Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Progress

Before LOS patina:Patina applied, think these will be beadcaps:The patinaed copper plate/pendant, not sure what will become of this one:Is this one too...weird?
It's very reminiscent of the hollow form on the left, from a year ago.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Metal Etching WIP

Apologies for the quick and dirty pic, wanted to have a step by step history for myself. Enjoyed doing my own version of Zentangles on some of the pieces. Depending on how these turn out, some may be used as bead caps on my hollows.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Work for Etsy

Do big sets sell on Etsy? I'm still debating on whether to separate or keep this set together-any opinions? Off to try and get some torching in...*Just added to the Etsy shop!* Going to see how the beads all together do..

Monday, June 21, 2010


Just reopened the shop, new beads coming tomorrow..

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Back Home

Back from Oak Island and my lovely sister in law took some quick snap shots of me in the studio making some hollow focals. She only had a few minutes since they were about to leave for the airport, but Linda got some great shots. It was sliiightly hot in there, too. I have a bunch on my Flickr page if you want to see more. Apologies for taking so long to post pics of the finished space- as you can see, it gets a lot of use.
And my favorite pic from our family vacay:
That's my son's lovey, Althea- she is never far from his reach and the poor thing had an up close and personal time w/ sand and ocean. Good thing she's washable.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Etsy Update for June 14th

The FIFA Cup Games are in the background as my inlaws discuss the different players-and I broke two beads to this set during photographing them..down to seven instead of nine. Hmph, time to make some more beads!
Going up on Etsy tomorrow morning:

Friday, June 11, 2010

And Again..two more sets for Etsy

These look nice together- totally by accident that I put that strand of encased crackled beads together and after setting them next to the hollows noticed how nice they look together..hmm, I can see a new set in the future w/ a mix of matte and encased beads.
These will be going up shortly on Etsy :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Going up Tomorrow on Etsy

ETA in Etsy shop ---> after breakfast, before laundry :)

Etsy Update!

Finally getting around to re-opening my shop and putting up new work. These are smaller hollows than what I normally make- so if you like them snag them, because I didn't make many.
These will be listed shortly:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Work, work, work

Trying to get the time to get all these listed is causing me a headache. About to head out of town for an appt. that will take most of the afternoon. Maybe tomorrow?
Argh, and all of these still need to be etched and photographed..maybe the in-laws won't notice me slipping off while they admire the little man this next week?

And a closeup of a favorite bead.. still trying to figure out which color of coral it was.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pagoda Ring Class

The Pagoda Ring class at Ornamentea was great and especially nice since it was just me and one other student- which made it possible to pick our instructor's brain. Ndidi was a great teacher and we learned how to etch, something I've been wanting to learn to do for years now and it's so simple! There are a couple things safety-wise I might change, like the ventilation and wearing an apron, etc.
The leaf disc is Copprclay, not etched. For some reason my Copprclay hasn't wanted to sinter properly..not sure what the problem is, but planning on opening a new packet and will see if that makes a difference. A handy trick using tubing as a riser- got to use a tube jig for the first time and must say it's pretty handy. Which reminds me that I need to get over my fear of the saw from HF and use it for things like this. Got lots of compliments for the texture on this ring, reminds me of tooled leather. Still need to do some finishing touches, like filing and cutting the extra length on my fastener.

Stayed tuned for etched bead caps and new work soon. Planning on re-opening my Etsy shop sometime this week, just have a whole lotta work to photograph.