Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Flower Wheels and Pirates!

So another couple of weeks pass, and for the first time since plunging into lampworking head first I had a couple of days of complete disasters, no inspiration, bead release busting at the crucial moment and generally got very depressed and was doubting that any creativity would return.  I then decided to go back to basics and in doing so discovered flowers!!  Not encased flowers, far to stressful on my dear old hothead but raised flowers.  I love doing raised bumps and these are a variation on a theme.  I have produced a crop of them some huge flower wheels which look lovely on a silver chain or just on a leather thong.  Then some 5mm beads, larger than the traditional Pandora style bead and some 3mm.  I am planning to sit down and make some jewellery with them which I will post in due course.  I will also be posting them on my website but for the moment they all available in my shop, Bazaar, Barnstaple, North Devon.

Here is a selection for you to see:

So there we are......I am really pleased with them and they are improving in style with practice.

On a completely different note I took a day out to go to Crufts Dog Show last week and saw literally hundreds of Lakeland Terriers!!  Couldn't resist buying Milly a few bandanas and her she is in her brand new Pirate one.....posing as usual
So that is it for this week will post again once I have made up the beads into some jewellery.  Have a good week everyone xxx

Monday, 1 March 2010


So what an exiting week.......Playing with the new glass from Double Helix, Clio.  I started using CIM Grumpy Bear and swirling some Clio over it and came up with this.....
I love the pastel shades in this and the pink that is appearing, I think more work at the torch to really bring that pink out.   Then I decided to try incasing and came up with these babies.  I used lots of different clear colour bases and topped it with Clio encased in clear.  I literally gasped when I saw them!!!!   Each spot is like it has a little mirror behind it and they really have to be seen in the flesh to get the true beauty.

And of course the selection at the head of the page.
Then being me I had to take it a step further...I had some ring mandrels made for me last year and I thought I fancied a big Clio Wheel and this is what it looked like....


So what on earth do I do with these?  The centres are approximately an inch, maybe a scarf ring?  Any Jewellery makers out there?  Any suggestions?
Well had to post these as so excited with them but that is it for now!  But before I go wouldn't be a blog without the photographers assistant would it?