Wednesday, March 23, 2011

8th Lampworking anniversary: Bead giveaway!

It's been 8 years already that I started the addicition of lampworking ;-)
...and it's time to hold a giveaway.
If you want to win a surprise bag of my beads, please leave a comment here.
The winner will be anounced on March 31.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bead soup from my partner Penny from Canada

Look at all I got!!!
It is a real challenge because I have never worked with viking knit before and red and green are not my colors... but my brain is already spinning with ideas...I will probably make some lampworked caps for the viking knit and build on my wirewrap skills for the pendant... so keep checking back in a week or 2 to see what I made ;-))

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bead Soup Reloaded Part 1 and Part 2

Yesterday, the mailman unexpectedly rang at our house and it took me some time to go downstairs with my braces...but it was well worth the effort: look what I got!!!
During Bead Soup party day, Linda commented on my bad luck with the beads not arriving in time and the knee problems,and offered to send me a mini soup.
When I opened the package, I was amazed! No mini soup, but a real big soup! And everything in favorite colors! A beautiful flower silver clasp, 2 gorgeous cats, crystal and stone rondelles, and a choice of lovely beads.
She even added 3 of her own handmade hollow lampwork beads...these are really perfect. I added her card to the picture so in case you are looking for some handmade hollow lampwork beads, you must take a look at her site.:
All her other beads are gorgeous too!!!

And this morning came the second great news: I got a phone call from the customs office and my original bead soup package from Penny from Canada finally made it. And the mystery of its long travel has been resolved!
It has been sent with surface mail, which regularly takes 8-12 weeks to arrive., so everything is fine and within the norm. Surface mail, as the guys from the customs told me, really means absolutley no plane traveling, and is currently used for areosols, dangerous chemicals and explosives. So the package really travelled well, across Canada by truck, over the ocean in a ship and across half of Europe by truck again.
Customs here know me already because I regularly get packages from the US and Canada that contain such strange things as glass rods, brass beadstamping forms, silver art clay: all stuff they are not used to see and sometimes have trouble to find the right category to charge duties for.
So, as they got a package for me sent surface mail, they kind of went: what weird stuff did she order this time???
Because I am still unable to drive due to the braces, I will get the package only tonight.
And I will show it to you first thing tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring green, doing the happy dance!

The bead set to the lucky winner from my bead drawing on bead soup party day is on its way to Sweden!
and the best news: I am back at the torch! *Happy dance on one leg* the other one still hurts to much and I cannot fully stand on it yet :-)
I cannot torch for hours: after about 30 minutes I have to take a break, but 2 units of each 30 minutes is already much better than sitting on the couch with my laptop and staring at other peoples beads :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Back to listing beads on etsy

My knee brace does not allow me (yet) to sit for more than half an hour before my legs starts aching, so the torch will have to stay cold for a few more days...but this does not mean that there won't be fresh beads on my etsy.
I have been hoarding many sets of beads that I intend to use in my own jewelry and rosary projects or that I simply could not yet part with, and some of these will now be allowed to find new homes.
The first set is a base of dark ivory decorated with crystal clear polka dots, originally stashed away in my rosary making box and up on etsy now.
The second set is the last one I made before we left for the skiing holiday:
a base of light and creamy lilac, decorated with a silvered ivory stripe and thickly encased. I love how the crystal encasing shows off the veins and structures of the silvered ivory.