Welcome to my wonderful world of handmade lampwork beads and handcrafted jewellery .

I enjoy making handmade beads that are not mass produced and have that original feel and look. As my beads are not mass produced not every bead is the same and can vary ever so slightly . This is why I feel excitement each time I melt glass as each time is like the first time. Any imperfections are stated in my descriptions so buyer please be aware .

Enjoy looking at my beads.
It is our imagination that lets us create these wonderful designs.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

I am so Proud

I am so proud of my husband . Below his picture made the front cover of this . Need I say anymore .


Mica Powder & Cool Glass

The postie had the cheek to put a note in the mail " Sorry I missed You " and I was in. Bloody cheek could not be bothered to open the gate more like and check.

Anyway caught him thank god and got this glass
Cool Kiwi
Blueberry Marble
Fossil Dark
Strawberry Shake
Laguna Blue

This is what I made with some of those colours .

I also had a play with 2 of the Mica Powder colours.

Below is orange glass different shades & mica powder glitter copper red

Then I made some Blueberry Marble with Pearl Glitter

And the white glass with Pearly Glitter Mica Powder.

I was a kiddie in a toyshop playing with these little delights yesterday

Friday, 8 October 2010

Autumn Leaves

I wanted to make something to cheer myself up , so with yesterdays oranges in mind I made a simple bracelet as I find that goes with most things you wear. And this is what I put together with the beads.

Autumn Leaves Bracelet.

These remind me of the colours that leaves turn as they are dying . Beautiful shades of browns, reds, golden , and orange. Yes I did make something today to cheer myself up.

A Productive Day

After my thoughts and decision on what Lampwork road I am going to following I made this lot. It is still a bit tame but I had no plan of what I was making I just went with the flow and decided on colours with every bead I was making. Whatever I fancied having a go at. This is what came out of the kiln. I did see some of the shades of Orange I used have either come out pinkie or red !!!!!! So you really never know what colours you will get from one day to the next.

I still like my polkas though. I wonder if I will ever get past that stage of liking spots.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

I have come to a decision

After a lady known as Tan put a post on the beading forum ' When is a bead not a good bead '. It got me thinking what I think is a perfect bead and really what road I want to take with my lampwork journey.
Many and most of us as newbie Lampwork Artists want to make that perfect bead to get to the standard of those that have been making these beads for years. The ones we bought before we started this journey , the ones we still have in our beading draws. The artists we only wish we were when they put their beads on display as they have such detail , such precision . They are round, square, uniform , they are in sets , they are in all Perfect. But to the artist that made them, are they ??? And now that I have started making my own beads, do I want and will I make that Perfect bead.

So since this post was put on the forum I have been thinking alot about what I want to achieve at this stage and I think I have come to a decision. Yes I want in the future be at the standard that I can make a set of beads that have that much detail it is not messy and it is uniform at every stage , to have that perfect lentil shape , to do a round ball bead , to have a heart that looks like a heart.

However I have decided I am going to enjoy making whatever I can. These past 2 days I have mainly been making focals free form on the mandrel, which means I have not been using a press. If I have, I have left chill marks from the press because I liked the texture. As long as my beads have no sharp edges I have gone with the flow and just enjoyed the process. Not everything I have made I have liked the outcome but sometimes I have been surprised at what has come out of the kiln. I am a messy artist I enjoy making a bead that has a bumpy side , that has different dimension's , that is not uniform . I get bored making sets that are the same. I want to show its rawness , its flare. It may not be every ones 'cup of tea' . But surely if it was wouldn't it be boring ?

Monday, 4 October 2010

Got the shakes

Cuba PartyThis is either Heat Wave or Hot Salsa , one of the two .

Green Salsa
Cool Salsa
Autumn Berries

So even though I have the shakes & extreme gut ache I made these over the weekend