Sunday, 28 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
This was listed to raise money for the Dogs Trust, and is on memory of my Mum. The lampwork (purple) beads were made by me, and I originally sold them on Ebay, and they were bought by the lovely Melanie from K&M Beadshop - who made up the bracelet. Then very generously, Melanie sent this back to me and asked mem to put it up for auction again! What a lovely gesture!
It's a gorgeous bracelet, made from the finest lampwork beads, and sparkly Swarovski crystal - so please go and take a look - here's the link http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=280363495381
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
I'm completely new to this, but let's have a bash shall we!
I've has a really busy couple of weeks - getting ready for the bead fair at Newmarket.
When I go to fairs I exhibit under the name of Fyrebirds, along with my good friends Colette & Shirley! As usual we are all busy getting new beads designed and made up ready for everyone. And Newmarket in particilar is a really nice venue - gives is a chance to chat to everybody, and do a little shopping of our own!!
But before Newmarket - the day before I had booked myself on a glass fusing course!! I've wanted to have a go at this for ages, and as I already lampwork and have a kiln, it makes perfect sense to have a go!! So I googled and found a place in Oxford - called Glass Jewels tha t was just the thing for me!! I set off on Saturday morning in good time - nice and relaxed. As I was getting closer to Towcester there was a LOT of traffic. Then it dawned on me .............. Grand Prix weekend. My route was to go right Silverstone, but the road was blocked off!!! I don't normally shout at the TomTom, but it kept telling me to "turn around where possible" - fine if you've made a wrong turn, but not helpful when the road is shut!!.
I finally got the the course - a little late, and a little stressed (I hate being late!), but I soon got caught up. The course was fabulous, and I really enjoyed myself. It's run by a couple called Vince and Sue, and they aer very welcoming. The day started out practising the cutting of glass - then straight into making up a piece of jewellery - we all opted for pendants. Throughout the day, we would stop and Vince or Sue would show us some more techniques - and before long we all had a collection of pieces waiting to be fired in the kiln. I should get mine back any day now, and I can't wait to see how they've turned out. ............. I've already been looking on some sites looking for yet more glass to have a go at this new venture!
and here are some pictures