Sunday, 2 June 2013

It's been a while since I last checked in here!  More beads have come and gone, and still they keep on coming.  Heading into winter we have fewer markets to  attend, so the pressure to have items made for sale reduces, and a bit of free time now comes into play - time to make beads!

Most recent beads include silver glass pieces, and a small but growing collection of critters.  A parcel containing an eclectic collection of beads was sent off recently for Beads of Courage, a donation to be shared with kids and their families who are surviving medical treatments for a variety of illnesses.  It's a great way to encourage those less fortunate than my own family.  When I first heard of Beads of Courage I wondered what good beads would possibly do for a kid who was sick.  That was before I met the mother of one such child while I was at a market day in Green Island just before Christmas last year.  This mum made it very clear to me that those beads are treasured items, and that those that were 'earned' as positive milestones were very much looked forward to eg Purple Hearts.  With that encouragement in mind, I intend to keep doing beads that will be suitable to send, as the demand far outstrips the supply since there are not many bead makers here in NZ. 

 Silver glass bead - love the colour!

This one has a very funny story behind it - sad I don't have permission to share it!

 Big hole bead selection

 Sparkly big hole bead

 Sparkly big hole bead

2 sides of the same bead

Copper leaf gives a gorgeous effect!

2 sides of Silver glass bead - just love this one!

Ladybird, large
Pink silver glass heart

 Pink and red heart

 Pink silver glass heart

 Silver glass fushia pink heart

Pink heart made for an order

Deep teal silver glass bead

Ok, so I like ladybird beads!

Silver swirled bead
More green silver glass

And then there are the tutorial inspired beads!  This one from a Sarah Hornik tutorial

Other side

Yes, more little ladybirds!

Inspired by beads by Donna Millard

Another Donna Millard inspired bead



Ocean bead

Large shard decorated bead

Other side

Purple Heart for Beads of Courage

Prototype butterfly - I intend to work more with this design for Beads of Courage

Turtle beads made for Silas Edenfield, a courageous young man whose earthly life ended earlier this week, due to childhood cancer.  I hope he got to see them before he passed away.

Frogs are always fun

Bracelet made to order.

Monday, 27 August 2012

This is a bit scary!

I have no idea what I'm doing starting a blog, but here goes.

I'm Nikki, I'm a bead maker (sounds like an AA intro!) working in glass over a hot flame.  After several years of making and selling jewellery made with OPB's - that's Other Peoples' Beads, to those who couldn't guess - it was only a matter of time and timing before making my own beads was to grab me.  Like many bead makers to be found across the world, I am teaching myself.  The internet is a wonderful tool in the learning process, and I have 'met' many wonderfully generous people in my glass journey.  Generous with hints and tips, tutorials etc, and truly inspiring in their talents.  I can only hope to begin to emulate some of the amazing talent 'out there'. 

Bubbles and Beads is a collaboration between myself and a very good friend, Karen.  She's the one who started it all!  Karen taught me the skills I needed to make bead jewellery, and we get together regularly to present our wares at craft markets around the Otago region of New Zealand.  Watch out, because she too is about to launch into the world of hot glass in the very near future .....

The market season for 2012 will kick off soon, and the summer will become a whirlwind of gazebos and tables, sales and contacts.  Looking forward to it.

Introducing my latest set of creations, featuring some handpulled murrine in pinks. 

 This winter has seen our Facebook page, Bubbles and Beads, gain more 'likers', and it's been exciting to make new contacts and have the ability to share my beads with the world.  I've had some orders and some sales, and am enjoying the challenge of being asked to make special items for people.  The pink beads above have been made with someone in mind.  Next session at the torch  will see me working on some purple and some blue rosebuds for another lady - look out tomorrow!

Happy melting

The Glassonist