Thursday, December 12, 2013

What just came out of the kiln....

Some primary colors and a few more things...

You like? Let me know! I live on "Oooohs" and "Aaaaahs".


Sunday, October 27, 2013

More Sneak Previews...Necklaces

Just dig the colors!
Violet Whispers....

Oil and Vinegar illusion necklace

Blue Brilliance....looooong version

Jewel-tones, 2 strands...
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....and close-up

Jewel-tone single strand Illusion 

Violet whispers....

Violet Whispers close-up

Blue Brilliance Extravaganza
Some "Y" Necklaces....
Deep purple galaxies....

Earth-tone Planets...

Amber with Amethyst....

Peak Fall...


Violet Whispers...

And bright jewel-tones

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Holiday Offerings Sneak Preview -- Necklaces

Here are the best of the photographs I've taken of necklaces today. Price will be listed when I launch my Etsy listings! Let me know if any of these appeal to you or would grace the neck of someone you love....

This is a really long one -- wrapped three times in this pic.

OK -- I did rather have a love affair with "lumpy hollows" this year :)

"Lumpy Hollows" close up

Two-strand jewel-tones...

....and close-up.

Nice long "Coral Islands" necklace, twice wrapped.

"Funky dots" long necklace.

"Princess" necklace...

Getcher red-hots!

And the reddest of all....simply called Big Red.

Original Power Necklace...power free with purchase.

Triple-strand Power

And another triple-strand...
  Some illusion necklaces....
Amethyst stripes....


...and violet/periwinkle stripes.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Emptying the kiln....#1

Before annealing, lampwork beads can be unstable; the process of heating and cooling glass at different rates means that a change in ambient temperature can cause the glass to crack -- or even explode. To prevent this, lampworkers anneal their beads. In a kiln that looks like a large toolbox, I heat the beads to 940 degrees F, and hold the temp their for half an hour, before slowly ramping the temp down. This removes those internal stresses.

So when I say I've emptied the kiln, it's not really like emptying a potter's kiln. The beads look the same; the differences are internal.

So, down to business: I usually "batch-anneal" my beads, meaning that I do them all at once instead of annealing directly after making the beads, while they are still hot. Here's what I just took out; the result of perhaps 3-4 days' work.

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You see some Coral Islands, Blue Brilliance, Red Stripies, Teal Stripies, Peak Fall and swirled green beads (taking submissions for naming those beads now!)

Of the beads shown, the Coral Islands, being dotty beads, take the longest to make. Each color represents an individually placed dot!

More fun unpacking the kiln in a few days!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bead designs: Earrings!

My latest strand of earring me if you'd like to order matching earring beads in any style you see.

Bead Designs: Power

Yes, power! We've documented instances of jewelry made of these beads actually bestowing great power on the wearer. You have to feel it to believe it!

Bead Designs: Peak Fall

Inspired by the colors of Central Maine!