Monday, April 27, 2015

Lampwork Lentils and Etched copper bracelets

Was a lovely weekend -  started early Friday afternoon with a visit to the Creative festival  where I totally enjoyed just walking around and not in a rush to leave - something I dont do ... enjoy myself
loved doing the parchment embossing - at the show you got to try and of course I bought some to take home - have some from before but these are quite interesting - from S.A.R. (some assembly required)

Got home and relaxed and visted the grandchildren

Saturday got up early and put the heaters on in the studio - its still hovering around 32/zero here  at night and mornings -   so started warming the place up -  cleaned up the house  and brought  more stuff to studio and started organizing -then went food shopping -  my daughter came over with two little ducklings they are going to raise  (was told lucky as she was looking for goats and they would have resided at my house )
I then had dinner and finally went to the studio at 9pm    sat down and made some 1.5" lentils  - these are for some necklaces and bracelet ideas I have in mind - but also just to play - I was in the studio from about 9pm to midnight before I came back to the house and bed
1.5"  with ivory/silvered ivory and transparent colors on top 
also etched some zentangle bracelets - saturday as well (these pics show all uncleaned as yet) fresh from baking soda bath 
worked on some roller stamp bracelets 
was a great day 

On sunday  I got up early 
the studio was nice and warm  and started more bracelets 
Using the roller stamps for these designs - the big 2" wide I was able to do as I picked up the handle at the creative festival  
so now they are all done and I just have to clean, bend and seal 

I also sat while the bracelets were etching  (2 batches on sunday) (2 batches saturday) 
I worked on more lentils 
the blue dot was one I just played with  but I think I know what I want to do with those ones 

spent more time organizing and putting things away  but need more boxes  so a trip to dollar store is needed 

a very good weekend -  will be better as the weather gets better too...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wonderful Weekend of Fun- Lampworking - copper etching

Friday night started with a lampwork session and got some beads made

Granddaughter wanted a sleep over and in the morning we made lightning bugs

Then I dropped her off and came back and started some etching of bracelets
used some other stamps -in this caseone with butterflies 

after etching- washed and neutralized with baking soda 

cleaned up ready for bending

 today  I bent and sealed them

got about 16 completed with another 8 to clean up - but I had fun today with some rubber stamps that I have had for years - they are roller stamps - round stamps that fit into a hand held roller
so I cleaned my copper and prepped it - rolled the roller in the staz on  and carefully rolled it across the blank copper

I will have to do more - was totally fun 
cleaned a couple and sealed before I ended the day  - 6 more to go 

I wanted to create a new display for the bangles and came up with the boxes- still not sure

I think I can get watch boxes that are similar - white with clear cover and I can put them sideways with same idea of the folded card inside - but that will be for next week 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Putzing around the studio

Just putzed around the studio last night  sorting through beads and things I bought during the winter from ebay and such - organizing and cleaning

was contemplating  what I want to do with my "eye"  - I started making with the hole at the corner so I could put a crystal tear drop - I just have to see what I want to use to connect - as I'm not impressed with the jump rings as yet - maybe a bit of chain......

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Good Day on the Torch today

Yes got up and finally went to the studio -  spent the day Saturday helping pick a prom dress for my granddaughter  - but today was a really good day in the studio - was so warm  I only had to wear a t-shirt - and by mid day turn off the heaters -

Made the bodies for the cat heads , a nude and finished an eye  along with not sure what else  they turned out to be

was happy with the eye  and have a bunch of painted irises ready to make more 

Friday, April 10, 2015

OOOPs - No torching

After pushing out a semi frozen to the ground 500lb round bale of hay last night I was bushed already - it was cold and rainy so I went back to the house and never made it to the studio - so I broke my run on the studio am at 4 days max so far  - -  will restart it again tonight  and spend as much time this weekend doing some things - more etching and lampworking is in store - hope to keep at it every day now that the weather is really breaking -

Thursday, April 9, 2015

4 Days on the torch- but a short one

Yes I made my way up to the very cold studio - 4 days in a row - I must keep at it  - if I do it every day I wont make excuses -   31F°    0C°  could see my breath - a bit too cold ?   yes - I put two heaters towards me but still a bit chilly
only did two  beads before giving up  -  I forgot the body lentil press for the cat bodies in the basement so that took my focus away as well  - was raining this morning so did not go up to the studio to retrieve the two beads - tonight for sure and will post  -  were supposed to be on a warming trend - rainy but warmer - weekend some sun - so will keep at it.

I did get some new toys to play with -

Pancake dies (feather) from Potters USA 

 I just have to set up the press and I can use my new pancake dies -  Rosemary's Clay -  has pretty much the same additions as I do  so I keep my eyes open for any new toys she gets to see the results  - if you havnt visited - take the time to go to: Rosemary's Clay   amazing  things to see !

If I get time I'll be posting some fresh etched copper 3x4 sheet on etsy today