Tuesday, May 11, 2010

the Donut Necklace

So late last January I blogged about a seed bead bracelet kit I had made, and I showed off the metal clay donut I made. Well here is the necklace that was born from those two elements in case you all were wondering where i was going with that! The sterling silver large jumprings are fused argentium silver. And the clasp is a variation of a design offered by Whole Lotta Whimsy's muse, Barbara Simon.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Work -silver metal clay ring

So I have to do something creative! It's been months since I have sat down and made a bead or a piece of jewelry. And I am so tired of sorting and packing.
This ring was started at least 4 months ago. I found it - unfinished - on my bench in my frenzy of organizing the studio. So Saturday I sat down to apply the finishing touches. And voila!
Is it pave? Is it a bead? No it's not a bead....the rhinestones are all set by hand.
something new I tried.... stay tuned for more!
What do you think?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Set of organic Barrel Beads on Etsy

So I decided to clean out my stash of lampworked beads and sell some off instead of moving them to Tucson. Just listed this great set in my etsy store.

The Big Move

So this year is a milestone year for us. My husband will be retiring and we are moving back to the Southwest - Tucson to be exact. It is exciting and scary all at the same time. I thought over the years that I had to really play close attention to our own finances, but now it seems that the finances of Greece and the greed of Wall Street can effect my retirement too; but we won't dwell on that.

The house in Dayton is on the market. After I came back from moving my Mom into a senior living center in Tucson, I got the house all spiffy to list. I was sorta thrown for a loop when the realtors suggested that the average home buyer might be scared off by a basement full of glass bead making equipment; so much to my chagrin, I dismantled my studio a few months earlier than planned and then had to cancel or postpone some commitments until fall.

The good news is that I've gotten lots of things organized and I even had a garage sale to get rid of stuff that would not move to Tucson well.... like hundred of pounds of glass rods. Luckily my friends from the Miami Valley Lampworked Bead Artists came over and bought the glass and tools and tanks and torches.

So now I'm going to orgainze what lampworked beads I have here. Might as well list those on my website or in my Etsy shop. So check out what's new there this week.