Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Across the World

I'm having so much fun emailing back and forth with my BSPB partner Birgitta and the communication has changed the way I'm approaching pieces I'm working on lately.

So what went across the world?  Birgitta ordered some beads from me and these little guys went to Sweden, how cool is that?




Monday, August 8, 2011

The Smaller Side

I have a photo I'd like to share with you.  It does involve murrini again.


You will have to forgive the model if it seems that she is uninspired and appears stiff and plastic.

It's only because she is.


I love creating in miniature.  I do sew in miniature because, to be truthful, I'm a frustrated fashion designer.  I didn't have the dedication as a young girl in college to stay with the program and get a degree, nursing came along and took over my life.  I like to think I was meant to take care of people and that's why I never finished fashion design because who wants to admit that the dream of being Coco Chanel was hampered by a lack of vision and a serious lack of commitment (in other words, waaay to many good times in college).  :)

I adore designing in miniature and I have the added bonus of no deadlines or mean college professors to spoil the fun.

This necklace for Barbie is on consignment with BOC and is actually for sale on their website at http://www.artistsgive.com/category_54/Astrid-Boyce.htm  so that a portion of the sale goes to support BOC.

For those of you who may not know BOC stands for Beads of Courage which is a program that supports children and families coping with serious illness.  If you have the time please go and read more about the wonderful program here:  http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/beadsofcourage.htm

I try not to get on my soapbox or be opinionated or political on my blog because, well, it's a blog about creativity.  However I do feel that we are all put on this earth to help each other.  Making beads for BOC is one of my small contributions.  I may never change the world but if I can make a child smile who knows where that could lead?


Monday, August 1, 2011

What have I been playing with lately?

Murrini.

Encasing.

Making, capping, and coring BHBs (big hole beads) ~ also known as european charm beads such as are worn on the popular bracelet and necklace systems that shall not be named but you know who I'm talking about, right?  ;)

I'm having so much fun with this!  Also, since I've been lampworking a minimum of 5 to 6 days a week my skill with murrini application has drastically improved which fills me with joy.  Murrini are formed by skillfully applying layers of glass to form a pattern and larger rod that is then pulled down to a thinner rod.  This thinner rod is then cut into slices that you can apply in any number of ways to glass creations.

My skill at making murrini isn't wonderful yet but that's OK because I can buy all the wonderful murrini I want from Lori and Kim and frequently do, much to the detriment of my bank account!  There's no hope for a murrini addict in full swing.

In the bead below I stretched the murrini.  It's not a normal use or application, I went out of the box.  I personally love the results and apparently so did someone else as this one is getting ready to ship out to it's new owner.

Glass is ever changing and so much fun!