Words and Earrings

I purchased a tutorial on Etsy to make paddle pin earrings.  Link to the tutorial is here. I liked the concept of the earrings, books/words and my beads. Tell me how you like them.

   

  

I’m looking forward to making many more. 

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It’s a dirty job

  

I played/worked this past weekend.  I have been trying  to find time to work on my jewelry when ever I can.  I worked, hammered, torched for 4 hours out in my garage.  I feel like I’m improving, but I still have so much to learn.  

Here is a few finished earrings that you have seen in progress.

   

I like seeing asymmetrical designs and yet I struggle to make my own.  I think these turned out great. 

 

Mission Accomplished

I have been trying to come up with jewelry designs that incorporate my lampwork beads. I have had quite a few failures and broken beads but I finally got some bracelets that I am happy with. I’m looking forward to making and selling many more. Take a look and please tell me what you think. They are not all the way done. They still need finishing touches.

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Feeling accomplished

My plans this weekend was to not have any plans. I want to sleep in, relax, and get some stuff done around the house. Today, I did sleep in. I didn’t get out of bed until 7 a.m. Yep that’s sleeping in to me. I’ve been so busy coming and going on the weekends that I really haven’t taken any time out for myself.
I have been working on a baby blanket for another coworker that’s having a baby girl. I was able to get more of that done today and hopefully more tonight. I will post pictures tomorrow.
I was able to get some torch time in. Working with some new glass that I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I’m so happy that I could finally get some torch time in. I’ll be out there tomorrow too.
I have been trying to work with metal and incorporate my beads into jewelry designs. It really has not been a priority, more like something I want to do but not really working on it. I’ve made a deal with myself that if I want to be where I want to be in a few years I need to start making this endeavor more important in my life. After I got my torch time in I played with soldering copper. I’m SO happy with what I accomplished today. I have a long way to go. Lots of learning. This is a step in the right direction.
What is pictured is a few soldered rings, soldered links and the links with the Lampwork beads will be earrings. The picture is not very good, I still have some work to put into everything. I just wanted to share.

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The month in review

I can’t believe we are now in the second month of the year. My last post was 3 weeks ago. What in the heck have I been doing?
Working, working hard at my day job. Folks need surgery and glasses and I’m here to help with that.
Finished a blanket I’ve been working for a Christmas present for a friend. I’ve been so busy have not had a chance to deliver it.
I had quite a few bead sessions at my torch, needing/wanting to fit in more .

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I’ve been working on my metal work and designing a new line of jewelry hopefully to start selling by June of this year. What do you think?

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Growing my gray out, and it’s coming along quite nicely. I’m figuring by the end of this month (February) I should be all gray with a short pixie.

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Had a bellydance performance, and had three weeks to learn the choreography. Many practices to fit in my already tight schedule. I’m not really a dancer so it takes me a bit (forever) to learn the steps.
I put a down payment on a kiln I have been wanting for 5 years. WooHoo!
Went to the Wetlands park here in Las Vegas and was amazed by all the beauty, wildlife, and tranquility. Can’t wait to come back. We are not all casinos and shows here.

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Started a stunning new tattoo with a desert humming bird and cherry blossoms yesterday. Jake is a true artist. It’s a little out of my comfort zone (due to placement) but I knew it would be. All the little details will be added in a couple of weeks.

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Lastly, I ended this incredible month going to see Sinbad… He is still funny as ever. If you have a chance to see him, GO, you will be laughing the whole time. Really enjoyed that show.
Whew. I think that’s most of it. I assure you I was not sitting around wondering why I have nothing to do.
Goal for this next month is to try to post at least once a week. STAY TUNED!

WOW from the kiln

Here we are one week into the first year. For me, so far so good. I’m getting back into the groove at work after the holidays. I will say, I do miss sleeping in. The kids too are finding their heads to get back into school.
I just had to share these beads I pulled out of my kiln. I was looking through some pages of bead pictures that I have from 2002-2003 off of the internet. There is so much inspiration from lampworkers back then. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot out there now too. What is being creating is truly amazing. Back 12-13 years ago there wasn’t as much knowledge, tutorials, and resources available. Anyway, I came across a page with a truly stunning set of beads, and that is what inspired the ones in the picture.
I’m so happy with how these turned out. Now I have to decide do I keep them for myself, or share them and make more.

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The Docs Hat

By day, M-F, 5 days a week, I’m an ophthalmic technician. I mostly work in the clinic with two outstanding doctors and 1 to 2 times a week I go up to the O.R. with one or the other.
A few weeks ago I was looking at the doctors surgical hat and thought, those colors are great. I think I have all those colors in glass, I’m going to make some beads. I got closer to her took the picture below. I finally got around to making the beads.
I love how they turned out. Whatcha think?

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If you are interested beads are here.

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