Friday, September 30, 2011

Delicious Autumn

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot

This one needs to remain mine, at least for a time. It feels wonderfully natural on - comfortable even, with lots of little bits to fiddle with. Incredibly long, so long in fact that there is no clasp - perfect with a cozy warm turtleneck sweater. Preferably handknit in a sumptuous silk. Dreaming.

Oh, Hello There

Happy Friday. Enjoy a small dose of cuteness.

                                                                                         Source: None via Marissa on Pinterest

                                                                                        Source: via Marissa on Pinterest

                                                                                          Source: via Marissa on Pinterest

                                                                                         Source: via Marissa on Pinterest

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Glass Clay

I was recently given the opportunity to try out Paula Radke's Glass Clay. The three pendants above are my first attempts at using the clay. It's a bit rough in spots, as I was having some problems getting the consistency just right. I'm pretty sure I've got the hang of it now, and hope to work on some new molds to create my 'own' pieces - as opposed to using purchased molds.

I think this first batch was underfired a bit. I'd really like to see the glass a bit on the shinier side. The glass was supposed to shrink by about 25%, and I didn't see anywhere near that kind of shrinkage. I'll leave these ones as they are, and make up a new batch to compare the two.

The dichroic cabs are fired in place, and should I think have been pushed in slightly more - they appear to just be sitting on top, and I think they would look far better if they appeared to have some sort of bezel around them.

All in all, I'm curious enough to see what else can be done with the clay that doesn't look completely hideous. Google glass clay under images, and you'll see what I mean ;-)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Using Art Beads

This morning, I was  thrilled to discover that Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia featured some of my worry beads in a blog posting at Art Bead Scene - I was quite surprised, as of course I haven't listed much on etsy in quite a while...You know all the usual excuses (kids, no camera, blah, blah, blah). Now I must go get busy and try to get a few new things listed, and attempt to do it on a more regular basis.

Question of the day - Do you purchase art beads? If so, do you primarily purchase a certain type, or do you like to collect all different types and mediums?  Personally, I'm usually drawn to beads or components of a type that I don't personally make myself. Ceramic, wood, polymer clay, lampwork beads that are way out of my skill range, are just a few of the ones I covet.

Forgive me if I've asked this one before - It's quite possible ;-)

Next, we want to see which beads you love the most. We all love eye candy! Post links in the comments below so that we can all see.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Autumn Bliss for beadFX

Just finished this one this evening - I think I need to make one for myself! Posted on the Inspiration page.