For some reason, Blogger is not letting me post photos tonight, so I'm actually writing this post through my Flickr account. Anyway, I've been busy trying to finish up my piece for Ornament Thursday...and I've been completely choking. I've had about four false starts (actually, some of those false starts will probably turn into regular blog entries - God forbid I should waste an opportunity to prattle on about virtually nothing, after all), and I'm sitting here at my dining room table surrounded by beads, staring blanking into space. So, I thought I'd write my blog entry, to procrastinate a little longer. Ahem.
Flop sweat, nerves, performance anxiety - call it what you will. I think being part of the massively talented group of people that have come together to form Ornament Thursday is getting to me. I'm just so certain someone is going to notice pretty soon that I don't really know what I'm doing (shhhhhh). Sigh.
Anyway, as I mentioned previously, I'm not much of a heart jewelry person. This necklace is the exception - these hearts, I love. They are Colorblast Candy Hearts by Sarah Moran (the non-heart lampwork is also by Sarah) and I love, love, love these beads. I strung them with spacers that I made myself from Vetrofond Rainbow Red. I learned how to "strike" a color making these spacers, with a lot of help from a friend. For non-lampworking readers, this is simply a technique for a certain type of glass - to obtain the "true" color of the glass, you have to "strike" it - apply the heat of the torch in a certain way. The original color of the Rainbow Red as it appeared in the glass rod was closer to a deep amber. I finished the piece with chunks of composite amber.
Okay, enough dilly dallying - back to work. Thanks for visiting! See you tomorrow.
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
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