Friday, September 30, 2011

Earrings & A Few Other Things

I've been so busy getting ready for the event next week that I can't believe I've been keeping up with my photos too!  Blogging is an extra bonus for me this week!  Here are my latest creations:
For event - may be my donated item.
For event.
These are a very light purple - hard to capture true color.
Go Bucks!  Also for the event.
For the event - commando and black.
For the event - simple black and white.
For the event - Ivory, black and commando.
Sold - part of a commissioned set.
Sold - part of a commissioned set.
Sold - Bracelet for the commissioned set.
For the event.


Sold - part of a commissioned set.
This piece is hart do photograph but it's a very vibrant and beautiful set!

Another tough one to photograph - it's rainbow and is so pretty!
Another view - I love the way it flows the colors of the rainbow from center out!
Go Bucks!  All these rings are for the event.





A new Bergard pendant - it allows you to change your bead - Love it!  Also for the event.

 Wow that was a lot of eye candy!  Sure can tell I've been busy and that isn't even all I've been working on.  I have Christmas ornaments and plenty of other beads made just waiting to be made into jewelry for the event.  Today I'm setting up my table (just here at home) to see what items I need to make first and what things I may still need to buy.  I have change a bead necklaces to make next.  So after I get my groceries, errands, and cooking done, I'll be back in the jewelry dungeon till the wee hours of the morning again.  Can't wait - really I'm not being sarcastic, I am really enjoying all the prep.  It has pushed my past my comfort level and I'm benefiting from that for sure.

Thanks for stopping in to read my blog!
Chris
Contact me: chrissandersonbeads@gmail.com
Follow my life of Lampworking: http://beadsbychrissanderson.blogspot.com
Purchase my beads and Jewelry: http://www.artfire.com/users/BeadsByChris
Finished Jewelry sold on site at: SALVATORE CAPELLI SALON 114 W. South Boundary Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 - In the Country Charm Shoppes.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Experiments and More Rainbow Beads

3 blog posts in less than 24 hours - that's unusual for me.  I opened the kiln this morning and I must say I was a little disappointed in the results from my torch session yesterday.  I'll show the pretty beads first.  Rainbow beads for my project plus a few variations of the bead because I was getting a bit bored just making dots after dots after dots in the same pattern.
 I really like that middle one.  It's aqua, purple and pink on a base of black.  Here are some more views of that bead:



Here is the other new style - I think it looks like a spider web:


As you can see I'm still practicing my lighting on various backgrounds.  Sorry for all the photos of the same bead but I like seeing how they look when they are actually on a post.  I find it interesting that what looks good in my photo program often looks different when viewed on the web.  So I'm still learning about what looks best for the different applications.

Now on to my experiments for the day.  First up is a twist of three different colors that I swirled on different bases.  Some have a little frit mixed in on the blob of a twist.  That probably makes no sense to you unless you are a lampworker - LOL!  These came out a little more muted than I thought and I may try them etched.


 These are my experiments using various DH Silvered glass.  Some days I have good luck with silvered glass and other days I get stuff like this.  They are not all bad but I know I can do better.  I wish I could figure out what makes the difference from session to session when working with silvered glass.  Could be the mix of my fuel and oxygen, could be the atmosphere, could be I'm wearing the wrong clothes - who knows!

The last bead in this series is my favorite.  It's one of the new DH glasses that I picked up from the Gathering and I will be playing some more with this one for sure - but I'll wait until it feels like a good silvered glass day!

Here are my other attempts to work with silver and raku.  I think I'm never going to be able to make those beautiful fire opal beads again.  This is my 3rd try and only one (second from the left) looks even close to what I got before. 


So that's it for now.  I have two people wanting some fire opal beads but I think I'm going to have to ask them if they can pick something else until I get a blessing from the silvered glass Gods.  Thanks for stopping in to read my blog.  It's almost the weekend so I hope you all have a fun and safe fall weekend - weather is supposed to be beautiful here!!
Chris
Contact me: chrissandersonbeads@gmail.com
Follow my life of Lampworking: http://beadsbychrissanderson.blogspot.com
Purchase my beads and Jewelry: http://www.artfire.com/users/BeadsByChris
Finished Jewelry sold on site at: SALVATORE CAPELLI SALON 114 W. South Boundary Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 - In the Country Charm Shoppes.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Organic Fall Jewelry

Some of my Fall inspired jewelry sold (I'm happy to say) so I made some more.  This type of jewelry has been a nice change of pace for me.

First up is the necklace:

 A bangle style bracelet:
A regular strung bracelet:
 And of course a pair of earrings to go with the set:

 I'm starting to build up my inventory for two upcoming events.  One is open to the public and I'll be posting an invitation to everyone on my blog and facebook soon!

Just a few more hours and I'll see what's in the kiln from today's torch session.  I had fun experimenting with some new glass and techniques, and I made more rainbow beads so I'll be back posting soon!!!

Thanks for reading!!!
Contact me: chrissandersonbeads@gmail.com
Follow my life of Lampworking: http://beadsbychrissanderson.blogspot.com
Purchase my beads and Jewelry: http://www.artfire.com/users/BeadsByChris
Finished Jewelry sold on site at: SALVATORE CAPELLI SALON 114 W. South Boundary Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 - In the Country Charm Shoppes.
Just for fun: Facebook: Glass Lampwork beads and Jewelry by Chris Sanderson

Rays, Elephants, & Rainbows

A friend is in town visiting so we took a trip to the Toledo Zoo to see the Baby Elephant.  While we were there I was taking in all the different colors on animals and plants getting lots of inspiration for bead colors and patterns.  Can you guess what type of animal inspired these first beads?
These are all on a base of black with different applications of ivory and SIS.  I was fascinated by the animal that was the inspiration for these - they were very soothing to watch:
I love the dots on these rays, ... and the way they move, well you just have to watch this video:
video

I recently made some more rainbow beads for another jewelry project I'm working on for a customer.  It takes a long time to make these so it's slow going.  These are all from one session and I made some more today but I am going to take a break from making them as I'm getting a little burned out with them.  It takes about 20 min. per full color rainbow bead!!!  I need enough for a bracelet, necklace and earrings so I'll probably need one or two more torch sessions before I can start on the actual jewelry.

I like this rainbow type focal bead and may integrate it with one of the jewelry pieces if the customer likes the idea.  Oh Linda, let me know what you think so far!!! 

So all that is left is Elephants right?  Well I do not have any beads to go with elephants but I'll show you some pictures of the cute little baby elephant:


He sure was fun to watch!

I have some jewelry that I will share soon too!  Thanks for reading my blog!
Contact me: chrissandersonbeads@gmail.com
Follow my life of Lampworking: http://beadsbychrissanderson.blogspot.com
Purchase my beads and Jewelry: http://www.artfire.com/users/BeadsByChris
Finished Jewelry sold on site at: SALVATORE CAPELLI SALON 114 W. South Boundary Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 - In the Country Charm Shoppes.
Just for fun: Facebook: Glass Lampwork beads and Jewelry by Chris Sanderson