August 15, 2010

Big Orders, More Experiments, and Extra Links

 I snapped this photo on Friday of the big order I have been working on for about two months before I boxed it up to ship out.  I added up the numbers and discovered that it is 498 items!  That's almost 500 pieces I made by hand, glazed, and fired.  It's a little mind boggling when I think of the numbers like that.  Also, I ended up making at least 2 or 3 extra of each item to allow for kiln and glaze failures, so that's even MORE beads!  These beauties are heading off to add to my line of beads that the fine folks at Fusion Beads carry.  I am very excited for them to have these Terra Trinkets, leaves, and many more of my favorite designs.
 Here are a few more pictures of some experiments that happened in the studio this week. We made a golf ball mold and poured blue Ice Resin with about 9 LEDs embedded into it.  I'll send this one off to Jimmie Rodgers to make something magical with!

I made the golf ball mold as an example, but didn't have plans for it afterwards, so I asked Alex to see what happens if he poured pewter right into the rubber.  It worked!  This is good info, and may result in more pewter castings in the future.
Here are this week's Extra Links Jewelry Making
Tammy found some inspiration by way of some very cool clasps! 
Art Bead Scene
Get your inspiration on for the August Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge. Think "Sunrise." 
Beading Arts
Do you like art charms? Visit Beading Arts and sign up to win a copy of a brand new book on making them! 

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi pulls out her buttons to make a jeweled attachment for sweaters. 
Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva
Cindy previews an upcoming newsletter series, Happy HalloweenMas. Sign up for her newsletter to find out what it's all about. 
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie joins some up with some hacker friends to play with LEDs and Ice Resin 
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei is always inspired by music, and shares a favorite tune by Tori Amos. 

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean continues her analysis of the jewelry designers whom she admires--wait!!!--loves! with some of her favorite seed beaders and weavers on "The Jean's List"!
Strands of Beads
Melissa puts a new twist on her skully charm by pairing it with a new cutlass design. 
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Do you have a collection of lampwork beads nobody ever sees? Embrace simple, easy designs to showcase your glass treasures! Andrew shares five quick projects to inspire you to finally wear them!  

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

1 comment:

  1. I so wish those pretties were off to my house instead!!!