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