Sunday, January 23, 2011


It’s time I was in bed but I am entranced with all the blogs that I follow. Lori Andersons tutorial on teaching Jewelry Making, on Getting Your Work Published in magazines, Painting With fire, enameling beads, and Art, on making Lamp Work Beads, and A Bead A Day, How To Make Jewelry. You could get dizzy. Smiles

I have my Bead Soup offering ready to mail. I also tucked a surprise packet in one of my wire wrapped marbles in and one of my clay works and some cloisonné in just to make her happy.

I received my packet from my partner. Norma Truvey of I was so surprised as I thought the beads were not going out until the 28th. The beads are beautiful I can tell you I have a challenge. The colors are yummy.

My best friend of 45 years came and spent a week with me We had lots of laughs, but I did not get too much accomplished.
Another friend came over and we made beads from fabric and paper

This week is my sister-in-law’s birthday and she loves cats. I found a packet of kitten charms. So I made her a necklace and earrings. All in all it has been a wonderful week

Be Blessed

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Exploring New Ideas

We went to Graham, Texas, as I told you last week. While there my friend took me to some antique shops to help me find marbles as I have lost mine. Smiles. I wanted to work out an idea that I had. I thought I could wire wrap the marbles. I used copper wire to wrap some of the marbles and silver wire to wrap the others. I have been creating copper jewelry and using marbles as my beads. I could not find copper chain so my husband taught me how to make chain. The process is labor intensive but, well when you have to make do or do without, you do as my grandmother taught me, you punt and learn something new. Take a look at the results.

The bead Soup Party hosted by http:// Lori Anderson had its partner reveal this week. I was wondering what I should send. So I got out the dichotic glass and did some glass fussing. I was happy with some of the pieces and a little disappointed with some of the pieces, But, that is how I learn.

Be Blessed

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Copper May Be The New Gold

Hey Hey I have been busy designing copper jewelry this week. I am very pleased with the results. I have been back to the Ace Hardware three times for the #8 copper wire. I am so impressed with it. I also think if we take another look at copper as a purchasing public, copper will become a shining star in the costume jewelry world. What with gold approaching $2.000 per oz., and silver rising to an astounding $30. Per oz. Copper, looks really good to me. I will have to rest from working with #8 gage wire for a while because I am suffering an attack of arthritis in my hand. Heck fire.

Anyway I have also been making Fimo clay. I used my cut crystal for impressions. Well you have to use crystal for something! Right ? Lori Anderson put me to thinking about Lapis. I put gold leaf in the clay to reflect the look of real lapis

I mixed blue and white to marble the turquoise look. I am pleased with the results.

Planning a spring bracelet

This week-end we took a two hour trip to Graham to visit friends. The drive was delightful. The weather was beautiful. Just before the first winter snow and ice storm.

Be Blessed

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 YEA

I had a most interesting New Years Eve. And I cannot tell you how long it has been since my husband and I have been out on New Year’s Eve. I mean “Out in the dark” smiles. We are normally in bed long before the ball drops. However this year our son’s girl friend from St. Petersburg Russia is here for the holidays. They had a little party and invited my husband and to drop by. There was a couple there who were long time friends of Ira’s (pronounced Eee-ra) smiles. They are in the ministry of helping orphans. Ira works for a ministry who teaches Life Skills to children who have aged out of the orphanage. She is sweet as peas. Anyway while at the party Ira and her friend brought out some of the things they plan to use to raise funds to help the orphans. htpp:// I said I would tell you about them. These little boots are darling and they are all handmade. They are felting and ribbon trim.

They have several items that are handmade used to raise funds for the orphans. Another itwm they have are zipper handbags. My son brought me one when he went to Russia to visit Ira. It comes in a gift bag all unzipped I “exclaimed”Oh he has gone to a garage sale and bought me some zippers!” No he said “When you meet Christ your life is a mess”, but as Christ begins to change you (and you are zipping the purse us a s you say this) You become a useful, (and I was going to say “Vessel”) when one of my students said (An Ol’d Bag) smiles
Image of felt purse

I have been experimenting with #8 and #16 gage copper wire this week. The number 8 is beautiful when shaped into a bracelet. I have a lot to learn but I am willing, because I have gone ballistic over copper. My husband is a Master electrician so he just doesn’t get it.> to him it is just wire but to me it is extraordinary. I see beauty where, well he is just a man.> Erin of htpp://Tesori Trovati - Treasures Found Artisan Jewelry says “Find beauty is found everywhere”

I made a pair of earrings for my sister-in-love. I used red glass beads and silver chain to create dangle earrings. I put the red glass bead in a pieced earring and attached the chains to them. I was pleased. I had given her a several strand bugle bead necklace with large dangle earring, because she said she liked them, but when she put them on she was over whelmed.

Be Blessed