Wednesday, 12 November 2008
I really could do with an early night - I'm so tired. I woke up about 6 this morning and I could have sworn I heard someone going down the stairs. I thought it was one of the boys but they were both asleep. I ventured halfway down the stairs and then I panicked and had to get hubby to go down!!
I won't be to bed very early tonight though as I promised my son I'd take him to Asda because there's a computer game that's being released at midnight. The things we do for our kids!
I should have some beads ready to go on the website tomorrow. I'm also sorting some out for free draw so keep an eye out for that.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
I was starting to paint the studio in the beigy colour you can see in the pic but now I think I might go for a nice pale pink. What do you think - too much?
I tried the kiln out for the first time on Friday. The shelf that it's on now has only just been put up - the kiln was standing further over to the left before which made opening the left hand side difficult because it was near my torch. Silly me forgot about that, reached over to put a bead in and heard a strange fizzing noise accompanied by the most revolting smell. Let me tell you that burning hair does not smell good!! Yep, my hair got fried. Not too much thankfully but let's just say I need to visit the hairdressers pretty soon.
You may have noticed that I've redesigned my header for my website and blog. I wonder how long it'll be before I do it again!
Would you like to see some of my recent beads? Well I'm going to show them anyway...
Lots more over on the website...
Monday, 20 October 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Since then there have been two more - one that met it's end thanks to the cats and the other I put outside. I really, really hate spiders!
Lets move onto nicer things - beads! I've put some new lampwork beads in the shop tonight. These are button shaped with lots of flowers and goldstone scrolls on pale blue bases.
These ones are 'Earth Mix' and 'Mosiacs'.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Things like this certainly make you stand back and look at what's really important in your life. My hubby's not perfect but I can't bear to think of being without him.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to Sandy and Michele.
Sunday, 31 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
The winner of the birthday beads draw is Louise B - congratulations! Your beads will be winging their to way you tomorrow.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Saturday, 23 August 2008
I love these 'Rose Garden' lentils. I've used a frit blend and encased it clear before pressing into lentil shapes. I find frit works much better for me this way as it sometimes tends to pit if used on the surface of pressed beads. I use a coe 96 glass for all my beads made this way so I don't have compatability issues.
I finally got round to updating the customer gallery pages on my website. If you have any pics you'd like included, email them to me and I'll put them on.
A bit of news I meant to share - I was part of an article about British Lampwork in Bead magazine this month. The picture of my beads was a bit pants though!
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
I had intended to go to the post office this afternoon and post recent bead orders but unfortunately I didn't get round to it. So if you're waiting for beads they will be sent off tomorrow - sorry for the delay.
Monday, 14 July 2008
I had a nice surprise - Ali Perry (All About the Beads) sent me a Sweet Home Blogger Award. How nice of her to think of me - thank you Ali. Being a bit of a newbie where blogging's concerned, I now have to figure out what I have to do. I think I need to pass it on to 5 more people - correct me if I'm wrong someone please.
On the bead front - I put some new glass beads on the website yesterday including these Tanzanite Fantasy Pools. I handmixed the base colour for these which resulted in a gorgeous bluey purple. I'm going to get some torch time in tomorrow before I get my dear old Dad round to get started on the revamp.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
As we were talking about pebbles, I know I said I'd get the newest polymer pebbles in the shop today. I didn't have the time to get them listed today - I forgot that it was my son's archery lesson so things were a bit rushed. I will get them in the shop tomorrow though. I've got another set of lampwork beads too to put on. I've decided to follow the trend and open an Etsy shop. Well I actually had one a couple of years ago but neglected it badly - there's a surprise! The intention is to list a set of beads on there at least once a week.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
The top ones are lovely autumn colours with gold metal leaf which gives them a beautiful warm glow. I'm pleased with the green/blue buttons above. I used a technique to make them look a bit like marble - if you look closely they have little black veins running through them. I honestly think that apart from the weight you would think they were glass. There are several more polymer beads and also some new glass beads to go in the shop including these lentils.
On a different subject - I had a visit from the Local Education Authority today to review the boys home education. I must admit I wasn't looking forward to it. But I needn't have worried - the lady was very pleasant and was pleased with how things are going.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Saturday, 31 May 2008
These blue ones are made using a technique called Mokume Gane. They've got little bits of silver and some glitter in them for sparkle. I spent ages sanding to get the beads really smooth. I then polished them with a polishing motor so they've got a lovely shine.
I've also made a few lampwork beads which have now been put on the website. I really hope that some of you will give the polymer beads a try. I think it's often over looked by jewellery designers but it really is a fantastic medium. There are some amazing things that can be done with it - I hope that as I progress with it, I'm able to bring some of those to you.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
I've had a bit of a pink thing recently - I think it must be the sunny weather and all the lovely pink blossoms that are on the trees. I love this set - pink and green has to be one of my favourite colour combos. I've got 4 new sets (including this one) to go in the shop sometime tomorrow.
Friday, 2 May 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
My head is buzzing with ideas for beads - I just want to get out there and do it all. Trouble is when I'm like this I could talk about beads all day! I'm also planning a revamp of my studio soon - I want to get a bigger window put in. It's a bit dark and dingy in there at the moment. It'll be nice to sit and look out of the window instead of a bare wall.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
I've got some beads to put on the website so I should be back later today.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I've been making lots of organic beads recently. I tend to go through phases of making a particular type of bead which is good because you can discover great new colour schemes or designs by focusing on a certain technique.
So what exactly is an organic bead? Well to me organic beads have an element of nature in them, often resembling rocks or stones and the designs are very random. I use silvered ivory a lot in my organic beads - it creates some fantastic effects. Some colours react with each other to produce lovely organic designs. These turquoise and ivory 'stone' beads are a good example of that.
I'm really pleased with these ivory beads. They have beautiful veining in them just like marble. I'm undecided though whether I should etch them or not. Both these sets should be on the website later tonight.
Saturday, 19 April 2008
I'm having a little trouble with my emails at the moment so if you've sent me a mail and you haven't received a reply yet, just leave a comment at the end of this post. I've sent emails to a couple of people but I don't think they got them.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
The concert was pretty good. I'm amazed at how brave and confident some of these kids are. When I was their age I used to blush if a teacher asked me a question! There is no way I would have had the guts to stand up on stage and perform.
Needless to say I haven't been able to make any beads today. I've still got a couple of sets to put on the website from earlier in the week. Perhaps I'll get round to that tomorrow. Here's a picture of a set of buttons I put in the shop yesterday. I really like these - they're quite random which surprisingly is quite difficult for me to do.
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
Monday, 7 April 2008
I've been struggling with deciding on a name for my new bead website for the last few days. I've had my old website, Rachel's Lampwork for quite a while now but I wanted to revamp it. I'm moving to a new host too so I thought this would be the ideal time to give it a new name. I'm hoping to be able to offer more than lampwork beads when it's all up and running so the old name doesn't really fit any more.