Friday, 24 August 2012

Off to Stourbridge, glass festival 2012

Bit of a picture hog on this blog post.  I am off to Stourbridge this weekend, the International Festival of Glass 2012.  You will find me in the Bonded Warehouse selling my beads Saturday and Sunday and on Monday I will still be there and you can see my fused collection of bowls and clocks.
Lots of see in Stourbridge, the weather is forcast to be miserable and wet but if you are brave enough to come out you will not be disappointed. 
Beaded Penguin necklace

Lampwork bracelet Mogs and Fish

Beaded and Lampwork Orchid and Blooms necklace


Flowers for mum

An eye for an eye

Focal beads

Laney x

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Piggie bums, just for fun.

So....just for a bit of fun, I made a piggie head and a piggie body, then I added...

..a massive bag of bead soup - I love bead soup - a pair of jewellery pliers and cutters, some tiger tail and a couple of silver crimps...then...

..take a length of tiger tail, I used about 14inches, thread on a silver crimp and a nice sized bead from the soup, loop the tiger tail round and back through the crimp bead and crimp with the pliers.


...add the piggie head bead and continue threading on those seedie beads until you are about 2 inches from the end, thread on the piggie body, a seed bead (this stops the crimp from disappearing into the piggie body) a crimp bead and another nice sized bead from the soup (mine are the same but they don't have to be), thread the tiger tail back through the crimp bead and crimp with the pliers.  Tuck the end of the tiger tail into as many beads as you can and trim any excess.

Ta dah....

A fabulous, unique piggie book mark.

And just because I can, a close up of piggies rather cute derriere ....

Have a look in my Etsy shop for more cute bums ;O)

Laney x

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

More wet days and nearly Christmas

Can't believe this blummin' weather, its been chucking it down all day, but its still so humid, its difficult to know what to wear, not that that is too difficult in our house, what with the washing machine packing up just as my eldest came home from three months in France..with all his washing!

New machine came this afternoon...hooray...not before the mountain of dirty clothes has threatened to drown the bathroom, the carpet already disappeared under dirty, stinky socks.  I have a massive bag of stinking dog towels to wash, they are really hummin' in the utility room, so much so that I was lighting nice scented candles this morning before the great delivery of machine, it now smells of waxy blackcurrant with undertones of dog!
I have been busy making new beads for The International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge, this coming Bank Holiday August weekend its going to be a fun weekend.  I will be there in the Bonded Warehouse, Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th August from 10am until 4.30pm and also on Monday 27th August, for Celebrate Glass, so I will be displaying my fused pieces, bowls, jewellery, recycled glass bottle clocks and more.

Recycled Cider Bottle Fused Glass Clock

As well as Stourbridge I am getting ready for H-Art, 8 -16 September  I am really looking forward to doing this and having my studio open and lots of visitors...hopefully...I am trying to get the garden to look nice but with all this weather I have been making beads instead! 

Flowers for mum.

Nearly Piggin' Christmas

Queenie the Corgi

Some of the beads will be in my Izzybeads Etsy shop drop by there and have a chuckle!

Don't forget that a few hard core lampworkers among us, are doing the Beadathon A 24hr lampworking marathon to raise awareness, make beads and hopefully raise our target of £500 or more, for Beads of Courage, be child cancer aware.  Click on the link for more information.

Laney x

Friday, 3 August 2012

24 hour Beadathon for Beads of Courage - Be Child Cancer Aware

This October, 2012,, during the weekend of 13th and 14th, a few lampworkers in the UK, are gathering for a 24 hour beadathon.  As well as lots of laughter and giggles, and drinking lots of tea and coffee, eating cake and making glass beads, there is a serious side too. 

I can't imagine having a child so poorly that they need this fabulous and supportive charity.  Many hospitals in the UK are now part of the scheme and many many beads are donated to the charity so that for every milestone a young child or teenage reaches, they get a special bead to add to their collection of beads and they do have collections!  Making you realize just what these kids go through.  The first time I saw a childs collection of beads, I thought they were 'just for the charity'.  His mum explained each and every bead and both me and my teenage daughter were very moved, there was so many beads and as each one represented a treatment, a blood test, chemotherapy and so much more, it was a humbling experience to realize how lucky we are, and I am, to have such healthy children.

So.........................24hr Beadathon   Click the link, please be generous and support us.  Many of us are travelling down to Ruislip, to the home of Jolene Wolfe, to stay up, take shifts, and make lots of beads for this cause.  Those who can't travel, are setting up web cams to make beads in their studios and be part of the 24hr Beadathon 

Its going to be fun for us, and we are hoping to raise lots of  money to support the charity as well as make lots of beads to add to the generous collection of beads donated from lampworkers (and other bead makers) from around the world.

Should you want to donate beads to the charity, click this link BofC - Craft Pimp Forum to take you to the Craft Pimp forum page, where you will find information about sending your handmade beads to Beads of Courage

Thanks for reading and please be generous x

Laney x