Sunday, November 30, 2008
I have always admired ladder necklaces/witch ladder necklaces or whatever term they are referred to these days. This particular piece has alot of elements and features a cherry red lampwork bead suspended from a handmade sterling silver cone and then rests upon a floral bead cap.
The chain is seeded with turquoise, sterling round beads, lampwork beads which all create the ladder effect.
Suspended in a twin fashion is a simple copper freeform bead topped with a sterling round bead and then a small turquoise bead in between for contrast.
Friday, November 28, 2008
If you see a focal bead that you like let me know if you would want it made into a pendant and I will do that free of charge for you.
Etsy is not configured to do discounts so simply check out and do not pay until I send you an adjusted invoice. Have fun!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Last night I was working on the Sacred Trees series and ran across two disc beads that I have had for quite some time. The significance was that I only had two and I decided to put them together to form a bracelet. Since two of the horses are coming home Thanksgiving day it was very appropriate.
This piece has sold :-(
I am close to having the Sacred Trees done and still working on a few elements and I am very excited to share this concept in glass with you. Have a wonderful week and be sure to give thanks!
Friday, November 21, 2008
This focal sports a new to me technique where there are multiple layers of glass dots laid down with some reaction glass as the final layer producing a tulip like effect, very cool! I should have named this piece Pretty Maids All in a Row as that it what comes to mind when I see it.
Well, the weekend is here, enjoy it and keep an eye out for Sacred Trees. We are destined to barn work this weekend in the effort of bringing 2 of our 3 horses home. It has been a long road since the tornado and almost 5 months since the event so this will be one of the last healing steps that we need to take.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Ah the days of Summer - Strawberries! I messed with the color combination for this deep red for about 2 weeks and finally found the right blend which consists of 4 different colors of red.
I then took floral caps that are handmade and hugged the lampwork bead with them. Simple, elegant and yet fun!
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Druids discovered the magickal properties of each tree, and codified all the information into the system we have today. The trees the Druids selected for the thirteen months were already trees which were sources of magick and myth in Celtic folklore. Several of the trees are said to be attractive to faery folk, and others were sources of magick herbs or medicines. Today the counting of the Celtic tree calendar begins with the full moon nearest Yule. Perhaps it once began with the full moon nearest Samhain since, until the influence of the Norse, Samhain marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year.
Birch Moon: December 24 - January 20:
The Birch Moon is a time of rebirth and regeneration. As the Solstice passes, it is time to look towards the light once more. When a forested area burns, Birch is the first tree to grow back. The Celtic name for this month is Beth, pronounced beh. Workings done in this month add momentum and a bit of extra "oomph" to new endeavors. The Birch is also associated with magic done for creativity and fertility, as well as healing and protection. Tie a red ribbon around the trunk of a Birch tree to ward off negative energy. Hang Birch twigs over a cradle to protect a newborn from psychic harm. Use Birch bark as magical parchment to keep writings safe.
Rowan Moon: January 21 - February 17:
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic goddess of hearth and home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearthfires. This is a good time of year to perform initations (or, if you're not part of a group, do a self-dedication). Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
Ash Moon: February 18 - March 17:
In the Norse eddas, Yggdrasil, the world tree, was an Ash. The spear of Odin was made from the branch of this tree, which is also known by the Celtic name Nion, pronounced knee-un. This is one of three trees sacred to the Druids (Ash, Oak and Thorn), and this is a good month to do magic that focuses on the inner self. Associated with ocean rituals, magical potency, prophetic dreams and spiritual journeys, the Ash can be used for making magical (and mundane) tools -- these are said to be more productive than tools made from other wood. If you place Ash berries in a cradle, it protects the child from being taken away as a changeling by mischevious Fae.
Alder Moon: March 18 - April 14:
At the time of the Spring Equinox, or Ostara, the Alder is flourishing on riverbanks, roots in the water, bridging that magical space between both heaven and earth. The Alder month, called Fearn by the Celts, and pronounced fairin, is a time for making spiritual decisions, magic relating to prophecy and divination, and getting in touch with your own intuitive processes and abilities. Alder flowers and twigs are known as charms to be used in Faerie magic. Whistles were once made out of Alder shoots to call upon Air spirits, so it's an ideal wood for making a pipe or flute if you're muscially inclined.
Willow Moon: April 15 - May 12:
The Willow moon was known to the Celts as Saille, pronounced Sahl-yeh. The Willow grows best when there's lots of rain, and in northern Europe there's no shortage of that this time of year. This is a tree associated with healing and growth, for obvious reasons. A Willow planted near your home will help ward away danger, particularly the type that stems from natural disaster such as flooding or storms. They offer protection, and are often found planted near cemeteries. This month, work on rituals involving healing, growth of knowledge, nurturing and women's mysteries.
Hawthorn Moon: May 13 - June 9:
The Hawthorn is a prickly sort of plant with beautiful blossoms. Called Huath by the ancient Celts, and pronounced Hoh-uh, the Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire. Coming right on the heels of Beltane, this month is a time when male potency is high -- if you're hoping to conceive a child, get busy this month! The Hawthorn has a raw, phallic sort of energy about it -- use it for magic related to masculine power, business decisions, making professional connections. The Hawthorn is also associated with the realm of Faerie, and when the Hawthorn grows in tandem with an Ash and Oak, it is said to attract the Fae.
Oak Moon: June 10 - July 7:
The Oak moon falls during a time when the trees are beginning to reach their full blooming stages. The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. The Celts called this month Duir, which some scholars believe to mean "door", the root word of "Druid". The Oak is connceted with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune. Carry an acorn in your pocket when you go to an interview or business meeting; it will be bring you good luck. If you catch a falling Oak leaf before it hits the ground, you'll stay healthy the following year.
Holly Moon: July 8 - August 4:
Although the Oak ruled in the previous month, its counterpart, the Holly, takes over in July. This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness. The ancients used the wood of the Holly in the construction of weapons, but also in protective magic. Hang a sprig of Holly in your house to ensure good luck and safety to your family. Wear as a charm, or make Holly Water by soaking leaves overnight in spring water under a full moon -- then use the water as a blessing to sprinkle on people or around the house for protection and cleansing.
Hazel Moon: August 5 - September 1:
The Hazel Moon was known to the Celts as Coll, which translates to "the life force inside you". This is the time of year when Hazelnuts are appearing on the trees, and are an early part of the harvest. Hazelnuts are also associated with wisdom and protection. Hazel is often associated in Celtic lore with sacred wells and magical springs containing the salmon of knowledge. This is a good month to do workings related to wisdom and knowledge, dowsing and divination, and dream journeys. If you're a creative type, such as an artist, writer, or musician, this is a good month to get your muse back, and find inspiration for your talents. Even if you normally don't do so, write a poem or song this month.
Vine Moon: September 2 - September 29:
The Vine month is a time of great harvest -- from the grapes of the Mediterranean to the fruits of the northern regions, the Vine produces fruits we can use to make that most wondrous concoction called wine. The Celts called this month Muin. The Vine is a symbol of both happiness and wrath -- passionate emotions, both of them. Do magical workings this month connected to the Autumn Equinox, or Mabon, and celebrate garden magic, joy and exhilaration, wrath and rage, and the darker aspect of the mother goddess. Use the leaves of the Vines to enhance your own ambition and goals. during this month. The month of Vine is also a good time to get balanced, as there are equal hours of darkness and light.
Perhaps you can see where we are going with this theme and all I can say is, stay tuned for some upcoming interesting pieces.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
And this one:
And finally my latest creation - Serendipity (necklace and earring set), featuring lovely patina'd Sterling Silver graduated beads, Sunstone, Coral and Turquoise.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Featuring hand forged ear wires with a disk of copper and then one of my lampwork beads and then a sterling silver disk all lovingly wired by hand.
I love the simplicity of these earrings, may I introduce - Saturn:
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The other 2 I listed are what I called Trapped beads which is where I take a piece of copper and lay it on the bead and then push and the glass comes through the copper. There are two beautiful blue ones listed for today.
We hope that you enjoy our offerings and have a great weekend everyone!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Well, the inevitable has arrived and I have to admit that the first snow fall is also so precious and also reminiscent of new beginnings. For us, that is so true! I walked out the front door this morning and the landscape was so different in white, beautiful and haunting...
She waits patiently,
Softly singing a song of mourning
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Isn't that the truth! I have been working on a new design concept using handmade "story beads" that I bought from the lovey shop FieldandSea. I wanted to utilize these delicate little beads in a way that they were not overtaken by the surrounding metals and stones. I am very pleased with this new concept and here is 1 of several designs that is now in our shop on Etsy:
It looks like Summer is finally over, we have been graced with temps in the 60's and 70's and today we start to slide into the 40's with snow possible Saturday. I am not looking forward to the cold but at least there is more time spent in the studio.
The project for this week is "Marriage of Metals" and wait until you see what we have up our sleeves. I will say that it involves the subject matter of rings, silver, brass and gold all soldered in an interesting effect my moi.....
Have an awesome Thursday peeps and do something good for someone today.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Well, here we go into the light of creation and documenting it the whole way. I have spent the last several years perfecting my craft of melting glass in various forms and I feel compelled to shout out about it now.
Thus the creation of this blog. We will be offering some new and unique things that I believe will be quite intriguing. Starting off this procession will be the opportunity to win a piece of jewelry designed by moi!
Our designs are organic in nature and have an edge of the delicate side of nature as well as her moments of torment and anguish. We feature nothing but the best, Fine Silver and gemstones from afar and we always always only create items that are different and fresh.
Our designs are handmade entirely featuring handmade clasps where appropriate and hand forged metals with a twist on the usual and a smoothing to the unusual.