I couldn't wait to take great photo's of what I have been doing. .....my phone camera is going to have to do for now!
My latest passion - Lampworking
Italian glass rods are used to make each bead. I heat the glass until molten using a gas/oxygen torch and carefully wrap it around a mandrel to form the bead. This has really been a learning process but I am so loving it. After I have formed and decorated the bead to my satisfaction (that can take quite a while!) - I carefully place the bead in my kiln to begin the annealing process. (This is a high temperature soak to relieve all the possible stress inside the glass bead and prevent it's cracking.) When annealed the bead is cleaned and ready to be used.
I am working on getting some photo's for my Etsy Store but this will give you an idea of what I have been doing to keep out of trouble!
Forty eight one of a kind glass beads with black seed beads as separators on memory wire - make up this unique bracelet
I have also been making a variety of simple pendants that can be put on leather or silk cord.
I especially love the earrings! My new designs will have handmade ear wires too.
I would love to hear your comments!