Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Little Bit of Progress

I have been diligently working on creating jewelry with the lovely beads so generously donated to me by Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens of GlassBeadArt on Etsy.  Here is what I have made so far.

I began with this pair of earrings.  LOVE the sunny colors in these beads!  They matched perfectly with a pair of lampwork headpins I recently acquired from Sue Kennedy at Sue Beads.  So, I soldered a copper jump ring, added some texture and wired these babies for earrings.

I absolutely love this next pair - I soldered more rings - this time in silver.  I am so drawn to the color blue...

The next pair are my mother's favorites - it is not often I see pure white as a base in lampwork, and I am not sure why.  But, the colors added to the beads really pop with this gorgeous background.

Peachy orange rounds - so pretty when wired in copper, don't you agree?  Lately, my earrings have been wrapped with large loops - I have been having some fun with adding texture to these loops.

More gorgeous blue - I used my texturing hammer on these - I hardly ever use this hammer and I do not know why!  Each blow of the hammer brings such nice faceting to the silver.

Pretty, deep burgundy color on these beads.  This is my first toggle soldered in this fashion - I like it!

This focal bead from Maryse matched PERFECTLY with these lovely artisan lampwork beads by Spawn of Flame (I LOVE her shop name!!!) The silver in that focal has such a cool flash of iridescent purple.

Last up is this bracelet - which gave me absolute fits!  I started this bracelet design in early December, but could not get a focal to work with the bars of silver I had formed.  Well, then I received Maryse's beads - and this one was a match made in heaven!

I twisted that 10 gauge wire at the tips - I am into texture lately, and this little twist at the ends provided just the touch I was looking for!

I have listed everything in my shop - 100% of the proceeds to be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue.

On another note, my blogging is going to be here and there for the next couple of months.  I am in the process of moving.  It's a local move, but a move none the less.  It's new construction, so I am at the mercy of Mother Nature (weather) and the Contractor.  But, we are shooting for early February.  I've done pretty well on my packing so far (Purple Heart, Good Will, and Salvation Army LOVE me).  But, I figure I need a solid week just to tackle my jewelry supplies.  I am saving that for last, as I need that creative outlet available to me when I need to de-stress.  Best part of this move is I get to relocate to an actual studio space, instead of my freezing cold, unfinished basement.  Very exciting for me!

So, if don't hear from me, it's because I am knee-deep in boxes!

Hope everyone is staying safe and warm in this deep-freeze of a Country.  Hoping all pets are warm, too!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!




  1. All of these projects are fantastic, Patti! I love them all! The texture on the metal really adds to the piece, I think. Hope you're staying warm. Good luck with the move. I'll be thinking about you. Moving is not my thing!!

  2. Gorgeous designs - all of them. Especially like those blue earrings - yummy! Best of luck on packing and w/your move. The toughest move we ever made was to the house directly next door - seriously. I'd rather far away than close,...I think I plan and pack better knowing things are going farther! LOL!! :-)

  3. What an absolutely gorgeous collection! The beads, the wire work ... just all of it! Good luck with the big move - so jealous you're getting a proper studio! I still have my basement studio (better than nothing :)

  4. Best of luck with your move (we have done it twice in February, definitely a challenge). Love seeing all the wonderful projects you have created with those lovely lampies!

  5. Loved seeing all of your latest lovely creations. They are all wonderful, especially the bracelets. WOW! Good luck with the move, I am sure everything will work out just fine and you will have a great, well-deserved STUDIO! Congratulations and continued blessings to all there!

  6. So much beauty there Patti! Hope the move goes smoothly, not fun but a good opportunity to get rid of things!

  7. Beautiful work Patti. Your wire wrapping and soldered rings are so handsome. Love the silver bracelet with the heavy 10 gauge wire. Your new place sounds great. Don't envy you all that packing up!!

  8. Wow lots of really beautiful pieces, that last bracelet is lovely, the twists are a fantastic touch, good luck with the move, I hope it is as stress free as possible.

  9. You have been busy, I can see. And what a great cause to donate the money too. Good luck.