Tuesday, March 11

Catching up on 2014 Posts!


WOW! Will this winter ever end..... it just seems to get colder and more snow falls!

For those not in the northern climate, this winter has put a real damper on beadmaking!
My studio is in a separate building on my property and as a result, it requires several hours of wood heat to bring the air temperature to a proper environment for glass!

As a result, I have been short on bead sets and a bit creative stiffled!

So what do you do when that happens?  Well, I go on an adventure!
More on that in a separate blog post....

In the meantime, here are some recently sold sets off to their new homes!


Metallic Flax Rounds
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy and Double Helix Glasses

This set of glittered beads was created on a base of CiM's new Ltd run named Flax, a transparent very pale yellow. Double Helix's Ekho, silver glass frit, was generously added and reduced to glittery goodness!



Pompeii Treasures
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy and Double Helix Glasses

This set of Pompeii inspired beads was created on a bases of CiM's new Ltd runs named Flax, a transparent very pale yellow, and Jupiter, an opaque gray that strikes to caramel tones. Combinations of various Double Helix silver glass frit was generously added to create the various patterns captured under clear glass encasements and reduced to glittery goodness!


Blue Steel with Raku Shards

Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy Glass with Handmade Pendragonfyre Raku Shards

This set of 10 beads was created on a base of CiM Blue Steel Ltd Run and decorated with hand-blown Raku shards.


Gooseberry Silvertrail Lampwork and Semi-Precious Jade Rounds
Materials: CiM - Creation Is Messy Glass and 99% Fine Silver Wire

This set of 6 handmade lampwork silvertrail beads was created on a base of CiM's Gooseberry. This set of beads is paired with 5 Green Jade semi-precious stone round 7mm beads.




Golden Absinthe Fairy Ring
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy and Double Helix Glasses

This set of beads was created on a bases of CiM Absinthe and Appletini transparent.
Double Helix's Aurae frit was generously sprinkled and reduced the glass to a golden sheen! Handmade leaves complete the forest ring.





Treasure Relics - Midnight
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy and Double Helix Glasses

This set of beads was created on a base of very rare CiM Ltd Run, Midnight, a dense transparent that color shifts between purple in daylight and navy blue in fluorescent light.
Double Helix's Aurae frit was generously sprinkled and reduced the glass to a golden sheen and metallic shine!



Classic Linen and Lapis Mix
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy Glasses

Classic bead color of CiM's Lapis blue and neutral Linen dotted and lined in a variety of designs.



Pale Yellow Mixed Lampwork Set
Materials: Bullseye Glasses

Etched Dotties created on a base of Bullseye White Opaque and encased with Bullseye Pale Yelow Tint transparent glass. Dots of white were added and the beads were tumble etched for a smooth tactile feel. Spacers are included in this set.


Golden Pale Aquamarine Heart and Rounds Set
Materials: Effetre and Double Helix Glasses

This set of beads was created on a base of Effetre Pale Aquamarine transparent glass. Double Helix's Aurae shards were generously added and reduced to a golden sheen!
A handmade elongated heart completes the set.



Striations - Tumbled Etched Rounds
Materials: Effetre Glasses

This set of 11 beads was created on bases of Effetre Medium Fossil and Lichen. These beads were tumbled etched to create a stone like finish.




2013 End of the Year Lampwork Bead Orphans - 131 BEADS!!!
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy, Effetre, Trautman Art and Double Helix Glasses

This set of orphans are the various color and bead trials over the past 6 weeks. Many beads were created with silver glass and 99% fine silver wire! Lots of shapes and sizes including leaves, cubes, flat tabs and rounds. Some beads have been tumbled etched for a tactile feel, while others are smooth and glossy.


2013 End of the Year Orphan Rounds - 173 BEADS!!!
Materials: CiM - Creation is Messy and Effetre Glasses

This set of handmade orphans rounds with glasses including:
 - CiM's Marble white, Atlantis blue teal and Desert Pink.
 - Effetre's transparent and opaque blues, greens and mixtures of shades of amber, purple, yellow, reds.


Thursday, December 5

2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Announced!


Click the photo above to read the whole report!

I can imagine beads using hues of this color using CiM's purple palette of colors!
Mixing these with the pink and purple silver infused glasses from Double Helix Glassworks, 2014 has lots of promise!