Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Mary Jane of mairedodd asked me to do a special project. She wanted me to make up some smaller beads that are similar to my Granite focals. I wasn't sure I would be able to get the whole effect on such a small canvas, but in the end it did work out. If was interesting, though, because I was trying to get this veining effect and it didn't want to cooperate, totally, at first. But, in the end it did. So now you have to guess which is one of my beads! hehe

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Just In Time For The 4th!

I got a message from Traci of BerylBlue that she had made a necklace that was in a treasury. I was super excited for her, it is so much fun being chosen for a treasury, and she added that she had used my beads. I wasn't sure who I should be more excited for, her for getting her gorgeous finished design in a treasury, or me for having my beads in it! And, to boot it was a great design for the 4th of July. So here it is in all its glory!

Friday, July 3, 2009

What in the heck have I been doing?

Boy, is that the question of the day, week, year! Mary Jane of mairedodd gave me a challenge which I had to try out. I'm still working on it when I get a chance, (that brings up what in the heck have I been doing), but it involved trying out making large holed rings. What an interesting proposition! I so far have made them on the 1/4 inch mandrels which I usually use for the silver cored large holed beads. I need the larger hole so that the silver core size I like will fit in perfectly. What is different about the beads Mary Jane was looking for was a thinner band and thicker in depth if that makes sense. I got a few that I liked and now I want to make some on the 1/2 inch mandrel. Unfortunately, I only have one of those so I can only do one at a time.

At the same time I decided to go ahead an stock up my Artfire store. I have been torching like a crazy person getting my stock pile of goods available for each store. And, to add more excitement to the pot I got in my order of Mykonos Greek Ceramic beads. I have drooled over these beads forever! I love the colors and the silver beads are amazing! Do you know how long it takes to add that many beads to two venues? Forever....

So that is what I have been up to, and trying to get ready for the 4th. So, I better run for now!