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Sunday, July 25, 2010

ABS Carnival Bloggers... Exploration


“Exploration is the act of searching or traveling a terrain (including space, see space exploration) for the purpose of discovery of resources or information. Exploration occurs in all non-sessile animal species, including humans. In human history, its peak is seen during the Age of Discovery for Europe's contact with the rest of the world, and Major explorations after the Age of Discovery for scientific exploration in the modern era.”

This is an interesting topic for me as my first University degree was in Geology and I spent a number of years working as an Exploration Geologist… OK so none of the above is the type of exploration that relates to art beads… however lets grab the phrase ‘the act of searching’ that is what I have spent the last 17 days doing.. searching through my hords of ‘double helix’, Rocio & TAG silvered glasses … trying to recreate a bead…

I had/have a pendant in the gallery… , a cutomer saw it… She wants a pair of earrings made out of the same bead!

No problem, …. HA HA… base white… swirl of silvered glass … psuedo encased…. Well I have tried almost every rod of different silvered glass that I have… approx 30… I have 3 different whites I’m sure they all do something different and at least 5 clears…. Do you have any idea how many beads I’ve made in the last 17 days… since I had to make at least 2 of every test in case I got it right….

Here's about 20 % of the beads....

The first week they were actually pretty beads… now they are fuggly… totally FUGGLY! This morning after I pulled yesterdays beads out of the kiln I officially gave up! The woman will not get her earrings!

However some of the beads have been lovely! This bracelet (probably Kronos) lasted two days in the gallery... I rescued the fuggly beads by adding coin pearls to them and actually the jewellery is OK....

I HATE to admit this but I still haven't quit trying... I'm thinking that the glass is actually original Olympic Rain... I just need the humidity to match the day that I made that first bead and I'll be all set!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Good Bye Zoomies

Nov 15 2007 - July 18 2010

We'll miss you.

(He was hit by a vehicle about a mile from the house because he had a name tag with a phone number someone called us)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What a lovely view!

This was the view at the ferry landing yesterday morning... that is the wharf just behind the flag pole... it might be 100 feet away... It's sort of weird floating through the fog.... Today we woke up to sun for the first time in a couple of weeks!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday

This is the door to my gallery... with my 'cheap' hanging baskets... My sister challenged me to keep the lobelia in the front basket alive all summer! Yea I'll admit I normally turn it into crispy critters before the end of most summers....

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Stupid Tomato!

I'm not quite sure why tomatoes are suppose to be happier growing down... but someone obviously forgot to tell this tomato that, since as you can see... it grew to the edge of the pot and has now turned and is growing up the side of the planter..... wonder if it will have the strength to remain upright if and when it gets tomatoes! I have three more plants just like it planted... in the garden... we'll see which method works better! (at least the deer can't reach the one in the 'hanger'!)

PS the planter was a gift!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Almost wordless Wednesday

Thanks for the balnkie Mommeee... Oh this is a sweater... you were laying it out on the floor to figure out where the buttonholes were suppose to go.....

Too BAD!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Finally lit my torch today! ... in search of the elusive matching glasss beads!

Well I'm back in the studio... my birds are done... and shipped so now it's time to melt in bead shop... (Yes it's hot here...) I need to making earrings... that means two beads the same... Even with Gord saying there is a head in between the earrings when they are being worn... they are together when they are being sold so... they have to be pretty close to matching!

Just one of the many earring-less sets that are patiently waiting.....

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Front load washers....

When we got home at the end of May after being gone for 5 weeks I discovered when I opened my washer that it stunk... (big time!) If I leave the door to my washer ajar it swings wide open ... So my high tech solution is two rare earth magnets and a good elastic band. The smell is now gone... and by accident I'm actually using a liquid HE detergent!

If you want more info here's a good article on 'problems' with front load washers!