Sunday, April 10, 2016

Let There Be Beads

A little of this and a little of that and finally I think I have re-learned everything I used to know. I made spacers, pulled stringer, mixed colors, used frit and murrini.

I raked beads, poked dots, encased beads and smashed them all into brass presses. I had forgotten there were so many things you could do to the glass. And through it all, only about a half dozen or so ended up in the fugly box for the kids.


Next step: take a bunch of pretty photos and get them listed in the shop. Then light the torch and make some more.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Beginnings

It has been almost exactly two years since I turned off my torch. If you've followed my blog at all you know I went through a little 'mid-life crisis' of sorts and just never really got back into it.

Add in a little home renovation project and a completely torn apart studio and that was the end of it. Or was it?

Thanks to the support of my most amazing husband, my studio has been officially put back together - even better than it was before!

Last weekend I lit the torch. I made beads! I also made a lot of garbage as it took a while to get the hang of it again. It's not quite like 'riding a bike', but after a few rounds of wonky lopsided blobs of glass I was able to find my groove and make a bunch of cute little spacer beads.

And before you claim that spacer beads are boring ... let me present you with these fun little dangle earrings that were the result of my first torch session in 2 years:

These fun earrings are available for sale in my Etsy shop. Now that I've re-mastered the spacer beads it is time to move on to bigger and better. I am back!