Archives for January 2018

Making a glass cabochon pendant – Part 2

So these videos explains a little more about the process to get the glass cab ready to set.

 

Wearing the finished piece……………….

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Large glass pendant – stone on stone setting

I make glass beads. 

And I make glass cabochons. 

Sometimes the glass comes out of the kiln and is not to my perfection. 

So sometimes I take steps to “fix” the piece so I can use it in a piece of jewelry. 

It’s not flawed – it just needs a little help to become perfect

That is called coldworking

So I will first show you the finished necklace.

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The glass cabochon colors are exquisite – for my taste. 

That center is a dusky silvery plum surrounded by a earthy neutral beige with lots of shading.

Looks like it was dug up out of the earth and polished

But…..  when it came out of the kiln it had some problems.

Nothing I couldn’t fix……  

Stay tuned………

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Recherche necklace with hollow lampwork bead

I like making hollow beads.  They are light and easy to wear and very strong.  To make a hollow bead with 2 holes (so you can string it); I make in on a steel mandrel and capture a bubble of air that expands in the heat of the torch.  But sometimes I blow a hollow bead at the end of a steel tube.  Now there is a perfect hollow bead with one hole.  I can treat that “bead” like a half drilled pearl… or in several other manners.  This hollow bead has 2 holes and swings on a teardrop link of sterling silver.

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Statement necklace with glass cabochon that sparkles

The glass cabochon on this piece is spectacular with lots of dichroic glass sparkle

It is set in sterling silver with 22K gold accents.

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Sapphires – what a lovely blue

I had some beautiful 4mm sapphires so I used them to accent this necklace.  The large “stone” is a glass cabochon – made in the flame by me.  The teardrop links are sterling silver with a dark patina applied.

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A great piece to wear everyday or for that special occasion.

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sterling silver chain necklace – Jane

This necklace might be unadorned, but it is anything but plain. 

The fabulous Jane necklace – interlocking teardrops of sterling silver. 

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Reminiscent of a solitary raindrop or a shining bead of morning dew

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lampwork and sterling silver statement neckaces

I have been busy in the studio building up my inventory for a show I will be doing in Tucson January 20-21.  If you live in Tucson I hope to see you there.

La Encantada Fine Art Festival

I will have 12 necklaces from my newest collection – called recherché.  Roughly translated from the French it means exquisite and rare.  Most of them in this grouping are one of a kind.  They have a lampworked cabochon that I made that cannot be duplicated exactly or they contain a special stone.  There is a short and long version of the teardrop necklace without enhancements.  Here is a glimpse.

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I will describe each piece in more detail in separate posts.

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casual chic statement necklace

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I am really loving these necklaces.

I wore it all dressed up over the holidays….  but I also wear it with jeans.

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I have named the collection – recherché – which means exquisite, choice, exotic and rare.  I am making them with glass cabochons that I flamework in the torch.  And sometimes I use a particularly fine stone that have acquired over the years.  Some are minimal like the one I am wearing and some of them are a little more showy.  Most of them are on the teardrop chain that I have become enamored with.  

They will be in the shop mid January.  

They will also be at the show I am doing in Tucson on January 20 – 21 at Las Encanatada Shopping Center.  If you live in Tucson I hope you stop by to say hello.

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Ciao 2018

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If you have been following my blog you know that I do not sit down and write out a bunch of resolutions for the new year.  Instead I choose a word to help keep me on track with my life and my business. 

So again this year I have 2 words…

For my personal life the word is 

acceptance

 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulnessskills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility.

Practitioners of ACT help individuals recognize ways in which their attempts to suppress, manage, and control emotional experiences create challenges. By recognizing and addressing these challenges, individuals can become better able to make room for values-based actions that support well-being.  

 
For my art and business the word is
growth
ɡrōTH
noun
the process of increasing in physical size
No , I do not want my body to undergo any growth; but for my business I am going to make marketing a priority.  Last year I rebranded.  And in my 5 year plan this is the year to increase my online presence and to start to do some shows again.
And my first show in Tucson is January 20th and 21st.  
 
I wish you all the very happiest of new years.
I am off to eat some black eyed peas….  they are for good luck!
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