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Jennifer Geldard
01-08-2003, 10:42 AM
Something new... I used the build-up-the-dots technique for this one.. I love how it turned out... looks like I'll be playing with this for a bit.
watcha think?

01-08-2003, 10:47 AM
At first I thought oh it's a gorgeous star like the ones Lori likes to make, then I saw the openings...wow...that is a gorgeous piece of art....you can send it to me for closer inspection and I will give it a great home.....:D

01-08-2003, 10:52 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! Love the etching too.

01-08-2003, 10:54 AM
I think - WOW that's a great bead. Bead seems too humble a word for it. Can you imagine all the color combos! Let's see more!


01-08-2003, 10:54 AM
I can't even imagine how you did it. It is a work of art indeed!

01-08-2003, 10:55 AM
Jennifer - that is amazing! Wow!

:cool: Nancy

01-08-2003, 10:55 AM
You have the patience of a saint!! I'd probably melt in at least one of those arches. Wonderful bead. LOVELY!


01-08-2003, 11:18 AM
Looks like a lotus - I'd have to hang it by one of the petals so it would show it's design - terrific

Jennifer Geldard
01-08-2003, 11:21 AM
Thanks, you guys :)
I was thinking it would be cool strung from 2 of the petals with a dangle off the bottom one.

Lori Peterson
01-08-2003, 11:23 AM
omg...... so beautiful........

01-08-2003, 11:27 AM
Too cool! I've never seen anything like it, and yet, it's so Jen! Glad you hear you'll be sticking with it a while because I must have one. :clap:

Mike E etc
01-08-2003, 11:35 AM
That is just over the top Jennifer, yes I know just wait for the next one! The dot thing works well for building such open spaces.

Mike E

01-08-2003, 11:40 AM
It's a work of art! Love it .... sigh .... I gues you're not going to send it to me as a gift, so I am going to have to figure out how to do it myself!


01-08-2003, 11:41 AM
How about one in sunflower colors?
Oh & blues
Pink & red would be nice too.....
Anyway, get back to your torch Jen! We want to see more.

Jennifer Geldard
01-08-2003, 11:51 AM
Linda, you named it for me...
The open lotus series :)

01-08-2003, 11:54 AM
Okay, now that you have a name for the "series", we expect you to churn out large quantities of these because we all want one! :)


01-08-2003, 11:56 AM
Jen, that is SO!!! beautiful! Congratulations on a stunning design!

I want one!:clap:

amy fgb
01-08-2003, 11:59 AM
That really is beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen dots built up like that. Where've I been? That's definetely a keeper!


01-08-2003, 12:28 PM
I love that! You should be so proud! It's so original and beautiful:clap:

01-08-2003, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by Jennifer Geldard
Linda, you named it for me...
The open lotus series :)

Oh my, my 15 minutes of fame. I feel special.:)

01-08-2003, 12:46 PM
It's wonderful, Jen. So many design possibilities. Congrats!

01-08-2003, 01:14 PM
Jen, such a magnificent amount of control went into that bead, Congratulations. And the series name is perfect!!:D

01-08-2003, 01:38 PM
VERY Cool Bead. The etching is over the top.

01-08-2003, 01:48 PM
L-O-V-E it! Stunning perfection!

01-08-2003, 03:43 PM
Gorgeous, Jen! You are just so creative ... please add my name to the list of people who must have one of these beauties! :D

01-08-2003, 04:15 PM
Not surprised that you came up with a whole new, never been done before bead. Where do you get your inspiration? It is just beautiful.

01-08-2003, 04:40 PM
Jen, that is just wonderful...I love it! :clap: So much so that I went & bid on it...was disappointed there was no "buy it now", as I want it now!!! The openwork reminds me somewhat of some boro snowflakes I got from Emily NZ. :cat:


Queen of Tides
01-08-2003, 05:15 PM
I love it Jennifer,
I have been trying to imagine a way to make open work beads, but my lack of technical skills leaves me still dreaming, I love how you achieved it.

Emily NZ
01-08-2003, 06:53 PM
That is lovely Jennifer. I love the way you have graded the colours with the buidup of dots. The way I do mine is to form loops, not nearly so pretty.

Lisa Kan
01-08-2003, 07:17 PM
Both versions are gorgeous Jen and Emily.. :clap:


01-08-2003, 07:23 PM
Oh, that looks like the one I have of Emily's...relative of the snowflakes! :cat:


Jennifer Geldard
01-08-2003, 08:16 PM
LOL... oh well, I guess it's pretty hard to do anything for the first time... beautiful Emily!!
:clap: :clap:

Marie-Claude Chapman
01-08-2003, 09:08 PM
That is truly FANTASTIC Jen. You bery bery clever .... you is:clap:

01-08-2003, 09:24 PM
Beautiful, Jennifer.


Kathy Champion
01-08-2003, 09:30 PM
I thought I'd seen something like that before Emily and both beads are fabulous. Jennifer your use of colors is once again stunning. I love the open work and I'm just amazed at how you kept the star shape so even... just beautiful.

Or as my daughter said...I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!!


01-08-2003, 11:21 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! Your style and originality are second to none Jennifer! That is just awesome.


01-09-2003, 12:36 AM
Amazing - I love the shape and colors! Wow!

01-09-2003, 02:41 AM
Jen and Emily those are simply beautiful.

Jen, I especially like the way you built them with the dots.

I made a snowflake one for my daughter but it had a crack at one of the intersections so I kept it and put it on my tree. No one even knew.

I looped mine also. Bet it is much easier your way. They sure are a doozy to keep warm. Not something I relish making more of.

But you go girl. you got it down. AND all your work is fabulous!!!!!!

Kinda amazing all around doncha think?

Emily NZ
01-09-2003, 04:20 AM
Thankyou for the lovely comments, boro colour gives them quite a different look.
OMG Brenda,
It never ceases to amaze me that there really is nothing new under the sun. I made this for the secret santa exchange, but sent an angel instead.:D

This is a laceworked bead similar to what I will be demoing at the ISGB in August.


01-09-2003, 07:06 AM
Ohhh, I can imagine a heart with openwork around the edges like lace. I can imagine it but I'm sure I am not experienced enuff to do it.

Originally posted by Emily NZ
That is lovely Jennifer. I love the way you have graded the colours with the buidup of dots. The way I do mine is to form loops, not nearly so pretty.

01-09-2003, 08:58 AM
Jennifer...wow! You have created a whole new concept. You really have a wonderful ability to think outside the box... Plus it is beautiful.


01-09-2003, 01:11 PM
The control you have is amazing! Beautiful shape and color!

Melinda Melanson
01-09-2003, 01:18 PM
Beautiful beads everyone. I've been trying to make a snowflake bead, but I always come out with a big ol lump of glass, and have to turn it into something else. Oh well, try try again.

Beth Myers
01-09-2003, 03:56 PM
As always your attention to detail is amazing and delighting! I love your work! I love looking at it and waiting for you to post new ones....and I love wondering over and over how you did it.
I don't really want to know, that would spoil the magic, I enjoy just wondering about it! LOL
Looks alot like the colors in that January bead challenge too.
Thanks for sharing,

Laura Brito
01-11-2003, 11:08 AM
Jennifer's are just perfect, I do one that I have been looking for a picture of for a while now but can't seem to find :( but anyway, I make three small beads on the mandrel and connect them via those three "loops", they come out pretty neat, I called them "Cage" beads, sometimes I would leave the middle bead loose and it would rattle around inside the "Cage", hope that visuation helps!

Snowflakes are interesting! I hadn't thought of that one! Neat!


01-11-2003, 12:17 PM
There was a beautiful caged bead on ebay a while back. If I remember right, it was boro (before I knew what boro was, so I'm not sure). It was shaped kind of like large open bicone with a loose bead in the middle. It sold for around $75, but I don't think the buyer ever paid for it (it said "no longer a registered user") and I didn't see any feedback about it.

It was really nice--of course, I can't find the picture anywhere. Anybody remember seeing it (or making it?...Laura?)

01-11-2003, 12:51 PM
I know this is a plot...another bead that leaves me..... speechless.........

01-11-2003, 01:38 PM
I can't believe I was having trouble sleeping last night and one of the things that was running through my head is how to make beads with holes to hang other beads from. Your's is so neat. I didn't think of that one.
Just finished off my tank of gas this morning {that is another scary story] and am getting ready to move in 6 weeks so am out of the bead business till after the move. I hope I don't have to start all over.
For some reason I haven't been able to get on line for a long time but have been reading. My husband {my computer expert] got me on. Onalee

01-11-2003, 02:19 PM
"and am getting ready to move in 6 weeks so am out of the bead business till after the move. I hope I don't have to start all over. "

You can play iwht mine when you and Dad come to visit, cuz you know I will be busy with your Corina book. hee hee.

01-11-2003, 04:22 PM
Jennifer those are great -- I love the etching to add to the effect -- another one that kind of reminds me of a seac creature...a starfish or the like :) (Maybe too many arms, though) :D

Emily, your snowflakes are gorgeous too! These "open" beads are quite inspiring to think about!

01-11-2003, 05:10 PM
WOW!! Such a great design! Jen, you've definately perfected it. Emily, rally like the shape of yours. Brenda, you've been playing more than you admitted.

I guess, I need more glass and time. Practice....


Emily NZ
01-11-2003, 06:57 PM
For swamperfolk... I made this as an exercise a few months ago.
Threaded it with tiny ribbon through the holes.