31/01/2013

First Amoebas of 2013

A quick snap of some cheeky Amoeba beads that will be winging their way to Be Child Cancer Aware in the morning for some very brave children on the Beads of Courage program here in the UK.


I wrote a little tutorial for these on my blog a short while back, if you want to see how they are made please click here.

If you make lampwork beads and want to donate some to Beads of Courage please download the donation form, all the details you need to know are on the form.

Jolene x



29/01/2013

52 little things - week 5

Craft Pimp Forum has a new project for 2013, a year long project to make 52 little things. people are making all sorts, a wide variety of small hand crafted items. I've decided to make a special bead each week for Beads of Courage. Here is the YLC (year long challenge) week 5 show and tell for you to go take a peek.


So this is my week 5 make, this bright bonny bead has been etched for a matt finish and has been faceted too. 

Jolene xx

22/01/2013

52 little things - week 4

Craft Pimp Forum has a new project for 2013, a year long project to make 52 little things. Our members are making a variety of small hand crafted items and I've decided to make a special bead each week for Beads of Courage. Here is the YLC (year long challenge) week 4 show and tell and this is my little make for week 4 :-D


Here are a couple of links to some of our other fabulous 52 things bloggers

Heather of Heather Kelly Glass 
Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design
Sue of BlueBoxStudio

And here are some links for BCCA - Beads of Courage
http://www.bechildcanceraware.org/beads-of-courage
https://www.facebook.com/bechildcanceraware

Jolene xx

17/01/2013

52 little things - week 3

Craft Pimp Forum has a new project for 2013, a year long project to make 52 hand crafted things. My little thing is to make a bead a week for Beads of Courage - BCCA.



This is my special week 3 bead for Beads of Courage, it's a big sea themed bumpy creation with little crabs and barnacles all over :-D Come take a peek at the CP YLC (year long challenge) week 3 show and tell to see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Jolene xx

14/01/2013

Tea Rose Bracelet collections

I've just launched a new range of bracelet bead collections in my Etsy jewellery shop Buzzword Beads. If you would like to chat with me about a special custom bracelet commission, Tea Rose beads in your own favourite colourway, becoming a stockist or wholesale pricing please feel free to contact me via Etsy.

Tropical Garden Tea Rose Collection

Water Garden Tea Rose Collection
Amethyt Garden Tea Rose Collection

Delicate Blues Tea Rose Collection

Spring Lilacs Tea Rose Collection

If you would like to see these collections in the flesh you can check them out at Mizzie, a fabulously chic ladies boutique in Ruislip, Middlesex. Jolene x

13/01/2013

Silk - Interactive Generative Art

I joined StumbleUpon the other day (I know, I know, it's not as if the web is not full of enough interesting distractions already with out purposefully searching our even more!) but one of the little gems it has thrown my way is this http://new.weavesilk.com/. It is a free and fun doodling wots-a-ma-jig-it with pretty colours and meandering lines and fab use of symmetry. Here are a few of my doodles!




Have fun, Jolene xx




11/01/2013

09/01/2013

52 little things - week 2

Craft Pimp Forum has a new project for 2013, a year long project to make 52 hand crafted things. My little thing is to make a bead a week for Beads of Courage - BCCA. Here is the YLC (year long challenge) week 2 show and tell for you to go take a peek and this is my bead this week, a little fish tank full of sea life.



Jolene xx



07/01/2013

52 little things - week 1

Craft Pimp Forum has a new project for 2013, a year long project to make 52 little things. Some people are making earrings, some people are making a variety of small crafted items and I've decided to male a special bead each week for Beads of Courage. Here is the YLC (year long challenge) week 1 show and tell for you to go take a peek. This is my little make for week 1, a Beep Beep bead :-D


Here are a couple of lovely posts from some fellow CP bloggers also making 52 little things
Sue of Blue Box Studio and Heather of Heather Kelly Glass
 
and some links for BCCA - Beads of Courage
http://www.bechildcanceraware.org/beads-of-courage
https://www.facebook.com/bechildcanceraware

Jolene xx

04/01/2013

Aquarium murrini gallery.....

Morning, I have enough new ocean themed/aquarium themed murrini now to merit a cheeky little post about them, strangely none of them are fish!

To the left is a large focal necklace made with Mandy Mudcrab murrini and Red Inside-Out Barnacle murrini.
Next up some bumpy tide pool bracelet beads featuring Terry Turtle murrini with his cute patterned shell and also with Blue Inside-Out Barnacle murrini.
This little chap is my absolute favourite, Harry the Hermit Crab. Looks can be deceiving, he is likely the most complex murrini I have made to date, he is certainly made from the largest successfully pulled gather.
Here is sweet Sammy Seahorse - it took three tries and a full days torching to work out how to get him looking just right.
This set features some rather cool conch shells, if you put one to you ear and maybe, just maybe  you could hear the sounds of the Ocean.....
 Last but not least is this delicate little two tone Scallop shell murrini. All of these and more are available in my Lampy supplies shop (link below). There are definitely going to be more ocean themed murrini along soon, they are so much fun to make!


Jolene x

Frit N Chips lampwork supplies Kitzbitz Art Beads lampwork beads Buzzword Bracelet Beads and jewellery.

02/01/2013

New tutorial....Making Organic Shards

I've just finished working in my second lampwork tutorial for sale, It is a recipe book for my organic shard series and includes a beautifully illustrated tutorial on blowing shards and the details of how to make Red Riverrock, Point Break, Cloudbusting, Green Dreams and Choca Mocha and Sandbanks Shards.

This eBook is available via Payhip and an instant download

 






There is also a brill bonus tutorial on applying shards and making encased beads with a graphite roller.

Thank you, Jolene x

Frit N Chips lampwork supplies Kitzbitz Art Beads and Buzzword Bracelet Beads

01/01/2013

Mini Mo' January 2013 - Turtle Bay and Mandy Mudcrab

The first collection I have put together for the new year is called Turtle Bay. I have used Effetre pastel Dark Sky Blue, Light Ivory, Aqua Transparent 034, Petrol Green 318, Vetrofond Light Grass Green 216, CiM Split Pea and CiM Dirty Martini. There are two different murrini turtles and Inside-out Blue Barnacle murrini. The shards have been laced with silver glitter Pixie Dust.
The first bead I have to show is this multi-layered petal bead with wraps of Turtle Bay twistie under encasement.
This chunky necklace has Turtle and Blue Barnacle murrini under deep encasement.
last up for Turtle Bay is this pretty trio of Bracelet Charm beads in  Effetre light turquoise transparent with two kinds of Turtle murrini and Inside-out Blue Barnacle murrini.
The second collecting is based around a cheeky red Mudcrab murrini called Mandy. I've used Effetre Carrot Red 424, Yellow Ocher 460 and Light Ivory with Mandy Mudcrab murrini and Inside-out Red Barnacle murrini. The shards have been laced with fine silver.

Here is a trio of Bracelet Charm beads in gorgeous Efftre Dark Teal with Mandy Mudcrab murrini and Red inside-out Barnacle murrini,
This chunky necklace shows what Mandy and Red Barnacle murrini look like under deep encasement.


On the right here is a large layered encased focal using the twistie from the Many Mini Mo' collection.

Jolene x

Frit N Chips lampwork supplies Kitzbitz Art Beads and Buzzword Bracelet Beads