Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ghetto Fabulous!!

Hello all! I've decided to write to update everyone on my glass beadmaking class that I have been taking. Last week was our first class and man was it hard!! It didn't help that I moved the day before and my tendonitis was flaring up! My teacher said I did pretty well for my first try. I like to call my beads ghetto fabulous. I will attach a picture below. I have not filed the bead release out of the center yet but will do so tonight in studio.
Ahh there they are in all their glory! I won't critique them as I'll be too hard on myself as always. I did have my studio before class last night and was able to make a nicely shaped bead. In class last night, we learned how to make a triangle bead, a Little Mermaid bead, and bicone bead, etc. I felt like last night was much more successful! I enjoyed making the Little Mermaid bead as it took me 30 minutes to create until my gas tank died! I'll post more pictures of my beads from last nights class as soon as they are annealed. I'm thinking I'll bring my camera tonight to photograph our studio and maybe a picture of me in action!
On another note, I spent Saturday evening and night creating some fun necklaces. They will be on display at my next jewelry party. It will either be the jewelry party at Fonville Morissey or the jewelry party at my Mom's house. If you decide you would want one of the necklaces I've designed here, just shoot me a quick email for the price (loribeth79@gmail.com). The necklaces still need clasps on them as well!
Rhodonite and smokey quartz- the beautiful color of these beads did not show up on my camera. They are gorgeous!
Handmade Green girl studio "Fly" pendant with Rhodonite beads and handmade Thai barrel spacer beads. The back of the pendant says "Fly"
Handmade Green Girl Studio "Knowledge" pendant with Tourmaline chips, apatite chips, and handmade Thai barrel spacers. The back of the pendant says "Knowledge".
Thai Hill Tribe handmade flower pendant with iolite and amethyst beads and sterling silver spacers.
Banded agate with black agate chips and sterling silver spacers.
Murano glass beads with blue sunstone, lapis and sterling silver spacers. The Murano glass and blue sunstone both have a shimmer to them that did not show up on the picture! Beautiful!

Friday, October 10, 2008

My first post

So this is my first official post as a blogger! I decided that I would start a blog to keep all my friends and customers updated on my jewelry business and life! Everything has been kind of crazy lately so I haven't been making as much jewelry as I would like. I found out in the beginning of September that the owner of my townhouse I rent wanted to move back in. I decided that it was time to buy my first house! I bought a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath gorgeous townhouse. It is beautiful and right now it doesn't seem at all real! I close on October 30th and will be able to move in that weekend. My roomie, Shea, and I will be temporarily displaced to my best friend Amanda's house for a few weeks! So hopefully while at Amanda's house I can finish up creating jewelry and getting ready for a jewelry party at Fonville Morisey and another jewelry party for the women at church. I've bought tons of beads, gemstones, and handmade beads from The Karen Hill Tribe and Green Girl Studios! I recently made 2 necklaces for my friend Sean's girlfriend's birthday. He found some shells on his vacation to Wilmington and asked me to make some necklaces for her. Hope she liked them! Here's a few pics of the new house and those necklaces for Sean's girlfriend.

(All the furniture in the photos is the current owners stuff but isn't it gorgeous??!!)

Here are the necklaces I made for Kelli. I wish the color turned out better on the photographs but I'm still learning my camera. The first one is an oyster shell that I wrapped with sterling silver wire. The necklace is made of fresh water pearls, garnet chips, shells and sterling silver bead caps. The second necklace (I think) is a piece of conch shell, fresh water pearls, mother of pearl shells, and sterling silver spacers.