We actually had snow yesterday. Not enough to really stay on the ground, but you can tell that winter is coming. The birds have been visiting the feeder regularly. The "studio" is getting colder, and I've been putting the kerosene heater on to keep warm. None the less, I was happy with the beads that came out of the kiln - lots of turquoise with reactive glass.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I have been having alot of fun just letting glass drip - controlled drip. Thanks to Sarah Hornik's tutorial on "pink", as well as the tutorial she listed on LE. More beads today. Hoping to get a picture up shortly. This necklace is listed on my site www.jgpgesigns.etsy.com
Other than that, bead sales are slow. So here is a question for you - what kind of beads are you looking for? Colors - neutrals - round - tabs - bead sets - focals? any suggestions are welcome.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Sarah Hornik has graciously given us free instructions as to how she does her "ribbon" beads, and yesterday I experimented. The attached picture is what I came up with. I haven't done much experimenting in letting glass "drip", so found this experiment interesting. I really like the results I achieved. Thanks Sarah, for your generous gift.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Christmas is coming, and snowmen abound. Well, here's one. I have more in the kiln. They aren't melting. They are just waiting for the appropriate time to come out. Today, I also experimented with a technique that Sarah Hornik so generously gave us. ....the technique was fun to do, and I learned a thing or two about letting glass drip, and encasing stringers. Hope to have those pictures up tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I finally took a picture of the beads I was raving about yesterday. How come when I look at something a second or third time, the novelty has worn off, and they don't look at special any more. I had a fun time reconnecting with "dots". I still like dots. I was focusing on making "perfect" dots, as well as plunged dots. Also, the "warring states" bead is still one of my favories - dots on top of dots....All for now - time to turn on the TV and see how the votes are coming in. Also, a picture of some "funky" bracelets I finished for my little store up North to choose from.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I can't believe how the time has flown by - November already. For a short update, my daughter and I did finish the Marine Corp Marathon - in 5 hours 2 minutes. We trained to finish around 5 hours, so we did accomplish our goal. Our feet were sore - and we were tired, but all in all, in pretty good shape. No more long runs for awhile. If we can maintain an 8-10 mile run on the weekends, I'll be happy.
Now to try and get back into some sort of routine. I've been at the torch again, and am pretty excited about the encased and etched beads I've done. They have a translucents that is hard to describe.
I don't have a picture yet, but I've made some awsome purple and white beads, concentrating on just dots. After all this time, I've learned something about them. It has alot to do with how you melt them in as to keeping them as dots and not having them distort on you.....I tried meling in the side dots first - and it works! Hoping to get a picture of them tomorrow. These may make an awsome necklace that I can take to my favorite gift shop....