beads

Shop Update Nov. 30

Got a few more pictures taken, these will be going up sometime today on Etsy.
These raked beads, above, were so time consuming to make- but I really love the effect. Cirque seems a very apropos name for them, don’t you think?

 Still have quite a few sets to photograph along with a handful of capped and cored focals. Tomorrow is another day..

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Ebb and Flow

I’ve been neglecting the blog since we’ve had family visiting and have been busy getting inventory built up for BABE! 2011..eek, only three weeks away!
Many things are percolating on the sidelines, will get to these soon enough.
My boy seems to be growing so fast, it tugs on my heart strings some of the things he’ll say without prompting.
Example:
Me: How do I look? (Asking hubby before heading to a glass meeting out of town this past Sat.)
Him: Shiny.
Me: What?! (in all fairness, I knew he wasn’t crazy about the beads I had strung into a quick necklace for the meeting)
Son: No, Dada- Pretty! Mama pretty.
Him: What?!
Me: Did you tell him to say that? ( I sneak a quick peek at the boy and he’s grinning ear to ear as he looks at me from the living room where he was busy watching cartoons)
Him: We’re going to have our hands full.
Me: Yep. (then I send a quick wink to my boy before heading out the door)

 Here is the culprit from the above conversation. 🙂

Tumble Etching Beads

My Mr. is home for some R&R, so this will be a quick post 🙂
My first try w/ tumble etching was a big FAIL- never use the Harbor Freight grit sampler to etch beads. I ruined a whole bunch of hollow focals, maybe they can be saved when I get my sandblasting set-up ready to use. The two beads below are a few that etched well in around 8-10 hrs. The hollow fumed focals still have very tiny shiny spots from the crackling of fuming, I assume. The ribbed beads didn’t tumble etch well since the valleys stayed shiny while the ribs etched well. They are on deck for sandblasting. I’ll try and get some pics up for the visual peeps among us.

BABE! 2010 and Beads

BABE! was a hit and I’m looking forward to next year’s show. Even w/ travel expenses and shipping my work, it was still worthwhile. How lovely it was to see repeat customers and getting to meet new smiling faces.

I ran out of business cards before lunch on Sunday and now know to hold a few back so if there is some who like to grab multiples, they won’t take all my stack.
The booth shots were, unfortunately, quickly taken on Sunday since I forgot my camera on Saturday when my table was freshly arranged and all my beads were there. These show a table considerably picked over.

I also got to spend some time with my dear friend, Ann– we spent a day in SF and shopped at the Ferry Building w/ lunch at the Slanted Door. Yum!

This was just a quick shot of us at the BART station before I had to dash back to Mary’s house to drive up to Oakland and get set-up before the show.
Now to relax and decompress for a day or two and get ready for the holiday travels.

The work that didn’t sell will be going up shortly on Etsy– as soon as it gets to me by mail. Just keep a look out on the blog and I’ll update before adding to the shop.

Moooo-vin’ on Up

I heart Moo products, they always make my work look even better. The business cards go into each package getting sent out and anything over $50 gets a postcard, too, since they’ve gone over pretty well.
Have a Happy Easter, everyone! I hope to start taking progress shots of my studio getting put together since my contractor guy is going to give me an estimate and hopefully get started next week. Yahoo!

Etsy Update for March 23rd

Hoped to get some of these listed today, but life got in the way..between a sputtering car, cranky child and hubby getting ready to leave for 9 days hasn’t left me w/ much free time. Tomorrow I’ll be editing all the photos for the listings- so look for these to be listed sometime in the afternoon/evening.
My etching solution was uber-strong, I’d forgotten about that since I hadn’t bought new solution in a while. Next time, I know not to leave the beads in for much time.

Extreme Busy-ness

I’ve been absent due to extreme busy-ness, lol. I have around 70 hollows for the show in November and think I need to triple that amount. If they don’t sell, I’ll have plenty of stuff to put up in my Etsy shop. Speaking of Etsy, I just listed the trio set and finished a special order for a customer.

What I’m most excited about is my large hollow focal that I cored. The colors don’t show nearly as well here as they do in person. I’ve realized that I’m horrible at photographing jewelry, lol. The pendant is 1-1/8″ x 1-1/4″ or 28.5x32mm. The bead caps are Bronzclay and for me, the rustic/organic look is really jivin’ with me, but I’m not sure if my (potential) customers would feel the same.