Skip to main content

About






Hi!  I'm Susan Kennedy, of SueBeads!  I live in Pittsburgh, PA, with my two kids.  I'm a single mom, cancer survivor, girlfriend, daughter, and glass bead maker!  I have been making glass beads since 2005 - I started out by taking a class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center - I have taken several since.  I loved lampworked beads so much, I just had to make my own.  I really enjoy making glass beads, but that's not all I do!  I enamel beads and charms, as well, and have taken an in-person and on-line class with Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire.  I have also attended ArtBLISS on two occasions and have taken on-line classes with Deryn Boyd Mentock (fabulous woman!). 

I also help my boyfriend, occasionally.  He is a general contractor and I have been known to paint, hang drywall, drive a tractor and roto-till with a Kubota! 

Comments

PA said…
Sue, please send me an email I can use to contact you. I have made some earrings for the Ears to You project, thanks to your blog info. Several years ago, I bought some of your beads and I used some of them for the project. I'd like to send you and email with photos of what I used. Thanks for the recommendation; it was great fun (I made 45 pairs). This is my gmail account but I usually use my MSN account and that email for me is randolpabill@msn.com. Cheers! Polly Anna Randol

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Accident!

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!

Art Elements February Theme Challenge - Birds of Prey

Cathy Mendola chose Birds of Prey for the theme this month, and it's a pretty awesome theme. You are going to see some amazing work by my team members and the guests who have participated this month! I had plans of doing more than I did, as indicated by the purchases I made for the projects I had in my head. However, I have been doing some work in my house, so whenever time permitted, meaning after work and weekend hours, we were pretty much doing the room renovations. One of them is going to be my study/studio, and I seem to be foiled at every move by trying to get some work tables. So I have only one small project to show you this month.  But first, the purchases!

This first Bali carved owl totem I got from fifirosedesigns on etsy - I wanted to make a mold and make my own cabochon to use in a necklace. However, I really did get around to doing that. So, I purchased the owl heads below.

These owl head cabochons are from ArtisticVariations84 on etsy - they are just fantastic, but …

January Art Elements Theme Challenge - Moon

Lindsay Starr chose moon as the theme for the AE Design Challenge this month! Great choice, Lindsay! I knew I had a pendant from Vincent and Nooma from Inviciti that I wanted to use, and I have some moon face polymer clay cabochons I had made a while ago, so I was all set!

First, I used the pendant to create a simple necklace. I haven't strung beads in a very long time, and being that I enjoy simple designs for myself, I set out to find the perfect red beads. I chose faceted red jade from Golden Age Beads.  I also spied some other beads I really want, but am basically on a buying freeze so....maybe another time! I separated the red jade beads with some cute titanium spacers I had picked up at a bead show a long time ago, and I highlighted the pendant with some gold alcohol ink to make the moon show up better!



The second piece I made was influenced by Game of Thrones. Late to the party as ever, I just started watching it. I'm on Season 3 Finale - I use it as a carrot to make my…