Saturday, August 29, 2009

Different Types of Creations

Again, I am just in total wonderment of the gorgeous creations that my buyers have come up with. From beaded creations to sparkly bracelets and earings, I never know what will be made next.

Pat of GrandmasJewelryRoom used some of my Sunshine Swirled Nuggets, my first Series that I tried to duplicate the gorgeous glass used in Tiffany lamps. If you have ever seen the sheet of glass before it is cut you will notice wonderful transitions between the colors. I love how the lamps just radiate color whether they are turned on or off. Pay took my beads and made a bracelet and earings that are so full of color. I also love the handmade silver clasp that has that hammered look. Wonderful pieces.

Susan of Dreambeadweaver made a gorgeous beaded cuff and then added my disk beads to the top. She integrated the clasp to have it connect with one of the beads. I love the color of this cuff. It reminds me of the warm colors of summer transitioning into Fall.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Glass

This new glass is so unusual! I tried out some different applications and mama mia, this reminds me of how impressed I was with Aurae. In these beads I tried three different bases then added the glass to the top and then encased all with clear. You really have to see them in person to get the full effect, but it reminds me of something I saw about a fish that lives way down in the depths of the ocean that has this eerie swirl of color. I could be dreaming that I saw that, but it was that image I remembered and then also a telescopic look at the heavens. Looking at these beads can be a little hypnotic, if you ask me! There is all kinds of color that swirls through them.

Here is the same glass integrated within a focal with two other glasses. It is the lighter blue on the bottom. I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I made this focal, but I thought I might get more of the ethereal look I got in the disk beads. I think that because it was mixed in with all of the other glasses it reacts differently, but still has a striated look to the glass. Then there is the last bead set!

Since I knew that it was a high silver content glass I figured that it should turn metallic if I waved it through a high propane flame. Very pretty! What will be interesting is to see what color it looks like on different color glasses.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Design Using Greek Beads

Joanne Feissle of Designer Linx Jewelry sent me these pictures and I am in love with the simplicity and elegance of these designs. If you love silver and lapis blue you will love this necklace and matching earings. I always wonder what is going to happen with the beads my buyers purchase and as usual I am so impressed! In this design she used the Mykonos Silver Washers as a striking contrast to the Blue Lapis Rondelles. Gorgeous combination! Now I am looking at my chunky disks and thinking, hmmmm, I should do a necklace with this same idea of interspersing the silver disks to pop out the color of each bead. Months back I had made for myself some silver disks out of PMC, my first attempt at trying to figure out how that clay worked. And, then I got busy and didn't make anything more until just recently. That will be another post.