Saturday, October 23, 2010
New Jewelry and Hope
I lost some weight and my wardrobe needed an update, and purple is one of my favorite colors, so I needed some nice jewelry to go with the new duds. I like the way these colors come together and have always favored many different shapes in one color group. The set is made up of CiM Thai orchid, Effetre silver plum light and dark and a few violet transparent. For decoration I mostly used black metallic with some CiM tux, which has a different kind of reaction with the Thai orchid I used it over. I restocked headpins and finally got some that will work with 3/32" holes. I didn't have them when I made this pair of earrings, hence the wirewrapping, but will have them when I get back to beadmaking for real next week.
I still have a bit of time for benchwork because I recently had minor surgery and am able to sit and torch but not walk around for extended periods or lift more than 10 lbs. I'll have to have Joe set up my new annealer when it comes on Thursday. I'm so amped. It's brand new, straight from the factory and hasn't been ruined by anyone else first. It says it can't be used for PMC but I think if I place a ceramic shelf that's all that is usable from my old kiln in it, it will work fine. ANYONE WHO HAS ANY FEEDBACK ON THIS IDEA, PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT. After waiting so long for a proper annealer, I don't want to mess it up. I haven't done PMC yet and can put it off indefinitely if it means I can make beads that won't crack. I stole this picture of the chilli pepper I'm getting from the Heritage Glass site in my links. They have some really good prices and ship really fast. I had thought about the small Paragon due to its firebrick sides and floor, but decided on the extra bead space, since I can't see making only half a dozen beads and quitting for the day.