Sunday, June 28, 2009

flame - on design

Flame - off, Flame - on... all the same, the work made by flameworking artists usually get donated for a good cause. The last one I was in was at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. The pieces were donated, and auctioned off. The money went to breast cancer research. My approach to flame off's is ... "work on the edge" Find your confort zone, and step away from it. Do something that is new, different and exciting. I was asked to be in the "Flame-On" once again this year, and I didn't have a preconceived notion of what to make. I have gotten bit by the steampunk bug awhile back, so therefore I happen to have a bunch of watch gears. I asked the suppliers (Arrow Springs) for some enamels, and they stepped up and gave me some. I started exploring with enamels, glass, steel and gears. The end result was exciting. While I don't have any images of the ones I created at Bead and Button, here is one I finished just the other day. I will be making more of these. This is just one way of how I go about breaking through boundries... and yes, reaching a new boundry but haven't yet finished exploring this space yet, so I will stick around for a while.

"If you don't live on the edge, your taking up too much space"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

etsy post #2

Pretty excited. Just uploaded my second piece of work into my etsy store. These are a green pair of 'Calder' earrings. I call them "Calder" because of the way they make me feel, and their graceful motion, almost like a mobile. These earrings are just so beautiful and elegant.

The beads in this earring is made from recycling glass bottles. In this case, the green color is from a Jameson Whiskey bottle. A very nice rich green. Pretty neat... Please visit my earlier blogs on how I make these beads.

Making these beads and this series of jewelry is just so cool, and I am so very hooked on recycling.


I am now on Etsy

I just spent the last 3 hours figuring out how to list on etsy. I think i have it. I posted 1 pair of my recycled earrings. A nail pair with light blue recycled glass beads. Yes, the Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle beads. (scroll down to see other posts about those beads).
Please check out my etsy site. More will be posted daily.
Thank you,

(my site is
you can click the title, and it should take you there.)

Friday, June 5, 2009


Well, I am so excited!!! I was interviewed a couple of days ago by Alison Lee of Craftcast. She is so sweet, and warm. She is the type of person that you feel like you have known her for a very long time. And when (in my mind) she comes over, you don't have to clean anything up, and you don't feel like you have to entertain her. She makes you feel that comfortable.
Check out our discussion... and learn all about how I cast my glass bottle beads, where my painting inspiration came from, and when I first fell in love with glass.
Check it out at

Thanks for listening

Monday, June 1, 2009

In Las Vegas

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Well, I'm at a trade show in Las Vegas. It was my birthday. We had a great time. Good food, my family was with me. AND it was also my daughters birthday!!!!! How cool is that! AND it was my dads birthday! ... All on the same day!

Here is a shot of some dancing water. It was at Ceasers Palace.