Kumquat Tingle - Wire Wrapped Fused Glass Pendant Large

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come from almost anywhere, the littlest things can spark inspiration. The way a crumpled piece a paper lays, the way a shadow cast across a yard, even in my case when a batch of glass falls to the floor and makes a large crash and a huge mess even music can inspire us-so why not a scent a glorious smell. Can a scent inspire us to create? maybe if it is a great one hey? Anyone that knows me knows I love orange and struggle not to use it in my work but oh man after I got a whiff of this soap by daisycakessoap all bets were off it rekindled my love for the color orange LOL No kidding!

I shopped late for my own mothers day gift again this year and I popped over to JM’s shop knowing full well I would buy something fresh and fruity. Kumquat was perfect because it was orange. I had no idea what it smelled like- I totally trust JM and I knew it would be good but never knew it would smell this yummy. I keep telling her I swear I didn’t eat it but it smells good enough to lick.

Now everyday I can smell that soap at my studio sink and it really sunk into me because now I can’t quit making orange pendants- Like I ever could ha ha!

This pendant is in honor of JMs soap and my love for Kumquat Soap- Thanks for making my studio smell great!

Advertisements

Okay, Last week I worked on Tween gifts-back to the drawing board is where I went. My boys told me last weeks entry-mom those are alright but not quite there, just a little tooteenbling3.jpg old. We talked about it and brain stormed. Did I mention they are popular LOL something I was not, I was shy and very quiet so knowing what was popular was not my thing and if I did know I was not going to say a word for fear of being wrong. A lot has changed thank goodness now I don’t care if I am wrong it only hurts not to try.

Okay back to the tween gift pendant. I went smaller and less expensive because we know how they can lose stuff and when they lose expensive things it is upsetting so I was thinking of the moms too 🙂 I also thought the traditional bails look too old for our 11- 16 crowd so I did a wire loop combo with a sweet little bead accent. I also thought traditional dichro and millifiories were over done and really don’t fill the bill. Paint is what I settled on. I think I did okay I had a sale this weekend and today and sold 4 of them and the first thing the moms said was “Oh my daughter will love this.” I had to ask the ages and yes it was our beloved TWEENS.

lanyardfuntack.jpgAnother idea came to me as I looked at the boys, it occurred to me they all may have to wear those boring lanyards so I designed these fun little lanyard additions for kids to collect, affordable and cute. The boys have informed me there must be some boy Tacs soon So in the kiln today little fun tacs for boys. Can’t wait for them to see what I did.

I am sure I am not finished with the ideas and will always be thinking of new ideas for the pre-teens to teen group my boys will not let me get too far off track I hope.

See my Etsy shop for these fun Tween gifts! http://shoozles.etsy.com

Big Hugs Boys-MOM

winterplumflower2.jpgMy boys informed me I must make gifts for some “girl” “friends” UT-Oh I am in trouble This is the beginning of Tweenhood here in my house. Triple Trouble Tweens? I am gasping for air right now! So I said well… the girls can wear what I make right? The boys looked at me like yea BUT- that means it may need to be a bit more hip. So I revised the Charm pendants to Hip them up a bit, make them good for the tween and teen crowd. We will see if I have passed the test soon enough.

I have things for MOMs, and I have tiny pendants for the little girls so lets hope the teen scene is going to be my next thing. I may need to bring in a panel of experts. HUMMM? I may need to do a focus group LOL I think I can find a few pre-teens to test for me 🙂

I think Size may be the key and oh the Jingle factor LOL the pendant measures 38mm now that is with the loop flow and glass piece so not too big. get the details here at my shop

I really enjoy fusing some days are harder and I really have no feelings about the things that came out of the kiln and then there days that I open my kiln and a gift has come from the heat, A piece I could not have imagined nor dreamed. Unplanned and unique surprises just make me giddy and set the tone for the day and can last for weeks.

This pieces was so serendipitous. I opened the kiln and I swear there was this- A bird on that sumpautumnbird.jpg and those little Autumn leaves flying about. All I had to do is then paint a beak and tidy up the ground line. I love when gifts like this come out of the kiln 🙂

I am really trying to get back to the swing of things. I am pooped from the weekend show and Gallery opening. So forgive my break from all creative input to my blog and flickr and my shop has been pretty much relisting items which I really hate to do because it is all about being fresh and knowing customers or admirers need to see knew stuff or they may get bored.

I wish everyone a little serendipity this week it is a joy and gift.

jingle pendantWell I have been working away on items for The gallery /studio tour (ArtEast) and I have a few new ideas up my sleeve and want to give you a quick glance.

These are Fused Glass Jingle Charm Pendants, these are delicate layered glass charm components composed to make a pendant they even jingle when you wear them- hummm- I think that is how I got the name. They have multicolored glass sticks, beads, metal charms, and glass charms all put together to make a unit. They are small and a little more fragile than my other items because they are 1 layer of glass. I like to think they are LUCKY, that is totally for fun, but any time I drill a hole in glass and I don’t break it I feel pretty lucky LOL

I am enjoying all the possibilities with this new idea. I hope you will enjoy them too.