My bead adventures

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Magic of Silver Glass

One of my most favorite thing to do at my torch is play with my stash of silver glass. These glass are made by various enterprising US glass manufacturers like Trautman, Double Helix, Precision, and Striking Colors. Each color consists of silver which can result in "boro" like effect in soft glass.

This bead was made using an assortment I recently purchased from Flamedame. I used blue silver water, green envy, green dali lama, and seaweed to try out the colors. Needless to say I am very happy with the result and will definitely by playing some more in the next few days.