Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today is your last chance to submit your glass photos to the Glass & Jewelry Challenge sponsored by Mountain Glass Arts. The fabulous prize is a gift certificate to Mountain Glass Arts for $500! They will be come owners of the piece you photographed as well. Today is the final day to enter.
If you aren't submitting and still want to see the entries, it's worth a nice long peek. The gallery is full of delightful work.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The exchange items were great, and I was lucky to finally end up with Kelley Wenzel's lampwork eggs- 4 of them and so sweet.
Watch our Southern Flames website, http://www.Southernflames.org for photos from the event. Look for the scrapbook heading on the right side. If they aren't up yet, they will be shortly.
Friday, August 27, 2010
See you Sunday!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I just tried out a video making site, called Animoto. It was a blast. You can make 30 second videos for free and for a small price, you can go more complex. Being a non technical type, it was great to be able to upload the photos easily, add some of their music (legally) and add a little text. I was using the "free" option, but I think there are a lot more things you can do, if you join.
So for my example are just a few of the photos I took when I visited Piazza San Marco in Venice Italy last spring. The architecture, the history and the size were jaw dropping. I might just head back there soon and try some of my collection of other photos from my trip or even my glass art.
And now it's your turn to create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I'm just amazed the photographer caught two at the beach. I thought smoking was off limits there too. Luckily, he didn't catch their empty beer bottles in the shots too. That could be really embarrassing. See you tomorrow!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Recently, I saw that she has added tutorials to her Etsy website, air & earth designs, so I started cruising through and liked what I saw. "Decorating with Stringer", "Pearly Pink Floral Rounds", "Making Encased Floral Beads", "Making Simple Raised Flower Beads", "Glass Color Families: Pinks" and "Making Encased Stripe Beads" were the titles I found, and if the others are anything like the one I chose, (encased floral rounds), you're in for a great time.
I really like that the tutorial is complete. It has wonderfully clear photos that are large. With my middle age vision, I can still see it all. And the explanations and details have everything and more, that I thought would be included.
Kandice tells you what should happen, and the contingencies, if it doesn't. She explains fully what you should do, and how to do it and even what not to do. I like that. Leaves no room for guessing.
So my suggestion is that you check out her Etsy shop and the tutorials in it. She says that they are made for "Novices & Intermediates", but old hands like me, just might enjoy them too.
See you tomorrow...
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Japanese artist ‘BAKU’ Maeda has morphed snippets of ribbon and fabric into sweet little animals and creatures, which he calls, "Ribbonesia". What a delightful new twist into stylized small art pieces.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I know some of you have seen my pine cones already, but I wanted to show you one of the variations of Branch Bails that I have been making to coordinate with them, my acorns, owls and other Mother Nature items.
You might just call me the new "Branch Manager".
I have been working on ways to coordinate beads to be worn together. It just makes sense, doesn't it? I would think this would be pretty on a copper bead strand as well or many other choices- but I found some not too expensive natural beads that gives it a woodsy feel. (perhaps real "seed" beads?
I'll show you my other lampwork "bails" a little later. Different styles to go with different beads. Animal, nature, funky and fun ones all in various stages right now. They'll be debuting soon. I say, why not? All are made to be worn alone, or with some of your other lampwork treasures.
If you have any special requests, feel free to post or email me. I'm adding to my Etsy shop again after a lot of time off. It felt great with all the teaching I've been doing, but it's time to rock and roll again. I just have too many ideas that are percolating.
See you tomorrow for more blog chatter. And don't forget, I take Saturday off, but return on Sundays so my blog is 6 days a week.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Let me know if you buy any of these delights. They are prepared by the Guane Indians along the Columbian Amazon and I read that they make the perfect party snack!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
So it was no surprise to me, that I decided it was time to figure out how I wanted to make them. Maureen McRorie from FlameTree Glass asked that I teach a half day "Autumn" class and the subject matter was up to me and pine cones seemed like a natural fit. (By the way, the class still has a few spaces left- here's the info) And of course, I wanted to try my hand at coming up with some slightly different fall leaves. The final item, was up in the air...."pumpkins" seems like the typical choice, but they might be taught in a Halloween class, so I added acorns with a different twist as well. Their little chubby shape always delights me. (oh it is so hard refraining from making them into little faces with the caps as hats).
So here is a sample of my glass pine cone bead. I am now stocking them in my Etsy shop and they come in different sizes and with a slight variation in shapes, colors, etc. They have a 1/16th hole and different configurations for custom orders are always welcome.
Stay tuned for another post on the bails that look like tree branches that I designed for them. Versatile and fun, if I do say so myself!
Monday, August 9, 2010
I love the shape of it to start with. As a sculpture fan, the layered levels including the indentation where the lid meets the base, intrigue me. I'd like to try something along that line in glass. Obviously not exactly the same, but bringing similar details to a focal bead.
The other thing I really enjoy about it, is the surface decoration. Simple, yet sinuous and elegant, it curves down the front in an understated way. Just the ivory with the main persimmon color form an element that makes one want to look twice.
So the final question is "when will I have time to experiment with the first two components?" I'm not sure about that, but I do know that when I do and if it's worthy, you'll get to see my "after". This "before" is delightful, and if I never get to it, I'll still be happy knowing that I showed you the original inspiration.
See you tomorrow.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
You probably already know how much I like making birds in glass, so when I see inspiration, I want to remember what it was. Having just arrived from the airport (note the brain dead expression), my husband I went to a Thai restaurant for dinner. (yum- spicy basil noodles!) Anyhow, while waiting to be seated, I spotted a small statue and not having paper, I quickly sketched it out on my hand. Which goes to show you, a bird in hand is worth two that this middle aged brain can't remember. My rendition in glass will be completed next week. Don't you love the huge beak and the angle of it? It's going to be fun!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Happy Friday to you. I wanted to end this first week back, with a photo of a group of glass buddies who dined together in Rochester the first night I was there. I loved the early evening light, the fun outdoor art and the big smiles of anticipation of Dinosaur BBQ's delicious dinner.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I wanted to show you most of my Gathering purchases this year. I've accumulated a lot of tools and fun toys over the years, so some of my choices were planned and others were whim.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Add creativity and whimsy to your beadmaking, while learning how to easily transform shapes you already know into playful sculptural beads. We'll first learn some sculptural techniques including simple faces (you'll make your own portrait bead) plus dogs, cupcakes with butterflies, and how to pull out glass to make arms and more. You’ll learn how to look at photos, drawings and 3-D items and interpret them as beads, while adding the inventive details which make them your own uniquely personal treasures.
2-day class, 10am-6pm
Lunch will be provided on both days.
September 11 & 12, 2010