Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Miniature Reef Beads

I have been paired off to work with Lisa Tune on a collaborative project and the theme is based on the 4 elements - earth, water, fire and wind. Lisa chose the water element and I agreed to it. Our correspondence was in October 2008 and I just couldn't put my mind to coming up with ideas for the project. Finally, 2008 gave way to 2009 and the deadline is Feb 1st, so I figured it was time to get the beads down. Lisa still has to work the beads into a finished necklace!!

Anyway, these are the beads made specially for the project, this is the first time I've attempted making 3-D underwater scenes - which I am awfully pleased with!


Set of 'Miniature Reefs' beads
each bead measures 1.8x2.0cm

The below photos are close-up of each bead -



I decided that the set needed a pendant to it and made this focal bead to go with the set.
The below beads were made this week - I shall bring them with me to Tucson (Best Bead Show) if I do not sell them beforehand.



These round beads are about 2.5cm or 1" in diameter, they remind me of my childhood days when we played with marbles.

Monday, December 29, 2008

CHANGES IN 2009

When I was in my teens, I would roll my eyes whenever I hear folks claiming how fast time has flown by. As a teenager, I simply could not understand why time for me went by so slow and was keen to hit legal age - ie 21 - ASAP. Not because I want to drink alcohol - I am one of those Asians who fortunately or unfortunately do not have the right enzymes to break down alcohol - I get drunk with just a sip of alcohol. Those impatient teenage years were thirty years ago and now my kids roll their eyes whenever I say how fast time has gone by!! I guess history repeats itself, no matter which part of the world we live in.

I stopped teaching lampworking after August this year as I needed time for myself. That was wise as I certainly needed the time for myself. My teaching schedule for 2009 is however confirmed and shall be conducting classes at the following venues:

Bead & Button 2009 Show (June), Milwaukee, USA

West Dean College (July), West Dean, UK

The Glass Furnace (August), Istanbul, Turkey

I shall also teach individually beginning September 2009 - either at my home or the student's.

For 2009, I shall definitely devote part of my time to my hobbies and cutting down my studio time for the weekends where I could go cycling with my husband in the countryside, reading novels, watching movies, making bags, more tap-dancing and also doing nothing - simply nothing! I have decided to take up individual lessons on top of my 'regular' class with Nicola (she's my tap dancing instructor) late January - you know, there comes a time in your life, when you learn something new, you want to learn it to the utmost and not do a half-baked job. I think that being a lampworker full-time, learning to tap seriously is exactly what I need to 'go into another mode'. This means I have to practise my tap daily, plan my tap rhythms as I also do tap improvisations and not just choreograph tap - ahhh, maybe I can shed some unwanted pounds this way!

Oh yes, some new beads from me - and my very best wishes for everyone in 2009!!!

'Purple Rain'

'Purple Passion'

'Snowflakes'

'A Brush Of Honey'

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

TIME FOR THOUGHTS

I can't believe how fast time has gone by this year! Seems like it was light years ago that I was totally cut off from cyberspace though it was just last month. We have moved into our new place about three weeks ago, still running back to the old place to throw out things we've been hoarding over the years. It's amazing how much we accumulate and you know what, I don't even miss the things I have chucked out! Goes to show that I really did not need them at all! Ah, the sole employer at the recycling center knows me so well by now and each time I am there, he shakes his head and wonder when I shall have the final load...

My mind has not really settled down and the way I feel is definitely reflected in how I am working presently - yes, a total lack of concentration. When I feel a 'second wind', I crank up the kiln immediately and start torching. Such days are rare and I hope that this will pass after this weekend as both my husband and I decided that Saturday will be our cut-off date where we no longer need to ferry to the old place and the recycling center. It's so very feng-shui - the burden is still heavy on the shoulders and until we have things settled, my mind is not free to work.

Anyway, here are some beads I have made recently and in this week. The orange set is a set of very tiny beads - green pea size - about 0.8x1.0cm each. The others are not so tiny, quite 'regular' in size!

Enjoy the rest of the week. Have a very merry Christmas and all the best in 2009!

ITTY-BITTY

VELVET & CHAMPAGNE #2

A TASTE OF HONEY

THE SPICE OF LIFE

STEPPING OUT

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Lampworking Specials!

My latest beads mainly the Deep Summer series are now listed on my website for sale! Here's the link - www.beadchatter.com

Lost Connections

My internet services were disrupted on Nov 3 and will only be 'restored' on Nov 26. Long story which I don't wish to stress myself or you into. Just do not change your ISP if you live in Germany, it's a nightmare all of us are going through and is a big issue presently. I hope the EC will come up with a new regulation before these telecommunication conglomerates make our lives more miserable with their constant bickering amongst themselves when customers decide to change to another telecommunication company. Anyway, we discovered ourselves the mobile internet alternative (which I had to sign up for 24 months but my internet access is available immediately) and serves as the best but expensive solution for this 'transitional phase' until our 'actual' internet package (also a 24-mon contract) is switched on Nov 26. These telecommunication companies are legalized con-artists, aren't they? I don't quite understand why they did not mention the mobile possibility to me? Instead, I - as a paying customer - had to find this option out by myself.

Anyway, without any internet, I had been having sleepless nights since I can't sell any of my work online in November plus running to the telecoms shop daily to see when my line will be activated again. On the other hand, I had been concentrating on our packing, sorting and getting ready for our move. I had to redo my shelving system for my glass rods and that took me two days. Have to now pack my studio up for the move. My husband has already partially set up my studio in the new apartment, so I need to just haul the stuff over and set up for torching again. At the rate I am going, it will take me another two weeks before I get everything sorted out!

Here are some beads made in the first week or so in November. Will be back with more news of our move soon!



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Friday, October 31, 2008

MORE NEW BEADS

I have made more beads based on Deep Summer and would like to share it with you. I probably will not be torching for a few days as I will be taking tap dancing workshops throughout the weekend, beginning tonight! I am so excited about it - Steven Harper is in Germany to teach the classes. Nope, guys, I'm not talking about Stephen Harper from Canada!! Steven is half German and half American and moved to Brazil in the early 90s after teaching a tap dancing workshop there. I am so looking forward to this great treat!!

The first two photos show the same bead, only different views. From the 3rd photo onwards, they are all different beads.










And yes, I had to make a set using the same theme - here's the first set:


Have a good weekend! I shall be back with more such sets of Deep Summer!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DEEP SUMMER

I managed to find several out-of-print books by Gwen Bristow which I had read long time ago. A pity that such great books are no longer in print. I started reading 'Deep Summer' a few days ago and have been so inspired by the book that I have made a series of focal beads which I'd like to share with you - these focals are quite large, with the largest measuring 6.5cm (2.5") in length and the smallest measuring 4cm (1.5"). All except the last focal have abstract designs on them and are very colorful.



Here's a new set (lentil-shaped) as well though not based on 'Deep Summer' but on marine life.


This below set is made of round beads, also a marine life theme - now presently on Ebay -



And last but not least, a series of black and white disc beads, also currently on Ebay -

'BEYOND THE BASICS'