Lampwork & Crystal Mobiles

A customer asked for three special hangings to give as gifts for Christmas.  She chose a few of Liz Bunn’s lovely focal lampwork beads for inspiration.  Well, I got really inspired and ended up making seven hangings.  They all range from 10″ to 12″ long and include either a Liz Bunn lampwork bead or Don Hohensee lampwork bead, or one of each.  The crystal beads and pendants are Swarovski crystal.  You’ll see that some are “On Hold” until my customer picks the ones that she wants.  If you are interested in any of the below mobiles, send me an email and I’ll get back to you with availability soon.  If there isn’t a “On Hold” note, you can purchase it right now.  Shipping is $6.50 in the U.S.  Each piece comes with an individualized colorful card.

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Autumn Light – Liz’s large transparent topaz focal bead takes center stage, while Don’s hollow “lantern” bead at the top captures the late autumn night beautifully. Besides the olive, yellow and russet Swarovski crystal beads there is a 26 mm topaz leaf and the large 40 mm topaz sun disk at the bottom. Copper wire and beads create a really elegant foundation to display all these wonderful beads.  -  $90.00 (on hold)

Night Light – Brilliant topaz crystal against a sky of royal purple.  Liz’s focal bead has both the topaz and purple that reveal themselves when the sun shines through. Swarovski crystal in topaz and purple, three 20 mm drops (they’re actually called Duck Heads :) ), and a lovely 38 mm topaz tear drop at the bottom will all create a stunning rainbow display. -  $90.00 (on Hold)

Sunrise – Think peach.  Liz’s focal bead is like a soft peachy sunrise when light shines through this lovely color.  She also made the two topaz beads above and below the center piece.  The fanciful peach swirl beads were made by lampwork bead artist, Wanda Kercher. Swarovski crystal topaz and peach beads and a 40 mm topaz sun disk complement the copper beads and wire. – $100.00

Summer Nights – Liz’s focal bead has both green and amber shining from within this beautiful transparent centerpiece. Olive and topaz Swarovski crystal beads, a 26 mm leaf and 38 mm teardrop create a summer night vision. – $100.00 (on Hold)

Hangings - second three pictures only 72 dpiAurora Borealis (AB) – The gorgeous sparkly aqua focal bead was made by Liz Bunn using a special glass called diachroic. To complement this outstanding centerpiece, there are two 20 mm AB drops, a 26 mm AB leaf and a magnificent 40 mm AB sun disk, all of which are surrounded by Swarovski crystal beads. – $110.00

Mid Summer Nights – This amber/topaz focal bead made by Liz Bunn is just beautiful.  I couldn’t resist adding a 30 mm Swarovski crystal topaz moon, and a 20 mm deep red duck head, a 40 mm topaz sun disk, along with 18 red and topaz beads. Copper beads and a small dragonfly add a warm glow to this mobile.  This was the first piece I made in this series of seven.  All the others ended up longer so I went back and added a few more lovely inches up top (the “few inches” not pictured). – $100.00 (on Hold)

Sunset Butterfly – This is one of Don’s gorgeous butterflies.  In purple! I was supposed to be using it for something else but this mobile called to me.  Swarovski crystal in deep red and royal purple accent the 40 mm topaz sun disk, and lovely deep red 26 mm leaf.  Copper beads and wire abound! – $100.00


Don’t forget our Art Walk this weekend!

5th Annual Hot August Art Walk

Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm
at the Antiques & Collectibles Mini-mall, 10910 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77043
Sponsored by Don and Pam at Glass Art & Beads
     Come and have some inside fun, away from our August heat.  You can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, along with the chance to talk with visiting artists.  Our guests can expect to see wonderful sculptures, pottery, paintings, stained glass, clay flower creations, lampwork beads, handmade jewelry and fine crafts.  There will also be New Age art and readings, and way way more!  Shop our entire mini-mall full of contemporary and vintage art, collectibles and gifts.  There is something for everyone!
     Each year Don gives demonstrations on lampwork glass bead making.  This year is no exception.  Bring your kiddies to see how glass melts!  Bring your whole family for the great goodies that Don cooks up, and his yummy margaritas . . . and lots of snacks and drinks for the young ones.  We have really great coin and toy stores in our mini-mall – perfect to keep the family happy while you peruse the hallway and enjoy the unique art we’ve brought to our mall on this special weekend.
     August also marks Glass Art & Beads 4th year as honest-to-goodness store in our mini-mall. I wanted to create something that would commemorate this occasion, so I turned to my family for inspiration.
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My brother, Jeff Pickering, was a potter, bead maker, jeweler, and creator of beautiful objects.  He also strummed a mean guitar.  He died a young man, but not before he created a solid body of clay and enamel artwork.  All the art on display at our Art Walk was created by Jeff in the two years before his passing in 2003.  I mounted and framed nine of his creations, from beads to tablets.  Below is his “3 Mayan Tales” (10-1/2″ x 10″), tablets he created because the Mayan culture’s art inspired him.  I used bamboo, copper wire and handmade papers to adorn the mounting.
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Egyptian Tablet – 10-1/2″ x 10″.  After this tablet cracked and broke into three pieces while it was being fired in the kiln, Jeff wanted to toss it away.  I convinced him to just give it to me.  Over a decade has passed and now it is framed and complete.  I chose the reeds on the sides to give respect to the Egyptians who used reeds and grasses to make paper.  The papers in the background are all handmade, most of them made by Houston artist, Rikki Mitman.  Though the tablet is double-epoxied to the board, I also “wrapped” it with copper wire.  All of the papers where adhered using my sister, Susan Pickering Rothamel’s, PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), an adhesive she created about 20 years ago.  It became the foundation for (it’s worth a visit!)
Below are some more of Jeff’s wonderful enamel and clay beadsJeff - Enamel on Clay Beads 72 dpi
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Jeff - Egyptian Pendant 72 dpi  Jeff's Egyptian Necklace 72 dpi Jeff - Beads (3) 72 dpi Jeff - Poly Clay Necklace (2) 72 dpi