Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Collage Glass Marbles Bezeled and Halfway Done!

Remember these guys?

Glass Collage Marbles: 
"Fly", "Dream", and "Once Upon A Time"

Well, I got the chance to work on them again last night, and I'm pleased with how they turned out.  I only have two of them halfway complete, the other one is still in the metals studio on campus. 

Bezeled Collage Marbles:
"Dream", and "Once Upon A Time"

 I love soldering on copper, but the other one needed a silver finish.  Which made it more complicated for me to solder, since I chose to use nickel silver instead of the real thing for the back plating.

I cut and shaped the copper, then cut and filed the silver bezel strips.  I soldered the silver bezels strips into a circle, then soldered the circles onto the copper.  Then I drilled the hole, but I think I'll need to go back and drill the hole a little bigger.  I want to put an eyelet or grommet (a rivet with a hold through it) through the hole to give it a more finished look.  I also intend to attach leather to the back of the copper so that no one has an allergic response to copper.  Besides, I just like the way the leather looks and finishes the pieces.  I have some more sanding and finishing to do, but I am so pleased with the way they turned out.

Bezeled Collage Marbles:
"Dream", and "Once Upon A Time"

After Note:  Anyone else out there hate trying to photograph glass or crystal?  I am terrible at it!  I can see the reflection of the camera in all of the marbles, and I didn't I got the collages as sharp & detailed as I wanted because of the reflective glass.  I know I can only get better with practice, but my results are always so disappointing to me that I don't want to practice...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lori's 8th Bead Soup Blog Party

I'm so excited to participate in another of Lori's bead soup parties!  It's fun to see what comes in the mail, to try new things, and to work with beads you never would have chosen for yourself.  I've thoroughly enjoyed the challenge in the past and would not have willingly given up the opportunity to do it again.  In the past I've had to push myself to work with unusual materials, and unusual beads.  I'm looking forward to seeing what comes from my new partner, and to seeing what I can do with what she sends me.

In fact, I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces from past parties.

My Gecko Forest necklace from Michelle's soup

My Birdie necklace from Pamela's soup

My Set it Free necklace from Rose's soup

I can't wait to see what happens this year!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party

I get to be in Lori's awesome Bead Soup Blog Party again!!!

I love this event and have gotten to participate a couple of times.  I'm so excited!