Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Student Work:
Faux Lampwork

I received a few pictures from Nadezhda Dyachenko, who bought my  Faux Lampwork Tutorial about a month ago.

I keep repeating how much I enjoy seeing what other people are doing with my technique.

Nadezhda is experimenting a lot - with colors, shapes, and overall designs.

I especially like her green tablet beads in this picture:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Butterfly Necklace
Fly Away

I almost finished my two-sided butterfly necklace.

Here is side one:

And this is the other side of the same necklace:

The necklace can be worn on either side - all in black or in black and fire colors. Both sides have the same wire design, and both covered with protective layer of resin. the body of the butterfly is the same on both sides, with clear Swarovski crystals. The wings are symmetrical and attached to the body and to each other with sterling silver wire.  The whole  butterfly is about 5.5" wide.

The wire hinges are not glued in yet- I am still thinking how to make them better.  I am pleased with the last two pares of wire hinges at the bottom wings, but all other groups seem too crowded...  I am considering removing some of the loops so that the wire parts are more in agreement with the rest of the design.

Meanwhile, I sent pictures of this necklace to Fire Mountain Gems polymer clay and pearls contest.  Wish me luck!  If my necklace takes any place, the necklace will have to be sent to FMG, so I have to decide what to do with the wire connections by that time.  Any thoughts?

See my previous posts for work-in-progress pictures of this necklace.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Available Now: Tutorial
Polymer Clay Pandora Beads
Faux Lampwork Style

The new step-by-step tutorial is ready and can  be found at my web site,, and at my Etsy shop.

The tutorial explains how to make polymer clay Pandora beads.
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