2013
beads, garden, giftwrap...

The bead featured below was made (and shot) at an Amy Waldman Smith class that I took at the Toledo Museum of Glass in 2013. As such I thought this would be a fitting illustration for stuff made (or at least written about) during that year.

Soft glass bead, made during a workshop. 28 or 29sep2013.

This is probably my favorite bead that I made in the class, or close to it; but it's a dismal failure of the technique, which is working ultra-slow and ultra-cold. My thumb joints are just not up for that extended, slow continuous mandrel turning, so I suck at precision dot work, of which her techniques are a variation. This bead was worked pretty hot, and the ivory started doing its flowy subductive thing, making those marvelous organic patterns.

authentic amy waldman smith bead. I have no idea whether it was made in 2013, but you can sure see the difference in technique!

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2013 orange beadcurtain strand 24nov2017

 
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A fun, emergent quality of eggshells for easter eggs 24mar2016

 
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2016 heart charm bracelet includes many gifts &/or scavenged items. 09mar2016

 
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collects together all the posts about 2013 heart bead challenge. 11feb2016

 
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more 2013 heart shaped beads... 10feb2016

 
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water stocking, 3rd in the Japan series. 18dec2017

 
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three strands in mint,blue,and beige come together in a post about how memory is braided together. 18apr2017

 
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Last of the spacerbar bracelets. Completed 29jul13, 10apr2018

 
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Collects the 2013 posts together, including a lot of beads, of course. 18apr2014

 
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an old sewing machine models for this stocking 24jan2014

 
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Purple and green plant hanger, a week long project. 25mar2014

 
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Frit, powder, shards, and cane come together well. Index for pendants. 20apr2017

 
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male nude in pencil with watercolor. 03dec2013

 
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Yet another variation/recycling of the blue & gold giftwrap 08dec2013

 
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Jacketed hollows are a fun technique, but they crack easily. 20jun2014

 
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Custom bead strand based on black, white & CiM sherwood green. Created 18nov2013. 27mar2015

 
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The December bead challenge has a palette of red, green, white, black and/or grey. Metal color: silver. Bribe: cardinal birdies. New technique: building on wire. 15nov2013

 
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Glassact's November 2013 bead challenge was silvered glasses, using a brown/tan color scheme to represent fall. 10nov2013

 
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4 stranded 3 ended disk braid in easter colors. A failed experiment. 20apr2017

 
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Late summer garden pix, shot 11sep2013 25sep2013

 
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hachidori—hummingbirds—sort of shot in my garden. 30jul2013

 
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yellow yarrow in the front yard. Also, lemon yellow daylilies. 29jul2013

 
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My perennial garden peaks in July.

 
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Drawstring bag in black, fuchsia, and emerald green. 16jul2013

 
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july beady beach challenge, using silvered ivory. 15jul2013

 
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notes for flat mitake 16 strand red, white, blue braid, started near beginning of july. 03sep2015

 
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I use scrap frit to make 4th of July beads 02jul2013

 
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Pix of my sweetshrub, just ending, and clematis, just starting. 05jun2013

 
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Scraps come together beautifully in this country-craft colored giftwrap. 04jun2013

 
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white tree peony blooms. I take soft-focus pix. 22may2013

 
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2013 pix of my striped tree peony, with a side of wild ginger. 18may2013

 
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siberian squill (wood squill, woodland hyacinth—Scilla siberica, in the lily family), last week of april; grape hyacinth, first week of may. 07may2013

 
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purple orange and yellow-green floral, made into a necklace. Now I need to make matching knobs... 01may2013

 
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2013 valentine heart bead exchange. 09feb2016

 
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My garden is flooded. So here are some pix to remind me that it will survive. 20apr2013

 
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More of those red-white-blue abstract patriot beads 16apr2013

 
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Pink kumi/floral vessel omiyage. Page created 16apr13, posted 19jun2014

 
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Robin, symbol of spring 15apr2013

 
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soft, romantic pink florals combine with the richness and elegance of gold paper. 02apr2013

 
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The first flowers to bloom this year. 01apr2013

 
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Giftwrap with three strands of beads—given the color scheme, probably a late xmas gift 21mar2013

 
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Easter oval braid uses two weights of cotton thread. 01sep2015

 
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Copper etching experiments. 20mar2013

 
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Pink bird with silver leaf: a custom order 18mar2013

 
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St Patty's Day Parrots. AKA, the march bead challenge. 17mar2013

 
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mauve, pink and blue plant hanger for a friend. 01jun2013

 
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Made what was supposed to be an all-purple bird, with something of a parrot like beak 22feb2013

 
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A purple, green and gold birdie made as a hostess gift for a New Orleans themed Fat Tuesday party. 21feb2013

 
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Cindi B makes some sweet black and red hearts. 19feb2013

 
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I make a bunch of heart-breasted beads to satisfy a Valentine's challenge and practice sculptural beadmaking. 16feb2013

 
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I didn't have enough mauvey pink paper to cover this box, so I added some red and white striped stuff. Then I had to make everything fit together. Somehow. 14feb2013

 
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Make a match neck for joanie! (finally completed 25nov13) 26mar2014

 
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cranberry red and blue violet oimatsu braid 16jul2013