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One World One Heart Giveaway

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Lisa Swifka is the host of the One World One Heart Program.  The way it works is artists around the world come together and each blogger offers up a prize.   Lisa has compiled the links of all the different participants here.   All you have to do is post a comment in my comment sections.  The comments section is open until Feb 11th 11:59 pm central time.  A winner will be announced Feb 12th.  Please be sure to add your email in the appropriate box when posting your comment otherwise I will not be able to contact you.

So, my prize is a pair of handmade lampwork glass hearts made by me.  These are perfect for making into earrings.  Sizes are 12 mm by 15 mm. Thanks for stopping by.  Cheers.

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Creating ice blue-Ornament Thursday

It’s Ornament Thursday again!  This weeks theme is Celeste ice/light blue.

A while ago Bullseye glass company came out with a limited color called glacier.  It was a mix of clear and light blue that was one of the prettiest blues I’d ever had the pleasure to use.  I just loved that color.  I used it all and searched around for more in my stash and pouted heavily when I ran out.  You see, it was a special production color that they don’t make anymore.  I tried to con some of my girlfriends into letting me buy the few rods I knew they had, but no such luck.  They didn’t love me enough.

I guess I could have put a call out to the lampwork community and offered to buy any loose rods various lampworkers had lying about, but I somehow felt bad asking people to part with this lovely color.  So I decided to make my own.  It isn’t exactly the same, but I still love it.  I get this color by mixing a few regular colors together.  I mix powder blue and a special blend of clear and white mixed together.  I also sometimes go wild and mix robin blue with white and clear.  Just call me crazy.  I actually like to mix glass.  I just take the rods and melt sections together and mix them up right there at the torch.  It isn’t hard, just a little more time consuming.

The following beads have a base of powder blue and white and clear all mixed together.

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Please see our other Ornament Thursday Participants:

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Linda Augsburg shares her celeste-inspired card.

Heather’s Ramblings
A bright blue sky and beach scene for dreary weather

Icy Blue Born of Fire
Lisa sees ice in the desert of all places.

Uniquely Mine for $20
Cindy Gimbrone hooks up lovely ice blue cashmere into a celestial colored neck scarf. Finished off with an artist made button – it’s uniquely hers for $20!

Beading Help Web’s Ice Blue Topaz Celeste Necklace
Got some teeny tiny beads, sterling wire and a plain toggle? Lynn shows you how to put it all together for a fabulous clasp or focal pendant!

Ornament Thursday- Poinsettia Madness

It’s Ornament Thursday again!  Being that it is December we are suppose to bring you ornaments.  While I had every intention of learning to make blown ornaments this year, for various reasons it just never happened.  I did however make a bunch of poinsettia glass treasures.  So did my hubby Greg.

Here are a few marbles.  Both Poinsettias.

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The one above is still on ebay!

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I also made a bunch of beads:

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And one of my friends and good customers,Glitterbug Originals,  turned a bunch of them into Earrings.

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Aren’t they pretty?  Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the other great posts and projects from the Ornament Thursday Gang:

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Make a Confetti Ring to Wear at Your Next Holiday Party!

Holiday Sparkly Fan Pull
Lisa creates a dress up look for a ceiling fan

Linda’s snowman
Some paper, beads, and fabric are transformed into an adorable snow guy.

Poinsettia Ornament
Polymer clay and glittery snow recreate a Christmas memory

Strands of Beads
Melissa has a quicker than quick snowball pendant for a perfect last minute gift.

Brew’in up a few Witches

This months Ornament Thursday topic is Brew.  So I brewed up a few witches for your viewing pleasure.  Glass witches that is.  I want to share with you how I started on my journey of witches.  I asked my girlfriends to brain storm with me on new ideas for sculptural beads.  They came up with a range of things, none of them sticking to my creative side.  Then one of them put “witch” out there.

At the time I was pretty young in my lampworking days and just didn’t know how I would go about making such a piece in glass.  So I searched for tutorials on one of my favorite lampworking sites lampwork Etc.  I didn’t find a witch, but I did find a goddess tutorial by  Sarah J Schalken.

I studied her tutorial and spent about three days working on my new witch design, and suddenly she was born.  An excellent example of taking someone elses instruction and making it your own.


See all the other Ornament Thursday particiapnats here:

Art Bead Scene
Jennifer’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Bracelet

BeadStyle & Milwaukee’s heritage
Linda shares her Amber Bock Bracelet

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
New Beads are Brewing…

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…
Joolz by Lisa has a “Hairy” Twist on OT Brew

It’s not easy being green
Michelle yearns to be the Wicked Witch of the West – we think she’s hit pay dirt here.

Strands of Beads
Something wicked is brewing at Melissa’s place

Swelldesigner
Alexa stirs it up with this retro witch wall hanging!

Back to School – Make your own Pencils!

It’s back to school time. Labor Day always marked the return to school from summer vacation when I was growing up. I was always excited to get back to school, for all the right reasons of course. You know, new school supplies, new clothes, and of course seeing my friends regularly.

So when this months topic for Ornament Thursday was announced to me, Academia, my first thought was freshly sharpened pencils. I know, I’ll make little glass pencils. Wouldn’t they make great teacher gifts?

So I set out to make some and here is my progression:

Of course, I had to choose the colors. I use Bullseye glass, so I picked, regular pink for the eraser, pumpkin for the pencil, and nougat for the tip.

I first wrapped a bit of pink around the mandrel, for the eraser:

Then, the pumpkin for the pencil. I rolled it out, smoothing it on the marver:

Then I added the tip, marvering at a angle to make it pointed:

Then I added just a bit more pumpkin to the pencil part and rolled it out all nice and smooth again. This is what it looked like right before I put it into the kiln.

And, this is the finished product, ready for glamor shots.:

Then of course they need a jewelry designer to make them into something. So what did I do? I sent them off to JoolzbyLisa. She has a post on how she transformed these little gems into adorable jewelry. Click here.

So now you have the tools on how to make pencils and I have just directed you on where to go for info to make them into jewelry gems. But, if you are not a lampworker and want pencils, go here to see some in my etsy store, or contact JoolzbyLisa for pencils made into jewelry.

Check out all the other Ornament Thursday Blogs:

Art Bead Scene & The Golden Rule
The Art Bead Scene editor shares a few words of wisdom for jewelry designers.

Check out the “homework” project from Joolz by Lisa
A collab effort works out great when you plan ahead

BeadStyle goes back to school
Lindsay Haedt’s on her way to the classroom, but not before Linda shares one of her recent designs

Beading Help Web Wires Up Academia
Lynn Kvigne to read! While you can easily use a scrap of paper or an old magazine subscription card for a bookmark, why not whip up a stylish book mark instead?

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Cindy’s learned how to Mail!

Michelle’s Edumacation
Michelle has yet another go at decorating Helen’s workstation, this month, less scary than last but oh, so funky

Swelldesigner goes crazy over school supplies!
Alexa shows you how to turn pencil grips into ultra funky accessories

First Day
Michelle’s School Book – it’s academic!