Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I shaped and baked the bead and then hand sketched very detailed portraits of kitties. The bead was then sealed under a layer of liquid polymer, baked again and finished with a protective coating. I did the sketching under extreme magnification using an opti-visor. Sadly, after several years, I had to give this art form up due to terrible headaches and rapidly failing vision. I enjoyed it while it lasted, and while I do miss making kitty beads, I have all the photos to look back on and smile. I did manage to keep a few for myself, but the following photos are beads that I sold.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
With Insomnia, and a bedtime somewhere around 4am, I usually have plenty of time to relax at my computer for a little Internet surfing every night. Harley usually keeps me company by plopping down on the desk right in front of me. He likes watching the cursor for a while but eventually gets bored and falls asleep, and not long after, begins to dream.
He has two different kinds of dreams that I like to refer to as the "Feast" or the "Flight".
In the "Feast" dream he is eating. I'm sure it's something very nummy by the way he smacks his little lips.
In the "Flight" dream he is running. Not with his legs, but with his toes. ALL of his toes...on all four feet...twinkling as fast as they can go. I don't know if he's running after something, or running from something, but he's going as fast as his little toes will carry him.
He's a dreamer of dreams
Of sweet kitty things
Of feasts and flight
As he dreams through the night
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Try as I might to keep the cat hair out of my packaging, sometimes a stray hair is just unavoidable. You see, the problem is that my shipping supply storage shelf also doubles as a "Feline shipping assistant bunk bed". The little slackers think anything resembling a box (or a laundry basket full of clean underwear and socks) must be a bed, so in effort to keep them off of my shipping boxes I had to give them boxes of their own. So if you ever receive a box of beads from me and notice that single cat hair prominently displayed under the shipping tape, please take pitty on me. I'm the one wearing the angora underwear!...Oh meow! >^..^<
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
“Dude….dude! You’ll never guess what just happened to me! I think I just had one of them there near death experiences! Check this out….There I was, just swimming along, minding my own business, and YANK! All of a sudden I’m being pulled towards the light! Next thing I know, I am in the clutches of the Grim Reaper himself. So the Reaper takes the hook out of my mouth and then holds me up so I can get a good look at this other dude wearing a black ski mask, a funny floppy hat and camouflaged crocs. The Grim Reaper says "Hey Beer Dawg, get a shot of this" and then this Beer Dawg guy points something at me. I hear a clicking sound.…. and just when I think it all over for me and I'm goin' to the big fish pond in the sky, the Grim Reaper calls me Sugar Booger, kisses me and then puts me BACK in the water. I’m tellin’ ya dude, I just don’t know what this neighborhood is coming to. I told Angel and the Guppies we just have to find another canal!”
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Terra by Double Helix Glassworks has got to be in my top 3 favorite glass colors to work with. In fact, I would probably say it's my number one favorite, but the people who know me as the "Queen of Raku" would probably tar and feather me. That and the fact that I really do believe that Raku is just a bit more versatile, for me anyway.
Terra and Raku are alike in that they both shift colors when exposed to a high heat in the flame and then allowed to cool before striking, but that's where I think the similarities end.
Raku is a more opaque glass than Terra. The colors can range from earthy browns, to rusty reds, with greens, blues and purples in between. I have found that once struck, it will remain the same color during annealing without any special "lower" annealing schedule. I love Raku for the fact that I can choose to do encased beads or leave them un-encased for even more vivid colors. Either way, I can get the colors to pop and stay that way.
Now with Terra, I find that it's almost translucent when used in thin layers. This can be wonderful for achieving gorgeous boro effects when encased. You can do some really cool wispy encased flowers with it too. But for me, and this is only because my kiln tends to over strike the glass no matter how low I set the temperature, I have not been able to keep the colors through an annealing cycle without encasing the bead. I know this is not the fault of the glass, but rather the kiln that I use, but I still love the glass for all the things I can do with it when encasing it. The color range of Terra is much like Raku except, when encased, it trades the earthy browns for fabulous magenta and golden yellows that I just can't get with Raku.
So I guess when it comes down to it, I would have to say that Raku and Terra tie for first place in my heart.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
It's kind of funny to watch Puck and Harley play together. Puck really abuses the play toys and a few I've already had to repair to keep the stuffing from falling out. But the funniest thing is to watch the horror on Harley's face when Puck pulls one of Harley's favorite toys from the box. It's almost as if Harley knows there's a good chance Puck will ruin it. So now Harley has taken to hiding his toys when he's done playing with them so Puck won't find them. I've found his favorite sparkly mouse in my shoes at least three times this week.
Here's one of my favorite Harley graphics that I recently finished. I'm hoping to have enough to do a calendar real soon.
Friday, January 2, 2009
I just opened My Cafe Press Shop where you can find lots of great items related to glass beads and kitty cats! I've used images of my own beads that I made to create two really cool calendars.
Bead Dreams 2009 is more of a collection of colorful, abstract photos created by multi-exposing several bead photos into one.
The other bead calendar, simply titled Art Insomnia Beads was created with actual close up photos of some of my favorite beads.
And besides the calendars, I have some really cool goodies for the cat lover. Note cards, mouse pads, tile coasters, tote bags and more, all created with artsy graphics of my kitty cats. This design featuring Harley is one of my favorites!
So use the link above and have a look around. I hope you find something that makes you smile!