The process...

house bead with metal roof

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House beads with metal roofs. A fun way to use my copper matte raku glaze.

clay beads

clay beads
Now I have to decide.

Raku bead cleaning

cleaning raku beads
I was able to fire some beads this week. Yay! Now I have to clean them. Boo!

He heals the broken hearted

broken shells
I was blessed to go to Florida recently and I walked on the beach and went in the ocean.  It was the Atlantic side and it was rough so there were only broken shells on the beach.  I walked the beach picking up the shell fragments, studying them I found one was more beautiful than the other. I was kind of shocked to realize they were more beautiful than a perfect shell.  I loved all the scars and holes.  I loved the way they broke and each shell had a different unique pattern.  I was stuffing my pockets with shell fragments and filling my empty coffee cup with them. My mind was planning how I could use them in jewelry.  It made me think of God's mercy, bringing beauty out of broken people and using them in His plan. 

He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Lake Michigan beach stones cut in half

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lake michigan stones cut in half:1

lake michigan stones cut in half:3

It's fun to work with such beautiful material. When I look at the variety and complexity of each rock I marvel at how awesome a creator God is. He has hidden such beauty inside a rock. No one will ever see it until it’s cut open.

Before and After

clay beads:raw


kiln fired clay beads raku


love rocks

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love rocks:2
I love cutting stones in half and seeing what's inside. They are still the same stone, but now separated. I thought these are a nice symbol of a relationship separated...long distance relationship, death, parent separated from children. Each stone represents one relationship. Each member gets one half and keeps it and holds it as a reminder of that relationship until the two are reunited bringing the two halves together. Sappy? I like the idea anyway.

raw clay beads

raw clay beads

redo oil painting

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For some reason I love this theme...

I started these paintings years ago and have lost interest in the idea so I'm painting over all of them. I am also trying to use up my old oil paints. I had set aside oil painting because I can't seem to ventilate well enough in the house when I paint.

I like to use mineral spirits as a thinner. If I paint in the basement the dryer burns off the vapors making the clean clothes smell like turpentine.
"Ugh! Now I have to wash everything again!!"

Yesterday I painted in the kitchen. I opened the window and lit a candle trying to burn vapors and ventilate. Later I turned on the stove and had the same problem...turpentine! I had to burn off the mineral spirit vapors in the stove before I could cook dinner because no one would want to eat food that smells like turpentine.

I'm going to try the upstairs bedroom today.

redo oil painting
I kind of wish I had left the face as part of a landscape design. Oh well!

redo oil painting 2
redo oil painting 3

redo oil painting 4
More changes to come...

red bushes

painting over old oil on canvas
Hmmm...what should I do with this sketch?

The Bead and Button Show 2016

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bead and button show 2016:2

I went to the Bead & Button Show today. It is held every year in Milwaukee; that's about 15 minutes away from me. I looked at the classes this year and wished I had signed up for a couple. They all look like so much fun. Maybe next year!

Starting over

My daughter was cleaning the computer and accidentally threw out my website, so I'm starting over! It may change a lot over the next few weeks.