Friday, May 30, 2014

Coming up: This years get-together of the Danish Glass Beadmakers

Just a short note before I dash off to this years Beadmakers Ball at Ravstedhus in Southern Jutland.
Okay, it's not a Ball, but I liked the alliteration :)

I any case - in just a few hours I'll be off for Jutland and 2 days of all glass and fire. Yay!

This year, in addition to two full days of demos,  we have not one, but two bead competitions, and I can't wait to see what has been sent in. Here below are my submissions.

First, for the single lose flower themed bead, I have sent in a little flower fairy.

Baby flowerfairy hugging her pet Ladybird
And for the new competition, which I will translate to 'Finished Work' I sent in this emerging fairy pendant, hanging from a grass leaf I made from copper.

Emerging butterfly fairy pendant on handmade copper stand
And a close-up of the pendant

Emerging pendant

She has little wings on her back and is not yet fully emerged from her crysalis.

That is all for now. I must pack up the last few things and get my car on the road. I shall return during the next week with a photo report af the weekend.
Have fun till then :)

Friday, May 16, 2014

I have a bead in Soda Lime Times!!!

Woohoo! I have a picture in Soda Lime Times, the online lampwork magazine.
It's on page 3 of the Neutral Issue, June 2014, and it's my first published bead ever! Wee! I'm so excited :)

The issue is full of beads especially in black, white, grey and the lovely ivory. I am happy to see so many people loving ivory as it is a favourite of mine. It sculpts so well and I love the organic reactions to fine silver, even though I rarely use it myself.

This is the picture I sent in, my new black and white yin-yang bead, this time with shoulders.

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I am a new subscriber to Soda Lime Times, but I have to say I am very happy with it. It is full of inspirational pictures and tutorials and all kinds of lampwork goodness. If you make beads yourself, like to work with them or simply to wear them, this is a great resourse for you, and it's only $4.95 pr. month. You can even get a free sample issue if you want to look it over first.

If you don't know it, go here and have a look:

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Miniatures extravaganza!

This saturday I went to see a dollhouse and miniatures show in Farum Kulturhus. It was the 21'st year of this show, but I never heard of it before, so it was my first time there. And it was spectacular! My almost-8-year old and I ended up staying for 5 hours, wandering, looking, sqeeing with delight at each new treasure we discovered. And shopping a bit, of course, how could we not? :)

Before going I had looked over their website to see the vendors, and one in particular caught my interest. A miniature glass maker. So I went, and looked at all the wonderful tiny little bottles and wine glasses and champagne and tea sets and vases, and extra super tiny little christmas baubles and toppers for your doll house christmas tree. All in scale 1:12. He had even brought his torch and tubes and showed a bit of flamework at his booth.

I asked if I could take pictures, and I could, but only for private use. I asked several times to clarify and make sure since there was a bit of a language barrier (my german is ... not very efficient), but no, no pictures for the internet. No free online praise or promotion was wanted, and alas, no glass pictures for you ...

Instead I will show you a different and wonderfully fantastical miniature maker, this one from Holland. They even won a price, 'Most Beautiful Booth of the show', but it was the themes of witchcraft and wizardry that I fell for. Just look at this.

See this cluttered desk of the wizard and the next one of the witch, complete with tiny spell books, magical potions and scrying crystal balls.


Look at all the little (glass)bottles full of odd ingredients, the fearsome plantlife that wants your blood and the magical broomsticks ready to do your bidding.

See the little creature in the cage. The whole thing is about 2" high, so the tiny goblin must be about 1".

Go to to see all of these and many more. It is all in Dutch, but just click everything and enjoy :)

So what did we bring home you may ask?
Well, since we don't have a dolls house, or are building anything ourselves, I thought I'd start a miniature glass collection. And what do you need to hold it? A tiny cabinet of course. With shelves and glass doors to look in through on the miniscule treasures.
I chose this beautiful one, and a set of little candlesticks (no candles I'm afraid, though they do exist), and when I came across the tiny 'Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', I had to include it too :)

My girl got a bunny in a cage and a very sweet picnic basket, which we filled up with plates, drinking glasses, lemonade and cake and bread. Even tiny cutlery and napkins too. And some grass to sit on of course, or it wouldn't be a picnic.
Now we look forward to building a box for the grass and set up a garden with homemade trees and perhaps a view, but who is invited to eat is still a mystery.
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