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.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

So heres what I did yesterday

After the excitement of the Royal Wedding I went into the shed , I finished off another pendant for the 93 yr old lady to go with the other necklace .

 I then found myself making these type of beads below. The ones with the organic middle of silver and ivory stringer melted into the middle. I do not make these as I know alot of other lampworkers do , but I must admit I enjoyed every minute of making these and I liked what came out of the kiln the next morning . I used Lauscha Glass , Violet , A blue one & Cocco coloured. I found it a bit shocky and it is expensive glass but the results just show the next day that it is all worth it.

I then continued to practise with Double Helix and encasing . Mixed results I feel as I have to get used to using a BIG GIRLS TORCH so have to get the setting just right so that I can get the best out of DH Glass . But I will just have to keep going back to it. Encasing I love doing it I really do.

Now the best one of the night and this was the last bead I made was the encased purple polka on the right. If the clear encasing would have gone over the blue just that little bit more it would have been 99% perfect . I am so proud of this bead anyway.

Look at my attempt 12months ago on the left , the yellow one in the middle. It was heated too much , I used too much yellow in the middle , my spots were wrong . Not good at all but yesterday I tried again and got that out of the kiln this morning ................. A Big Smile on my face all day as well because of that little bead..... It is now going up in my pink shed..

Friday, 29 April 2011

Well ! Did anyone watch it ?

The Royal wedding of course . I did it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning. I cam downstairs put the TV on and then made a cup of tea. The telly is still on. They are man and wife and saying prays as I write this to you now.

A dream that a middle class family has made it into the Royal Family.

The Bride looked stunning simple 1950's ( Grace Kelly ) stunning.

The Groom - nervous and so he should be .

The Best Man - Even more nervous ( Speech later that's maybe why )

The Family's - Proud and Proud ..

And best of all the weather even behaved itself..... Oh to be British and Proud on this day. Right off to watch the rest ..

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

I have opened a new online shop on Etsy

Yes I have gone and done it !! Nothing fancy mainly spacer beads and pieces of jewellery. Well when I have spent forever uploading them I will have them on One Silly Moo

So it is under but the shop is still One Silly Moo . You cannot change your user name which is so annoying as I am just One  Silly Moo on her own until the other  Silly Moo surfaces . Then we can become Silly Mooz all over again. Joy oh Joy .

I also made this for a 93 year old lady who requested this for her Grandaughter

Monday, 18 April 2011

A couple more

A few more ..

It does not matter if I am happy with the end result all the time. The point is that I enjoy the process. Melting the glass, turning that torch on . Making the bead .

It is a time where I can either think of nothing at all or have all sorts running through my head. It is only myself in that shed making and melting away . 
Practice will start showing results of that perfect bead that may or may not ever happen. 

Its all part of the process ..... That really matters ....... 

I have found something that can calm me inside and out .

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Busy day part 2

So all day yesterday and these are what I have. 
Am I pleased with the results , no not really ...

Why but why 

Because I am the one that made them , that's why .....

I can see the bits where I could have done better or the colours do not go or it needed more
glass , the list would go on and on and on ..

It is true , we are way to critical of our own work . I do think it might get better in the future but I see it a long road ahead. Back to the shed again today to see what delights enter my head today . Ironing can be done another day ....... Oh and hubby & son was very happy last night the BLUES beat the REDS .

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Busy couple of days

Ok time to take this beading seriously !!

I went into the shed yesterday for a few hours as a friend wanted some purples to choose from . That was my first job to tick off the list. 

 Then as I still have not got Lime Green or Acid Yellow out of my system yet I had to make Balls for earrings .

Then it was time to play with some other colours ( yeah !!!!!!!!! )

Here's my work station whilst I am working !!!

                                                            Above is at it's worst !!!!

                                                                   After a little tidy up

                                        Then when I have finished  and cleaned everything up

I also have a new guest that comes into our shedo now, no not the dog . Cocco !!!!!!! Now she has been told not to go near open flames ......... And must wear safety glasses at all times .......

Monday, 11 April 2011

Hot days make me bead

It does really make me want to bead. Sod cleaning the house . I want to be in that shed beading , getting even hotter with the torch !!!!

 Above are some large ribbed beads that did not turn out so well, I have a good excuse . The gas was running and then ran out.

These are acid yellow and lime green , with a mixture of frit , silver foil and twists for texture .
I loved these colours so much I made myself this below.

P.S . Hubby has put fairy lights on he outside of The Beadoir , It is now complete . Just a shame I did not buy pink .

Thursday, 7 April 2011

The only things I managed

I needed to do this , after having a stressful week I managed to get myself into the shed . 

What a release I felt so much happier when I emerged . 
Basic white glass with Kaz's frit I produced these .