Sunday, July 26, 2009

My First Etsy Trade

A few posts ago, I talked about making my first dichroic glass cabochons and using one to make a bead woven necklace which a fellow Facebook friend (FFF) wanted. I agreed to a trade and got not only a necklace and cuff for my daughter (see pictures in previous post) but a fabulous leather cuff for myself.

Jennifer of Tocadora Leather on Etsy, didn't just make one cuff. No, she lovingly made two cuffs and told me I could have my pick. This was quite a bit of work on her part, as I am allergic to nickel. She lined both cuffs to cover the exposed metal parts. I also have a small wrist, so she made both cuffs on the small side to fit me.

I honestly couldn't decide on just one cuff, so I got one in trade and bought the other one. Here I am wearing them - one on each wrist.

The buttons are from LisaPetersArt on Etsy. The button on the left is a Ceramic button and the one on the right is a Raku button. There are some beautiful and unique beads and buttons in this Etsy shop, so check it out.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Captured Treasury on Etsy

Wonder of wonders! This is Treasury Jackpot Day! I received another convo that my Golden Elegance bracelet was included in this beautiful treasury.

This treasury was created by Dorothy Domingo who also has a shop on Etsy. Here are two of my favorites from her shop. The first is called Ocher Freeform Disc Bracelet and the second is Berry Disc bracelet. I think they are both wonderful!

Please visit Dorothy's shop and give her some love. Thanks, Dorothy!

Ooooooooh! Treasury

I received a convo today that I'm in this new Ooooooooh Olive Blue! treasury on Etsy.

I clicked on all the images and was amazed at all the favorites I found. This treasury was created by Diane Woodall who has a shop on Etsy. Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop. The first is called Vortex and the 2nd is called Happy Go Lucky.

Thanks Diane for the great treasury! Please visit her shop and enjoy her work!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Only One Day Left to Vote

The VOTING is almost over at the Beadweaving Emporium Market. Only one day left to vote in our first challenge with the theme "New Horizons."

Please go to to vote for your favorite. The voting polls will be open from July 9th through July 15th, 2009.

The participants are as follows:

1. Sandfibers with You are my sunshine

2. Njema with New Horizons Bowl

3. Slavetobeads with Green Earth the New Horizon

4. Beadazzled of Oregon with A New Horizon; Sunrise

5. Three Fates Design with Rising Sun-New Horizon Necklace

6. Rachele's Originals with A New Horizon Barrette

7. Enchanted Beads with New Horizons Wedding Necklace

8. Beadsforever with Night Vision Necklace

Thanks again for your support!!

Finished Goods and an FFF

I thought I'd better show you the finished product using one of my first dichroic glass cabochons.

Just by coincidence I had been working on a right angle weave chain necklace made with Japanese rainbow colored beads. I was about three-fourths of the way done and I was feeling good about it. I had conquered RAW.

When I looked at my new cab and then at my new chain, I thought they complimented each other and so a new necklace was born. The bezel around the cab and the bail were made with peyote stitch. It feels so good to create something from beginning to end. (Well, OK, I didn't create the seed beads!)

My necklace is on it's way to a new home. A fellow Facebook friend (better known as an FFF) and I agreed on a trade. I'm receiving a wonderful leather cuff which will be a surprise and my daughter in South Dakota is receiving a necklace and leather bracelet. I think I made out very well on this trade!

My FFF has two shops on Etsy - Tocadora Leather and Blest Beads. Please check them out. Here's the bracelet and necklace that my daughter picked out. Aren't they beautiful! My daughter and her husband love EAGLES so this was the perfect bracelet for her.

Thank you FFF. Sometimes Life if So Good!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ta Da! My First Dichroic Glass Pendants

I'm not a morning person. I usually stay up until 11pm and then read for at least 1/2 hour, so waking up before 8:00 is not my cup of tea, so to speak. But this morning was different. My eyes popped open at 6:30 and I had to sneak out of bed, get dressed and skip out to our shed where my kiln awaited. It was Christmas time!

My heart was beating fast and I was holding my breath. I was full of hope, but prepared for disappointment. I cautiously opened the door of the kiln.

I should have taken a picture of the pendants still in the kiln, but my mind just wasn't working that way. I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. Here's my precioussssssss pendants!

Pendant 1

Pendant 2

Pendant 3

OK, maybe they aren't the most beautiful pieces of dichroic glass in the world, but they mean so much to me. I learned a new skill and it was FUN! And I'm so looking forward to doing it again - and again - and again.

Let me know which pendant you like best and why. It will be fun to read your comments!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Venture - Glass Fusion

I took a dichroic glass fusion class from Fusion Glass Company in San Diego last month. It was so much FUN! Using a variety of 90 COE dichroic glass and total freedom to be creative, we built our "potential" pendants. Here's an example of the pieces I chose for my 1st pendant. The black square will be the base.

I used this grinder/polisher to shape the glass.
I rounded down the corners so it wouldn't be
quite so square.

The pieces are all shaped and stacked on top of each other in the pattern and design I chose.

For my second pendant I chose a vibrant orange colored base, some wild glass for the middle and a clear glass top - and again I rounded the corners.

Both pendants are currently in my Sierra kiln. I'm praying that I was able to program it correctly so that it will do all the things it's supposed to do at all the right temperatures.

I'll know in about 6 hours. The suspense is intense (at least for me)!

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished product. Hopefully I will have some beautiful pendants to show you.