Thursday, July 31, 2014

Achey Breaky Bits and Pieces

Broken components.
 As a component maker I am so saddened to hear that someone has accidentally
 broken one of my pieces before they have even gotten to use it.
It seems there has been a run of it lately. The fact is that glass and ceramics are while being durable also can be fragile and shatter if you get too rough.

Oh the heartbreak! This is what happens when you are trying to get phone reception in the studio by a window near your bead stash while trying to work with tech support on your internet connectivity.
I broke the delicate tip right off of my HappyFishShop daggers. This is the first she's heard of it.
I have applied some of my Aves's Apoxy clay for to rescue this piece. Now that it has sufficiently hardened I think it should hold fast and is ready for some paint. I'm going to paint it in some sort of contrasting color.


And then I got too futzy with my wirework here and broke my point of connection.I was in love with these honey droppers of Jana's  ( HappyFishShop again)
Please don't think her pieces are too fragile, it's me that's doing the damage!

Ave's Apoxy Clay to the rescue once again. This is ready for paint and  I'm confident that they will stand up to reasonable abuse now.

So what do you do when a  tourist customer buys from you in person and finds this when they return home from their trip. I got the message that the "stone had broken"
This means two things to me. I didn't talk up my work enough to let them know that it's actually a ceramic piece made by another artisan although I know it's part of my spiel these days, I'm certain I wasn't specific when I sold these.
Also I don't do much for packaging other than a bag when I sell at the farmer's market and I should  realize that when I sell to tourists I should take take some rough handling into account although I do ask them how they want it bagged up in most cases . So I feel partially responsible in this case and can't bear to have a disappointed customer that has fallen in love with a set only to find it broken and unwearable upon return home. Lucky for me I am on a chummy basis with my gal Petra all the way over in the UK and she is going to help me out with this so I can do a remake. Talk about going the extra mile!

I made these "mussel shell" beads eons ago. I don't know how they showed up on my work table again but they were begging for a remake with this wonderful lapis.  WIP of course, they need earwires.

I was going back to some simplicity yesterday so I could do some serious shop fluffage. I  have a bead show in October and a am starting to wonder if I can ever get my inventory back up.


These are some combinations I've been working with and as you can see I am loving my bicone bead roller.

They disappeared as soon as I showed them though so there ya go!

'sbeen awhile since I went all limp on you.
Limpet's I mean.

Man, I can't get enough of this yellow umber!

I have just a few rods left of this strawberry something or other glass and so I've been hoarding it. What's the point of that? Use it I say.

Experimenting with some crubble concepts. Oooh coffee!

Crubbly cube's how ya been? Haven't seen you 'round these parts lately.

Very old WIP that is about finished. A Staci Loiuse polymer piece.
Kuchi metal glued to some salmon skin leather with one of my crusty crystal headpins sandwiched in by another piece of leather that I sewed together.

 Keeping it real with some rust and nails

 I was kind of proud of this one. It sold fast.  Bye bye favorite piece!

Still struggling with pieces that have a lot of wire work. I guess I'm a fan of the drapey but it was fun to use some of my polymer pieces to go with WondrousStrange's beautiful raku piece.

Knobular amber, I was entrusted with a deceased friend's stash of amber and have been putting up some pieces in my numinosity Etsy supply shop. They are un-drilled  but some nice specimens.

I have a couple of amethyst slices left too.

 It's a pleasure to photograph amber I've found. So photogenic.

I'm off to Salmonstock festival for a super long weekend of driving and fun. See you next week!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gifts From My Canadian Neighbors

It was a great mail day yesterday.
This unusual bead by Canadian bead artist Julie Wong Sontag from Uglibeads showed up yesterday.
here is her facebook link and her Etsy link too.


Then I had to go back to town to deliver a package and found my giveaway winning earrings from jiorji at NearlyLost
here's her fb link

They seem to have the same aesthetic about them coincidently don't you think?

Being born in Maine and living in Alaska I consider Canadians my dearest nearest neighbors and I can truthfully say I have never met a Canadian I didn't like and if the ones that I actually haven't met are sending me gifts.......!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lighting a Fire with Torch Fired Enamel Matchsticks

I'm having an auction currently on  my Facebook Business page  currently and have 30 sets up for bids. I thought I ought to let you know here if you might be interested. I'll be listing the ones that don't sell on Etsy at a later date. Here are a few examples of what's being offered. Auction ends 10:00  ADT Friday July 25th ( Alaska Daylight Time)








Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Let Bicones Be Bicones

I'm going to dip my toes back into blogging. I just can't figure out how I let it go so long. It seems that I used to practically think in blog moments as I went through my day.
What happened?
Most of all I got busy with my business, things kind of took off in the component business for me.
My semi-retirement pastime has become a full time job.
So mostly I have been making beads, torch fired enamels and jewelry. That's it with some well placed fun times and trips in between.
My newest thing is my beadroller for bicones. I'm really enjoying the shape so here you go!
The first set of beads must have been unwittingly inspired by the shell I picked up on Ocracoke island last month when I went for my nephew's wedding. That's the shell as a prop.

I have been experimenting with half crubbly effects with with some lusciously striated new ivory glass that has been great fun to work with


I made these yesterday. Things have not been resting long in my hands before they go flying off into the world.

I made myself a promise to make some focal beads now and then.
( more half crubbly)


I have been getting quite a few custom orders and had a request for round crubblies in the cogs colors


I have numerous stashes of artisan beads that were begging for my attention.
These focal polymer faces were HappyFish pieces by Jana


This one already sold!

matchsticks, oh matchsticks....been coming up with some super premium combos and they have been flying away too.

I've been using some of my polymer headpins for my own work

Delving into my Petra stashes

The salmon skin leather has been mighty popular here in Alaska.
Vintage turquoise chip beads from my mother's 1970's necklace



mixing my enamel shields with some of my polymer pieces

A challenge with Petra's grapes balanced by RaggedRobyn discs

I had to keep these for myself!

Messing around with my new cabochon press



Petra and pyrite