94 degrees with a dew point of 72 - that is hot! Sticky, thick, hard-to-breathe-outside, nasty Summer. Not my favorite Season (at all). So I am hunkering down in my basement studio with a sweatshirt on - so cold in here! But, adding layers of clothing for warmth is so much better than taking the layers off!
So, I made this bracelet last week...and it sold very quickly.
Lovely lampwork by Maryse of GlassBeadArt. And, I have been having so much fun with my torch (seeking warmth in the basement? Possibly)! I soldered and textured the links for the chain. Adjustable bracelets made easy!
I replicated this design in copper, with some gorgeous Lapis from Happy Mango Beads. There is also a colorful Tibetan Bead in this mix.
This next bracelet features gorgeous lampwork DONATED to me from Mallory Hoffman (Rosebud on etsy). I am calling the colors Coke Bottle Glass (obviously, not the correct name, but, you got a visual of the color, didn't you?!) This was VERY HARD to photograph - I typically take my photos on a large slab of granite and the colors just blended with the background. So, I pulled out my photo Gray Cards...much better!
I had on hand one last orphan bead from Basha Beads that perfectly matches these lovelies.
I made a pair of earrings as well.
Mallory very generously sent me a HUGE package of lampwork beads - she knows that I donate my proceeds from jewelry sales to Miracle Horse Rescue and wanted to assist me in my efforts. I am humbled by her generosity! Thank you so much, Mallory! (here is a link to Mallory's shop on Etsy). I hope to be listing more jewelry made with her lovely beads in the near future! :)
I have also been practicing my silver bezel setting skills - I have this awesome lampwork cab made by Sue Kennedy. It's not perfect and I am not "there" yet, but, the fact that I have not burned up any bezel wires makes me think I am slowly getting "it"!
I am telling you, working on this pendant - in particular, the sawing (ugh) - has made me appreciate even more how much work goes into these pieces. I hope to perfect this skill...one piece at a time!
Well, it is supposed to cool down a bit before this Friday, the 4th...keeping my fingers crossed!
Thank you so much for stopping by!