Friday, January 8, 2010

Snowdrops and Sparkles

I'm back from traveling, the holiday decorations and the tree have been taken down and the snow has been falling. Lots of snow.

I know it's cold across the country, even in some places that don't normally get low temperatures in the US, so I hope you're all safe and cozy and warm.

These pretty little sparklers remind me of faux opals, with their clear shiny lights inside. They're fused glass, I made them with a project in mind, something I saw in last summer's Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine in a feature about Amy Hanna.

I'm going to put them in the Etsy shop with the pewter, in case someone wants to design with them. I can make some more in the next few days, if I want to create with them. They're fused dichroic glass, little drops of sparkling light.

Right now they remind me of the trees outside, with crystal light ice drops hanging on the branches.

I have lots of catching up to do. But it's very, very cold in the studio right now. The cold snap won't be gone anytime soon, so it's time to get out the space heater.

I'll get some glass cut and into the kiln for fusing and turn on all the tools that generate heat, that will help.

I have some posts planned for next week of some new tools, and some tips that I want to share. Trying to post more regularly, now that the new year is here. Keeping in touch with all of you.

I'm sort of glad the holidays are behind, the travels are over. It's exciting and fun, but kind of tiring too. Nice to be back in a regular day to day swing of things. Do you feel that too?

I put quite a few pewter pieces back into the shop too, it had gotten low. I need to make quite a few orders, thank you to all of you who seem to enjoy the pewter pieces.

I've also made some strands of what I'm thinking of as "companion beads" - I've been wearing them in differing lengths with some of the finished pewter jewelry. They don't have a clasp, they just slip on over the head.

The bicone light colored strand was hand dyed by me, to match some of the costume pearls.

The black are large glass seed beads.

I'm thinking of offering them to go along with the pewter pieces, but I don't know if anyone else would like using them. What do you think?
Well, someone liked the little sparklies, they are gone already! I guess that's definitely a clue I should make some more this weekend.

I love the pretty dichroic fused glass pieces, they are like faux gemstones. Guess the kiln will get a workout soon.


mairedodd said...

you are a woman of such incredible depth and talent! i am always in awe of you... these are beautiful... you create dichroic glass too? wow -

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

I learned to do stained glass lampshades when I lived in Kansas City, and it sort of morphed into melting the glass in the kiln. When you have the glass pieces, you want to do something with all the pretty little pieces of it.