Saturday, August 25, 2012

More fun with patina

Lisa Liddy recently released her Color Me This patinas and I've been playing.  I just love what happened when I combined these bead caps treated with her indigo patina and this bead that has silver inclusions and exploits the transparency in the glass.  It's all about depth.  :D


I also love to play with gilding and these earrings are a combination of several different colors but the silver, of course, is what stands out.  I love how it looks against the copper.
As much as I love glass I do have a love affair with copper, brass, etching, and patinas.  There is something so satisfying in taking a blank piece of metal and through a process of removing material, forging, sanding, and  applying various treatments being able to create wearable art.  Since it's 24G copper sheet they're really light too!  Try playing with metal sometime, it's fun!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fun with leftovers!

If you are looking for my BSBP reveal post it's here.

I had one of my drippy beads left over from my BSBP necklace and started playing with it and look what I did!  I kind of like it.  :)  I call it 'Blue Harmonic' and it's in my Etsy shop here.


I'm officially hooked on these graduated drippy beads.  The Saul Bell awards are accepting entries in the middle of September and I want to do something with these I think and enter it.  Mama needs a new jeweler's bench.  I won't win or even place but I'm gonna try anyway.  You never get anywhere if you don't stick your neck out and you certainly learn what not to do along the way, lol.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

BSBP #6 ~ Reveal! It's Not A Liquid





Glass, that is.  :)  The idea, sparked by Eva's focal and a conversation on a forum I read about whether glass was liquid or solid is where this necklace evolved from.

The most important aspect, at least to me, was to show visually how glass can be hard and angular (the beautiful roman sea glass) or smooth and organic (my ribbed aquamarine beads created and then melted to the dripping stage and taken out of the flame).  This is what draws many glassworkers to the medium and certainly what drew me.  The permutations are literally limitless.  Glass can be anything you can imagine (with years of practice, lol).

This was all about graduated sizes and opposites for me.  Also, I love Kadinsky, Calder, and anything Eames era/Atomic age so I was trying for a bit of that as well.

As to the opposites, here were some of the ideas:

Shiny vs Matte - The glass is the most obvious.  Matte Roman Sea Glass that my lovely partner Eva Sherman gifted me with against shiny aquamarine.  Also though, the lovely focal at the bottom was shiny and I roughed it up here and there with micron sandpaper and did that with the sterling beads as well.  Again, shiny vs matte.

Graduated sizes - The sea glass is actually graduated (by measurement) although it's not that obvious to the eye.  The drippy (for wont of a better description, lol) lampwork beads I created for this are graduated and that is more obvious.  The sterling beads go from small to medium to large and back again.  Also, the three pieces of the focal are graduated as well.

This was  a fun piece but I did fight with it and there were several iterations before I settled here.  Time allowing I would still have tweaked it more.  I'm not completely happy with the aquamarine, I think it's too bright and I don't like the drips yet, they aren't exactly what I had pictured in my mind.  You know how that goes though (or at least for me) nothing is ever quite good enough.  The conundrums of a perfectionist.

Off to enjoy the other creations!  Have fun everyone and thanks for looking!


Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead


Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio


Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads


Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae


Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders


Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place


 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs


Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle


Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads


Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 


Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'm published!

I'm the featured artist this month at Beading Times.  I still can't believe it and I'm so excited!  Go and have a look.  :D

Beading Times

There are so many amazing artists that have been featured and I feel honored to be a part of that amazing group that is listed at the top.  I also have the honor of being a part of one of the most amazing groups anywhere and that's the glass artists at lampworketc. You guys rock!