Inspiration abounds in Israel

We've become very snap happy in this country since the scenery is so rich and the ruins, numerous. We travelled through the ruins at Lakish last week..  These are a few of the photos we returned from Lakish [Lachish] with..

My inspiration folder is becoming stuffed and slightly unorganized.   Surprise surprise.

Somehow these sights internalize in the studio and my palette and lines in the glass are reminiscent of these really beautiful days here in Israel.

A couple of new bracelets this week..still thinking viney brush and sprigs and twigs..:-) I think I always am actually. These two newly created are also of the series 'Of the Earth'

'Stolon' features a hand crafted sterling silver chain and a little hunk of Jasper. 'Undergrowth' was created with warm luminescent amber and neutral sage what I call 'garden' beads and is paired with a strand of Laguna Agate. Little beauties that feel so good on your skin.

Of some interest:
Laguna Agate promotes the perseverance and strength it takes to lead to the development of personal abilities and inner balance. Agates with irregular designs, such as Laguna Agate, can stimulate action and important decision making 
Laguna Agate is the most highly praised banded agate in the world. It is known for its extremely tight banding and vibrant shades of red and scarlet. Laguna Agate is found in an area covering roughly four square miles in a remote mountain range in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.        ~www.crystalvaults.com/

Artisan bracelet, 'Stolon'

Artisan bracelet, 'Undergrowth'

Enjoy your week everyone!

~ 'Stolon' and more can be found at  Gallery 421 in Kelowna, BC. Please do contact them if you're interested in more details.. Susan will be happy to look after you.  ~


Recycling...Glass beads from Olive bottle

The olives in Israel are outstanding! Fat and Tart. Salty and sumptious.

I was surprised to see so many groves in the Negev desert area! Thriving, lush groves.

Israel has become masterful at managing their water.

We do go through our share of olive oil here. The last bottle we emptied was particularly handsome. As I was about to discard, I had to consider what the beads might look like...


I wrapped the scrubbed bottle in a towel and smashed with a good heavy hammer. I got a few great shards. Washed and dried them and set them on my kiln to warm so that they would be easier to melt in the flame without too much shocking.

Turned on my oxygen concentrator and torch and proceeded to make a gather of glass on the bare end of my mandrel.

Pulled a nice fat stringer.. 

and wound some small beads with this very delicous green glass.

It seems to me the COE [Coefficient of Expansion or the rate of expansion] might be 90 or close to it, like pyrex..just because it's so stiff ~ but I make no assumptions.

I made little beads with this pure glass..no decorating or crushed glass added since the COE is unknown to me I don't want to mix the glasses and so take a chance of them cracking later..also..they sort of look like wee olives. Purity.

Kiln annealed as for boro glass.


What to make!