Back to Work…

I’ve been floundering a bit lately, not quite sure where I want to go with my glass… and my illustration… and my shop. It’s one of those times where I just become immobile with indecision. The best medicine for that problem is to just get down to work… so, I’m back on the torch today, to play with a few ideas that have been swimming around in my head, and this morning, I photographed a few things for the Etsy shop. I’ve also been pondering doing a few more tutorials: Anyone have an idea of what you might like to see? I’m open to suggestions, for sure!

Anyway…. on to the eye candy: A necklace from my Traveler series, Stone series pendant, and a perched bird pendant.

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The three pieces above will be in my Etsy shop in a few minutes… Have an awesome day!!

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Step 2: Bead Soup Blog Party…

I got my beads! Lovely choice of beads, ribbon and handmade metal components made by the talented Joolz By Lisa. (aka Lisa Liddy)

The Bead Soup Blog Party has begun… Lisa should get hers any day now…. I’m afraid I was a bit of a flake and didn’t get mine to her as soon as I could have. (So what else is new?… sorry Lisa!)

What the heck am I talking about?? Check HERE.

Now…. what to do with them???

Choices….choices….this is the FUN part!!

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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. 🙂

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Chasing and Reposse’…

Recently, I worked on an etched copper piece, and wasn’t thrilled with the flat look of it,
so I’ve been looking into learning how to do some shaping of metal using chasing and reposse’ techniques.

I found a website that listed some recipes for jeweler’s pitch and being a bit hesitant to work with hot tar, found
a recipe that the author came up with that was equal parts beeswax and plaster of paris.
She states that it should work for softer metals that are fairly thin (as mine is).
So this morning I got to work on it. I was lucky enough to have both ingredients in ample supply.
I kind-of “winged it” with the measurements, and I’m hoping it works out.

I used a shallow Francoma dish that’s a bit beaten up.. I wanted to use the saucer from a terracotta flower pot, but couldn’t find one in my house that wasn’t currently in use.
I placed the dish in a cast iron pan with some water in it to create a double boiler so I wouldn’t burn the wax, and started to melt ( I mean, the wax started to melt…LOL )

And then I added in the Plaster of Paris:

Stirred it all in…( I used a wooden chopstick… no explanation why… it just felt like the right thing to do)
And now that it’s all blended in, I’ve turned off the heat, and am waiting for it to cool and harden.
I’ll let you know how it goes….

…..I’m back!
It worked! Beautifully!!
And the smell of beeswax is nice too 🙂

I pretty much suck at doing the actual hammering, but the “pitch” held up beautifully, and gave just the right amount of resistance for small detail.
Now I need to get online and buy the proper chasing tools 🙂 …..( a girl can never have enough tools)



Alien Invasion…

Started production yesterday. I used to hate production work, but yesterday it was comforting… giving myself a goal, and trying to stick to it.

Yup! A couple of beads  went into the fugly bowl, but I was pleased with these ones.

This is an old style that I haven’t done in a while, and it was fun to push the limits of weirdness and go a bit nuts with them.

They always reminded me of something someone might wear on Star Trek.  Alien Pods of some kind. Maybe I should pursue selling at sci-fi conventions…I think Klingons would dig these.

Anyway… only 16 more to go before I’m allowed to change styles. However, I will be taking a break to work on the tutorial!