Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spring's a Great Time to String...

It's another great day on my local news stand!

The Spring issue of Stringing magazine is out and there's a pretty picture of a Jen Judd piece of work! I'm so excited! This is the necklace that I made featuring some old Venetian millefiori beads in a really pretty blue combined with some recycled Coke bottle glass, a few stones and some of Heather Boardman's glass discs. All the cool old and recycled beads are from Happy Mango Beads and you can see Heather's work at HMB Studios.

I really love working with recycled glass--the texture is fun to mix with smoother "new" lampworked glass or pearls. Plus, I don't often come across blue beads of any sort that "match" because there are so many variations in stone and glass color so to pull the blue-ish Coke bottle glass in with the millefiori was really a coup.

I hope you enjoy! Thanks to all for the love and support!

Cozy Clusters...

On a wonderfully productive day of leave, I've been at my work table for hours and came up with some lovely bits. I've probably made a few hundred wire-wrapped loops, so my fingers are done!

Here's one that has purples and browns all mixed up in a really natural combination. My inspiration beads are by Heather Powers, including the cutie owl in the middle. It's really a mixed media piece...Czech glass, amethyst, polymer clay, quartz, wood, resin and dried beans.

Here's another one that ended up looking like a luscious bouquet. The focal bead is glass by an artist from Bedford, Penna. I love the pinkish-peachish mix of glass, stones, & pearls.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Variations on a Squiggle

Ahhhhh...my squiggle! I spent some quality time over at Off the Beading Path down in Occoquan, Virginia (down the street) a few days ago and worked on my squiggles. Now that I feel sort of famous (in my own mind) based on some fun, curved metal, I'm ready to start branching out.Here's a variation on the theme featuring a little cube of quartz and a bit of tumbled glass. I love the way the squiggle hangs at a different angle--not straight horizontal or vertical (as though I could really even come up with something like that. haaaaaaaaaa)

I've moved all my beads and such up into my dining room because the basement's too cold, so now I'm in a maelstrom of art supplies when I walk in the door. It's kind of motivating because as soon as I get done with a crazy day at the office, exhausted from hours of Power Point drama at my desk and physical trauma on the treadmill, I see some sparkles on the table and I feel so much better!

Hope you enjoy!


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I'm a retiree/artist/student who makes things. It's a nice kind of lifestyle!

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