Sunday, December 29, 2013

Clearance Sale

Having a year end clearance sale in my Etsy. Use coupon code BEAD40 to get 40% off your order! Must use coupon code at Etsy checkout for discount to apply. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Sale

Take 15% off your order, use coupon code XMAS15 upon Etsy checkout, from now until Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Sale

A quick post about a Holiday Sale going on in MY ETSY! Get 35% off when you use coupon code HOLIDAY35 at checkout. Sale dates are 11/27 - 12/2. Orders will be shipped out 12/2. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tri-Iris Eyeball Tut

I had taken this blog post down a few years ago because I was getting harassed by some random lampwork bead making slave-labor types. I was upset and thought "Screw this, I don't need this stress" so I took it down. I had contemplated on putting it back online for awhile. Last night an online comment on LE brought my husband and I to a discussion about how I should have never taken this post down. We talked about how eye beads have been around for a loooong time and there are different ways to make them, and no sole person can claim that the eye bead design is theirs. This person or people who were harassing me had temporarily won through intimidation. But no more! As mentioned below, this blog post was intended as a thank you to the lampwork and artist community. Thank you and I'm sorry. -Janel (P.S. I edited it and took out a bunch of annoying exclamation points.)

To start off I'd like to mention that this tut does not cover how to make your own millefiori/murrini canes, nor does it cover how to apply them. The reason being is there are tuts already out there that cover how to do these techniques. Some are free and some you have to pay for, none the less, look around online, you'll find them. I'd also like to say that at first I was going to sell this tut in my Etsy but after some thought I decided to share this with the world for free. This is my way of saying thank you to all of the lampworkers and artist who have shared their techniques and gifted me their tuts for free. With out their kindness and generosity I wouldn't have been able to make my eyeball beads.

Ok with all that said, let's begin.

This tut is geared for the experienced lampworker, please be safe whenever working with hot and/or sharp things. I know this is a given but I just had to get it out.

Things you need:

Tungsten pick
Dental tool
Hand marver
Hot plate

(The dental tool is used more for a smaller flattening surface by using the handle, it seems to give me a bit more control since I can see what's going on with the millefiori's. The marver is listed since most lampworkers would have this tool.)

Here's an example of my trusty dental pick in action.

Colors Needed - 104 coe

Fossil (Effetre)
Oxblood (TAG, Trautman Art Glass)
Intense Black 1mm stringer (Effetre)
clear (a very clear,clear)

made with silver glass
(Really, you can use whatever size you want, just depends on how big or small you are making your beads!)

I recommend using Fossil since it is a somewhat stiffer light color and doesn't run as bad as other Ivory toned colors. The one I've been using is the Medium Fossil but the light and dark are just fine too! Also, Lace Agate is another color that is very similar to Fossil. The Oxblood is a wonderful color since it doesn't spread and web like most black colors do, this color also tends to make silver glass sing!

Before you start you bead make sure you have your mille's pre-heating on the hot plate.

1. Make a base bead of Fossil

2. Roll on marver to even and flatten

3. Add 3 dots of Oxblood, slowly melt in

(Here's where I start using the dental pick handle as a mini marver)

4. Flatten with dental tool handle

5. Slowly melt in dots almost all the way into base bead, may need to repeat step 4 a couple times

6.With tweezers add 1 pre-heated milli per oxblood dot

7.Melt mille till tips are rounded out

8.While mille is hot, plunge with tungsten pick, one mille at a time.

9. Melt mille until rounded out again and there is no dimple

10. Melt and flatten until mille's are almost melted into the base bead

Repeat steps 9 &10 a couple of times, this will also give you a better chance to bring all lines together in center of the mille's

11. Add 1 tiny dot of Intense Black onto the center of each mille, the tinier the better, intense black likes to spread so feel free to make your dots smaller than the ones shown in the next picture

12.Heat dot and flatten with dental tool, melt in but do not let Intense black spread too much before step 14

13. Reduce or strike, depending on what kind of silver glass you are using

14. Add big dots of clear on each mille, about the same amount of the oxblood, mille, and Intense Black together.

15. Melt clear and flatten, repeat many times

16. Melt bead until rounded or a desired shape. (You may like the results with the clear raised in bulbous fashion, it looks pretty cool.)

17. Flame anneal and pop into kiln!

Feel free to do whatever you would like with your eye beads. Sell them, gift them, or make jewelry with them, but please, please don't mass produce them by using slave labor!!!!

I hope your eye beads bring you smiles, laughter, joy and protection!

To see some more results, check out some eyeballs made by my friend and fellow Fire Diva, Holly!!! Click Here!

Thank you,
Janel Dudley
SRA #D-81
My Etsy

Friday, September 13, 2013

Weekend Sale

Get 15% OFF this weekend on all items in my Etsy. Sale dates are 9/13 - 9/15. No coupon code needed :)
Thanks so much! -Janel

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Eyeballs

A couple new 3 sided Evil Eye beads added to my Etsy

Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Geckos

Added a couple new geckos recently. Here's some eye candy! Want to see more? CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Sale

I can't believe August is almost over, crazy how fast time goes. This is a great time to get 20% OFF in my Etsy. CLICK HERE! No coupon code needed. Sale ends 8/25. Thanks bunches and hope you all are having a great summer!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge

I was inspired by the bold colors in Tres Personajes, (Three People) 1970 Rufino Tamayo Oil on Canvas 51" × 38" which is this months inspiration for the ABS Monthly Challenge. CLICK HERE TO SEE
Here is what I made, thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July! 20% off sale!

Happy 4th of July! Use coupon code 4JULY20 and get 20% off your purchase! Coupon good for 7/4/13 only. Click Here Hope everyone has a fun and safe Holiday!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Sale!

Friday SALE!! Get 15% off in my Etsy. Use coupon code FRIDAY15 Sale ends at Midnight 6/28 CLICK HERE!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

New work!

Some new geckos. Having so much fun making these! They can be found in my Reptiles/Amphibian section by clicking right here!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Random Sale

I'm having a random sale, get 20% off your whole order. No coupon code needed. Starting tonight at midnight PST until Sunday at midnight. Also, wanted to mention I recently put some of last years focals on sale. Peep out my sale section to see more!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Eye Candy

It's not really candy, but that would be cool if it was. This is one of the beads I recently added to my Etsy! Curious to see what else I've added? Well, go take a look HERE!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Adding new work to Etsy!

Just cleared out my Etsy and will be adding new work! It going to take me a minute to catch up so have patience with me.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Re-opening my Etsy! And a SALE!!

Hi everybody! If you celebrate Easter, Happy Easter to you and yours! I had planned on reopening my Etsy by the beginning of April. ACK! That's tomorrow!! When I had put my shop on "Vacation Mode" there where still some listings that were active and on sale. I am unable to view and edit these until I am out of "Vacation Mode". So which ever listings that haven't expired yet, will be on sale for today's Easter Holiday! 3/31/13 Get 50% off your order today only! 3/31/13 CLICK HERE and Use coupon code REOPEN50 I will be adding new beads/work starting this week. Thanks for coming back to take a LOOK!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Re-opening My Etsy

I have had a few request to re-open my Etsy. After some thought I have decided to do so. Getting ready and sent the camera in for cleaning. I am thinking I will be open by the end of the month.Stay tuned!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Closing My Etsy and a Sale

Due to personal reasons I will be closing my Etsy for an undetermined amount of time. My last day open will be 1/20/13. Get 50% off your order until then. Use coupon code Close50 upon check out. Don't worry, I will still be making glass beads, and will be happy to work on custom requests. Of course, all previous custom request will honored. For future requests, please message me through my Facebook page. Many thanks, Janel

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Time for a Sale!

Happy New year everyone! To celebrate, there's a 25% off Sale in MY ETSY!! ALSO....
....If you have bought beads from me before, get an extra 10% off your order when you use a coupon code. Please message me (through Etsy) for coupon code in order to receive 10% discount. Thank you!