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Winter is coming

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And by winter, of course I mean, Christmas! I know it’s a little bit early to be thinking about Christmas, for most of us anyway, but when it comes to ordering online, I suppose September is not so crazy early after all. On that note, I probably should be thinking about making some Christmas themed beads.

In the mean time, my dad has opened an Etsy shop recently. It’s featuring a select few of his original paintings, along with Gicli reproductions, art cards, and digital downloads (if you want to use his images for yourself). Of course I am a huge fan of my dad’s art because I’m his daughter. He has been working on a series lately featuring The Beatles (yes, that is John Lennon, not Harry Potter, in the image above).

And, back to the topic of the winter holidays, dad’s just made some of his Christmas cards available on Etsy. Dad has a whole series of these wonderful classic images; the originals are in the family collection. Anyway, you should go check out his shop and his art work – send him some Etsy love! <3

And while we are on the subject of family members on Etsy, my mom has also opened a shop recently. She is de-stashing some seriously cool and unique vintage stuff – stamps and other paper ephemera, loads of vintage glass items, and other odds and ends. Also very much worth checking out.

So what am I up to these days as the summer slips away into Autumn? Well, I am still working on school. Still working at my day job. A lot has been going on in my life so I haven’t been as active online as I was previously, but I am still very much working on glass as well. I am currently testing some new blends for Val Cox Frit, which I will be talking about more in the very near future I am sure.

And with that I will sign out – hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!

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Colour Experiments – Val Cox Copper Blue Frit

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Val Cox Copper Blue

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This frit is sold by Val Cox. “A classic aqua blue color that’s completely fuss-free. When this is worked normally, you will have a pure blue tone. When it’s combined with silver foil, some copper rimming can appear, hence the name.”

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Val Cox Copper Blue #0 on Moretti 027 Transparent Dark Teal and Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, with silver foil.

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Val Cox Copper Blue #0 on Moretti 027 Transparent Dark Teal and Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, with silver foil, etched

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Base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine with Val Cox Copper Blue frit #0

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Base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine with Val Cox Copper Blue frit #0, etched

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0, etched

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil, etched

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Moretti 204 Pastel White with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil

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Moretti 204 Pastel White with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil, etched

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Colour Experiments – Val Cox Dense Black Frit

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Colour Experiments

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This blend, sold by Val Cox, is a very dense transparent black. “Hard to believe this is a transparent. It appears completely opaque even in small quantities. This is a fun one to play with. Use it to create depth and dramatic effect.”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 212 Pastel Pea Green

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 212 Pastel Pea Green, etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise, etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 264 Pastel Ivory with silver foil, etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle)

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle), etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 204 Pastel White

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 204 Pastel White, etched

Want to be featured on this Blog?

For next week’s “Friday Feature” in my blog, the theme will be etched beads.
You can submit anything that falls into this category.

If you would like to be featured in my blog, please email (amy@twoglassyladies.ca) or PM me the following:

1. Name (or name of business/shop)
2. Link to your website/blog if you have one
3. Link to your shop (Etsy, eBay, etc) if you have one
4. Name and short description (1-2 sentences is fine) of your piece
5. Photo of your piece

I will be featuring up to 10 artists on my blog next Friday. If I receive more than 10 submissions, I will have to choose my 10 favorites.

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

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Colour Experiments – Val Cox Red Violet Frit

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This frit is sold by Val Cox. “A beautiful violet with warm leanings. This color is concentrated so use less to start and add as you go. Red Violet works very well on a base of clear and compliments nicely with pink and aqua tones. Red Violet is in each of the beads of the set shown here. When Red Violet is combined with silver foil, it may appear yellow-green.”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

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Moretti 042 Transparent Medium Purple core, Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, and Val Cox Red Violet frit, with silver foil.

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Moretti 042 Transparent Medium Purple core, Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, and Val Cox Red Violet frit, with silver foil, etched

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle)

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle), etched

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with silver foil

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with silver foil, etched

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Friday Lampwork Feature – “Frit Beads”

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This week for my “Friday Feature” here on the Two Glassy Ladies blog, the theme is Frit Beads.

Now some of you might be wondering what “Frit” is. In the glass world, this stuff is pretty popular. It’s basically just ground up glass, which often comes in colour blends. Wikipedia has some info on frit, including some history that I didn’t know until today (archaeological evidence of frit use in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Europe, and the Mediterranean!) I personally just about use it in everything I do. The ways that frit can be utilized in glass beadmaking are extremely varied. I have done a few tutorials about frit – here is the link to my YouTube channel to check them out. I have talked about frit a whole lot in this blog because I’ve done a bunch of colour testing for Val Cox Frit and like I said, I use this stuff a lot in my own work. So I won’t ramble on much more now 🙂

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Images courtesy of Val Cox Frit

I will also add my usual reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website. The artists featured here are all Self Representing Artists (whether they are members of the official SRA or not). Please support these wonderful lampwork glass beadmakers!

silveredfritside3BEST500x385Silvered Frittered Bead” by All My Beads
Etsy: www.allmybeads.etsy.com
Blog: http://allmybeads-debbie.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllMyBeads

bayouBayou” by Elizabeth Creations
White base, Utopia frit blend from Glass Diversion and encased in Effetre Super Clear. The bead was shaped using CGbeadroller ribbed round.
Website : www.elizabeth-creations.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sharlee22

Dsc06232Dropper pendant and ribbed frit barrels by Debbie Dew.  Made with 104 CoE glass, the dropper has been made by imploding opaque red frit and the barrels are Effetre striking red with Beady Sam big waves frit.
Website: www.silverartz.co.uk
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Glassmania

IMG_0340_cropped_adjDangly Lampwork Pillow Frit Earrings by Maren Purves. Available on Etsy.
Website: http://www.hilobeads.com/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hilobeads
(The beads in the earrings above were made by Kalera Stratton – Website: http://www.beadwife.com and Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadWife)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALily Pad Gardens” – created using Z99 frit over Copper Green and special sauce with a healthy dose of fine silver on top. By Amber Van Meter of Naos Glass
Website: www.naosglass.com
Etsy: www.na0sglass.etsy.com

il_570xN.451353720_5snuInto the Woods” – Val Cox Dream Cream frit swirled in Moretti 004 clear, with Moretti 016 Dark Topaz and some other ambers in there as well. More Drama Cream speckled on the surface. By Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies. Available on Etsy.
Website: www.twoglassyladies.ca
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy

morning tree2Morning Tree” by Tina Beachy of Silver Reflections.
A sun shiney tree bead with a base of orange creamsicle and white enamel plus a frit mixture with z99.
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverReflection

1-006 - CopyPretty in Pink” by Vicki Gentry of Mint Julep Designs.
This bracelet features 7 lampwork beads with the frit beads being made with Bead Goodies “Innocence” frit on a base of Effetre Dark Pink.  This is not an original combo, but it does make for a pretty bead!  The etched beads are a core of Effetre dark pink, encased with Effetre Super Clear and etched.  The small spacer beads are Reichenbach raspberry opal.  Pink crystals and pink freshwater pearls complete the piece.  It has a toggle closure and measures 7 ½ inches.
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mintjulepdesigns

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Thinkin’ Pink!

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So as you may know if you read my blog recently, or have visited my Etsy shop, I am doing a promotion this month for breast cancer awareness. There is now a section in my Etsy shop called the “PINK” section – in it are all of my pink beads, and my goddess beads. I will be donating 25% of sale price of these beads, for the rest of this month, to the Susan Komen Foundation. The Fire Divas are actually doing this promotion as a team, with many members participating.

Anyway, I have been using pinks a bit more than usual this month in an effort to fill up my PINK section in my Etsy shop. Here are a few of my new sets that are part of the promotion.


Pink Polka Dots Tabs


Pink Polka Dots Rounds

I also have some glow in the dark beads. I bought the glow frit from Glow Joe on Etsy.



Still working on the photography for those ones. The frit is really neat though!

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Officially Addicted to Frit

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I made a bunch more frit beads this week. This time, I decided to mix them up into sets of earring pairs. The mixed sets work great for bracelets too of course, especially if you are like me and really love to just throw all the colours in there at once.

For these beads, I sort of lost track of which blends I was using where, so sorry to those of you who are interested in that kind of info. They are all Val Cox frit blends though. I bought about a dozen sample packs just recently and have been having so much fun playing! Most of these have a core of one colour glass, with a layer of another on top, and then the layer of frit. Slightly more complicated than just the base bead + frit recipe but I do love the effect of the coloured core. And still a pretty easy bead to make!


Orange, Green, and Purple


Green, Blue, Purple and Orange


Green, Blue and Purple

Thanks for looking, hope all of you out there are having a great week.

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Some “Woodland Fairy Tale” Mushroom Buttons

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Today I have a couple of buttons that reminded me of the kind of mushrooms you’d see in the woods in a fairy tale. They don’t look anything like real mushrooms but something about the speckling is very woodsy, I don’t know!


Dark Amber Speckled Button


Amber Speckled Button

It’s Sunday, which means it’s Gossip Column day on the Fire Divas blog – go check it out!

I’ve been pretty busy with my day job this long weekend – since I’m an evening/weekend person, when there are stat holidays, I usually have to work. So I haven’t actually gotten to my torch in a few days 🙁 However, I do have some new things that just need to be posted to the Etsy store, so there will still be new things to see. And I expect to log some more serious studio time this coming week, since school is mostly over for the summer. (How do I do all of these things? Sometimes I don’t know!)

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Purple Things

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Today I have some purple things to share. Purple is probably one of my favorite colours, in all of its varieties.


Purple Paradise

This set has Creation is Messy Simply Berry (one of my favorite transparent purples), in all the beads – the plain purple rounds are pure Simply Berry. I used Vetrofond Seashell Swirl Odd with Val Cox African Violet frit as well. The African Violet frit is just a gorgeous bluish shade of purple, and the Seashell Swirl is of course a great base for frit.


Two Froggies Focal Bead

I made this focal bead using two shades of purple by Creation is Messy – Heffalump and Thai Orchid (Thai Orchid is the darker purple froggy, Heffalump is the lighter purple). It was a real challenge finding a spot for all those little froggy toes!

More about Seashell Swirl Odd
More about African Violet
More about Simply Berry
More about Thai Orchid
More about Heffalump

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Cherries & Cream, and Leaky Pen

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Two more new sets on Etsy today.


Cherries & Cream

Some simple frit beads with a base of CiM Heffalump (an opaque light violet), some fuchsia and silver lake frit, all encased in Lauscha clear.


Leaky Pen Plunged Florals & Dots

One of my favorite colour combinations – CiM Leaky Pen on top of light turquoise. Leaky Pen is a SUPER saturated dark blue that just pops when put over light turquoise. There are some encased frit beads in there as well as plunged florals, and plunged dots.

More about CiM Heffalump
More about CiM Leaky Pen
More about Light Turquoise – Moretti or Vetrofond (they are basically the same)

And, if you haven’t entered the Fire Divas Spring Jewelry Challenge yet – here is another post for inspiration.