterling to compliment the bead. It's all about the beads, right?

Monday, July 1, 2013

'Painting with Glass' New Tree Pendant

Trying to add more depth to the tree pieces and I really like where this is going. Hopefully you can see some mountains in the background and some bushes up front. This was a first attempt, but I definitely see more for the future. I LIKE it!!! (But I held my breath practically the entire time making it . . . off and on, of course.)

End-of-Day Ammonite Pendant

Kinda got hung up on the new press that came, but this should be the last Ammonite bead for awhile. It might look like it's fall colors, but there's some blues and some spring green mixed in there too. I really like this pendant a lot.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Last Bracelet for the Day - End of Day Bead

Last piece for this day, just finished it and it's the only one I have. This pretty little bracelet bead was made using that new press mentioned previously. Beautiful shades of blues - sort of an end of day bead - matching spacer beads and crystals. Sterling silver bars and a sterling push clasp with weighted safety chain finish off the piece - really, really pretty.

Beautiful, Bold Bracelet

Jump right in 'cause this bracelet is not for the faint-hearted. Bold, black and ivory beads with a couple of funky silver beads make this bracelet complete - these beads match some of the one's in the totem pole posted about a month ago. Liked 'em so much, made some more.

Bodacious Neckwear - Beads & Turquoise

This is definitely a statement piece. Big beads with a bold shape and design, strung with turquoise and my hammered clasp - a great look, all year long.

FYI - FYI - FYI . . .

Just wanted to let everyone know I've re-opened my ETSY account - just showing beads for now, but after my last show of the year will probably list some jewelry and see how it goes. Not sure how to enter a link to just click on to take you to my page, so you'll have to copy and paste the following to find me: *** www.etsy.com/shop/grammyglass *** (but omit out the *'s)

Something New for the Summer

A new press I'd ordered from Germany came a couple of weeks ago and I finally found the time to give it a try. The spiral focal bead is coupled with some natural stones that perfectly match in color (of course, they're probably dyed - I should get out those lapidary journals again . . . . well, maybe later!) Anyway, I really like the look of the finished piece - it will make it's debut in Myrtle Beach.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

More Mushrooms!

Took some better shots of these cute little mushrooms and wanted to post them and show them off a bit more! ALSO - for those of you who have been requesting loose beads and can't make it to the shows, I have re-opened my ETSY account and will be posting some bead sets, single beads and maybe even some jewelry. So check it out: etsy.com/shop/grammyglass - and Thanks!