View Full Version : Saturday Dec. 6 S&T

12-06-2003, 02:17 AM
I don't see one yet, so i guess i'm starting. This is a focal i made -- it has a base of lavendar transparent, then rolled in blue & green reduction frits, then a ribbon of aventurine.

You can't see it in this picture, but in some places i got some yellow colors. i've had this happen before when using blue & green reduction frit. Sometimes a whole big area will turn yellow. Anyone know what might cause this?



12-06-2003, 02:38 AM
Blyneth, I love the dancing colors in your bead - gorgeous!

Here's my most recent... Mossy Forest. Remember when Mardi was doing the Elfinware-inspired beads? Well, her beads inspired me to come up with my own interpretation. They're on the 'bay.


Lisa Jordan
12-06-2003, 02:57 AM
Blyneth, great redux frit bead , it glows
Teri, I remember that thread, super interpretation!
Here are some of my favorites from today. I am in love with the gold pink frit!


12-06-2003, 03:48 AM
Oooohhh such pretties tonight already!

Blyneth, I love that bead. It's so mystical and fantastic--kind of underwater reflections. No clue about the reduction frit question, but no doubt someone here will know...

Teri, beautiful mossy forest. I can't even imagine the level of precision and detail that would go into making a set like that. They're wonderful.

Lisa, I'm in love with gold pink frit in your hands too!! Beautiful, and that wispy ribbon effect in the second one is really cool too.

I'm easing my way back into the game. I barely torched in November at all. I blame Emma (froggee) for turning me on to that NaNoWriMo novel challenge thing. I think she and everyone else bailed on it, but I stuck it out and now I have to remember how to make beads again!!! But even when I was out of touch, I checked the S&T every day.

Here's what I made today...

Three little teenies that may become wine charms.

My first attempt at a wine stopper.

And my first fishie. The one in the photo (Aphyosemian australe) is my dad's favorite fish (he breeds this kind of fish), so this is my first attempt (of many, I expect) to make him one.

Sorry for posting so many, but it's been ages, and I missed hanging around in here with you guys!!!


12-06-2003, 04:15 AM
This is my first post...let's see if it works........

Karen Woodward

12-06-2003, 04:38 AM
OK! It works! Here are a few cool things I've been working on in the studio. I teach lampworking and all that good stuff at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri.

Let me know your thoughts and critiques!

ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2676823261&category=34070)

12-06-2003, 04:43 AM
OK Here's one more! More pics of this one for critique on ebay


12-06-2003, 10:07 AM
Beautiful Karen! That's my vote...

Teri- yummy yummy on those moss beads! Love them!

Lovely bead Blyneth! I've had some interesting colors come from lavender with green red. frit...haven't tried it in awhile though.

I'm on the wrong pooter fir sharing pics so it'll have to wait til tomorrow...but Congrats on the great beads (and lovely pens) to everyone!


12-06-2003, 10:11 AM
Amazing debut, Karen. Those are some fine beads.

12-06-2003, 10:13 AM
Karen those are wonderful
Terry - o my kinda beads
Blyneth real nice
Pan - oooo awwww

I love all the beads
Didnt do much last night but came up with a vessel (spotlight corina special), and tried a ring

12-06-2003, 10:49 AM
forgot to mention teri and lisa
those are some great beads - love those tiny flower looking beads

12-06-2003, 11:36 AM
Blyneth-Love the etherial quality of this bead.
Teri-Wonderful detail.
Lisa-Great shapes and texture.
Pam-You really captured the fish. (what pun?)
Karen-Beautiful gold fuming on the third bead pic.
Deborah-Very nice detail work.

Trying to get back into the groove after taking a breather. Here's a combo "Tranquility" with 12 facets.


12-06-2003, 11:37 AM

here's mine for today...on eBay, of course.

BEAUTIFUL showing. I love the fish but am chicken to try sculptural. And florals....I envy anyone that does them!

I'm diggin' the one that looks like the night sky too.

Sorry, I don't do names for everyone too well...I'm too lazy to scroll up and down and compose that kind of email!

Welcome Karen, and beautiful beads!

12-06-2003, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by DrPam
. . . . I blame Emma (froggee) for turning me on to that NaNoWriMo novel challenge thing.

So .. . . . . that means there's a story out there with your name on it? Where's the link . . . . . . i like stories, too.

[Here's what I made today...

I love those teenies. The turtle even looks fritted(?)

The winestopper is LOVEly. I wish it was a bead though. oh well, can't have everything.

The Aphyo . . . the Goldfish . . . cracked me up! it is so cute, and looks especially funny compared to the giant elegant one. I hope you're not insulted, because i love it to death. it is SO CUTE.


P.S. Are you a doctor, too?

12-06-2003, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by kwstudios
[B]Let me know your thoughts and critiques!

Wellllll . . . . they're plain ole gorgeous! The first one is a great red/pink color -- could you tell us what glass you used? Some of us who use Effetre - okay I am always playing with different pinks.

The red blocks & rectangles one is very unique! i love it.

The last one, of course . . . WOW. What a great pendant that would make.

Originally posted by Lisa Jordan

Lisa: love them all, especially the last one. Looks like you've got a star field going on there.

I missed a few . . . I'll be back later to peruse some more. It's Saturday and i better the h*ck take advantage of the torch time!


12-06-2003, 12:16 PM
What gorgeous beads this morning!

Blyneth, I like the added touch of the aventurine - really sets it off!

Teri - astounding! I love them!

Lisa - 3 beautiful beads, but the bottom one really catches my eye, it looks like a galaxy!

Pam - cute critters! The wine stopper is beautiful, and the fish - WOW!!

Karen - I'm totally envious of your stringer control and your even sized dots. You can teach me any time! I'm not far away ... in Central IL

Dread - great beads but I especially am in love with the ring!

Laurie - the facetting has me fascinated - there must be a lot of calculation involved?

Lori - I was looking for a green like that yesterday! Is it Lauscha olive? Very pretty!

Here's my results from yesterday morning in the studio. Can you tell I just got a Pearl-Ex trial assortment? LOL! There is a story behind the purple beads with the black swooshes. I had hypnotherapy on Thursday (to lose weight, what else?! LOL) and while I was in my "hypnotized" state, all I could see was swirls and swirls of purple. I wanted to make a set of beads to remind me of that, I couldn't quite get the right purple, but I'll be trying again!



12-06-2003, 12:54 PM
CBS rainbow dichro:

2mm round cubic zirconia:

12-06-2003, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by snootyvixen

Lori - I was looking for a green like that yesterday! Is it Lauscha olive? Very pretty!

Yep, Lauscha has the perfect olive color. I love working with Lauscha for stringer work too...it's stiffer.

12-06-2003, 03:21 PM
Okay, they are all great, but Karen W. that last bead you posted, it looks apricot-pinky-gold and it is one of my favorite beads I have seen. I love that bead!:clap:

12-06-2003, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by blyneth

So .. . . . . that means there's a story out there with your name on it? Where's the link . . . . . . i like stories, too.

I PM'd Blyneth with the URL. It's a secret link so no publisher could claim that I published on the web (I have no delusions about how hard it is to publish, but just in case...)

But if anyone is curious to read it, drop me a PM and I'll send you the link. If it helps, it's a fantasy story about magic set in the present day. My profile on NaNoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=33901) has an excerpt.

But back to beads!! Vikki, I love all your pixies... and really love those black swirly ones.

Jinx *droooool* That rainbow eye is really cool, and the ivory CZ one, wow, breathtaking. Very sort of ancient land, power symbol thingie in that color scheme. I LOVE it.


12-06-2003, 04:26 PM
Wow! What a variety in today's show and tell. Lovely beads, pens, winestopper, dichroic eyes, critters and facets!
Finally got a blue bead that I like for the pens ... but I think I would like to etch it
After four attempts at the right size of mandrel for the winestoppers I bought

And a lentil

12-06-2003, 05:36 PM
Fabulous Beads everyone:) Here are a few I have been working on:

12-06-2003, 07:04 PM
Here's what I have been working on this week. I think I'll put these into a necklace for myself.

Thank you everyone for sharing your beads. You are all an inspiration.


12-06-2003, 07:10 PM
Wonderful show to follow. Here is a honeycomb bead, layers and layers of amber colors and clear glass, going on the Bay. Very hard to photograph. And more frits, to go with a weekly challenge bead. Have a great weekend to everyone.

12-06-2003, 07:13 PM
Oh, Lauri!!!!!!! I clicked on your website immediately to see if that bead was for sale. It is absolutely incredible! Just when I thought I didn't "need" any more beads......

Here's a few beads made with "garbage" frit. I made a batch of frit that I didn't like, and Chris had some he didn't like, so I mixed them both together in a dish to dispose of later, and instead, rolled a blue moon bead in it. I like it! I call these The Reef. I think they would look great with some coral in a necklace.


12-06-2003, 07:19 PM
Blyneth: that's a lovely bead - I'd like to hold it in my hand

Teri: those beads are very interesting - they really caught my
eye! The little added bits look exactly like the precious shell beads of hawaii that sell are rated as gem quality--the necklaces sell for so much...darn what are they called? Oh yes kahelelani shells- this site doesn't do justice...
kahelelani shell necklaces (http://www.kauailink.net/~kfa2/cgi-bin/macusishop.cgi)

Lisa: what gorgeous lentils - i love all three! I'm patiently waiting for my frit - nice work!

Pam: your work is great - I think the fish is perfect and i love your little critters very cute!

Karen: I'll say stunning debut, too. You're obviously a pro. Awesome beads -- they're all fantastic. I just saw some gold fuming like that for the first time at BABE. eye-catching--looks like you're in for a tutorial!

Deborah: that's an exceptional first ring and lovely vessel. very cool.

lauri: that tranquilizer bead looks incredible - another one I'd like to see up close

lori: great necklace - i like that olive, too.

vikki: what a turn-out. such pretty colors and lustres!

jinx: your eyes are amazing and I want that dichroic one!

marna: these are beautiful - i like the face in the lentil and your carved pieces are incredible (I like the one you posted the other day, too)

shanna: i really like these colors combos - these beads are very nice!

well I had my most prolific day on the torch ever yesterday! and though my beads are not yet up to the high quality here - I'm posting them -- I'm getting there. You're all very inspiring.

I got prolific because a friend from work said he wanted to buy some jewelery from me, so I wanted to get some beads ready for simple sets. Nothing fancy (there's nice copper aventurine in these that you can't quite see, though)


Gayle Harthcock
12-07-2003, 03:14 AM
I am constantly amazed at the quality of work everyone shows! Every time I think - this is the best show and tell and then another is wonderfully and differently better! I am so late on this thread that I will just say I am amazed and love everyone's work. I do have a question and maybe this has been addressed somewhere else - Laurie - how do you facet your beads (besides very carefully) - what equipment would a person need. I think they look so cool that way. Thanks.

12-07-2003, 09:07 AM
Hi Gayle,

I use an Ultra Tec faceting machine. Try an online search for faceting equipment or Ultra Tec, etc. These are the types of machines used for gemstone cutting.

12-07-2003, 11:23 AM
WOW everyones beads are great...

that set and focal is just beautiful Ive seen others like this but Ill have to say yours is a cut above the rest.... Great Job Karen.
Oh and I love your stuff on ebay too.............


Gayle Harthcock
12-07-2003, 01:00 PM
Hey, thanks Laurie - I'll look into it probably after Christmas mastercard gets paid off. I think your beads are sOO cool!