Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jan 30 2010

Another cold spell has set in - and tomorrow we are supposed to run 9 miles outside - I'll have on my winter running pants as well as some fleece shorts to keep my legs warm.....

I believe I had an AHHAA! day at the torch yesterday. I've been working on disk beads and manipulating the glass, but wondered what the technique would like like on a round bead - I like the end result and will continue on this course for awhile - My next dilemna is color scheme. I will probably get into a rut using black, ivory, turquoise and mustard - any other suggestions?????

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jan 28 2010

It's too cold and windy to try and warm the garage up enough to be comfortable torching, so it's picture taking time. I collect all of my orphan and not so perfect beads and send them to an organization called Beads of Courage. Their mission is To provide innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Their web site is

Besides sending just beads, I try to make heart beads, which are given to kids who have completed certain hospital procedures. Here's a photo of the hearts I made yesterday.

Another photo is of beads that make me think of warmer weather to come.

Monday, January 25, 2010

One World One Heart


What a wonderful idea - from A Whimsical Bohemian
This is a give-away - and all you need to do is post a comment to my blog. If you don't have a blog that your comment relates to, please leave and email address, as if you are the winner, I need some way of getting in touch with you.

My entry is a keychain/pendant. It is multifunctional - lampwork beads by myself, combined with copper wire to create this flob.

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Wow it's been a long time since I've written anything here. Maybe it's because I've been in a slump. Christmas was a great time to visit with the kids - and believe it or not, I didn't touch the torch that whole time! Then, it was trying to get back into the swing of things - and wondering where I wanted my beads to go. My inspiration came when my torching friends and I made plans for Bead and Button - We're taking a CLASS this year - I'm so looking forward to learning more about dots from Kristina Longan. She is such a fantastic artisan.

Other stuff - I can't understand why this bead is still sitting here on Etys.
Check out this link:
It is the sweetest heart big hole bead for valentines day!

This is what I've been working on. More beads with dots to follow - I've got to practise.