Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Making a pretty cool jewelry clasp

Are you interested in seeing how to make this Egyptian clasp?

Kate Drew-Wilkinson is a glass and jewelry artist and a writer and she posted this YouTube video on Etsy. She is a wonderful instructor who tells how to make this clasp and what it can be used for. I enjoyed watching these two videos and thought I would share. Thanks, Kate!

Part 1 The hook

Part 2 The eye

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A new batch is born

Here are some of the new beads I made over the weekend. All fresh and clean! Strangely, there are never enough! :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Story of Ribbonrose

I have always had my hands in some type of craft medium, including painting, sewing, embroidery, ribbon art, scrapbooking, beading, and the list goes on. Here are just a couple of examples:

In 2005, I became fascinated with these cool little pieces of glass art. In a quest to find the shapes and colors I wanted, along with seeing people make these beads on Crafters Coast to Coast on HGTV, I decided to start making them myself.
Melting glass in a torch flame is rather addicting and soon I had many, many beads around my house. I also enjoy turning beads into fun and unique jewelry. After surveying the growing piles I decided it was time to offer them for sale, because I really can't stop making them.
Each bead is handmade by me in my home studio. I use Moretti, Vetrofond, Lauscha, Bullseye, CIM, and ASK glass types. My beads are kiln annealed for strength and durability. Even though they are properly annealed, it is still glass and needs proper care especially when there are ears, appendages, petals, etc.
If you would like to see what others have to say about my work, please check out my feedback in my Etsy store.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Easter Bunny and Carrot Beads

The Easter bunnies and their carrots. Below are a couple of ideas on what to use the beads for. You can also find this pendant and these earrings in my Artfire store in the right column on this page.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Working on some fun Spring stuff

With spring around the corner, I have been working on some different designs. They still need a bit of tweaking. The rosebuds are looking better (thanks Sabrina Design!). Loving that newest batch of P-260 Light Pink that is pretty dark. I am glad that there have been more and better pinks to work with lately especially since it is my favorite color.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spring Craft Show

For any of you in West Michigan, come visit me at :

Sunshine's Spring Arts & Craft Show 2009

March 14, 2009 (Saturday)

3300 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids MI 49525

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Check out the new stuff

I have changed things up a bit on here. I recently set up a shop on Artfire in addition to Etsy. I have started a mailing list, so if you are interested in any updates or info from me, be sure to sign up!

Friday, February 13, 2009