366 Photos – Day 10 – Mama smells Something Phishy…

This is Mama… she reigns Feline Supreme at Something Phishy Studio in Worcester MA. where I am teaching an 11 week class.
Saved from thigh high snow last winter and pregnant as well, the lovely Elisa gave her a home in her studio. She’s now warm and happy and in charge of everything in the Sprinkler Factory Artist spaces in Worcester. Bow down and pay your respects. 🙂



Video from the studio today…

Tried getting back on the horse today, and only fell off once. I plugged back into the Ustream live feed, and apparently I can only record for so long before it just disconnects. When I tried to re-connect, it only recorded the sound. So I just deleted the second one. I’m not sure if it was an iPhone limitation, or a Ustream one, but I’ll check it out. Either way, it was fun, and a little nerve wracking to be on live. Pretty sure only one person showed up, but that’s ok. I like it when I forget I’m on, and just start to work. You can tell when that happens, because I start singing ( my apologies) and my hands stop shaking. 🙂

Will try again tomorrow. I really like doing it. it keeps me focused, and on task. I feel as if I had better keep working if someone may be watching, and as a result, I get more done. So… if you’re interested, the channel is at the following link:

If you click the link, it will take you to the last video recorded, or to the live show if I’m currently on.

Here’s a screen shot from today:

Beads of Courage- Artist On Call….

Just finished my very first assignment for the Artist on call program for Beads of Courage.

It is by far the most complicated bead (for me) I have ever done, and not my very best, but my heart is pounding and I’m exhilarated!! What an experience this is… to make a special request bead for a child, in this case, a 10-year old girl, who is battling cancer.

A bead I have never made before for a very brave,  special little girl.

Her request was for a Golden bird, flying with a red beak, and 3 long tail feathers. She also requested that it have golden claws, which I was unable to do… and I feel badly that it’s not exactly to her specifications, but the claws stumped me…. The entire bird was made in pieces and pre-warmed in the kiln… each wing and the tailfeathers torched separately, and each piece is encased gold leaf….. phew!…..

Please….please…please… may it come out of the kiln in one piece.

I’m hoping and praying that it turns out, and nothing cracked (it was big!) .


What’s up Ya’ll ?

I’m practicing my southern accent because I’m headed down to Atlanta in October to teach for Southern Flames…. a very special chapter of the ISGB.

And guess what? There are a couple of spots left in the class. One of them is meant for you of course… so get on over there and check it out before they’re all gone!

Here are a couple of images of what we’ll be making:

And More!!!

We’ll be making twigs…. and feathers… and whatever your little heart desires.

There’s nothing I won’t show you in class….. just ask.

Bead Soup Blog Party!!

I’m so excited to be involved in this event! What a fun idea!

Here’s the link to see what I’m talking about….Bead Soup Blog Party!

Sign-ups are over for this year, and I’ve gotten my introductory email….

So, the deal is… you get a package in the mail… a focal bead, clasp and coordinating spacers ( and you, of course, have to send out the same to another participant) and

you use those elements to create a finished piece.  You can supplement the beads you receive with your own elements if you like, and then we all post our finished pieces… What a great way to make you get outside your own head and work with someone else’s vision…. I’m so looking forward to see what I receive and the challenge! Let the games begin!!!!

Thanks Lori for such a fun idea!

ps: the picture below is not of my beads, neither received nor sent (though quite lovely! ) … they are from a previous Bead Soup Blog Party, and the lampwork beads are made by the talented Libby Leuchtman. (whose blog is HERE)

… will keep you updated as to my own projects. 🙂

It’s Hip To Be Square

One of the new toys I got at the ISGB Gathering this year was a set of square cabochon mandrels from Zoozii’s … They rock!  I got 7 mandrels, in graduated sizes. All square. This is a pair (second largest)  that will eventually be part of a necklace… I’m so pleased with them! Big ideas are stomping around in my head…I love this feeling. 🙂


Inspiration from unfamiliar places….

This is an image I found online tonight…

It’s an electron microscope image of a pyralidae moth, a side view of its head and curled proboscis….

I’ve printed it out, and it will be taped to the wall in the line of sight of my torch tomorrow for inspiration.

Such a cool image….

I want to design a necklace based on this image…. and will give you updates as the work progresses….. maybe…. you know…unless I get distracted… lol