artisan lampwork focal bead

I keep meaning to go ahead and write out a log of my end-of-July ISGB Gathering trip in Rochester New York and for one reason or another I just haven’t managed to really get it together until today.  Let me just say thank you to all of the wonderful people that made this event possible and the fantastic experience I got to participate in.

Come to think about it, I also meant to write out a log of my Bead and Button show this past summer.  Where has the time gone?  I think its going to be another one of my out-of-order set of blog posts.

The first and only time I did the Gathering beforehand it was at Louisville in 2011.  I had added a class and trunk show with the unofficial Bead Society of Kentucky just in case the ISGB Bead Bazaar didn’t really make ends meet for the Gathering expenses (one of the classes I taught for the society was the Atlantis Bracelet, pictured left on Danielle and below).  As it turned out, this was a good plan – while the Bead Bazaar sales did cover the table fees and a little more, it didn’t make up full expenses and I wasn’t in a position at the time to call the Gathering a vacation – I needed it to be a working trip.  It was wonderful overall, though.  I roomed with Jodie McDougall, who is calm and easygoing. 

I also roomed with Jodie this time.

I taught a class:
Bead Embroidered Bracelet, Brooch, or Pendant
Set flat-sided disk lampworked beads or cabochons in seed beads and turn them into beautifully unique pendants or bracelets using bead weaving techniques. The intricate details of this type of work paired with glass produces stunning results that you will enjoy recreating time and time again. Embellish
these works of art with crystals and pearls, and then edge and fringe the piece to finish what is certain to be one of your favorite accessories to wear! 

Its actually one of my “old standby” classes.  I had the class scheduled to run twice, but it only ran once, leaving me a free day in the middle of the convention.  Samma Parcels to the rescue!  She offered me a ticket to a special tour at the Corning Museum of Glass.  More on this later.

And also was in a panel with Lori Greenberg, Wesley Fleming & JC Herrell:
Panel on Selling Your Work
The many options, aspects, and specific techniques for selling
your work in person, through galleries, and online.
Yah whatever, right?  I just took a little bit out of this tutorial:

Here’s a photo that Hayley took of the panel.

I got a chance to hang out with my personal hero, Sage Holland, at a Gallery hop.  In case you’re
wondering, I made a complete and utter fool of myself in front of her at Bead & Button and she was still gracious to me.  That’s a story for another time (later, I promise… and its funny).  We went to a couple of the galleries.  The first was an exquisite ISGB jewelry show that had traveled and was set up for the evening only in the lobby of the hotel.  The second was a pendant show I had been accepted to.  I made an eye pendant for the show, complete with lampwork eye (they are available on Etsy) and new Czech glass spikes.  Also turned a dragon into a pendant and a couple of the flowers.  The only one that sold was the eye, though…  So, I had to make another one for the class at the Best Bead Show in Tucson last week.  I just returned from AZ, by the way.  We’ll get to that in a future post too.  Maybe – there wasn’t nearly enough green chili salsa, guacamole or vodka.

The Corning Museum of Glass was one of the most incredible experiences.  If you ever have a chance to go – DO NOT pass it up.  You won’t believe it, but at about 3pm I actually had my fill of looking at glass.  How could that be, you ask?  I have no idea, but I had to actually sit outside in the sun and read for a while because my head was so full.  I brought a notepad, so did some skething and I think I know which way my work is going next.  But I’m not going to tell – it’ll be a surprise.  If you want to read more about the museum, here’s the link.  And here’s one of my favorites, a Gourd Vase by Thomas Webb and Sons.  Its been Blown, Overlaid, Carved, Etched, Enameled & Gilded.  I don’t even think it needs fringe.

I wanted to go ahead and list all the fabulous people I met IRL, both from Facebook and LE.  But I can’t because there were just too many of you.  So, you know who you are.  And thank you for making my trip wonderful.


Updated – Etsy!  AGAIN!
I’ve added even more to the Beads and Kits sections!  Check them out – I’m getting ready for the Rocky Mountain Bead Society show, so get ’em before the show!

Also, Etsy rolled a new instant downloads option.  If you didn’t catch this in my last newsletter, this means that when you purchase a tutorial, you’ll get a link to automatically download your tutorial to your computer.  Yippee!

Also check the artisan focal beads, beaded jewelry, and euro-style big hole beads sections for some crazy clearance prices.

As a reminder, late in january, I signed up for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.
You can read more about it here

My Bead Soup Blog Party Swap Buddy is Darlene Fortier!  Darlene owns Darlicious Rejuvenations and in her own words she “creates one-of-a-kind recycled and salvaged jewelry with a hint of bike.”

You can see her her Etsy Store –
Or… you can follow her blog –

Here’s what she sent to me.  I’m not going to use the antique steel cut seed beads.  Why not?  Well, I collect antique seed beads, so they are just going into my own super secret dragon stash.  I haven’t decided what to do with the vintage glass vintage triangles, but the rest have been combined with some Toho 8/0 metallics.  Here’s what I have so far – its a bracelet!

I plan on adding… what else?  Fringe!  I’ve tried making some bellflowers using my new Carlo Dona press, but they just too big and took over that focal bead by George O’Grady.  So…  stop by on the reveal day (March 30) to see what I’ve done!

Updated – Etsy!

Nothing new in the Clearance Section, but I’ve added more to the Artisan Lampwork Focal Beads, the Floral Beads/Pendants and the Critter Beads/Sculptures sections!  Check them out!

Also, Etsy is rolling out a new instant  downloads sections.  This means that when you purchase a tutorial, you’ll get a link to automatically download your tutorial to your computer.  No more waiting for me to get back to my computer and instant gratification!  Yippee!  So…  please be patient with me while I add all of my tutorials to this service.