Monday, April 30, 2012

Apparently...

my blog is quite popular in Russia.  Who knew? 

http://www.salon-bisera.ru/patterns/braslet-iz-bisera

Scroll down a bit on the page to see....

Well, I have been busy...

making beads for the class at the Sheldon Art Gallery. 
 I also have a couple of bracelets finished.....
 but I'll save those for tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm teaching!

A basic stringing class at the Sheldon:)  Been making lots of bracelet beads in sets.....these are a few of my favorites from this week so far:


 They should have info up soon.  I'll post a link when it's ready to go!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fresh from the kiln:

Dijon and turquoise. I created these beads with the intent of making a necklace.

But when I see them all layed out


for some reason they remind me of "Little Shop Of Horrors".....

You remember that movie, right? The giant man-eating plant and her babies?


Now that that visual is stuck in your head, I'll leave you.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

New COLORS!

from left to right: fern, blue yonder, gold mist, sprout, mouse. I am getting them onto Etsy today.......very slowly.......

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

more BEADS!



straight from the kiln. half and halfs...


get ready to fondle them in Omaha this Saturday!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

little crochet flowers...

for adorable crochet earrings:)

I will be in Omaha this saturday....with lots of jewelry and beads to see. Come see me!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Earrings!

and lots of them:) I made these crochet ones...you might remember the lariats that are like this.....but much, much longer, of course. yes, they are assymetrical. and yes, they are different lengths. loooonnng lengths.

I just did not care. love how long and crochet-cool they are:) and then more of these: from my tutorial that you can find to the right of your screen.


these have my new "ink blot" beads on the ends. fabulous!

but two pair in purple? what is my purple thing I have going on lately?


also, I made these lovely colorful babies:


that frame your face, and bounce around in a fun and hip way

also, on the long side.

what is with me and all the long earrings?


well, that about covers it. you all have a nice chocolate bunny now.






Thursday, April 05, 2012

April Gift is ready!

April birthstone is diamond! Of course, these are not made with diamonds:) I used a setting with a Swarovski crystal and a nice platinum gray base. These are quite dimensional: I tried out a new technique to bring some depth to the piece. And I am giniving away this one:


Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post! Get your name in a second time by posting to your Facebook account, or pinning to Pinterest! Be sure to come back and let me know you've posted elsewhere. Easy, yes?




Some info on diamonds:




Formed deep within the earth where there is intense heat and pressure, Diamonds are simply crystallized carbon. Volcanic activity of centuries ago brought these gemstones to the earth's surface, where they are found either within volcanic rock formations or washed out into rivers. India is thought to be the first river-bed source of Diamond mining, but today these gemstones are found primarily in Australia, the Soviet Union, and Africa.



No more notable it its uncut state than a plain pebble upon the beach, the true beauty of the Diamond was not revealed until the 16th century, when gemstone cutting and polishing techniques were perfected. Prior to this time, it was considered taboo to modify the original state of a Diamond. Today, the value and appeal of this stone depends largely upon how skillfully it is cut and faceted.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Work in Progress...and a WINNER!

Well, my bead embroidery project is coming along. She started as this drawing: and got transferred to the interfacing and the beading was begun:
Now she's so much closer to being finished!
I'll be glad too, because I have other projects in mind after this one is finished!

And the March winner of this button is:

GRAMMA T! Send me your address please! Congrats! The April button is in the works:)