Friday, January 25, 2013

New work for the Tucson Bead Show!

I just looked at the date of my last blog post and can't believe it was January 9!  Well, I should believe it because my time has been spent getting ready for the Tucson Bead Show, February 5 - 10.  Those are the dates of the show but our stay will be more like 10 days.  

It's a major undertaking, but a good exercise in organization and creation!  The thrill will be when we get to Tucson and I have the pleasure of meeting students and customers.

These are some glass head pins in opaque and luscious transparent glass.  They're annealed in a kiln for strength.  Before I was introduced to enameling, I was lampworking so I'm revisiting the joy pulling taffy-like glass from a rod!

These can be used as head pins but also are great woven into a necklace with other enamel beads.

Glass Head Pins
After making a few dozen bellflower shapes, I decided to get a little more sculptural.  The two head pins on the left have a dichroic glass overlay.  I love how these look in intense pink glass. 

Glass Head Pins with a More Sculptural Look!

From there I was led to enamel some links ... Normally I do an annealing process in heated vermiculite for the links and enamel head pins, but I thought, "What the heck, the kiln's on!"   The high-pitched "ting" they make when they touch each other is a delight to the ears!  I wanted these to look as though they'd been dug up from an archaeological site!  The metal that looks "naked" has a thin coat of enamel on top to prevent rust or oxidation from forming.
I can't wait to show you more links in different colors.  If you had a choice, what colors would you make?


Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

ooohhh those links are awesome! Have fun in Tucson!

Barbara Martin said...

Looking forward to seeing you and all your new baubles in Tucson!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I love the new headpins! Cat's coming over for a play date tomorrow so I think I'll make some links, too. Have a wonderful time in Tucson.

Sharon Driscoll said...

Have a great time in Tucson. On the colors I'd have to say that my favorite is orange (goes so well with copper) but as far a sales go orange isn't a great seller - but blue sure is. Love the new goodies.

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Love the flower head going to be selling those?

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Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Wow, it sounds like you're keeping yourself quite busy with this upcoming show! How exciting that must be for you :)

Those floral glass head pins are stunning, especially in all those different and vibrant colors!

Laura Twiford said...

Love those headpins Barbara! It's funny how one medium leads to another and then back around again isn't it? As for the links which are wonderful, I love the colors of the water, blues, greens and then of course a pop of purple every now and again! Can't wait to get back and have a real visit with you soon!