Friday, May 31, 2013

Bamboo Fan Light Stained Glass

This is bamboo pattern stained glass that I made for my friend's birthday, today. I bought a lighted fan based for it.
It's my first stained glass project that uses the most pieces : 32 pieces. I want it to look soothing, so I didn't use so many colors on this lamp.

Bamboo Fan after foiling, April 30, 2013
Bamboo Fan Light, May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Few black and Green Beads, May 30, 2013

I practiced making different shapes of beads last night. Donut, round, barrel and square shape beads.
I also practiced using frit and stringers. I used the rods from Devardi Glass, frit from "That Frit Girl" called Kalera's Romance blend, Aventurine rod from Devardi glass for the dots and stringer from Avenue Beads.

Here are the results.. need to do more practicing.

Black, Green beads, May 30, 13

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pink Lampwork bracelet, May 27, 2013

Today is Memorial day and I had a day off.
I torched few pink beads and white beads with pink frits. 
I used "cherry blossom" frits from Val Cox Frits and another pink frits from Devardi.
I used white and pink rods from Bullseye glass.

Pink lampwork bracelet, May 27, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lavender Bracelet, May 22, 2013

Last night, I decided to make another color bracelet. So, I torched few of lavender beads, one is called "Pinky Winky" Effetre rods (the one with stripes) and one is called "Sunset Pastel" Effetre rods.

Lavender Bracelet, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Grey bracelet redone, May 21, 2013

The grey Mother's Day bracelet that I made using elastics got longer and longer because the elastics couldn't hold so much of heavy glass beads. So this morning, I decided to redo it using new darker grey beads and wires so it'll be stronger and I don't have to worry the elastics snaps anymore.

Grey Bracelet for Mother's day, May 12, 2013 (Before)

Light and dark grey bracelet, May 21, 2013 (After)

7 new beads using Fusion bead release

I've been a bit frustrated with bead release that I had. It cracked while it's on the flame and my beads shattered from the mandrels when I tried to take them off.
I ordered bead release called Fusion and tried it last night. It's wonderful.
I made 7 beads just in case some of the beads shattered again, but all 7 of them survived and easily slide off the mandrels. WOW!!

I plan to re-do my grey bracelet with adding this darker grey beads.. we'll see how it turns out.
The gray glass rods are called "Rogue" from Effetre.

7 beads made on May 20, 2013

Frit and Stringer practice beads, May 17-18,2013

I want to learn to using frit and stringers on my bead and I practiced this weekend.
I used stringers to wrap around the bead, I learned to put the frits to look like marble, I learned to make the frit looks like swirls. It was fun experience and I'll keep practicing so I get better and better.

Wrap stringer on the bead (left) and marble-look using frit (right), May17,13

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Black and Blue bead with Raku frit, May14,13

Yesterday was my 5th year anniversary of my beading.
After I got home, I decided to do torching, but because my time was limited (needed to take my son to his martial art class), I only made one bead. I used black and lapis blue base bead and raked raku R108 reduction frit from devardi glass.
It turned out very pretty.

Black and blue bead with raku frit, May 14, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Grey Bracelet, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!!!
Yesterday I torched few beads with the same patterns and sizes because I want to make bracelet out of it.
I chose grey Effetre glass called supernatural, so it'll be a basic color I can wear all the time.
Because I'm too lazy to open and close the clasp, I decided to use elastic so I can take it on and off with ease.

Grey lampwork bracelet, May 12, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Blue beads, May 10, 2013

After failing making the metallic color of black beads pops out, I decided to make blue beads.
The middle big one turned out to be pretty with frit (Groovy Swirl from Val Cox Frit) and blue base bead color.
I'm planning to make few of regular donut beads into a bracelet soon. I hope I can do it.

Blue beads, May10,13

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cross Stained Glass for Church Auction, May 9, 2013

I've decided to donate something for my church's youth auction, to benefit them during mission trips, youth activities, etc. Last year, I made few pairs of beaded earrings, which ended up bought by my pastor's wife.
This year, I decided to make and donate stained glass suncatcher.

I thought I'd make a cross, which is very appropriate and decided to make it little bit brighter.
So, I chose brown, orange and yellow combination.

Here is the cross stained glass after I foiled it:
Cross suncatcher, foiled on May7,13
And the finished stained glass:
Cross suncatcher, May9,13

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chinese Tiger Tapestry, May 4, 2013

I discovered this beautiful pattern from my favorite beader Sigrid Wynne-Evans last year.
Her patterns are available at

Last Christmas, during my parents' visit here, they wanted me to make them a bead tapestry and I fell in love with this pattern.
I've started beading this on January 17, 2013 and took me 107 days to finish this. During the 3.5 month period, I learned glass blowing, stained glass and my last passion: lampworking, so I wasn't always beading this.

This lucky Tiger tapestry will go to Indonesia this Summer, where my parents live and hopefully will brighten their days, as much as brighten my days knowing it'll be in good hand.

This tapestry measures 9.3 x 15.20 inches (23.6 x 38.6 cm). It uses 39 colors. done in Peyote stitch, for the total of 42,408 delica 11/0 beads.

Chinese Tiger tapestry, May 4, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Beads made on May 2, 2013

I was experimenting with brickwood color glass rod from Bullseye (brown one) and it turned out beautiful. Someday I'll make bunch of these and make it into necklace or something.

I also tried the light pink with dark pink pattern on top which turned out beautiful (ofcourse it's because I love pink). The 2 blacks are not doing so well. The plain black was supposed to be shiny black with AB colors showing up, but I didn't do it right so it turned into just plain black.
The other black I put flower patterns and encased it with clear, but I ran out of propane, so this one was just half way done.. oh well..

Beads made on May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pastel Pink and Purple Beads, May 1, 2013

I wanted to learn making perfect donut-shaped beads last night, also I want to try different kind of pink color rods. So, I made 5 different pink-color rods and put few white dots on all of them.

This morning, when all beads are annealed, I tried to take them off the mandrels. Out of 5 beads, 3 of them shattered when I pulled them off. I found out that I forgot to put the tip of the mandrels on the flame so the bead release didn't crumbled. :(  It's ok. It's part of learning curve.

So, here they are: 1 pink and 1 purple pastel beads.

Pastel Pink and Purple Beads, May 1, 2013