Friday, December 24, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ongoing experiments

More beads made from recycled bottle glass...and still more to follow!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Eco-friendly beads made from recycled glass

These beads are perfect for any eco-friendly project as they are all made from receycled glass.
These beads used to be a mineral water bottle, but then the bottle was broken into shards, the shards cut up into small stripes and these were then made into beads.
A real family project: my daughter drank the sparkling water, my husband cut up the glass and I made the beads ;-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New focal beads

I am in love with the second one but have no idea what kind of shard I used. It was a leftover
of some kind and when the bead went into the kiln it looked like a complete failure.
Imagine the nice surprise when I opened the kiln the next morning and found that the kiln fairies had visited me ;-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flame On Holland 2010 Impresssions

We went to the Flame on on sunday and had a wonderful time.

Visiting Manuela and her wonderful and whimsical beads.

While we chatted away, my daughter was inspectiong all her beads and of course we had to buy beads. I chose a dragonfly and my daughter got a kitty bead:
We also visited Dora Schubert and had to spend some money there as well.

She talked me into letting my daughter have a try at lampworking she is nagging me every day...we will see.
I bought a heart press and we watched some glass demos and then we drove on to Rotterdam which was only about 50km away and did some sightseeing there as well.

Monday, October 25, 2010

2 new focal beads

I was in focal bead mode again last weekend and made lots of them. These are the first two, now on etsy.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Using up my czech glass

A matching focal and a lovely set of color-changing spacers, all made from remnants of czech glass lying around in my studio. I have committed to using up all the old glass in order to make room for some new stuff ;-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lots of small sets

I love playing with beads: arranging beads into small samplers or color-coordinated sets. Here are a few examples that are going up on etsy, except for the one in front: in all the pictures I took I could not get the colors right. It has chocolate brown spacers, 2 brillant red striped beads, 2 camel striped beads and 3 transaprent topaz striped beads, but everything looks dull and dark in the pictures...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More wishing Stone focals

3 more Wishing Stone focal beads now in my etsy store.
All have been made on 2.5mm mandrels, so they can be threaded on a leather cord.

Friday, October 1, 2010

2 new focals

I am back in full focal bead modus...don't know how it happened but I actually like to make them again.
The first is a wishing stone: dark ivory rolled in silver foil, and with a sparkling middle.
The second is with shards and a murrini.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A sea inspired focal bead

This is another bead from my winged creatures series; inspired by the sea.
The transparent base is a shining Aqua, clothed in a sparkling layer of hundreds of pure silver dots.
A protective layer of crystal clear gives the bead depth and the dots more sparkle.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My beads in an etsy treasury!

Friday, September 24, 2010

No beads were made last night...

...just when I wanted to get started, there were heavy rain showers and thunderstorms coming around and I turned off the kiln and concentrator. Coming up the stairs, I saw a lightning and heard thunder nearby...Three minutes later my husband's firefighter alarm went off!
This picture was taken from our front door. The lighning had struck into a house about 50 metres away from us into the chimney. It took more than one hour to get the fire out because as my husband told me later, they could not access the area where the fire started, it was in a small unaccessible "room" at the top of the house, near the chimney.
It was a very scaring experience...
Thank God no one was hurt.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2 new focal beads on etsy

From time to time, I love taking a break from making sets of round beads and dive head-first into making organic focals. Afterwards, my table is a real mess with enamels, foils, stringers, shards etc...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

One more beadset in a treasury!

These beads have made it into a treasury, look here:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall Collection 1

My first set in the trendy fall colors for this year...many more are about to follow.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My beads in a wonderful etsy Treasury

If you want to take a look, here is the link:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back from the holidays

I love to spend time at the belgian coast...the only downfall are these awfully large buidings near the coast; most of them date back to the 1960's and are far from beautiful.
I love to go shell hunting on the beach and watching the sun sets.

Each time we got there I also take a bag with my "second choice" beads and leave them in the sand, in little excavations in the stones of the windbreaker walls etc and then sit down to watch when people walking on the beach find them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My beads are in an etsy treasury :-)))

One of my bead sets has made it into a treasury on etsy!!!
Look here:

*Happy Dance*

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yes, I also know how to make focal beads ;-)

I even love to make them, but for some unknown reasons, they do not sell at all in my etsy store.
I gave up on selling on ebay about two years ago and since that time, no more selling focals :-(

Monday, August 9, 2010

Two new sets on etsy

Slowly it is time to get the fall colors out of the box...

Friday, August 6, 2010

First test bead with Lori and Kim murrini

I love using murrinis on my focal beads. I used to make them myself but then I end up with about 100 chips of the same kind and I get bored I never used them all. Besides making murrinis is a tedious job...
so I took the plunge and spent some money on etsy buying lots of small bags with wonderful little coloured murrinis inside.
Her is the first test bead made with some murrini from Lori and Kim.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Some new beads in an old favorite style

Copper blue is one of my favorite colors ever...if I had to limit myself to just a handful of colors, it would definitely be part of those.
Here I decorated it with a simple band of SIS and encased it in a thick layer of crystal clear.

Monday, July 12, 2010

In the summertime...

It is very hot here...but I got some beads made, in the late evening, when my studio was cooled down a bit, but then the kiln and the torch did their best to bring the high temperatures back...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Rainbow beads

I have no idea why the pictures show up the wrong way...and I cannt change you have to turn your heads to see them properly ;-)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Some new beads for etsy

I have been silent here for a long time was consumed by caring for my dad who has been severely ill for nearly 2 months now;but finally there are new beads on etsy!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Purple Raku

Now the large frit jar is empty...this is the last set!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Making room for new glass

I have several shelves full of relative thick glass rods from an unknown provenience. They are mostly from the 1950's and 1960's from an old glassblowers shop. I guess most of it should be some old Kugler or Friedrich Glashütte, but I am not sure. I am not sure about the COE either...
In order to make room for new glass, I have decided to use up all those rods and make spacer beads out of them. I have about 1.5 kilos of different colors, that should keep me busy for a while.
These are the first two colors, a striped rod half clear half opaque.
Next thing on my working schedule is a pile of glass where different COE's have been mixed. It is about 6 years old. One day my husband wanted to do me a favor and secretely built me new shelves for my then thankfully still small glass collection. And he arranged the glass rods beautifully with matching colors lying together....he did not know anything about COE....and so bullseye lay together with Moretti,Reichenbach 94 with Lauscha and the few clear boro rods were in a big pile of large Lauscha clear rods. Those will also all be worked into spacers as it nearly impossible to see what they once were.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More than 100 identical turquoise spacer beads...

During the last days I made more than 100 of these. Taking them off the mandrels and cleaning them is a real p... in the a...
Then I have to measure them with a caliper; I need 53 absolute identical beads for a very special project.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

An exercice of patience

A set of 24 identical spacers; it is a real meditative act to make these...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A new bead set for etsy

Usually I only make sets of identical beads but this time I challenged myself to offer a set that has matching beads and is ready to be made into jewelry.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A very colourful set with frit mixture

Not much lampworking time these last days; I spent my time caring for our sick pet rabbit, hoefully he will be doing better soon...
Here is the last set I made before Flocki got sick: beads with a precious frit mix made of some old terra frit, Zimmermann Purple Rose special and Iris orange.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bunny Angel

Easter is just around the corner and I love bunnies so I made some bunny angels

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I made some earring pairs..

and yes, I have a simple trick to get 2 exactly matching beads :
I always make 2 beads on the same mandrel and I make at least 12 beads of each kind.
This way, chances are very high that there are 2 beads that have exactly the same size and design;-))

Friday, March 5, 2010

More Doublehelix...

These beads have a wonderful pearlescent shimmer, the scrolls are made with Triton.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New beads on etsy

I am known to be a glass hoarder: I buy expensive glass just to have it in my shelves, take it out from time to time, and then put it back!
This set is nearly completely made out of Doublehelix glass and is currently looking for a new home on etsy;-)