Monday, March 30, 2009

Cute little Mushrooms!

I seldom ever play around with sculptural work, but I had some fun the other night. I created these adorable little mushroom beads. The hole runs vertically, so they would be awesome as pendants or charms or cell phone lanyards. I'll definitely need to be making a few more soon. I have two of them up on etsy. There will be more! Oh yes!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Favorite Set

I love this set so much! I'll be listing it on Etsy later tonight unless someone emails me first of course. It's the perfect size for my wrist if I added a toggle clasp. I keep telling myself that the perfect length of the set means I should keep it for myself and make another piece of jewelry. I suppose if it doesn't sell I won't be too heartbroken. :-P

It was hard to take a good picture of it. It's actually slightly deeper red, more of a blood red. The spacers I made to go with it have a velvety finish and are very iridescent. They have subtle notes of blue and purple. This is definitely a new favorite of mine.

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hi, My name is Heather

Hello everyone! My name is Heather Behrendt and I'm addicted to melting glass. I just can't help it. Creating miniature works of art in glass has become my obsession over the past couple years. Give it a try sometime and you'll see. If you do, be prepared to invest quite a bit of money into your new addiction. It's so worth it though.

I first saw a demonstration of lampworking in my art workshop class in high school. I wish I had started it then, but I was too scared of the torch. It took me a couple years until I randomly purchased a hot head torch, some mapp gas, and a handful of glass. Looking back, lighting a torch with no ventilation or training in the spare room of my apartment probably wasn't very smart of me. My first bead was pea green and lopsided with pointy ends. I'm pretty sure I still have it floating around somewhere.

It's been a couple years since then. I own a house now, so I have proper ventilation and I've upgraded to a minor burner. My beads have improved so much since that first little pea green pebble. What was your first creation in your craft like?