Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010!

I have taken some time to relax and catch up on things this past week. I should be back on track with my blogging starting Monday. I look forward to continuing to share my newest pieces and projects with you all in the coming year. Until then I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May your Christmas be blessed with good food, loving family and friends.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gift Ornaments

Today Mikey and I made Christmas ornaments. He made the four round ones that have names and dates for a friend. I made three for the kids and one extra. I had made it, but then my son said his friend would prefer a different color so I made another one.

As this is Christmas week things are hectic. I will post if and when I can. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ornament Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings

I went to finish the last pendant that has a matching pair of finished earrings. I was almost done with it and then I broke the 20 gauge wire where it meets to make the bail. Evidently I played too much with it while getting it to fit. I have to get more 20 gauge wire before I can try again. So I apaologize for not having any new pretties to show.

OH-I think I can share the earrings! Yes, I do have a picture and here they are, my "ornament" earrings!

Friday, December 18, 2009

AVATAR Is Amazing!

I just returned from seeing the new AVATAR movie. We watched the 3-D version. It cost more, but was really worth it. I can honestly say this is the most amazing movie I have EVER seen. It left me speechless with tear tracks on my cheeks. I found it to be a truly moving and spiritual experience. I grew up reading authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradly, Anne McCaffery and many, many more. My mother was true aficionado of science fiction whereas I tend more to the science fiction-fantasy genre. Even my mother would have loved this movie and she was extremely picky. At the end of the movie I felt connected to my late mother thru her love of sci-fi, mine and my son's. As I write this I hope that many will be profoundly affected by it as I have. It shows how all life (and more) is connected one way or another.

We are all part of this living entity we call Earth. We are all part of it's great web of life whether or not we realize it. As a whole we are still learning how to get along here and I pray that we can learn to live in harmony with the Earth and one another before we destroy it and ourselves.

To me one of the most amazing things about our current technology it has given us the the Internet and sites like Plurk, Twitter and many more. Here on-line we are equal. It destroys the boundaries of race, religion, sex, country etc; Instead we learn more about each other's cultures and beliefs.

Sadly I know that the web is also a place where others can find information to use and abuse, but I like to think that those who are learning for the better good outweigh those who are users and abusers.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Green Velvet Dichroic Glass Earrings and Pendant

Another set finished! Rich green and violet, handmade dichroic glass cabochons that I have wrapped in sterling silver. The pendant features a wire woven bail. The earrings are finished with sterling silver earwires. I really love the look of these woven bails. The dark blue in these is actually violet. Next sunny day I will take some more pictures and see if I can get the violet to show as violet instead of dark blue.

Mike and I are taking the boys to see Avatar tomorrow. I may not get a chance to post. So please forgive me in advance if I don't post tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Dichroic Earrings & Pendant

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Here is the newest finished set! This is the pendant I had hoped to get wrapped yesterday. I had planned to list it and the matching earrings tonight, but had problems uploading the pictures. I'll try again later. I finally found a name for the blue set, Blue Dragon Scales Earrings and Necklace, courtesy of help from my on-line friends. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions and your help!

My aunt left her eight month old border collie/lab mix for a playdate with our golden girl, Miss Lacy. We try to let them play together at least once a week. With all of our lovely rain my front yard is now a muddy mess. While my aunt and I were out shopping they wrestled and played in that mud. I came home to a "black" muddy golden. So I had to wrestle the poor terrified, 60 odd pound baby into the shower. To say she is scared of the shower is a bit of an understatement. She howled and cried throughout the process! I decided that my belated gift to my ex for his birthday was his bathed puppy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Funny Puppies

I had my day all planned out. I usually do my wire wrapping in the evening. At the last minute I ended up doing a one on one stained glass session. So I didn't get today's wire wrapping project done and so I have nothing new to share today. My son just re-discovered these pictures he took and altered with his DSI last spring. As they are cute and funny I'd thought I'd share them instead!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Custom Ring & Aurora Borealis

Here's today's project,
a custom wire wrapped ring that was commissioned. I'll be dropping it off tomorrow. I'm grateful to have managed several good color pictures of it!

I have never done any fusing where I've fused dichroic on top of dichroic or so I thought until I was taking a close look at this cab this morning. Turns out I layered blue-magenta-green clear ripple onto clear and then layered

black cherry clear ripple on top of that. Then because the colors didn't show I set it aside for a couple of years. So it has taken me a couple of years to fuse the slab onto white glass to show off the colors!

I finally came up with a name for this set today and listed them in my Artfire studio. I named them Aurora Borealis Earrings and Aurora Borealis Pendant.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tears Of Gold Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings & Necklace

Here is the newest set of listed pretties, Tears of Gold Earrings and Necklace!

I got these listed along with the Living Flame Earrings and Necklace and the Blue Ripples Earrings and Necklace. I listed them in both my Artfire studio and my Etsy store. The links for the items are for the Artfire listings.

I am so pleased with the new bails, shapes and colors. I only hope everyone else finds them as pleasing.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fuschia Delight Earrings & Pendant

Here is another new set. It is in soft shades of fuschia. I love the soft colors. I listed the earrings and pendant earlier in my Artfire studio I also listed all these sets in my Etsy store.

I also caught up on my photography this evening. Now I can finish listing the rest of my pieces!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chocolate Velvet & Sugarplums

I am still catching up on taking pictures, sharing and listing all the new items from last week. The newest pieces I'm sharing with you today is a set in 14K gold filled wire I started calling "chocolate velvet" as soon as I saw it cooling in the kiln, rich chocolate browns with copper fire. I have these listed in my Artfire studio. Chocolate Velvet Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings and Chocolate Velvet Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Pendant.

I know that I shared the purple set yesterday but I thought it a bit difficult to explain which purple set I've named and listed. So here are my Sugarplum Earrings and Sugarplum Pendant!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two More Sets

I have been MIA for the past two days. I spent the night with my aunt on Monday night. She doesn't have a computer let alone Internet access. Tuesday was spent running errands, delivering the Marketplace and is also Girl's Night Out. I had so much to do yesterday I didn't even get a chance to get on-line!

Anyway here are two more finished sets! Please enjoy. The first set has more purple in it than the pictures show. I will start listing tomorrow-or tonight if I don't have class to teach. I will be listing the earrings and pendants/necklaces separately. I will include the set pictures in both listings. If one desires to purchase them as a set I will refund the difference of a set price, $10.00 to $15.00 off the total price.

p.s. These are all still unnamed pieces! Have any hints or suggestions please leave a comment.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More Treasures!

Here is one of the sets from yesterday. I am really pleased with the effect of the wire wrapped bails. I finished four more sets today by getting the pendants finished. This leaves me at least five more sets to share now!

It's been a very long week for me. I am tired and cold so I will say "Good-night" now.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Dec 4, 2009 New Earrings

More of my new pretties! I did finish the matching pendants, BUT left the camera back at the show, in my booth, under the table. As I didn't wish to disappoint I am sharing the earrings now.

Today was the first day of a two day show I'm doing. This is my fourth year. Luckily for all us vendors our show was NOT listed in the free holiday shows & bazaars section of the local newspaper. We might of had all of two dozen shoppers today......

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ripples & Unnamed Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Wanted to take a quick moment and share the finished pieces from today! Hope you like! The first set I plan to call "Ripples" The color is very mesmerizing and soothing. I have no clue of a name for the gold ones yet. I have all the earrings wrapped and finished from that last batch of cabs. I am still working on the matching pendants though. I have to run, it's late and I still have to pack my toolbag!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Untitled" Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Necklace & Earrings

"Living Flame"
Dichroic fused glass and wire wrapped necklace and earrings.

Finally I have these finished so I may share them! I love the color in these. When I look at these pieces I'm amazed at the beauty I have created. Rich colors and fine, complex details are set off by the heavy chain, clean lines and simplicity of the design.

These pieces will definitely have a mystical tale about them and how they came to be.

As of yesterday morning my life has gotten very busy with birthdays, company, trying to get new pieces done for my upcoming show, my dad's nasty cold, paper routes etc; I apologize for not posting and I may not get time to post again until Sunday. Then I will have more new pieces to share!