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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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Circus Came to Town Today

Have been trying to do this little elephant for the longest time, and I'm so pleased with the way he looks. Maaaaybeeee needs a little tweaking here or there, but over all he's just about the cutest thing to come out of the kiln today. Lots of critters today, but this one is by far my fav. Elephant walk people !!!

Introducing the Speckled Sapsucker

This zany little bird is certainly one of a kind. But she is so cool. Stacked as a totem of sorts, she's gathering all the good omens for the day. She might be one of a kind right now, but I think I'll be making another pretty soon.

Slithery Spotted Snake

A different twist on something I made about 10 years ago … but way cuter. Lots of lovable looks in this little slithery snake. Wonder how far he'll get with those crossed eyes?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Woodland

A different take on 'trees' … there's a bunch of 'em! and I like it! Also, I like the rich blue colors in the sky brought by using a new frit blend found while attending the ISGB convention in Houston this past summer. I learned almost too much to absorb and picked up some new tools and colors of glass to try, it's been exciting experimenting. Spring shows start soon, hope to see a lot of friends this year. New shows and different show schedule posted, so ... keep up!

Spring Tree

Another tree for the springtime … always more trees. The Spring shows start soon - there will always be trees presented, and this year some paintings will be introduced - that's gonna be scary. We'll see how that goes. But rest assured, there will always be trees with me, a favorite to make and to share.

New Heart for a New Year


A new heart for the new year - lots of color and movement. Ivory, turquoise, black and a random carmel color I found on my table. A pretty good end result, I think. Only one, so once the Spring shows begin, I don't think it will be around long...

"Here, Boy!"

This cute little fluff ball is a new doggie version made with multi colored DH glass giving a soft and mottled look to this pooch. A tiny love heart is on the front and back, and if you'll notice, a sterling fire hydrant is at the bottom. Only one of these, so once the Spring shows start, he won't last long.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Birds Are Coming !!

Sometimes when a bead just doesn't look right, it magically turns into a bird!! This pretty set using a glass dubbed 'avocado' turned out really pretty … until the 10th bead. It just would NOT cooperate!! A soft voice kept whispering in my ear 'Make me a bird' - easy enough to do, I am to please. It's really a pretty set, all ready sold, but I wanted to share.

Celebrating Fall

A mixed set of Fall colored beads, fat and round - I love the colors here, and each bead has a different design. Tempting those of you who make your own jewelry - or those of you who'd like to learn, please call and set up a time to learn.

A recent strand of beads using a streaky taupe, medium turquoise and ivory. I love the color combo on this set. A a pair of sterling silver cufflinks with some softly etched beads - just something new to offer a variety of things to temp everyone ...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BeadCamp in Nakomis, Florida - Wanna Come?

BeadCamp is a unique opportunity to take class from a wonderful selection of such qualified and awesome instructors - Please note here that I'm one of those instructors - Feb 24-28, 2015. Please contact Marley Bears at marleybears@gmail.com or give her a call at 919 323-9799. Come on down for the experience of a lifetime!

ISGB Boro Class - FINALLY!

Thrilled I was to have the opportunity to finally take a class from Nancy Tobey and learn how to make Boro Glass colors shine. These are only two of the beads I made in class and I was tickled with the outcome. ISGB was in Houston Texas and I took advantage of all that they offered. Now if I could find the time to dedicate more days at the torch I might be able to practice all that was learned. Yeah!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Phoenix Rising"

Oh boy, I really struggled with this one, but I just love it. Have been wanting to make this bead for a couple of months but just couldn't get it in my head precisely right. After a while I figured, what did I have to lose …. so I just jumped in and gave it a shot. You can just see the sun behind the wing and there is just a touch of silvered glass that doesn't quite sparkle as much in the photo. I'm going to try it again, but I think I'm just as nervous as I was before I made this one. Keep your fingers crossed (and maybe even your toes!).

New Sage Earrings

Brand new earring wire design, and a beautiful shade of sage green glass with Raku frit sprinkled around the edges. This is the perfect color for the summer - light and airy, goes with almost anything, and oh so comfortable to wear. Sterling silver, as always, and Swarovski crystals round out this pair of earrings. Hope you like - it's the only pair.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Crayola Blue Heart


A fellow lampworker needed some extra funds to cover emergency surgery for her four legged furry child so she decided to sell off some of her handmade beads. An animal lover myself, and owner of a couple of four legged children, I purchased some of her colorful and unique beads, made some additional ones of my own, and came up with this collaboration. And just so you know, her pooch pulled through with flying colors!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The OTHER three little bears!

Here is my interpretation of the three little beads. A polar bear on the left, a teddy bear front and center and a panda bear on the right. Sadly the fourth koala bear and an accident and broke an ear, so he'll stay in my studio and keep me company. It's been a long time since I've made these little cuties but a previous request at BeadCamp in Florida caused them to resurface. Sculpture work still causes me to hold my breath when shaping the glass, but the result is so very cute (most of the time…)