Thursday, May 17, 2012
To solve your challenges with three dimensional pieces that do not have a hole, I teach a class called Caged. This is a wire wrap technique that enables you to capture the piece in a cage of wire, then create a bail and embellish with wire coils and springs. For an elegant pendant you simply slide it on a chain; for a more complicated design, you can use it as a focal element.
Creative Castle If you have not taken a class there yet, let me recommend one. Carole, the stores owner, is a gracious hostess and her store is stocked with a good variety of wire. You can use silver for this project or while you are learning, try the less expensive copper, or art wire.
In this class you will create a finished pendant, or have only a few embellishments left to complete. Instant gratification!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The short version is much of glass bead making was invented and perfected in Italy. In 1291 the glass factories of Venice were moved to the island of Murano to contain the fire hazard and better protect the trade secrets and glass-making techniques. Beads were used for trade all over the world and in the 1500s the exchange rate was 1 to 1000, so even then the price of beads was dear!
Luigi's father owned a glass factory where Luigi worked until it closed. Then he worked at one of the oldest factories still in operation until it closed in 1992. From there he started to make his own beads, especially chevron beads, which he makes them in the traditional Venetian method
Luigi Cattelan artist profile
I purchased these yesterday - they are the last of the red and white chevrons from a production run in 1994. Big and bold with a soft, semi-matte finish - they are substantial in your hand and dramatic to the eye.
And if all that was not enough... he has with him some amazing bead history that I got to see up close and personal. Bead cards used by traders to show their wares and bead trim samples from a the late 1800s stiched to a cloth with the orignal tags and numbers for customers to view and order. The beads we love thread back through history and have been dear to the human race for centuries.
You can see Luigi and his beads at Creative Castle through Sunday. He is going on to the Tucson shows and to some other locations in the US. Look for him! His work is exciting and the sense of history and care for those who have come before is palpable.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads, the magazine, has arrived in your local bead store and it is gorgeous. There are a great variety of projects. These are not just any projects, but collaborations between bead artists and jewelry artists. All the pieces included were juried into the Convergence Show that was displayed at Bead & Button last June and at the ISGB Gathering in July. Want to know how they did that? What goes into making an award winning piece, this magazine is a great resource, not to mention the usual eye candy of great beadwork.
I am proud to have my entry, Fire and Ice Reversible Cuirass included in the magazine. This is a complex, colorful, two-sided wire and glass necklace inspired by a piece of amour called a cuirass. The beads were made by Florida glass artist Holly Young.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Artisans is featuring the work of Rachel Welch, beautiful paintings on silk, and a selection of my art jewelry and wire embroidery sculptures. This is the first time I have put together a body of my work in both genres. Stick around and join me for the opening, starting after the Wine Walk at 5 pm.