Sunday, October 30, 2011

Florence Turnour's Diamond Net bead necklace w/ my lampwork beads!

Check out this fabulous necklace by my friend Florence Turnour. She used a mix of my Cased Bubble lampwork beads, and her gorgeous, mathematcitally based, Diamond Net beads. You can find kits and patterns for her beads at BeAdInfinitum.  Enjoy!!

Photo and necklace by Florence Turnour

Oh! And she wrote it all up on her blog!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rubino Oro Success!

I think I finally got the hang of Rubino Oro!  This "cranberry" or "ruby gold" glass gets it's color from real gold. It's kind of difficult to work with, and after several tries finally I finally turned out this batch. These are for a friend, but I think I'll have to make more.

These are "stacked dot" beads, mostly. There is a poked bubble up there and a solid color bead, from when I was just messing around. Black base, layered Oro Rubino over white, with random transparent pink center dot.  What worked was working further out in the flame, with more oxygen. I needed to let the beads get fairly cool before reheating them to bring the color up. It took a few repeats to get it good and dark.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cased Bubble Focal Beads

These charms are made with the cased bubble focal beads that I made the other day. They are the favorite colors of the contest winners.

Dark Lilac                    

Slate Blue

Candy Apple / Lime

Monday, October 3, 2011

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I spent last weekend with Peg Krzyzewski at Art & Soul, in Portland, OR.  She was teaching "Art Charm Buffet", and I got to assist! It was a lot of fun, and the class went very well. Peggy is such a kick, too!

I've been able to get out in the "Glassebo" more often lately. These beads are for swaps with the ArtCharms group, but people have been going nuts over the kitties, so I'm going to make more. The eyes are silver!

"Practical Cats"

"Missing: Linus"

"Dead Man's Party"

The above are for the Halloween Swap, and the following for the Purple / Green Swap. 

"Purple / Green "