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Blogtoberfest day 17 - Colourful Friday


Blogtobefest day 11 Upcoming Kumihimo class with Kat Newman at Studio 2

I'm so pleased to be able to announce that Kat Newman is going to be my very first visiting tutor over at studio 2 in Ruislip. If you fancy a day learning how to make beautiful Kumihimo braids please send either Kat or myself a message.

Have a great weekend, Jolene x


Blogtoberfest day 10 - Colourful Friday


Blogtoberfest day 9 - Home made play dough

The kidlets and I have been making play dough. There are quite few recipes available on the net and we plumped for this no cooking required one from

To make your own you will need -
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

We fudged the recipe quite a lot because of lack of tablespoon or a measuring cup so we mixed the flour/water/salt in a ratio of 2:2:1, added 2 glugs of veg oil and 2 heaped desert spoons of cream of tartar and it seemed to work out pretty well considering. After splitting the mixture into 6 we added a teaspoon of food colouring to each block and kneaded it into the dough to make loads of fun colours.

Play dough is such good fun to play with and is the most prefect distraction on a rainy afternoon. My son likes to make turtles and much about with play dough suitable scissors.

And my Daughter makes cookies and other treats for her imaginary cafe.

The cream of tartar makes homemade play dough last for ages, months even, as long as you store in airtight containers so don;t go throwing away your old empty play doh pots!

Have a lovely evening, Jo x


Blogtoberfest day 8 - Monochrome

Yesterday I set myself a simplicity challenge, getting back to basics with a very limited colour palette of just black, white and clear glass. It was superbly fun few hours at the torch, concentrating on dot placement and stringer control and encasing. These beads are currently up for auction in two of the lively Facebook lampwork groups - I think you have to be a member of the groups to see the artists pictures and listings  but I shall share links to them here anyway :-D

Have a super evening, Jolene xx


Blogtober day 5 - Mini Mo' Oct 14 Carnival and Circus Circus

The first collection I have put together for the Mini Mo' club in October is a pure shot in the arm of bright colour! Reds, yellow and a smashing great dollop of juicy orange.
These beads turned out beautifully, encased carnival twistie hearts.
Next to show is a lush bright set using CiM Tiger Lily with Carnival love heart murrini.
And the last set I have to show for this  collection are a series of little donut beads made with encased Carnival twistie canes.
My second collection for October are Circus colours, bright blues and greens with a splash of red and orange.
This first heart trio has been decorated with Circus Circus murrini with a paisley twist over Vetrofond Pea Green.
Next to show are the silvered Glacier shards over Effetre mid aqua.

My last set for this post are encased hearts using some of the Circus Circus twistie cane over CiM Glacier.

 If you would like to join the Mini Mo' club them pop along to my etsy supplies shop for the full details and prices.

Have a lovely day, Jolene xx


Blogtoberfest day 4 - Made to Order Hearts

After just squeaking in, just in the nick time on day 3 with a cheeky colour study post, today is going to be another quick post and run too as I am busy preparing for the Uxbridge bead show tomorrow.

I am trying something new for Etsy, and starting to create listings for made to order hearts in my most popular designs and in my very favourite colours.
 My first offering (above) is a collection in Reichenbach Ocean which is so lush and sparkly. Next up, delicious light transparent apple green........yum!
Stunning Bubblebath Opal lilac....
......and last but by no means least, in this stunning bright orange with both back and silvered ivory options.

You can check them out on Etsy :-D

Have a super weekend, Jolene xx


Blogtoberfest day 3 - Colourful Friday


Mini Mo'Sept 14 Iris Blue and Cornflower

My first Mini Mo' collection for September is called iris Blue. I've used Vetro Periwinkle, Reichenbach Iris blue and CiM Azure with classic Silvered Ivory shards
The first set I have to show today are mix and match tab beads that use some of the iris blue twisties over a base of Effetre lime green.
This heart trio has Iris Blue murrini detail with a paisley twist over baby blue.
Last to show for this collection, a trio of Fremen hearts with classic silvered Ivory shards.
My second collection is called Cornflower and uses Effetre Periwinkle, CiM Ink Blot and Effetre Trans Purple with Light Silver Plum shards.
Another bright set of Crazy 8's, this time using lilac twistie from the cornflower collection over Effetre Apricot.
A sweet little heart trio in dark lavender with Cornflower murrini.
The last set that I have to show today is this glorious set of azure hearts with shimmering Light Silver Plum shards - a low oxy rich flame brings out the lustre.

Have a great week, Jolene xx


Blogtoberfest day 1 - My new studio and International bead challenge day

So it is that time of year again, Blogtoberfest! I love this once a year project, it really helps me focus on my much loved but oft  neglected blog and gets me catching up on sharing glassy news and tutorials.
If you would like to take up the challenge to blog daily through October check out this linky...

So my big big news is that I moved out of my (dark, damp and spider filled) garage studio at the start of August and into a fabulous studio space in the Manor Farm heritage site at the top of Ruislip High St. My new beautiful, airy, light filled space is just a dream come true!

It has finally given me the space I need to be able to offer lampwork bead making tuition and host special events like the one we held on the 20th of September for International Bead Challenge day. Marlene Minhas, Heather Kelly and I spent the day showing some super special kiddos from the Beads of Courage program and their families how lampwork beads are made. We also made String of Strength bracelets with the kids which are a fabulous way for kids to be able to support other kids on the BoC program. The way String of Strength bracelets work is that each child and their siblings can each make two identical bracelets, one to keep and one to gift to another child on the program along with a short message of support. It's a very lovely thing.

Here are the beads we made on the day which have already been sent on to Be Child Cancer Aware along with the String of Strength bracelets. Hopefully they will bring strength and encouragement to some very brave kids :-D

That's it from me today, back to tomorrow with a Mini Mo' catch up post for September.
Jolene xx