Well, it began up at the Rosemary House at their 40th Anniversary Celebration.
I was a guest artist in the garden. Nancy Reppert, who owns the Sweet Remembrances Tearoom saw my aromatherapy vessels and asked if I could make a teapot along the same lines. These are the first attempts and I'm pleasantly surprised at how well they worked out.
Both are about 1" from the bottom to the top of the finial.
I tried a couple of times to make teapots with solid bottoms, like the vessels, but they just didn't seem to be working out.
The purple one was my first successful attempt and it's simply a hollow with the handle and spout attached. I played with stringer to add some vines and some stylized blue cabbage roses.
Then, I picked up the Pajama Blue and made another hollow, added a few daisies and again, a handle and spout. I love the "squatty", fairytale look of this one! It looks to me as if it came from Snow White's cottage.
Because they are hollow beads, it made them easier to wire together with a bead cap for the top and a single bead added for the finial.
You can click on any of the pictures for a closer look.
As the day went on, another Reppert Sister, Cary, requested a pendant similar to something I already had made, but with different colors....
This one is the result.
She wanted the organic background with the creased flowers in purple. I think I'll give this a couple more tries and send her some pics for approval.
Last week at our Farmers' Market, I had my jewelry along and a woman stopped by and asked if I had any "patriotic themed" beads. Since it was Memorial Day, maybe I should have, but I didn't.
Actually, I have a lot of trouble finding a good red for this type of thing, and I was trying to figure out how to do some kind of a flag design....
I made a few earring sets in the proper colors, as you can see - but the flag theme evaded me.
As I was standing in the shower the other morning, it suddenly occurred to me - I can use red enamel(!) ... and the flag beads were born. I still have to wire them up into earrings and a couple of pendants, but I'll have a number of patriotic themed pieces for her to choose from this week.
Finally, soap beads... I've been struggling with the old way I was making them, and had actually decided to just stop doing them.
Then I saw a post on one of the glass forums I frequent. A new press was out with words on it. I contacted the press place and asked if I could get a custom press made for soap beads and ... voila!
I can make them in any color that I have glass, but I think I'll try to pare it down to just 4 or five basics.... But, I can always make special requests for people who want to match them to their own soaps....