Monday, September 29, 2008

Effectively Organized: Your Blog History - Revisionist or Purist?

I've been blog-cleaning. Why? I was prompted to clean up because I wanted to re-post my lampwork "history" since the original photos were lost. I have kept my original beads and have been able to re-take pictures. I've been reading through the posts and editing or deleting the posts that don't seem relevant now. (I'm a revisionist.)

What is more interesting is how far I've come in a relatively short time, considering this is only a hobby. I've gone from these hideous lumps...(which made me proud because I didn't burn down the house...)To these in only 18 months!
Someone told me to keep my first beads and my first pieces of jewelry. I was tempted to throw things out from time to time, but I'm glad I paid attention. Going through my early beads is giving me new ideas on techniques I want to try to incorporate into my beads.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Creative Finds: Sarah Hornik's Think Pink!

For all your lampworkers out there, Sarah Hornik's Think Pink! IS A MUST HAVE!!! I can't believe she only charged $20 for all that info! It's sooooo good. Jam-packed with information on working in reactives.

The above is my favorite bead of the bunch I tried out. I haven't had much torch time lately, but one of my friends who took the original beginners class with me has been letting me get some torch time. I feel like I'm starting over. (Sort of...I've been re-photographing my original beads to re-post to this blog since the originals were lost...and I really have come a long way since the beginning.) I made more beads, but this is my favorite, paired with some CiM colors. I'd like make a bunch more and make a bracelet out of these colors of beads. It would make a pretty little charm bracelet.

As for working in reactives: Sarah has made learning reactives really easy. I can't believe I did such a cool bead! I've been afraid of reactives - they're more expensive and the stuff I've done so It's all right. I just figured I needed more experience. Sarah took care of that. Just work with the glass. A few of my early attempts did get good reviews...but I would feel guilty letting the glass do all that work while all I did was make a round bead with dots. Now I know...that's just the beginning...let the reactives roll!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Studio Time: Oceanic

Thought I would publish a little more to look at. This is a necklace and earrings I did in June combining chain maille from Urban Maille and beautifully gorgeous colors from Creation is Messy. It's mostly Sapphire and a little bit of Peacock Green to get a Carribbean look. I will take some time to rave about CiM colors in another post. If you've been thinking about trying them MUST. They are yummy.

In fact, this necklace is actually published on the Sapphire page.

P.S. - I was trying out Wordpress because some of the features were more user friendly. Blogpsot has improved since I left and now I'm back on Blogspot. I copied my posts from the Wordpress blog back here. The older posts are sans pictures (for now).