Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The Nature Of The Beast !

Hmm, I thought to myself, I quite fancy trying something in shades of caramels. What to use? So I carefully selected CiM Ginger, Reichenbach Caramel and then I wanted a transparent - perhaps Vetrofond light brown....

(Sorry, photos are a bit dark, but with this weather, it's impossible!)

And I got the two beads on the right....

OK, I know transparent light brown can be reactive (though I didn't realise it would with this particular selection of colours!), I'll try Effetre Medium Topaz instead....

And I got the two on the left (yes, quite, spot the difference!)

So it just goes to show that sometimes melting glass does all sorts of unexpected things!! Sometimes you can get a wonderful surprise..., and sometimes not! Me thinks these may be destined for the 'frit' jar !! Needless to say that I gave up on caramel.

Meanwhile, I did get a couple of hours at the torch last night. Had a little play and also produced a couple of smallish lentils that I hope will make a set sometime soon - got to be kilned, cleaned and photo'd yet - so maybe a few days before they get as far as the website. I probably won't get much more time at the torch now until the weekend, either, but that's the way it goes with a full time job and two daughters...!

Ta-ra for now,


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Hello !

After much consideration, I have taken the plunge and decided to set up a blog. I'm not sure where this is going to go, but I hope to update occasionally with news and views and maybe the odd photo of newly listed beads... so we shall see !!

So I will start with a couple of piccies...

Firstly my one and only piece of jewellery that I entered into the Beads & Beyond Jewellery Maker Of The Year 2009 competition. I was amazed to be short listed as a runner up in the Chain Maille category for my piece "Midnight At The Oasis"

And secondly, "On Safari"

I was really chuffed to bits when Kathy posted this picture on the Creation Is Messy site in the 'Olive' gallery. This is a first for me. "On Safari" has now been added to our online shop. I hope you like them!