Classes with Samma

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Saturday's Harvest

I'm still playing with silvered glass and having so much fun. I love it with the organics. Here's my kiln harvest from Saturday.
Peacock Rock

Emerald Rock


At the end of the day, I thought, heck...
I'll just do something wild that will NEVER to together.
When will I learn...Lovin' this

Lime Rock

Bead of the Day - Tapestry:

Saturday, May 30, 2009


I'm still playing with silvered glass and lovin' it.
This one is another in the abalone series:

Garnet Rock:

This glass is a CIM called Ghee. If you work it hot enough, you get this delish butterscotch color.

This one wants to be called Storyteller Rock for some reason. There all kinds of stories in this bead.

Playin' catch up...

Here's a couple beadies that I picked up at Lisa's yesterday on our wonderful torch day!
This one reminded me of crab cakes for some reason:

Red Sea Surf: the ivory on this one is textured and looks like rolling surf.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fun with Silvered Glass

Last night, I made one of the most fun beads I've made in a long time. I took silvered glass and tried to imitate abalone. DANG...I got close. It's so sparklie and luminescent IRL. Diggin' the silvered glass ;-D

This one is just an organic southwest beadie. Fun but just a bead after that one above.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First beadies from my new studio!

A wild variety of stuffin' came from my first go back at the torch.
Rocks:(Guess it was an "M" thing)
Mocha Rock

Maui Rock


Urn...simply urn

Color Challenge of the week. Racing!
Black, White and your favorite color:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tiki Bead Bar dressed out

I had much of this stuff, but found the perfect little lighted sign for my tiki bead bar. Wheeee...this is fun! The sign says Tiki Lounge - Wicked Drinks. Check it out.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Almost there

Well, the studio is as done as it's going to get for a bit. I have to put fire board behind the torch area and metal on the table top and then I can put the fans in the windows again until I get the ventilation system installed. Me and my wallet are plain worn out. I have another load of pvc pipe coming and can add to that as I go along. Quite the transformation though.
My electroforming station:

Starting to fill the glass storage area. LOTS more pvc pipe to buy in time.

This will be the torching area. Should have enough room to set up both torches and switch from boro to soft with out all the drama.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Belly up to the Bead Bar friends!

I'm making progress on the studio...way to slowly for my taste, but still progressing.
I'm about as excited about my bead bar as I am the torching area. I have missed my seed beads and gemstones so much and it's great to have them close at hand. This will also be my electorforming station...and it's just KOOL!!!!

OH, looka' all that space ready for the fence rails to store my beautiful glass rods...wheee!

Life is Grand when you get to torch with your pals!

I have been having the most fun lately torching with Lisa Atchison. We just torch our little hearts out, and learn and share and have a blast...oh and drink the yummiest coffee too. If you haven't seen Lisa's beautiful works of art, please, check her blog that is listed on my side bar.
Here's a few that I made last week in her studio.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Starting to reorganize "stuff"

Finally got all the ceramic clay, polymer clay and sewing stuff out of the studio and orgainized in another room.

Studio Re-do week

My sweetest friend, Brian had no idea what he got into when he agreed to help me redo the studio. Here's what we've been up to this week.

Midway progress:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cow Skull

This little moo cow chipped his nose, but I'm having fun and there will be more skulls to come.

Last nights kiln harvest

Bumper crop from last night. I'm very pleased with the shape and patterns on these beadies.
Berry Rock Front:

Berry Rock Back:

Silvered Teal Rock:

Relish Rock:

Rusted Rock:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Turquoise focal

Just one big focal last night. I just love making these glass rocks!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My new favorite glass rock

I stated imitating some of my favorite gemstones. I think I miss my beadies. This is my new fav!


Girlie Earrings

I made a few more pairs tonight and was in the girlie pastel mood.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Big Sparklie Rock...

...nuttin' more ;-D

Little Round Beadies

I made little beadies for the first time in a long time yesterday and forgot how much fun they were. Here's what I did with my little treasures.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Git along lil' doggie...

For some reason, I kept being inspired by skulls yesterday...I know, I know. I had been looking at Georgia O'Keefe's work last week, perhaps that started it all.

This one got an instant fan on Facebook and is leaving for a new home in North Carolina tomorrow ;-D Thanks, Angela!

Project Finding Your Voice

My assignment this week was to channel two bead makers that I admired and combine their styles. I choose Gail Crossman Moore and Brad Pearson. Here's a link to their sites for some awesome viewing:

Gail Crossman Moore:

Brad Pearson:

Woot! I made a marble!

It's been awhile and I started for a pendant and just couldn't help myself. YEAH for marbles.


I made a big giant fish. I've caught bluegill this big and bragged about it...tee hee.