Thursday, June 6, 2013
Summertime and the Living is Beady
These scrumptious crusty and ridged beads emerged from the kiln as quite a surprise. The clear base took on the color of the enamel and permeated in a most delightful way.
sometimes it's hard to tell just what the baking soda treatment will do to the colors of the glass. I have had some beautiful colors of purple turn out like this. I'll be listed more of these since they got snatched up by the first person I showed them to.
Yes, the outside ones were all beautiful shades of violet and purple and now they are crusty cocoa
Some take it on much better.
I just did a post about headpins over at Love My Art Jewelry
You can see how many have been utilized and find a couple of tutorials on how to make your own from different materials not involving a torch as mine are.
I've been designing a lot of necklaces lately and selling them at our local farmer's market!
A BHClaysmith scarab with a bit of gold leaf added by me
A wee little Petra nest took wing almost immediately
I've decided not to sell this one with this amazing bead that actually has three faces. I had been hoarding it in my collection for over a dozen years since my first visit to the Tucson Gem Show.
I had forgotten the name of the artist and was reminded by a friend and found that she is 91 years old now and still making beads!
her name is Mary Tompkins and now I've decided (with the help of some facebook friends) that I should keep the necklace for myself.
I'm awfully fond of incorporating ceramic focals these days and they seem to help the sales.
The large green one is by NKPdesigns.
I throw in a few of my own beads so they won't get jealous.
These had their debut in Belle Armoire Jewelry this month.
They are called "First Snow"
Those are my limpet bead caps and Kristi Bowman Designs wonderful copper paisley headpins.
It's my first time being published in that fine mag.
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