8.14.2019 - Call to the Classics.

I get lost, all too often, in the world of wonderful color…. it’s ok for me because I don’t often wear prints… and so the combinations are front and center the focal. BUT… this week, I made the earrings a little less popping with color and I can truly say I love the results!


These are a nicely monochromatic combination of shape and visual interest - rather than coordinating colors… of course, this can only last so long… but here are some other variations:


This sweet cornflower blue single hole bead is suspended below a periwinkle disk… or perhaps the classic ivory and black version shown as well…
all area available on tonight’s update.


7.31.2019 - Shift...

Ludia, my most cooperative model here has been a sheer joy to work with - as she gives me no attitude, always shows up to work on time and always looks fabulous! She is sporting this week’s Over N Under Earrings and she says they’re some of her very favorites!


Near weightless, with that signature swing of two beads joined by a hinge… and a nicely bold design.


So, I got a small shipment of glass yesterday… some of my newest favorite colors… and I think I have finally earned my walking papers from making the slender tubes. Thankfully! I am participating in a local art show at the end of this month - will/have been making a variety of things - I may showcase some of them here - and would love your feedback. What would you like to see at shows you attend?? smiles, Jill


7.3.2019 - ??


I know it’s been awhile - but that didn’t stop my grand daughter from growing up… she’s got a baseball from the game she went to with her parents - and as they’re exiting the stadium she’s marching right along with it clutched in her little hand. (BTW - she’s 1 1/2… how did that happen so quickly??) She’s very intent on marching out with her prize clutched carefully… almost looking a little bit guilty for making off with the bounty!!

Which leads me to another subject I’ve been musing over for quite awhile. I usually will include extras if I can find something I think you’ll like. I appreciate the sales and also have a huge love of creation - I make a LOT of beads - and I like to send them out. Does this make you uncomfortable?? I’ve had several customers who I think are flumoxed as to how to react, maybe they think I made a mistake and they’re supposed to go to someone else. Well - then I’m sure they’d mention it…

When you receive extras in a box with another order - is there always a clear indication that they’re just that - not a mistake or accidental shipment…? Maybe I should make it more clear?? Hmmm. Interesting…. problem… to have. Confused smiles, Jill

6.5.2019 - Many Changes...

Boy oh Boy.

It’s the boy…. remember back years ago - how the little blond kiddo with my didymium safety glasses on was in deep concentration threading beads onto string? He’s the one who only knew that Mom had to work every Wednesday… this was my “work”. Well - he went and graduated from college - where did the time go? He is, today, en route to his first real job. He is a civil engineer. Odd and yet satisfying sense of motherly closure here - one that makes the corners of my mouth slowly turn up…

Thanks for all the birthday wishes - I don’t feel any older - but somehow that number just keeps creeping up.

So - as most often when I have things mulling around in my brain - I’ve been in repeat mode. I”ve been making this style bead this week - made a few necklaces, and have six sets to offer up. I’m thinking of applying to an art show - of course the application deadline is breathing hot on my heels… so. Smiles, Jill


5.29.2019 - The Many Faces Of A Magical Ingredient...

Glass, all by itself, is pretty wonderful. A medium that transforms from hard to molten and then back to hard again after I’ve changed its shape. Available in transparent, translucent, and opaque… So we take advantage of all that - and it leaves us wanting more…

Often I refer to SIS or silvered ivory stringer - another form of silver use in lampwork… where a silver coated piece of ivory glass that’s been drawn thin - into stringers - is used to actually write designs onto a hot bead… the silver obediently migrates to the middle of the line and forms that dark line… LOVE THAT.


Then a company like Double Helix Glassworks adds silver to the glass… and our horizons explode. Now - with a simple change to the actual chemistry of the flame - we can achieve luster… Below is a pendant that has the purest form - a few variations of use - straight from the flame with an oil slick of colors (in a good way) that gives it a timeworn feel. A stark contrast against the ivory that’s been fumed by the bleed-off of silver from the glass as it melts in… giving the surface a nicely aged and crackled appearance.


Then - again - a very thin silver wire is held under a layer of clear encasing glass - and upon much direct heat - eventually melts and forms silver droplets under the top layer of clear… giving sparkle and a playful quality to the finished piece. Love the fact that maintaining the silver is carefree - as it never needs polishing - but adds depth and another design element to my work.


Then in its purest form - is the wrap… layer upon layer, upon layer that has been gently fused to the bead surface add a certain richness to work that little else can. Quite nice. I find though that I like to antique it


Then the Jetstream beads - that have a double silver whammy… silvered glass, and silver wire - encased in clear to amplify and protect. Often quite hard to achieve because the clear is so thin and yet the silver wire underneath has not balled up. Beads here measure 1/2”D

I cannot think of another element that adds so much diversity to my work - and yet - I’m sure there are many other applications I will discover tomorrow, next month, or maybe ten years from now. Smiles - Jill