Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fire Divas - Inspiration!

This is the second inspiration post for the Fire Divas Quarterly Jewelry Challenge! You can learn more about the challenge here. Now sit back and enjoy!



















That's just a few of the beautiful things the Divas do with their own beads...but we want to see what you can do with them! Come join our Flickr group and submit your creations today!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Skeleton Keys are so fun!

I've been having a blast making lampwork beads on skeleton keys! So far I've focused on eyeballs, the iris's are made by pulling millefiori canes. These most recent ones have mille's made with Effetre Silver #1, Effetre Silver #2 and TAG Montuno Opague. Even though they look somewhat alike, the mille's do have their differences!

The bottom 2 are still stuck to the keys, please forgive the bead poo!



They are so much fun!


Here are some skeleton key beads made by some fellow Fire Divas! These are perfect for hanging on chain, cord or ribbon!

HollysFollyGlass


LAJewelryDesigns


Magikal Glassworks

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My 2nd Skeleton Key! And more eyeballs!

I was so excited with my 1st skeleton key that I had to make another eye ball one!

Both the 1st and 2nd were made using the same hand pulled millefiori, each bead has 3 mille's, you just can't see all of them.



The 1st one is unintentionally stuck, and the second one is not.

I have yet to get my hands on some Renaissance Wax so I can coat any keys in order for them to be ready for wear.


I have always been fascinated with glass eyeballs!

Here's a set I made for a personal choker. The irises were made with twisties of glass and they are all encased with clear.




Here's one that I was super happy with!!! The mille's in keys 1 and 2 are the same ones I used in this necklace!




A hemp bracelet!




Earrings!




I think out of all the eyeballs I've made the ones on skeleton keys are my favorite!!

Today I made 3 more keys with a new mille cane I pulled yesterday! Curious about the colors I used? We'll have to wait for them to come out of the kiln tomorrow!




BTW come check out the Fire Divas Jewelry Challenge! Lot's of handmade lampwork beads for prizes!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's a jungle out there!

My Fire Diva Round Robin partner this week is Maybeads ! She makes the most adventuresome critter beads out of glass! From hippos to hares, the variety is endless!


Don't let these worrisome eyes fool you...



... Curtis the Compact Hippo has made it to the front page of Etsy! Whoohoo! Go Curtis!

Due to his star stature, his agent, Holly at Holly'sFollyGlass has mentioned his care guidelines!

Whomever adopts him must provide him with a lifetime supply of Green M&Ms and Diet Coke (no ice w/ lemon) and his own bead box lined with blue velvet!!!

Here he is in action! Look at that pose!



The Turtle is the Hare is waiting patienly for Easter so she can deliver some eggs!



Oriel the Orange Owl is sittin pretty in her vibrant orange feathers and psychedelic murrini eyes!



Phinneas the Flying Pig Not only is he on sale, he's practicing his landings in his super hero cape!



I can't wait to see what she makes next!! Every single one of Maybeads beads is an adventure in itself!






BTW! The Fire Divas are having our Quarterly Jewelry Challenge! The theme is Spring!

There's prizes!!! CLICK HERE!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My 1st skeleton key!

I recently ordered some yummy skeleton keys!

Here is the 1st on I made!



The irises are my own hand pulled millefiori!!

I can't wait to make some more!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

ABS March challenge - I joined!

Every month the Art Bead Scene blog has a challenge. I was so inspired by this painting, Almond Blossoms by Vincent Van Gogh!



My main inspiration to join though came from my friend and fellow Fire Diva, Holly at Holly'sFollyGlass. Thank you for the push Holly! I had a blast making this art bead and then making a hemp bracelet!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Green Silver Leaf - Come into the light!

I decided to share some things I found out about TAG Green Silver Leaf! From the start this color was giving me quite the hard time. If you have ever used GSL then you should know what I'm talking about. If you have some GSL this will make you want to bring it into the light!




The 1st one is made with a base of Effetre Intense Black, the squiggly line on it is the GSL, the dots were with a color I can't remember then IB, then GSL, then clear, some dots are just clear over the GSL squiggley.


You can see how some greenish blue is peeking through on the squiggle at the top, as well some nasty browns and really opaque light yellow/green through out. Some of the dots show turquiose, blue and an icky burnt orange color. I think the GSL got over reduced.


The 2nd one is made with Intense Black base, GSL dots, reduced, clear. Again I think the GSL got over reduced.



The 3rd one is made with an silvered Ivory base, Intese Black dots, GSL, light reduction,clear dots. The blues were starting to come out in this one! In a couple places on the GSL dots you can see a dark reddish brown.


The 4th one is a base of TAG Oxblood, GSL dots, not reduced and encased with Reichenbach Crystal Clear.


The 5th is a base of Fossil, dots of Oxblood, GSL, not reduced and encased. In this one you can see a faintness of dark blue/purple and almost some dark pink. (more so in person than in this photo though)



Notes: all GSL applied was in 1.5-2mm stringers (roughly)

This step happens fast, for the dots I would put the tip of the stringer almost into the candles, get really hot till it turns clear, gather a little ball and place.

I'm really excited about how the GSL loves Oxblood, can't wait to play some more!

Thanks for reading this! If you want to leave a comment about GSL please do!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Winners in helping me solving the mystery!!

I decided to announce the winners of the mystery bead tonight since my little sister will be in town tomorrow for only a few hours, I'm sure you all understand and wont be upset! :)

I really appreciate the help in solving the mystery for me, I enjoyed reading all of the info on this style of bead!



Apparently it's a Kingfisher feather bead from China, very interesting and unique, here's some photo's of Kingfisher birds in Google Images

So there were eight people who left a comment, 2 of which answered correctly and even provided links so these 2 get thrown 1st to see who wins 1st choice! Then out of the other people who left a comment, they get thrown next to determine the 2nd place winner!



Without further adieu and with the help of my trusty winner picker, Maynard...here he is getting ready....



Looks like he's ready to pick the 1st winner!







And the 1st place winner is a fellow Fire Diva, Creek Hiker from Holly'sFollyGlass!



Now here he is picking the 2nd place winner!



Which he decides to....



put into the H2o bowl!! LOL! What a goof!!



And the 2nd place winner is another fellow Fire Diva, Teasebeads!



Congrats ladies!! Thank you everyone for helping and adding comments! I feel very lucky to have such a cool bead in possession, but I don't think I'll be making anything with this one. I think I'll try to keep this one as safe as possible!



Last but not least, thank you Maynard!!! Looks like he's pooped!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fire Divas Jewelry Challenge!

It's time for the Fire Divas Quarterly Jewelry Challenge! The theme for this challenge is Spring! Show us your beautiful Spring themed jewelry creations featuring Fire Divas' lampwork. Head over to the Flickr site to see many beautiful jewelry pieces made with Fire Divas' lampwork to inspire you! You have the chance to win these incredible prizes from the Fire Divas:

$50 Gift Certificate to http://www.hollysfolly.com





Bentley the Blue dog from Lauren of Maybeads


$25 Gift Certificate to http://www.arensea.artfire.com


$25 Gift Certificate to http://www.beadygirlbeads.etsy.com


$20 Gift Certificate to http://www.lutrick.artfire.com



$20 Gift Certificate to http://www.JanelDudleyBeads.etsy.com



Now for the details:

All submissions must feature Fire Divas' lampwork. We require the name of the Fire Diva who made the beads used in the submitted piece, so if you submit something, please be ready to provide that information.

We will allow one submission per person per contest, and a maximum of two photos per submission. Entries may be submitted here (http://www.flickr.com/groups/firedivachallenge/) for approval, no later than April 15, 2010. Please include, in the comments section, the following:
Information about the beads:
Description of the piece:
Inspiration for the piece:
Submissions will not be approved without all of this information.

Fire Divas reserve the right to approve or reject any submissions.

Fire Divas reserve the right to modify or cancel the challenge at any time.

The winners will be determined by an open poll which does not allow multiple votes.

Ok, go have fun creating, and good luck to all who enter!