Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hearts of Glass Winter Shows 2009

The show season has begun! We're so excited about our schedule this year. We'll be at four great shows that we know will be perfect fits for our work and our customers. And, unlike past years, we've managed to leave ourselves some breaks so we can keep creating new work and also enjoy the holidays ourselves a bit. So we'll be rested, creatively pumped and "in the spirit" for all our shows!

Sumak Fall Artisan Open House
October 23- 25
Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm
395 Elm Street (the corner of Elm and Grosvenor)
Cozy, boutique-like ambiance with handcrafted work from 4 artisans

Signatures Craft Show & Sale
November 19 -22
Thursday & Friday 11 am- 9 pm,
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue
Handmade treasures from over 100 artisans
Come visit us at booth # 105

Art Jewellery and Artisanry Show
December 5 - 6
Saturday and Sunday 11 – 5 both days
664 Niagra Street
Featuring a wide variety of handcrafted
sterling designs from Krista Reid, new HoG creations,
unique felted handbags, photography and more

Sumak Winter Artisan Open House
December 11 - 13
Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm
395 Elm Street (the corner of Elm and Grosvenor)
Last chance for handcrafted christmas gifts from HoG!

We also have several pieces that recently went on display at the Wolseley Wellness Centre gift shop. Check it out!

Heather will also be teaching Introduction to Glass Beadmaking at Prairie Stained Glass on Saturday November 7th. If you've always wanted to try it out, this is a great introduction!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Broken & Whole Florals PLUS New Earring Design!

Here's the sad result of my broken floral from last week. Wasn't it lovely? I'm going to recreate this background for certain! Turquoise with blue goldstone is hot. We have never set a cabochon before but this piece would make a wonderful cab, eh?
Here's a more recent successful floral, using a new stamen cane. It's very much like my previous stamen cane (using my same handmade filigrano components) but I added some white petals around the outside as well. Unfortunately they got pulled too thin and ended up very translucent. However I love the scale of it!
And presenting:

My new earring design! I've been working on this for a few weeks now, and I'm still tweaking it but I couldn't wait any longer to announce it. I'm IN LOVE. Until now we'd been using mostly French hooks but I prefer to wear something that locks closed, that I can keep on 24/7. These are perfect! However I still have to be a lot faster at making them. I'm starting to break down the steps so I can be more efficient. Forging the wire is so much fun!
I have so many beads sets that I can't wait to turn into earrings! I've been using 1/16" mandrels for the first time in ages and I'm diggin' the challenge of making tiny but bold and deeply encased pairs.
By the way, these are TINY. The bead is only 4mm x 7mm and the entire earring is only 12mm x 22mm. Some of these will be bigger. It'll all be scaled according to the size of bead.
I can't wait to unveil these in person at the Fall Artisan Show at 395 Elm street, which is coming up very soon: Friday Oct 23 - Sunday Oct 25!!!

50 posts!

Hey, I just realized that my last post was #50! Go, Hearts of Glass blog!