Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I've Gotta Crush!

I just acquired a frit crusher! This means I can turn big glass into little glass all day.
Crush it!

Pretty glamorous! Heavy metal, man.
I had my big push with my last Numi-matchstick auction and rewarded myself with some play time, ever searching for new effects.

I had some bigger chunks that just didn't seem to work that well like this salmon frit. 
dang autocorrect keeps changing it to grit. But the one that takes the cake is when it turns bicones into bacon. I did an OS update andI've got to figure out how to turn it off.
 Now that it's smaller it has more character melted in.

hauling out old stashes of glass and pulverizing them!

revisiting some old techniques just to see what happens if I add a bit of this over that.

these are super sparkletron in person...you just wouldn't believe!

these nummy numi's too

I achieved a more subtle stoney effect with some great milky frit pieces and a mottled background

pearlescence and sparkle!

OK I wasn't going to let loose of any of my shield dagger shapes ever. I was saving for my own designs but I made a lot so now I'm ready but they will be limited.

just plain old topaz glass frit perked up this enamel

More minimalist numi-matchsticks with some real silver leaf pieces.

I don't want to make these all day long but there are some...also limited

Crubbly crusty whorl. Super happy with it's sage wisdom

 I had some beads make there way back to me. They are glad to be home but I think they wouldn't mind some more travel

Just experimenting with my photo placing the bead on the outside of the light box.

another subtle one with milky salmon frit and an underlayment of sparkle. Very organic.

I paired up some "frayed knots" with Lucy Haslam's
"Tangled" ear wires from her FaeryStones shop. She's got a fabulous new shop with ear wires and handmade chain. I've already put in an order and received some finely finished satiny findings. she takes great care in her work, that is evident.

Just a few short weeks until my annual migration south begins and I will be taking a break until I get settled again around the third week of November. If you have any custom orders you need before then I can see if I can accommodate you.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Afraid Not


I am in love with this new glass.

Frayed Knots
I was using it to make some of my sleek Birch headpins and before I melted it all in this is what I saw.
I kind of fell in love with them too!

and then there is this color that I call Raven's Wing..
 it's got a bit of iridescent spots added.

These are "Bruised Birch"

Then I crustified them

Then I thought I'd take the Frayed Knot idea a little further with the nudging of a customer  and make some different colors

been such a long time since I made any limpets


crubbly whorls

Wicked Fiwah

just plain wicked

caramel swirl

Can't even think about selling these yet!

 I had one rod only of this crazy color, Sunset Rose


Bat buds!

and finally one of my early attempts at something sculptural.

I'm off to a bead show in Anchorage and maybe will have a few goodies left to put on my Facebook page or Etsy shop. Stay tuned and thanks for looking!