My bead adventures

Monday, June 15, 2009

puffin bird bead

This bird bead was made using a tutorial by Jennifer Geldard. I used soft glass from various manufacturers including Devardi ( a Indian glass), Moretti, CBS dichroic, and Lauscha. Two techniques I appreciated most about this tutorial are the making and application of eye cane and shaping the bird beak.

This bead is in the process of being made into a pendant and gifted to a dear friend who adores birds and loves all things dichroic.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Elephant Cuff Bracelet by Cindy Hayes

Cindy won this bead on Ebay and created a masterpiece. Thank you Cindy.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Magic of Aurae and Aether

Like all the bead makers, I have a large stash of expensive silver glass. But despite never ending attempts, I can't seem to get consistent result. A bead can come out beautiful and full of magic one day and next day, blah.

This time I think I have found the glass of my dreams by using a combination of Double Helix Aurae dark and Aether clear. Of course, I plan to continue to experiment and see if other silver glass combination will yield magical results also. This constant opportunity to explore is why I am never bored with lampwork.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tide Pool Pandora and Focal Beads

It is great fun to make these tide pool beads. I get to use my hand made murrini's, silver ivory stringers, silver mesh. When a bead is encased in clear, all the details get magnified. The most time consuming part is the final shaping because I wanted them to be cubical.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Seashell Beach

Landscape is one consistent theme in my beads. Right now I like to make these seashell beads. They usually incorporate ivory, silver glass, .999 pure silver mesh, and handmade murrini shells. This bead has handmade sterling silver cores and will fit the Pandora, Biagi, and Trollbeads bracelets.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Woodland Wildflowers

Recently, I can't seem to make fused pendants without adding these Bullseye murrini onto the surface. Your comments/critique will be most appreciated.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cindy Hayes Wirework

I have many talented jewelry designers among my customer base. One of them is Cindy Hayes. She has a way with wire and can turn my beads into works of art.

If you are interested in contacting Cindy to design a piece of jewelry, please email me. Remember Mother's day is only 2 months away.