I've been wanting to show you these for a couple days but have had a terrible time getting a good photograph. As it is, this shot doesn't really capture the beauty of these lampworked beads. I won these from Jenn Kelly of Caligirl Art Glass right before Christmas. Jenn made the beads from Terra glass, which is a reactive glass. The subtle play of colors produced by these beads is truly remarkabl, and Jenn has a way of bringing out this quality with her lovely application of stringer. She told me that Terra glass has been discontinued, so I feel extremely lucky to have these beads from her remaining stash of the glass. Thank you, Jenn!
I sat down to string the Giveaway prize for Saturday and realized that I am completely out of the right diameter stringing wire for the project. Arrrrgh. Tragically, it looks as if I must force myself to visit the bead store in the next day or two. What a hardship.
On other fronts, over the past two days, the Short One has developed a keen interest in the computer. Actually, he's always enjoyed playing with the computer (so many buttons to push), but lately he's become much more vocal and insistent about using it for prolonged periods of time. Unfortunately, because he does not yet have the dexterity to use the mouse on his own, it basically means that he's perched on my lap offering color commentary while I play a bunch of games on the Sesame Street website for him. My attempts to explain that there are other things that Mama needs to be doing during the day have been met with complete scorn and disbelief and a display of the type of behavior that usually prompts parenting books to say, quite firmly,that "children need boundaries". I find all of this quite interesting, as I grew up in the Stone Age, before there were personal computers or the Internet (I think I was about 10 when the first, rather expensive, personal computers were introduced). I spent hours playing Pong on our tv, but that was about it. Kids these days are so wired-in. We actually bought the SO baby software last year - the kind of thing that will react with cute pictures in response to striking any key on the keyboard. It does make me wonder how this is all worked into the curriculum at school, especially in the younger grades. In the meantime, I'm contemplating hiding the computer in the closet (with Junior, actually) to avoid further "discussions" about Elmo's "Keyboard-a-rama" game.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
A word about copyright
As indicated in the copyright notice, the contents of this blog are copyright by me. To the extent that instructions to make jewelry, beads, knit items or other instructions are included in this blog, they are free for you to use to make the projects for personal use. They should not be used for commercial purposes, ie, to make items for resale.