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'