I handmake all of my creations out of glass, using different colored rods of glass and a torch.
Once I'm finished, each piece goes into a computer controlled kiln,
where it is cooled very slowly for a durable piece that should last a lifetime.


Cake Testers




These unique cake testers are created on stainless steel skewers, with my handmade glass decoration on top.

You can see more about my Cake Testers on my Misc section page.




Goddess Beads



When I had an order for a large group of goddess beads, I couldn't help but take a picture of them arranged in a mandala.


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Steampunk Beads and Jewelry



Here's a new earring style I'm making, where I've hand fabricated both the circular charm, plus the glass dangles. The glass dangles are actually very iridecent, but that didn't come through in the scan, unfortunately.





I'm working on some new steampunk designs, so these are the first test beads using dark ivory and dark silver plum glass. Eventually, the goal is that the ivory glass will be replaced with an iridescent color heavily encased in clear, so that it looks like aether in a glass vial, with "metal wirework" holding the vial.







I've been trying to get good pics of these beads foreeeeeever. However, they're really a pain to photograph. The "black" detail on the outside of the bead is actually a pewter colored glass, and that gunmetal finish shows in some parts of the picture but not in others. I hope I didn't make the images too light, trying to get the gunmetal to register correctly.

Plus, because the centers use iridescent glass, the light bounces off of the iridescence and makes the base color look black instead of black cherry red. So, I took yet another picture this morning of light shining through the beads so you can see the base color, and of course the iridescence doesn't show. *chuckles* Still, I think you get the picture.


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Winestoppers



I've been trying a lot of different winestopper styles lately, and this was a fun flower pattern to do.
A wood toned trellis supports pink roses. Leaves and flowers are left slightly raised for texture.


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Landscapes


Here are more Landscape beads.

Winestoppers and Beads, $45 each. Available with moons, fireflies, night skies, or dawn clouds.



I've always had an affinity for dragonflies. So of course I had to add them into a few beads.
What I love about these, is they could also be butterflies.

Winestoppers and Beads, $45 each. Available with trees (all seasons), flowers (all colors), or any combination thereof.



Sunrise, or Sunset beads. After staring at many sunsets, and working two days just in preparation, these are some of my most sophisticated beads yet!

Winestoppers and Beads, $75 each. Available with trees (all seasons), flowers (all colors), or any combination thereof.


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Costumed, or Lady Beads


Some of my Muse or Lady series. The holes in these go straight through the arms and torso, making a fun focal. Sizes vary, but the two shown above are about two inches long, from hair to hem. Prices start at $50, and depend on complexity.







October, 2012

The Anderson Arts Building in Rochester, NY is open on First Fridays now, in addition to Second Saturdays! So you can visit me, along with a plethora of other artists, on the First Friday of every month from 5pm - 9pm, and the Second Saturday of every month, from 12pm - 4pm, Sept through May.

Our Holiday Gala is also very soon, Friday, Dec 7, from 5pm - 9pm, and Sat, Dec 8, from 12pm - 4pm.

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Although I removed most of my (very) old blog entries, I did want to leave up the winestopper example, since it's a lovely piece and I still make them in various color combinations. The best thing about this style is that each one turns out a little differently, depending on what colors I use.



This bottle stopper has been topped with two of my flameworked glass beads, in an organic stone motif, separated by a lovely sterling silver spacer. This would be perfect atop a nice bottle of wine, or rich decanter of brandy.

It measures almost five inches tall, from tip to top; the beads themselves are 2 1/8" tall. I use Italian Moretti glass, and both beads been properly annealed, straight from the flame into a waiting kiln, for durability. With moderate care, this piece should last a lifetime.

With two handmade beads, my Bottle Stoppers are $75, and orders are being taken now. I also make these with single "tier" for $45, which are very popular!






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