Saturday, June 30, 2007


Today was my first Saturday at Millarville Farmer's Market. It was a gorgeous day, just perfect. Getting up that early is a bit of a shock, but it ends at 12:00, so the rest of the afternoon is free (for napping!)

Here's a shot of my booth, with DH Steve manning it. Or the lowly paid assistant, as he calls himself. I sold lots of beads today, and some finished jewellery.

Here's a shot of the marketplace, about 11:00. Lots of people.
And here's what I bought from a neighbouring vendor. She hand spins and dyes this 100% wool yarn. I was very excited to discover her, since my other obsession (besides beadmaking) lately is crochet. She is out at Millarville every Saturday morning. Her website is if you want to check out her beautiful yarn.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fresh from the Kiln

I have been making these mandala beads for a few months, and I think this is the best one I've made so far. They are fun to make, infinite variations. There are a few big holed beads next to it, for Pandora/Troll bracelets.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Beads from Sunday

Here's a picture of the beads that the group made on Sunday. There were over 50 made for donation to the Children's Hospital Cancer Program. I think there will be some happy kids, look how cute they are!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bead Retreat Sunday

Today my bead group met for a day-long Bead Retreat. Our wonderful hostess was Nancy, who, with her hubby, set up a huge table in their garage with hook-ups for 10 (!) torches.
We started the day with a tour of Nancy's drool-worthy studio.

Here are some of us working on our own projects. I think Deb is commenting to Martha that she is unhappy with her goddess's boobs!
For the past year or so we have been making beads to donate to the Children's Hospital Cancer program. Kids undergoing cancer treatments receive a length of cord, which they then thread with beads signifying the treatments and proceedures they have had. Our beads are apparently quite popular, since they are all unique. Nancy dipped a bunch of the right sized mandrels for us to work on a batch to donate from today's work. I think the kids will be thrilled; there were some cute little turtles made, hearts and an assortment of fish.

Here's Nancy demonstrating how to make an implosion marble. She made one with a beautiful rose inside it.
We finished the day with a "Bead Blast" to the Beatles. We split into 2 groups of 5. As a Beatles song was playing, we each made a base bead. Then when the song ended, it got passed to the next person to be decorated, for as long as the next song played. So each bead was worked on by 5 people. They all went into the kiln, so not sure how they turned out. A great exercise, though, no time to worry about perfectionism.

It was fantastic to get together like that for the day. A huge thank-you to Nancy and her husband for making this happen. What a lot of work! And, they even fed us a delicious lunch.
I saw lots of techniques that I would like to try; the day really recharged all of our creative energies. Thanks, Nancy!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Terra the Terrible

Well, of course I have to jump on the latest glass bandwagon, so I have been trying Double Helix's new silver glass, Terra. Have breathlessly read every single post about it on Lampwork Etc., drooled over the gorgeous results some people are getting. And snivelled over my results when I open the kiln in the morning. Here is a picture of my not so great attempts to tame Terra.

I did have some luck using partial wrapping with clear glass, though, and have posted this set on my web Specials page.

Still not getting those eye-popping colours, but should persevere, I guess. I had a love-hate (heavy on the hate) relationship with Raku when it first came out, and finally got it to do what I wanted.

Well, off to my part-time job at Suzie Q's.