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1  Needle Felting! in Felting: Completed Projects by meltdown on: January 17, 2009 09:13:39 PM
Just wanted to show off some cool new things that Lily is doing with felt. A friend recently introduced her to the fab-o world of needle felting - Here's a great heart shaped pin:



A brooch or two:




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2  Distressed...! Gold Discs & Cicciona Beads in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by meltdown on: August 30, 2008 07:20:49 AM
I just LOVE my new bead series! I'm excited because I've had a bit of a creative drought as of late and am pleased to finally feel myself coming out of it!

I call this the Distressed Gold series because that is basically what I'm doing; Working the gold leaf in the flame to the point where it starts to break down. It leaves behind a very interesting look! (at least that's what I think - Take a look and see what you think!) Here are 3 of the large flat disks which are about 25mm x 25mm x 10mm:







And a couple of my Cicciona beads. (Cicciona in Italian means Chubby and that's exactly what these barrel beads are!) They are also a pretty good size at about 24mm x 18:





Plus I made some companion type beads, as well:



Thanks for looking!
Tim
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3  Beautiful...! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by meltdown on: July 31, 2008 06:19:22 AM
My wife Lily and I just started getting into polymer clay and right away she is doing some incredible things!! Take a look at just her third project:




Honestly, I think that is beautiful. Way to go, Lily-Rose!!!

Tim
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4  Re: Distressed Silver Beads in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by meltdown on: July 10, 2008 10:19:37 PM
are you using a reduction/ oxidation method at all?
I love it when glass looks metalic!

Thanks for the nice responses, everyone! Smiley

Yes, I am using an oxygen-rich flame, working high in the flame and slowly heating the bead. I've found that if I rush this process too much the metallic look isn't quite so strong.

Here is another series I just began working on yesterday. We've already had a nice response to these beads in the store, actually better than I would have imagined! Take a look and see what you think:









Thanks for looking! Tim
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5  Distressed Silver Beads in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by meltdown on: July 06, 2008 08:32:01 AM
These bracelets feature a new line of beads that I've been working on recently: Distressed Silver beads. I've become somewhat fascinated by the washed silver look and the different reactions depending on usage. The way Lily grouped these beads makes for a pair of very dramatic bracelets:









Thanks for looking! Tim
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6  Hemp Cord Necklaces Featuring Handmade Glass Beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by meltdown on: May 17, 2008 02:30:40 AM
I teach glass beadmaking in Florence, Italy and one of my students is a young lady named Michela (from southern Italy) who makes the coolest stuff! I really like her recent series of hemp cord necklaces that feature her own handmade glass beads and wanted to show them off. She has perfected a style of wrapping the hemp cord in such a way so as to give the necklace a very unique look and feel. Soft to the touch, the hemp cord wrap becomes even more comfortable with use. The ends are knotted and sheared, creating a loop clasp that holds both securely and comfortably. Take a look:









And here are a few that feature my own beads:







She has a MySpace page that shows off more of her work (although the text is in Italian): http://www.myspace.com/MichelaFusaro Thanks for looking!
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7  What are those...?! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by meltdown on: May 16, 2008 11:01:12 AM
Well I've been mutating glass again!  Wink These are hollow core beads that I made for one of my beadmaking students to use in a hemp cord necklace series. See what you think!







Thanks for looking!!

Tim
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8  Hollow Core Bead - Gold Encrusted & Jeweled in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by meltdown on: March 12, 2008 07:48:00 AM
By request of a client, I attempted to create my own version of a now unavailable hollow Venetian bead: Both sides of this gold-encrusted hollow core flat oval have a single, jeweled dot at the center. This particular hollow oval is made using a beautiful deep red transparent glass. The jeweled dots are emerald glass:





And using a transparent glass known as Black Diamond gray. (Gold & jewels & diamonds, oh my...!) The jeweled dots are intense black glass:



And a georgeus deep aqua transparent glass. The jeweled dots are intense red glass:



I also made hollow cubes in the same 3 colors:



Thanks for looking!!
Tim
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9  Crazy-Quilt Patch Bag with Beaded Spiral Rope Strap in Quilting: Completed Projects by meltdown on: February 01, 2008 12:14:34 PM
I just can't help but post a few photos of my wife Lily's Crazy-Quilt Patch Bag with Beaded Spiral Rope Strap. She has really out-done herself! See what you think:  Smiley















Thanks for looking!  Tim
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10  Two bicones... in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by meltdown on: December 22, 2007 11:37:37 PM
They are quite different from one another but both interesting, I think. See what you think!
Thanks for looking - Tim



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