Just A Few Beads

Been knitting and not torching as much as usual. These are a few things I made last week. TinyFlowerSpacers Another set of flower spacer beads. PurpleHollowSampler3 Purple set of hollows and mixed beads. PinkSmallSet Small set of pink hollow bead and a couple of ribbed beads. SmallSet-1 Another small set of beads. Cufflinks A few test cabochons for a gal that wants some for cufflinks.

Published in: on March 25, 2015 at 11:24 pm  Comments Off  

More Vessels and Beads

PurpleVesselInk blue with gold powder left raised….

TurquoiseVesselTransparent turquoise with turquoise enamels on bottom….

BlackSilveredIvoryVesselBlack with silvered ivory shards…..

SpringDaisiesTiny flower spacer beads…..


Pink and green hollow bead set….

Published in: on March 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm  Comments Off  
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Glass Vessels

Made a couple of glass vessels.

GreenEnamelVessel GreenSilveredIvoryShardVessel2

Published in: on March 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm  Comments Off  
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Two More Sets Of Beads

Two new sets…..AncientWatercolorHollows2This set has five hollow beads, used transparent enamel on them and boiled it a bit to give them a rustic look. The first time I made these I used different glass and all the beads came out of the kiln cracked due to incompatibility between the glass and enamels. Oops.

LisaDonation This was the set that had all the cracked hollow but I made enough extra beads and added some that I made previously for this set. It’s also got a shank button.

Published in: on March 5, 2015 at 9:17 pm  Comments Off  
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Few Different Sets Of Beads

I decided to branch out from my usual beads and make some different sets.

Slate-DirtyMartiniBeads2Slate blue and dirty martini and some frit and silver glass. A fun set to make.

IndustrialChic2Tried making some small hollow and other beads to compliment the hollows for this set.

LightTurquoise-PansyFrit2Light turquoise with pansy colored frit.

Published in: on March 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm  Comments Off  
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Back To Beads

Some sets I made this week.

Red-GoldLeafBeads2 OpalYellowEnamelFritBeads-Pink2 CopperGreenEnamelFritBeads-Laura GardenBeads-Laura

Published in: on February 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm  Comments Off  

Finally Finished This Poncho/Shawl

This took me a couple months to finish. It’s a pattern by Ilga Leja – Lady Of The Forest. The instructions were one of the best well-written ones I’ve ever used. I didn’t like the yarn I choose for this as it’s on the rough side. After blocking it softened up some but I probably will never use it again. I do like they long colorways in this yarn though.

Finished1 FinishedBack

Published in: on February 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm  Comments Off  
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Another Round of Beads

TurquoiseEnamelCopperBeads2 - CopySet of dark turquoise beads covered with white enamel and then copper leaf burned in. These have been lightly etched.

SilverGlassIceChipBeads2Set of silver glass ice chip beads.

RedSilverGlassStringerBeads2Red beads with Aurae silver glass stringer wound around the middle.

KissyFish - CopyTeeny kissy fish beads. I mean teeny. Hard to work this small.


Published in: on February 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm  Comments Off  
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Beads and More Beads

More beads that I made this week.


Turquoise enamels with copper blue frit on top. Reminds me of a sea mist.

RegularCoralShardBeads2 MangoCoralShardBeads2

Two sets of silvered coral shards on ivory with dots of fine silver and etched.


Cosmic copper shards on ivory with dots of fine silver and etched for a matte look.

GardenBeads-Etched2Garden beads – Copper green base beads rolled in turquoise enamel, a layer of silver foil and purple rose frit. These have been etched.


My bad attempt at striking color glass beads. They should turn a bunch of different colors. I’d be happy if mine turned any color.


Another set of biscotti and coffee grounds frit encased.

Black-AuraeStringerBeads2Black beads with thin strands of silver glass around the middle.


Published in: on February 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm  Comments Off  
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Another New Ring

I wanted to make a band ring with silver filings fused onto it and square wire on the sides. I got the silver filings fused on just fine and one side of the square wire, the other side soldered on crooked so I removed it and started over. I accidentally cut a new piece of square wire in a different gauge and soldered it on before I realized it wasn’t the same as the other side. Decided to melt one side to give it an organic look rather than taking it off again. Then I sawed the end off a bit short and even with stretching the metal a bit on my ring mandrel I couldn’t get it to fit the finger I wanted to wear the ring on. So I cut it and decided to add a cab. Looked through my stash, couldn’t find a cab that I liked. I didn’t want to buy one, went on a scavenger hunt looking for something that would fit. Found a small flat pebble. But not flat enough to bezel set. What to do, what to do? Decided to drill a hole in the pebble and rivet it to a piece of metal. Here’s the finished ring.

SilverFilingsAndRockRing SilverFilingsAndRockRing4Thought it would be a little heavy but I’ve been wearing it for a whole day and don’t even notice it there. Sometimes mistakes can be changed into something that looks like it’s planned out. I’m happy with the way this turned out.

Published in: on February 14, 2015 at 10:44 am  Comments Off  
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