Thursday, April 8, 2010

THE BIRDS ARE BACK

Not sure if you recall that I set up a bird-feed about one year ago and I am very delighted with the recent return of the birds to this feed. They seem to 'disappear' during the fall and winter seasons and visit again with the spring season. I have yet to see the big woodpeckers but have sighted the robins, sparrows, blackbirds, blue tits and pigeons; hey, these are the birds' names I know! Many other birds fly around in the neighborhood where there are gardens and they don't fly to our feed since it is placed on the flat roof-top at our place and is not as attractive as a garden. Still,  it is enjoyable watching the little visitors. 

Some new beads I made on Tuesday - 


THE LITTLE CROWN BIRD
36x29mm, 9mm thick
both sides of the bead has similar-looking birds


ROCKIN' ROBIN
41x28mm, 11mm thick
bird motif is only on one side of the bead



BRAZILIAN TANAGER
49x27mm, 9mm thick



THE HUMMINGBIRD
55x27mm, 11mm thick


BEDROCK STORIES
I love making these beads, the motifs have a fat squishy feeling - these beads actually take longer to make than expected as the dots have to be added and melted down repeatedly to acquire the fatness and evenness in the dots. You can't increase the mass at one go, that would end up really as a mess then. Very mediative to make these kind of beads.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

PEEK-A-BOO INTO THE PIGEONS' NEST

I have some issues with the new features on this blog, last blog was a little wonky as most of you have probably noticed. It will take me weeks if not months to figure out how to use it properly. Ahhh, the joys of learning...

The love birds, ie pigeons, who have their nest on the tree directly outside of our windows, are back again and this time we not only watched them re-build their nest, but have the luck of seeing their freshly-laid eggs! Here's a picture I've managed to capture three or four days ago.





I have been making finished pieces, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Here's a black-and-white piece I finished last week. Lentil-shaped beads are rather large. 

THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, 20" necklace
lentils each measure 26mm in diameter
smokey quartz + sterling silver catch





A focal bead I made with purple enamels and orange/yellow/green murrine. Both sides of this free-formed focal bead have the same motifs and murrini.


FIREBALLS
41x28mm, 11mm thick


I love this set - if you look at the ends of the beads, I have a floral pattern and I stumbled upon it by accident, ie I have exaggerated the dots, I made them nice and fat. The beads have a 'Flinestone-y' effect, thus the name of the set is Pebbles and Bam-bam.

PEBBLES AND BAM-BAM
each round bead: 17x20mm
total length: 20cm (8")