My neck hurts…

…and it’s probably because I wore this heavy necklace the last two days:

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Usually when I make a chunky necklace I mix in some acrylic beads to cut down on the weight but I had these gorgeous foil glass beads that I wanted to use and I like the repetition of them all together so I threw caution to the wind. The flower focal drop I made from resin, it was an ugly speckled white because my white paint I colored the resin with did not mix well so I painted it green. I enjoy olive green because it seems to flatter so many skin tones.

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I call it elegant steampunk…and heavy…really freaking heavy…

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It’s still pretty though, but I think I will only wear it for short amounts of time and not all day again.  That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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What a Difference a Few Degrees Makes…

Happy Mother’s Day! Yesterday it rained so both the city-wide cleanup project and the Little League game we were planning to attend were postponed so I had some free-time to play in my art room. I had cleaned off my big work table Friday after finishing the last illustration for the book I was working on so now I can have a bit of “play time.” My bead torch had been looking pretty lonely on the shelf lately so I decided to make a few beads.

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When I first got the torch I was making beads like they were going out of style but then there was a problem with the torch and it would not spark so I had to light it manually, like with an open flame, so I called the maker Diamond Tech and they happily replaced it for me! I love that company, they make the microwave kiln and bottle cutter I use too! I had a replacement mid February but was so busy with projects that I hadn’t had a chance to use it.So, getting around to the title of the post my last bead making experiences were in February with it was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit in my studio, brrr, what can I say, I suffer for my art LOL! Well it is now May and a balmy 65 degrees down there so I went to work making beads with my Devardi Glass known for being cheap and shocky. It was so much easier to work with! Now I realize that my beads reek of an amateur  they are not centered, the edges are uneven and I think I overheated the aqua glass because there seems to be some brown schmutz in the glass. But I made them, they are a leg on my journey as a bead-maker and I love them. I also tried making two beads the same size (really harder than it looks!) so I turned them into earrings. Not great, but not bad for a 4 month hiatus from the torch.

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It is very relaxing to work with glass at the torch which is funny because your hands are inches away from a very hot flame and molten glass. To each her own right? 🙂 I hope all the moms out there have a nice Mother’s Day and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Talkin’ ’bout beads!

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday folks! I have to report that the Easter Bunny was very good to me this year (imagine that, 36 years old and the Easter Bunny still leaves a basket for me at my parents house, I must have been really good this year…no wait, that CAN”T be it LOL!) I got a basket full of beads and 2 more Ultimate Stackers to start filling! With new beads comes sorting and that is what I have been up to:

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I also have to send out a lovely hug and thank you to Ginny who saw my WOYWW post last week about my new-to-me sewing machine that did not come with any accessories and low and behold she had spare parts for that model and she sent them to me, for free! She is such a  sweetie and a talented artist as well. Thanks so much Ginny!

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So as I was sorting (and beading) I got tot thinking about my upcoming craft fair and remembered all of the questions people had about selling at craft fairs last winter so I decided to answer them in a video blog…I’m thinking about doing a video blog every week and talk about random crafty stuff, what do you think?

I held some of my current projects up to the camera but it is hard to see in a video so here are some photos of this weeks projects so far, basic stringing but it great for showcasing unique beads!

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Well that’s it for me, I still have all of those boxes of beads to put away LOL! I get so distracted by them…I’ll just make a few little pretties before I pack them all up, famous last words right? They will probably still be on my desk next week! If you want to see more crafty desks hop over to Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun and til next time happy crafting!

Lindsay’s got a bead torch! {what could possibly go wrong?}

Happy Saturday folks! I waited for my kids to go back to school before I tried out the new toy I got for Christmas: A Fireworks Beginner Bead Making Kit! I’m glad I did because once I fired that puppy up I didn’t stop until I had made beads on all of my available mandrels (metal sticks.) Look at what I made!

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The only trouble I had with the process was removing the beads from the mandrels. They are sitting in the freezer right now in hopes that they might loosen up a bit otherwise I have a snazzy new set of plant stakes! 😀 Or I have to go after them with the hammer and I really don’t want to do that. After making 2 beads, it was easy you see, I decided to make a video about it, it is not sped up anywhere so you can see the full process and how long they take. I explain the materials  how to light the torch and the supplies, have a look:

After I shot the video I decided to do some experimenting because I thought it would be swell to be able to use the major amount of scrap glass I have accumulated for my bead kiln (boy, I really like to melt things!) so I grabbed so longer scraps and started melting. It worked! I soon figured out that I could not mix my stained glass and Italian rods but I suspected that was the case as it is with fusing glass in my kiln. I did not try dichro glass because that would be asking for trouble in my novice hands. I found a great you tube channel by Kate Drew Wilkinson on using scrap glass and I really recommend checking it out. She is a classy lady with a soothing British accent, she is like the Bob Ross of beadmaking LOL!

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The bumpy turquoise brown bead and the funny orange cylinder were done with stained glass scraps. After watching some of Kate’s videos I can’t wait to try again because her designs were classy and gorgeous! I wonder how long my tank of gas will last? I am surprised at how loud the torch is, I don’t think I would try and use it if my kids were home and I was the only adult around because I would not want to get distracted and it is hard to hear over. I wonder if the big refillable tank kits are as loud because in watching other videos it did not seem so noisy, hence the close-captioning during the flame work (I know how you love my witty comments LOL}

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So, there you have it! It is fun to make lampwork beads, now I just need to figure out how to get those suckers off the mandrels. I’m not sure if I used too much bead release (because it wanted to flake off) of if I just did not clean my mandrels well enough before I coated them. Oh well, if I have to break them I can use them for fused glass elements or smash them into frit, no biggie-hey, I even sound like I know what I am talking about, nice! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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