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I live in a small market town in the South West, with my husband and our cocker spanial called Lacey.We have one son.I have a small Ceramic studio and also am a U.K Lampworker. I have a studio which I produce handmade ceramics and lampwork glass jewellery, along with silver work. I attend craft fairs and sell in local galleries.I do one to one sessions on Ceramics, Basic silver smithing and Beginners Lampwork. My lampwork can be seen on my website or Flicker page under Avalon Designs.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Focals and Organics

With the weather not being very nice, it has been hard to stir myself out to the studio. I have however being making some more of my Ocean focals and some organic silver glass beads
These lovely organic Ivory and pink silver glass beads are now sold, but there are some similar only blue on ebay at the moment http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110651245766&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

I love making my focal beads, they are so interesting with silver, shells, mesh and anything else I can put into the bead. They take 2 to 3 hours each to make and then need to anneal for at least six hours.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Cabochon Set

I have been in the studio trying to get my ceramics ready for the spring shows, but seem to always find something other to do.
I had made some Cabochons out of lampwork glass, although balancing glass on the end of a mandrell, filled me with dread it was good for my tummy muscles? Holding your breath and tummy in, until the bead was finished.
Really enjoyed the end result, so sent them off to "by george" who is a vey talented lady in silver work.
I told her I would like a ring out of one and a fibula with the other. Setting the cab into a silver setting and then soldering it to the fibula. She kindley set the third into a pendant, here is a picture of the finshed pieces.

Think I maybe making some more of these in the near future.
I have put some beads on sale on Ebay and I am also selling a lot of my Ceramic moulds.
Well best I go out to the studio and do those jobs that need to be done !!