I've not been blogging or checking blogs or much of anything since probably the beginning of October. Even really before that, with getting ready for Bead Fest and ArtBLISS and another bead show I did. But my boyfriend's father fell and became ill in the beginning of October, and sadly passed at the beginning of December. Then there were the holidays. Then I got really sick with what I think was pneumonia. I am still really tired, having been given blood pressure medication due to my thyroid issue - I'm wondering how long the fatigue will last before I get used to it. But I've been slowly working on polymer clay, as you may have noticed, simple things, not very complicated yet, as I really don't have a dedicated work space for this. My kitchen table it covered with polymer stuff! But I think these rustic word beads turned out pretty nice! You can get them in my SueBeads etsy store a little later today!
Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!