Monday, September 13, 2010

Win a $50 Voucher for Beautiful Beads

I have just started a facebook page for my on-line beading supply shop and am celebrating with a competition. Below is a copy of the details on my website page.

Do you need more goodies for your bead stash? I am celebrating starting my facebook page for Beautiful Beads, beading, jewellery making and Spring Time.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 worth of bead supplies of your choice is follow the rules below:

1. Like my facebook page.

2. You must live in New Zealand.

3. Your entry must be a necklace or bracelet made by yourself. You can use any technique you like, for example, wire work, stringing, seed beading, macrame, lampwork beads. One entry for applicant.

4. The theme is SUMMER.

5. Send me a photo of your entry by Monday 4th October 2010, with your name, address and email adress. My email address is

6. The winner will be chosen by Monday 11th October 2010 and notified by email.

7. All entries will be put on the photo gallery of my facebook page.

8. The winner can choose up to $50 worth of beading supplies and one free postage to spend in my online shop. This prize can not be redemmed for money and must be claimed by 31 December 2010.

9. Judges decision is final.
Enjoy. I look forward to receiving your entries.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My second lot of glass beads.

I have made my second batch of lampworking beads . I am happy with this lot though I still have a long way to go. The first batch were very wonky which is why I haven't posted a photo here. I spent the last few hours checking the temperature of the kiln waiting to take my beads out.

I spent a very pleasant morning making these beads and would have made more but the LPG bottle needs to be refilled. I just want to be able to make perfect beads straight away.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Getting Started

I have finally finished the extra hours I took on to buy my lampwork torch. I'm pretty happy as I've been doing approximately 60 hours a week and I was getting a little bit tired. I think, though it will be worth it.

My kiln arrived last week aswell so now that I have some free time to myself, it's time to play. This is the Paragon Kiln I ordered. It's an E12AB meaning it's big enough to be used for bronze metal clay and has a bead door.

I bought a Carlisle Mini CC after reading all about the different lampwork torches. I had a glass bead making lesson a few years ago when I knew it was something I was definately interested in, and the terrible thing is, I can't remember what torch I used then.
My torch waiting to be set up.
A bundle of glass rods waiting to be played with.
My husband is making me a workbench, so I'm nearly ready to go. Perhaps when I've made my first glass beads I'll put these on here too. I can't wait.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Welcome to My Blog

Well, I suppose I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and make a blog about my hobby. It's partly to show my family who are overseas what I do, and partly for fun.
I have just bought a kiln and a lampwork torch, so I am itching to get started playing with it. Ironically this is all I can think to write about now. Will write some more when the blogging juices are flowing and perhaps post some photos. Lindy