Monday, November 30, 2009

Beadmaking Class with Brad Pearson

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to be able to take a class with a very talented glass artist, Brad Pearson. This was my 3rd lampworking class to date, and I really learned a lot in a short amount of time. The demos were very enlightening, and just going through the basics of watching a new person work helped me learn different ways to approach things.

We had 2 days of class where he demonstrated a technique/bead and we would go back to our torch and give it a shot. Here are a few of my decent beads that were a direct result of his demos. I'll spare you the really ugly "learning experiences".

The 2nd afternoon we each got to play with a rod of borosilicate tubing. I'd never worked with boro before, but it was very interesting! It took a little while to get the hang of it, but we "pulled points" and all made some little funky Christmas ornaments. I'm sure that everyone in my family will get a lovely blue handmade treasure from me this year. :)

The class days were followed by another day and a half set aside to experiment with what we learned and/or just play at the torch. Here are some of the techniques I tried again in the first few evenings and during those last 2 days. (If you can't tell...I spent a bit of time trying to get my dots to be really even and the same size.)

All in all, I learned that I could work larger than I thought with my torch...and I have quite a few pages of notes in my journal that will be a resource as I gradually invest in more tools and choose supplies in the future. (It was also just a whole lot of fun!)

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Earrings on

Check out these new earrings I put on yesterday!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Custom Ring from Designs by Candice on

Check out this cool ring I had made with one of my lampwork beads! :) I'm so thrilled with how it turned out!

The artist has made rings like this from her own beads, and I had her make me a ring with one of MY glass beads as the focal bead. It is made from sterling silver with tiny brass hardware. Check her out! Her shop name is Candies64. She was very kind and easy to work with, and she has some really beautiful jewelry in her shop! I'm going to be sending her a few more beads next week so she can make another ring or two for me to show off my (and her) handiwork! :)