I’ve just had a pair of earrings added to a collection titled “Gifts For Her” treasury, and would love for you to come check it out here: www.etsy.com/au/pages/shopaustralia/gifts-for-her
There are heaps of gorgeous gifts created by Australian and New Zealand artists.
1. Pink metal pen featuring a pink base bead with raspberry red designs designs and pink and silver spacers.
Pink Lampwork beaded Pen
2.Black metal pen featuring a black base with silver enriched striking glass swirls in slight relief Spacers of silver enriched glass and Bali silver
The striking glass has a variety of colours due to the rich silver content.
Black Lampwork beaded Pen
3.Orange metal pen featuring a large transparent orange bead with swirls of orange, red and yellow. transparent glass spacers and Bali silver.
Orange Lampwork beaded Pen
Or create a custom listing in your choice of colours.
This would make a great gift for that “hard-to buy” for person.
Also a great gift for Teachers, Work colleagues, Graduation, Fathers Day.
Inspired by some embroidery I learned at the recent Koala Convention I made a couple of Needle books using some Nuno felt, embroidery threads and buttons. They were fun to make and the merino wool gives a lovely softness. For more details click Here
I highly recommend taking a class at the next Koala conventions, there are heaps to choose from. I really enjoyed the two classes I took with Susan Porter and learned some new embroidery skills. I’m still working on the two projects, but will post a show and tell when I do.
I now have a YouTube account thanks to my lovely daughter Fern and her terrific partner Simon who came to visit me in Eulo for Easter. They took a few videos of me working in my studio creating lampwork glass beads and explaining the process.
In this first video I have just demonstrated a very basic bead but you can check out some of my other lampworking tutorials for more advanced glass bead making instructions.Here
The supplies I used to make this bead include:
Blue glass rod COE 104
Mandrel coated in bead release
Creation station and lampwork torch
For a full run-down of the lampworking tools I use when making my beads check out this Video
Please comment below and let me know if you have tried making your own glass beads.
You can also visit my Gallery to see more of my work.
where they have been cooking at 520 C for 45 minutes to anneal.
Ok, so how and why are beads annealed? I hear you asking
Beads are annealed by placing them in a kiln and slowly running them through a controlled heating and cooling cycle. During this cycle the kiln heat is maintained at a consistent temperature to ensure the interior of the bead cools at the same speed as the exterior, thus strengthening the glass by eliminating all interior stress that may have occurred during the making of the bead in the flame.
Needle felted cupcakes
These little cupcake pincushions are made from Australian merino wool and shaped with special barbed felting needles. The repeated jabbing with the extremely sharp needle compacts the fibres and allows the wool to be sculptured.