Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Colors, & Soup Sent

Five New Coyote Cone Six Glazes!  Well, New to Me.  Since I recently created some stoneware sunflower pendants, I needed a nice yellow for the petals.  Well, I had to of course try out some other glazes while I was at it.  So here they are:  Orchid Satin, Coral Satin, Cobalt Blue, Goldenrod Shino and Buttercup!
Using only these five, I painted a batch of components to check out the colors and see how they look together:
I particularly love the cobalt and buttercup combo!  Together these colors really do make a lovely autumn mix.  I listed most of these pieces in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop.  The sunflowers and some of the components are already en route to their new owner.

This is the autumn pendant and matching toggle I sent my bead soup partner Laurie:
The leaf toggle bar is from
I also included a mixture of my earthenware and stoneware beads and components in her batch, along with some glass beads that I felt really picked up the hues in the stoneware components.
I'm now experimenting with mixing some of the colors from the new five, with some of my other Coyote glaze favorites like Pansy Purple and Almost Teal.
I've started listing them in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop, and will keep listing them throughout the week.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bead Soup Arrival!

My bead soup mix arrived from Laurie the other day!  I couldn't have been more excited when I opened up the package, and found this incredible mix of blues, silver.....
and this amazingly detailed lampwork focal bead!  Laurie makes lampwork beads, so I think this may be one that she made.  The camera doesn't do this bead justice, it's absolutely stunning with it's layers and swirls of rich deep blues, aqua, earth tones and a hint of plum.
The bead strands Laurie included have a variety of textures and hues, and go so well with the colors in the lampwork bead.  It's obvious she took a lot of care in selecting just the right tones.
Laurie included some silver components as well,  
 and look at this beautiful little sterling clasp with an etched horse ~ So sweet!
I typically work with ceramic and larger hole beads, so these will be a challenge for me, but I'm having a lot of fun trying to figure out the possibilities of how they will come together! 
 Thanks so much Laurie for such a wonderful mix!

Stay tuned for the Bead Soup Party Blog Hop on September 17th, where all the participants will show off what they made!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's Bead Soup Party Time!

What a treat - I've been looking forward to this since the last Bead Soup Party!  I just found out that my swap partner is Laurie Hanna!  Laurie is from beautiful San Luis Obispo CA.  From taking a peek at Laurie's blog - Laurie's Jewel Box, and her Etsy shop, I know I am already a fan.  
 I really love her distinct style, use of pounded metal with stones and pearls, her use of twisted wire,
and Laurie also makes her own lampwork beads. I'm so lucky to be paired up with this talented designer!

It will be great fun to see the mix Laurie sends my way - and I'll be putting her mix together soon as well.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Congratulations to the July Winner!

The winner of the Clayworksnh Etsy shop gift certificate for the most July referrals to my Facebook Fan page is....
Melissa Ratner from Heartwyre

Happy Shopping and Thanks so much Melissa!  ~ Lisa :)