Harmonic Hearts Tutorial Tuesday, Mar 23 2010 

It’s been about a year since I’ve written a tutorial and much thought has gone into the preparation of this one.  Sunset Opal Mandala was the most requested, but with it being such a large bead I decided to go a different route. Right now, love is on my mind and nothing symbolizes the emotion better than the heart’s form. It’s graceful, sentimental, and meaningful and I particularly love working with the shape.

This tutorial will include an inspirational supplement, and full instructions for the Sunset Opal Heart, Plutonic Love Heart and Moonlight Waltz heart. Hopefully, I’ll have it wrapped up in a couple of weeks. Later this week, I’ll post more details and the glass required for each design so that some of you can go ahead and purchase the needed supplies.

Sunset Opal Heart

Plutonic Love Heart

Moonlight Waltz Heart

Moonlight Waltz Heart

 Talk to you soon!! 🙂

Lampwork Tutorials Tuesday, Aug 5 2008 

Hi all!! GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!!! I’ve had quite a day. . .I hope your Monday has been much better than mine. After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided to do a series of lampwork bead tutorials. Over the weekend, I worked a bit on the layout. “So far, so good”, till I started making photos late this afternoon. Well, I won’t go into how I did it, but, my camera hit the concrete floor of my studio. It’s SO busted. I actually broke down in tears because I had the camera for less than a year and it was a pretty expensive one.  Luckily, I have an understanding husband (Thank you love of my life!). He went to Best Buy and bought me a new one after work tonight. It’s a lot nicer than the one that I destroyed today so I’m going to have to play with it after I finish this post.

 As I mentioned before I started wallowing in self pity, I am working on a tutorial. Yes, me, “she who rarely blogs” is actually doing a writing project. 😉 When I decided to do this, I began to think about all of the different elements that I use in my work and what inspired them. Simply doing one tutorial that shows you how to make a three hour focal doesn’t feel right to me. I’d much prefer to teach some of the beads that helped me develop my skill and style. Then, you could take the techniques, combine them and “create your own song”, so to speak.

My first tutorial will be on the petal motif that I use quite often in my work. It was inspired by some of the borders used in black and red figure pottery that was popular during the Greek Archaic period. I’ve always loved the motif and used it often as a border element for my murals in my former life as a painter. Communicating this look in glass was a real challenge for me, but by the time I truly “got it”, I was shocked at how much my raking skill had improved.

The first tutorial will have three sections, the first section will cover pulling goldstone stringer, the second section will be a tutorial for my “Black Tie Event” beads and the third section will be a tutorial for the “Chick Rock” beads. I just realized today that neither sets were in my gallery. DOH!! I have no clue why they weren’t there, but I just added them.

Black Tie Event

Black Tie EventChick Rock

Today, I made a bead using this design that was inspired by a Greek Amphora and I think it’s going to turn out fabulous! At least it looked great going into the kiln. lol I’ll post a pic tomorrow if I can figure out how to use my new camera. lol!!
Night all!