Saturday, October 5, 2013

Autumn In The Air (not really) & Torch Time

It's kinda hard to believe Autumn and fall like weather is suppose to be here when it's 80 plus degrees outside !  lol !  Even though it gets into the 50's at night sometimes and is so nice and cool in the early mornings.  One good thing about those nice cool mornings is they will be nice cool DAYS very soon and I am anxiously awaiting that !  :)  Ok, onto torch time..........

This past week it's been all about revisiting sculpting and of course more beads for the Beads of Courage kids.  I didn't get as many of those done as I would of liked at each torch session so I made up for that a bit yesterday at the torch.  That said, I didn't torch as much as I would of liked either.  Only 3 mornings for a couple hours.  Busy week.  Anyway, the BOC beads are waiting to be cleaned so no photo yet. 

The revisiting part - Sculpted flowers.  I am working on a project for myself again.  This time for our newly remodeled half bath.  Finding colors to coordinate has been a challenge but finally getting resolved.  Some of that glass won't arrive until next week.  In the meantime I've been getting my hands warm again by practicing sculpting roses and other sorts of flowers.  I've revisited the basic rose I was doing before but adding new "twists" literally - to some.  lol !  See photo below.  I actually really like that twist/crimps but it's not exactly what I was trying to accomplish so will keep working on that and reveal that in another post.  Maybe this isn't even a rose type flower with the twisted/crimped petals !  lol !  Whatever it is, they are kinda pretty I think.  Those orange flowers - are suppose to be dark yellow.  sigh.  Anyway the rose in the middle and the flower with transparent petals are close to the colors I need.  In the meantime, I'll keep playing.  :)) 

The bottom picture is of a set of beads I might still add to yet.  It takes a couple of torch sessions to get all the beads in the photo.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out !  The color combinations of the base color and the frit are really wonderful !  It's so hard to tell in a photo.  Be sure to click on the pic to see the close up.       

I'm going to start something new here on my blog.  Every post I'm going to ask a single question about something in the post.  If you can answer correctly in the comments section below, I'll send you a little surprise gift !  It might be something about a technique I use, a tool I use, a color, etc.  All in fun !  The first person to respond and answer correctly gets the gift.  Easy peasy !  :)  The question will always be posted down here at the bottom.  This weeks question is: 
What tool did I use to twist/crimp the petals in the flowers ?
HINT - Everyone has one in their home/toolbox. 
Winner is Therese of Therese's Treasures Blog.  Thanks for playing along !  :) 
Thanks for coming by !  I hope you come back again soon ! 


  1. Beautiful as always! The flowers are very, very nice.

  2. Debbie - I know what you mean about the weather. I was just thinking how weird it is to have 80+ degree days in October. It'll be snowing soon enough, I'm sure.
    The flowers are so pretty - I do really like the ruffled edges. Did you do that ruffling with pliers? The color of the pinky-beige rose reminds me of that Lauscha tri-color, I think it's called Roselin.
    Your bead set is gorgeous - I love the colors!

    1. Thanks for posting Teri and thanks for the nice compliment. That pinky beige color rose is actually a CIM peach color. :)
      Your guess is pliers and that's half right. lol ! It is needle nose pliers to be exact. Please try again next time. :)

  3. Hi Deb,
    It has been a while since I have been by your blog. I took some time away from blogging, but I am back now. I love the flowers and I would call the ones with the twisted petals fancy roses. Those glass beads are gorgeous I love how you swirled the metallic color in for some sparkle. My guess to your question is a pair of needle nose pliers.

    1. Hi Therese. Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for coming by and posting your comments, nice compliments and your guess. Your guess is the first one to be correct so you get the little gift. I'll contact you for your mailing info. Thanks again and please come back again soon !