Looking at Bullseye part 5 - Powder Blue Opal, Turquoise Opaque Opal, Aqua Blue Tint Transparent, Light Aquamarine Blue, Emerald Transparent

This week I've been looking at some more Bullyeye glass colours, bluey turquoisey greens.

To the left a mini string of hearts, from right to left there is Aqua Blue Tint Transparent, Light Aquamarine Blue and Turquoise opaque Opal.
The heart trio to the right have been made with Bullseye Light Aquamarine Blue and decorated with fine stringer and dots (Stiff Black Opal and French Vanilla). This glass is so beautiful and clear that I'll definitely be buying it again.
As you can see from the picture here,Turquoise Opaque Opal suffers a great deal from that dirty  looking grey surface patina often seen with Effetre and Vetro Turquoise. There is no benefit in choosing it over the Italian 104's for self coloured beads as a result.
A 5 minute soak in limescale remover (followed by a very thorough soapy scrub) and you get to see the real beauty of Turquoise Opaque Opal.
This large two tone heart is Emerald Transparent at the top and Aqua Blue Tint Transparent at the bottom. Both are stunning colours. I do so love the clarity of these Bullseye transparent colours and both will make it on to a future shopping list.
Last to show today is Powder Blue Opal, a very pretty colour indeed. The French Vanilla dots are not easy to see over this pale baby blue and there seems to have been a reaction (? needs more testing to be sure) between this and the  dots of Turquoise Opaque Opal.

These are all fab colours that work together beautifully. Have a great day Jolene x


Looking at Bullseye part 4 partial encasing, Dusty Lilac Opal

To the left are beads made with Dusty Lilac Opal and Striking Pink. This kind of partial encasing over an opal / moonstone / alabaster / opalino type of glass is a trick I have never managed to pull off without some sign of cracking with CoE 104 glass, possibly because of the big difference in stiffness of the opal colour and the transparent encasing glass. I'm really happy to be able to do this kind if two tone bead making with Bullseye!
Here is the same idea again but using Dusty Lilac Opal and Coral Orange tint. It is such a simple technique but oh so pretty.

Jolene x

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Mini Mo' March 14 - Sunrise and twilight

My first collection for March is called Sunrise, it is a bright mix of Effetre Apricot, CiM Phoenix, CiM Clockwork, Vetro Banana Cream odd

This first focal shows how the canes look when they are used to create raised floral decoration.
My next picture shows how the canes and murrini can be melted in flat to create lots of color and detail on the surface of a bead.
Last to show for Sunrise is a large pressed tab using the multicoloured shards for detail/

My next collection for March is called twilight. I've used CiM Lapis, Vetro Periwinkle and Effetre New Violet.
The first beads Id like to show used the Twilight canes over CiM Alley Cat.
Another very detailed set, this time over CiM Dirty Martini. Ive used the canes, murrini and also chips from the ends of the canes to create starbursts.
Last to show, another sculptural floral bead using all of the pretty blue and violet canes from the Twilight collection.

If you would like to join the Mini Mo' Club then you can via my Etsy supplies shop. I offer 3, 6, 9 or 12 month long subscriptions. Please check out my shop link for more info Frit N Chips lampwork supplies.

Have a lovely day, Jolene x


Mini Mo' Feb '14 - Skelly and Skully

I'm having another little catch up on my Mini Mo' blogging, my first collection for February has some cool skull murrini and the other complimenting glasswork is a mix of black and ivory with some super red/coral shards.
This first set uses the ivory canes and some chips from the ends of the same canes to create tiny starburst murrini.
This next bead is a cheeky tiny goddess sporting a skull tattoo on her bottom.
Last to show you is this striking set of tab beads created using the ivory canes from my Skelly Mini Mo'.
My second collection has sweet sugary girly skull murrini and a fab mix of purple and pinks throughout the coordinating glasswork.
This cheeky little lady has a Scully tattoo. I have lots of ideas on how to use these two fun skull murrini chips so more to come on these at some point.

Below is a large coin shaped focal created using canes from the Scully collection. The canes have been wrapped around a core of Effetre 006 and then encased before the bead was pressed.

It is possible to join the Mini Mo' Club via Etsy for 3, 6, 9 or 12 month long subscriptions. Please check out my shop link for more info.

Frit N Chips lampwork supplies.

Have a lovely week, Jolene x


Graffiti heart necklace by Nikki Rogalski

Nikki Rogalski is a hugely inspriational person, a talented jewellery disigner and a fabuously quirky and creative lampwork artist. This necklace that Nikki has made with one of my painty hearts is awesome!

Nikki is also massively supportive of other glass artists. In 2012 she created a wonderful facebook group called Artisan's Open Market (AOM for short) where you will be able to see and buy beads from talented bead makers from all over the globe. There is a new artist on show every 24 hours and the schedule for the next 2 months is jam packed and very exciting!

Nikki sells her lampwork and jewellery direct from her facebook page Art Glass by Nikki Rogalski, on Etsy under her business name Bastille Bleu Lampwork and www.bastillebleu.com and also via trunk shows on AOM.

Here is a fab mini gallery of just a few of Nikki's wonderful creations (thank you Nikki for letting me steal your pictures!)

Hope you are having a sunny lazy Sunday, Jolene x


Looking at Bullseye part 3, etching Fuchsia and Pink Opal and Clear

So Bullseye and etching....not the easiest thing in the world to achieve with dip'n'etch, which takes a very long time to have any effect on Bullyeye at all (30 mins at least) and when it has the results are just not pretty. My advice is just don't go there!!

Above are some Bullseye Fuchsia hearts, The centre heart has been wrapped around its shoulders with Pink Opal and Clear. Fuchsia is a very rich pink but very similar I think to Light Striking Pink. I'd need to put beads made with both colours side by side to see if the difference is discernible at all.

These pretty pink beads are were made with rods called Pink Opal & Clear, they are deliciously swirly.
There are the same beads etched, not as bad looking as the Fuchsia I think but still not as pretty as before etching. So two things learnt, one, don't etch Bullseye glass beads and two, make a test bead....don't rush in headlong and etch two whole sets in one go!

Jolene x


Faith Bowman - Jewelry Designers Open Market trunk show weekend

My fab and talented Silversmith buddy Faith Bowman is also having trunk show this weekend in the Artisans Open Market's sister group

Jewelry Designers Open market

Her work is beautiful, I love how she dresses up my beads and cabs and makes them look totally fabulous.

Faiths show finishes at 10pm BST/4pm CST so you still have some time today to pop along and have a look at her beautiful wearable art.

In the meantime I will leave you with a little gallery of some of the goodies she has available right now, total gorgeousness.

A huge thank you to Faith for letting me show her work and use her photos

Have a super day, Jolene xx

Looking at bullseye, part 2, Erbium Pink Transparent, Light Peach Cream Opal, Pale Amethyst Transparent and Sugar Plum

I am such a smitten kitten with the Bullyeye pinks so far that when I reordered I added a rod each of some of other colours to try. Mostly Purples this time but also Erbium Pink Transparent which is here on the left - so pale and pretty.
 This is Sugar Plum, I'm in love!
Next to show is Light Peach Cream Opal, it is soft and pretty and I like it but don't love it. After all of the punchy vivid Bully pinks that I've played with over the last few days I'm finding it a little plain.
Pale Amethyst Transparent, too early to tell for me on this on as I have only made this one little heart pair. I love how glossy all of the Bullseye  transparent colours are, yum!

have a great day, Jolene xx


My Artisans Open Market Weekend Trunk Show!

Morning, this weekend I am having a trunk show online in a wonderful facebook group called Artisans Open Market. Every 48 hours there is a new glass artists showing their art beads and offering their work for sale, something like an internet pop up shop. The idea of having a trunk show is new to me, this is my second one! Thank you to Nikki Rogalski for introducing me to the concept  and setting up the fab group on Facebook.

My show will run until 12 midnight BST on Sunday 6th, this is 6pm CST. Here is a little gallery of some of the work I have available right now.

You can find all of these pretties and more at Artisans Open Market

Have a great weekend, I hope the sun is shining for you, Jolene xx