Saturday, 28 January 2012

Contender number 3


Number 3

Contender number 2

Number 2

Exchange bead - contender number 1

I've been making beads with different combinations of reactive and silver glass for an exchange. I'll be showing you a few of them. Here's the first.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A bit more blue


Did some more beads in blue with slightly better placed dots of clear. I used different silver reactive glass in each bead.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

A little bit of magic

This bead was made using magic mosaic shards.
This is a glass reaction technique refined and shared by Jacqueline Parkes (Gems in Bloom). See her work at
Of course my beads are nowhere near as impressive as those produced by Jacqueline, but for my first attempts I was happy with them.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Adventures with my aunty


Here is my aunty on her first day at her new luncheon club. She had a busy morning being artistic, working on a canvas interpreting the new works of David Hockney. As you can see, she was in charge of the shrubbery section. Later in the afternoon, she got a cream tea. I think her big smile proves she had an enjoyable day.

Feeling blue

This bead represents a new idea I was trying out. At first I thought the bead wasn't too bad, but now the photos are here, and blown up, I am cringing at all the imperfections I can see. But I thought I would share, as it is still a pretty bead.

A bunch of flowers

Tried out some more silver glass reactions with this simple flower pattern. I am liking the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle differences that can be seen in each one of these beads. More work on different combinations in the offing.

Monday, 2 January 2012

New year, new look.

I have changed the look of the blog, because I think it shows up the pictures to better effect.

And I know its a bit late, but

"A very happy new year to you all".


I had a go with floral style beads, using, yes you guessed it, silver and reactive glass for the flowers. The results were impressive. I think there will be a few more experimental combinations to try out in the next few weeks.

The pink/pastel combination has a cool multilayered effect in the petals. And the blue one has two layers of flowers, the upper layer is slightly more ghostly. I really like the overall effect.

However, maybe there is something missing? I should probably add some vine detail to the beads. I haven't quite figured out how I'll tackle that particular feature. Random or precise. Knowing my skills, I think random will be the way to go.

Variation on a theme

All these beads have been made with the same silver rich glass. Its amazing the different effects I got with the same glass.

Blowing eggs

I was blowing hot glass to turn into shards, and got a perfect egg. Thought you would like to see it.

Mirror mirror on the wall.....

.....who is the prettiest of them all

The zebra beads got used.

Apparently they make a lovely chinking noise too.

All at sea

My beading buddy Jane snapped up the owl and pussycat, and made a beautiful pea green boat.
I love the fact that the boat looks as if its constructed of lots of little peas.