Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
In other news, 2 of my pieces have been juried into a show at a Vancouver, WA gallery. The show runs through the end of January, and I'll post more information as soon as I can. I've been unable to actually deliver the pieces since we've been completely snowed in. In Gresham, OR- which is just weird. We don't get snow as a rule.
I hope to have some new lampwork bead photos soon, too.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
My computer is in the shop for a few days. It needs a new drive, which I guess is what happens when one listens to library audio CDs all day. It's odd not having my own machine, but probably not bad to be forced away from the keyboard for a bit. In addition to the flamework, I also got a couple inches into a new beadwoven geometric patterned bracelet.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The entries are amazing- over the top gorgeous. Check 'em out and vote for your favorite here: Etsy Beadweavers Blog.
Monday, December 8, 2008
It's interesting to work with a set of colors chosen by someone else. I did try to sort out the glass rods a lot last night, and I don't have nearly enough opaque white or cream to suit me. But I'm not buying any more glass till I'm better at this. The pale blue bead in the middle row, one up from the bottom, is my best formed bead yet. It's almost completely bead-shaped. So there's hope.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Be gentle with me, I'm just learning. I know they aren't even. And some of the edges are not quite right. But whee!
Also? I learned this morning for the millionth time that friction causes metal object to heat up. And that if you touch the end of your Dremel bit to see how much grit wore off right after you remove it from your bead hole? Ow.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I got my glass rod from a guy on craiglist who was switching from soft glass (what I want) to hard (which requires more equipment). So I have all this mystery glass, which is all Bullseye. The stuff I was working with today starts off clear and turns all kinds of wonderful rainbow colors in the flame. It's magic! There are also rods infused with sparkles and shiny bits. Shiny! And streaky pastels that will come out of the kiln looking like heaven only knows what.
I think this is about as much fun as a person is allowed to have.
This is the side of the studio where the little bitty beads live. And the books! Inside the desk are threads and needles and findings and other junk. I want to assure my public (all 6 of you) that this area will always look exactly this neat, especially when I'm working on 4 projects at once.
The only side of the room I've not shown yet is the metalworking area- which is not finished! But it's shaping up.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
An Invitation to a Holiday Open House!!!
You are always guaranteed to find a few Bead Art Originals special deals each week, but from "Black Friday" through "Cyber Monday" (November 28-31), we'll be helping you out with even more of your holiday shopping.
Some of our members will be offering specials during the Open House, including special pricing and free worldwide shipping.Here's the list of participating members and their special offerings. (If you purchase from one of these shops during the Open House weekend, make sure to include the code BAO OPEN HOUSE in the Notes to Seller when you check out.)
- Anna (ARoseByName): free shipping
- Lisa (LisaPetersArt): free surprise gift (at least $5 value) with any purchase over $30 (note that this special is being offered through the end of the year)
- Mak (MAKUstudio): free shipping + 10% off purchases over $50 and 15% off purchases over $100
- Dee (Malodora): free shipping
- Swanee (MistyRidgeBeads): free shipping
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- Carol Dean (SandFibers): free shipping and a set of Sand Fibers coasters ($12 value) with every order
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Just think: You won't even have to leave the house for this shopping experience!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Simply sign up for the Bead Art Original Team Newsletter and you will automatically be eligible.
You won't be sorry!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This gorgeous holiday site was created by the multi-talented Heather of Humblebeads fame.
You can also find the BAO team's work on Etsy, our blog and our website.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Things happen in beading. On occasion they are fortuitous things.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I'll be torching and perhaps beading and maybe photographing in here. There's a decent amount of natural light, both to the East and the North, and I'm planning to have super bright task lighting. I'll probably lose a bit of the light from the North due to ventilation needs. Under the window in the photo will be the primary lampworking surface and will include a counter for the kiln. I haven't quite figured out rod storage, I'm waiting till the counter is in for advanced visualization of the details.
This has been a long time coming, and I'm so excited!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I'm terribly excited about it. The only small bummer is that they didn't publish any of my contact information or my etsy store name. Next time I'll be sure to remind them. If there is a next time!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
There is nothing quite like selling a piece one has made- a combination of exhilaration and vindication and delight that is very very fizzy in the brain.
Monday, October 13, 2008
1) I didn't get my driver's license until I was 20.
2) I belong to a mailing list which discusses the Betsy-Tacy books of Maud Hart Lovelace.
3) I have been known to correct improper punctuation or spelling on public signage.
4) I'm a Browncoat.
5) My oldest stepdaughter is 2 years younger than I am.
6) When I'm not beading, I'm reading. I write short reviews of all the books I read on Goodreads.
7) I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy 11 times the summer I was 14.
If you like this sort of thing, consider yourself tagged. Put a link in my comments so I can read what you say, please!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Today (October 9) from 7:00pm till 9:00pm EST
in the Etsy Virtual Labs!
Everyone is invited, but will need an Etsy account to attend.
It's free and easy to sign up for an Etsy account!
There will be FABULOUS DOOR PRIZES.
You must be present to win. We'll be having drawings about every 15-20 minutes.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Please check out all the entries here and vote for your favorite starting October 9th!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Don't like red? I can make it in any color you do like!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The BAO team is also starting a newsletter! The newsletter will keep you abreast of what the team is doing, as well as having the occasional subscriber-only special. Sign up here:BAO Newsletter.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I made earrings to go with it- click through to Flickr to see them.
This one will be up for sale on etsy tomorrow. It's also my entry in the October EBW challenge- the theme is Animal Instincts.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Not for sale.
Not yet, anyway.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
My parents are visiting, so there has been little time for photography. But lots of time for beading. I hope to talk my dad into taking some photos with his very lovely camera tomorrow.
We spent a lot of time wandering through galleries today, and I found myself really paying attention to the albedo of things. There were some sculptures with matte insides and so-shiny-they-looked-wet outsides that I was enchanted by. I think that's a concept I will be playing with soon.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
They chose 3 of my pieces! Wheee! I'm famous! On January 3 & 4th, it's my Aurora Borealis netted panel. On June 20 & 21st it's the Jellyfish Beaded Lab Creature, and on July 25 & 26th it's Poseidon's Deep.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My parents are visiting from Ohio, so maybe I'll have more beading time than usual while they are here- we will sit around talking, and I can bead the whole time. So maybe photos of the piece soon.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The actual beading was familiar- I know peyote stitch inside and out. The paint was not quite dry when I started the first bead, and I think the tackiness helped the beads stay in place. I used 15/0 charlottes. I really like the way the second one turned out. The first one, not so much- big gaps where thread shows. The second one was much more controlled. I can see how these could be really addictive.
Then I decided to make a hollow bead- I started with 15/0 beads, then went to 11/0 then to some teardrop looking ones for the equator. Those turned out okay too.
No pictures yet. And wouldn't you know, these beads are what color? Blue.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
It might be time to make something that isn't blue next.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The one cream colored bead in the square on the left represents the rogue cell that starts it all. The randomness of the hearts represents the randomness of cancer, and the nine hearts are about the 1 in 9 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The square on the right is less symbolic and is just random hearts.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Labor Day Blues Freeform Peyote Stitch Beadwoven Bracelet
Originally uploaded by satyridae
I've also been working on my charity squares, photos tomorrow (I hope!).
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I made one as a thank you gift for a friend, another for a friend who saw the first and wanted a similar one, then two for etsy.
I like the process very much. It's entirely about color at first, then it becomes more and more about form as one goes. The options are limitless, and I don't feel the constraints I often feel when working with a pattern. Even if it's a pattern of my own making.
Expect more of this from me. :-)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
So I came home and started working on a pair of flower earrings. You can see from the photo that it didn't work out exactly. I got one flower done and then started the next. It didn't want to be a flower, it complained. Earrings are boring, it said. It was unimpressed about being exactly the same as the last thing I made.
I was forced to listen to the beads, and the next thing I knew, I had a cup. A cup which cried out for a bee.
Today? Earrings for sure.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
It's also my entry into the Etsy Beadweavers Monthly challenge.Here's a link to the http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com, where voting is underway. Please take a look at all the beautiful entries and vote for your favorite lamp. I mean your favorite piece. *grin*
Edited but the links still are wonky, so I'm just leaving the addresses.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Click on over to the blog and see all the other wonderful works of art picked by the team members- it's a treat for the eyes!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I'm wondering if I should make some of these to sell. They are sort of cute.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What are your 5 favorite art works? Have you seen them in person? Do you have plans to?
- One of Monet's big Waterlily paintings was at the museum where I went to school for awhile. I would get out of class and sit in front of it by the hour, rapt. Rewarding both close inspection and distant gazing, it remains one of the most true utterances of the paintbrush that I have ever seen.
- American Beauty by the Grateful Dead. I have loved it from the moment I first heard it when it was new. I played it every single day of my pregnancy so that there would be music in utero for Owen (who also perforce loves it). I never heard them play, but was at Jerry Garcia's wake in Golden Gate Park which was the absolute center of the universe that day.
- The Bridge to Middle-Earth, more prosaically known as the St. Johns Bridge. Yes, I go out of my way to drive over it whenever possible.
- Athanor by Anselm Kiefer. Yes, it caught me unawares and made me weep.
- Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. I have had the privilege of meeting Ms. Le Guin a number of times, and one of my dearest possessions is an autographed copy of the book.
What are 5 crafts you couldn't live without? Have you done them? Any good?
- Cooking. Yes. Yes.
- Beading. Yes. Getting there.
- Lampworking. Yes. Not yet.
- Drawing. Yes. Not so good as I'd like to be.
- Embroidery. Yes. I was, but I haven't picked up a needle without beads on it in years.
What are 5 crafts you'd like to learn? Have you ever tried them? Will you?
- Polymer clay. No. Maybe.
- Shoemaking. No. Probably not.
- Marzipan animals & vegetables. No. Maybe.
- Macramé. No. Not unless I start smoking weed.
- Celtic knotwork done with pen & ink. No. See above.
What are 5 arts and crafts you've tried that weren't for you?
- Sewing with a machine. OMG I am so bad at this! I would sew for about an inch and then everything would stop and there'd be this huge tangled ball of thread and then there were bobbins off the track and it was awful.
- Crocheting. I did make a single chain about a million yards long when I was in junior high. I vaguely recall some lumpy scarves, too.
- Knitting. Totally beyond me. I stabbed myself in the eye. Okay, not really, but it was close.
- Anything that involves ribbon.
What are 5 things you aim for with your art/craft?
- Organic feel
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I did have random people stop me on the street to admire my freeform necklace, though. And I handed out a couple of cards.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I like the native NW colors in balance with the Deco starkness. I think. Who can guess where it will end up. I am putting it away for a while to work on a commission- a pair of matching bracelets for some friends.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
I've been wanting to do something cool with the lampwork beads I made last fall, but thus far had only managed to string some of 'em on sterling silver cable. Boring! So I poured a pile of coordinating colors onto my tray and jumped in.
Updates as they happen...