Monday, March 12, 2012

Glass Headpin Challenge - Part 2

I can't believe I'm writing anything at the moment.  I've been writing and editing copy for my PreFurred Pet Care website.  ALL.  DAY.  LONG.  We are INCHES away from launching and we were pushing our way to the finish line...and then the server went down.  We finished the copy but, by the time the server was back up, it was late...much too late to completely finish.  But, I can see the end and it is near!!!

Meanwhile, I received my package from Lorelei yesterday for the Gardanne Beads Glass Headpin challenge.

See those blue beauties on the far left?  Those are mine!  I'm thrilled and I have a concept I want to play with.  My idea involves getting out the torch - which always scares me a little.  I'm slightly afraid of fire (which I'm not sure is something allowed for a fire sign).  I jokingly blame Disney for my uncomfortable feelings around fire.  Growing up in Huntington Beach, Disneyland was close by and we visited often.  I remember riding Pirates of the Caribbean at a very young age (I was 4 when the attraction first opened).  The last scene before you go "up the waterfall" is the burning prison.  It both fascinated me and scared me enough to produce some fire nightmares.  Around the same time, Bambi was re-released in theaters and that story has a monumental fire scene as well.  I am not one to be afraid of much.  I really have no major phobias to speak of, but, there's just something about fire......

Anyways, I have a torch.  I've used it for enameling on and off and I also use it for annealing wire and drawing a bead on a strand of wire, but, I'm certainly no torch master.  So, wish me luck and pray I don't burn the house down.

Meanwhile, the Art Bead Scene challenge this month uses this Van Gogh piece for inspiration.

Well, Montmartre is one of very FAVORITE places in the world.  It doesn't take much for me to transport myself back to that lovely place.  Inspiration is something I have in spades.  My problem is going to be more one of editing and focus.  If I used every thought that this scene brings to mind, I would have one royal mess on my hands.  I drew out a concept last night to try to start the editing process.  We'll see where it takes me.

I hope you all have a lovely week.  I hope to get some quality studio time into my week.  The messy closet can wait, right?



  1. I got my lovely headpins in the mail the other day, but I'm still trying to figure out what to do with them. And I need to get cracking in the ABS challenge, but again, I have no idea what I'm going to make.

    I'm a bit scared of the torch as well, and have only made a few chains and some bezel pendants that look pretty crude. I just need to use it more and get comfortable with it.