Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Stay tuned...and yes, I shall be offering a reward!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Here's a photo of Erin (AirWynn Glass Designs), Stephanie (The Dixon Chick) and myself (Cynful Creations), taken by my sister Janine:
It was a fun outing, with pizza, cookies, lots of conversation and exchanging of ideas about glass and beads. Many thanks to Beadfx for hosting the event. I look forward to attending the next one!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The basic idea is that you make some twisted stringers and then layer colours and types of glass together to make discs, using the twisties to give a playful edge to some of the more colourful ones. The magazine very kindly posted the artist's how-to instructions on their website for people like me to download, which was most helpful.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here's an example of wire crochet using the rose pink wire, very light and pretty for spring:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This type of glass has more silver in it so it reacts with the heat and the gases to make really cool colours in quite unexpected ways. I'll post photos once I get the beads back (and no, my beads won't look anything like the one below but this is to what I aspire). They're baking in the kiln in the store right now and by morning, the automated thermostat will have cooled down the kiln to room temperature and the Bead Fairy at Beadfx will take out all the beads in the morning and take them off the mandrells for us, which is really nice to have someone else do for you.
I snagged this photo from the website for Double Helix, who is one of the manufacturers who make this special glass and who was kind enough to donate free samples for our class:
Isn't it beautiful? Kind of looks like the earth from space, only with more green tones. Believe it or not, it's a bead. Wow.
Here's their website: http://www.doublehelixglassworks.com
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
While Kermit the Frog has been known to lament, "It's not easy being green," that is not the case today. On March 17th each year, many of us, Irish or not, are wearing green and wishing each other "Top of the morning". My mother likes to call herself Marg O'Fawcett to celebrate this annual recognition of all things Irish (the other 364 days of the year, she's known as Margot).
If you're looking for more information about this "holiday", check out this website: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/090316-st-patricks-day-facts.html
May good luck be with you wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.
Monday, March 16, 2009
For those of us in the beading community, it means something much better - the annual sale at Beadfx!!! Not only is almost everything 20 percent off, if you are a Toronto Bead Society member, you also get a 15% discount on top of the 20th discount. This, my friends, is called double dipping (not to be confused with getting an extra layer of chocolate on your ice cream cone at DQ but equally good in the general scheme of things.)
You can shop online (in your pyjamas, late at night, without leaving the comfort of your own home) or you can head in to the store to personally touch the objects on display, weigh them in your hand, hold them up to the light to see the gleam, compare and contrast colours, before carrying them to the cash register for purchase.
But don't delay - the sale is only on this week and then it's gone again until next year...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
(many thanks to the artist who took this photo, Naranjetin, who hopefully won't mind my posting his or her picture here - it's quite lovely.)
Friday, March 13, 2009
P.S. The captions you see if you hold your cursor at the bottom of the picture frame are my names for or comments about the pieces, not those of the artists who made them.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
You can check out the details of my design, component list, etc. here: http://www.beadfx.com/inspirations/inspirations.php?id=221
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
On Friday, I'll post pictures of the creations of some of my fellow TBS members. Be prepared to be amazed.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It did cross my mind to mark this special occasion, and apparently there is a Barbie bead connection, in the form of Barbie's Bead Bonanza, so I wouldn't be too remiss if I mentioned it here. But according to this photo, she doesn't really want anyone to know she's that old. Can't blame her, I don't want anyone to know I will someday be that age either!!
I've been looking at images on Google, trying to find a photo of the Barbie Dream House I had when I was a kid. You'd think, out of the 792,000 photos they have on this topic (can you imagine??), that one of them would look like the one I had back then but of the 300 or so I've looked at so far, none of them do!! I suppose it's possible that the plastic and cardboard domiciles didn't survive the 70's but I find that hard to believe, as there appear to be several versions of the 1962 version available. The one I had folded up into a square box-like shape with a handle on top for easy travelling, it folded open into three sections that were the rooms. It was, of course, pink in colour.
Apparently there are lots of people with pictures of their own versions of Barbie's dream house, which I find slightly alarming. However, it seems nowadays Barbie herself is living in a 3 storey house, so she has moved up in the world from the one storey bungalow she had when I was young. Guess she did okay in the divorce from Ken. You go, girl!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
From the outside, it looked like someone's garage, as if they had just opened the doors to let people see what was inside. We explored the various aisles, exclaiming over the treasures and just plain old junk, and marvelled at the quantity of miscellaneous stuff piled high to the rafters, all of it covered with a layer of dust.
There were a lot of larger pieces that I had to ignore, especially a few pieces of furniture and a very cool pair of suits of armour, as there was no way I'd ever get them home to Canada but Kate ended up buying a fabulous metal dragon that she then managed to fit into one of her suitcases by packing the dragon first and then fitting all her other bits and pieces around it. Me, I could barely lift the thing but it certainly was magnificent and worth the trouble to get it home.
I ended up buying several packages of buttons after rooting through a couple of boxes full of a multitude of them that Heather found on one of the shelves. I think we all ended up buying a few different packages, but I believe I bought the most.
Tomorrow, I'll show you what I did with some of them. :)