Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Meet Steel Blue - it's a Glassdaddy color that has been waiting patiently to be discovered. All I can say is that it was the first set to jump off the pages last night. It plays wonderfully with copper green and violet - I'll be playing with it more - but seriously need to put a little distance between myself and this shape bead. SERIOUSLY.
The challenge for me this coming week will be to keep in the forefront of my mind/intention to steer myself to beads as I used to make them. Hand Shaped. No presses. PERIOD
We've grown accustomed to using them almost without a thought - and it'll be fun to see what comes of this. I see a few sets of hollows - maybe even shaped hollows, a revisit to hearts

on a side note: I will be doing a demonstration this month at BlueMoonGlassworks' September Fireflies meeting on how to make my hand-shaped hearts. Time to get some practice in, eh?!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009




OH... my - how time flies.
I love the smell of newly sharpened pencils and Scotch Tape... for it means school has started - and now - I can torch to my heart's content - and not feel terribly guilty!

The updates are in full swing again - as I've weathered a cross country move... been unpacking boxes for the past few weeks - and life is finally settling back in... LIFE IS GOOD. What exemplifies that - other than hollows... it's sort of like stretching after exercise... it just feels good.
Look for more of a regular presence here - as I've missed you guys too.

I have to tell you. Glassdaddy's Steel Blue has finally been paired up with it's perfect match. I've got a set that will go on the update tomorrow night on the website - that will have you crazy... they're wonderful. I can't wait to use this color combo again - and show you what else it's capable of! Tune in tomorrow - and I'll post a picture.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tiny canvas for art!
Reminded once again - how I love creating on a background of black... I revisited this
style set, and wasn't disappointed in the least. If you click on the image - you'll see the
larger version. I love this style bead for its simple almost childlike scribbles.. and the fact
that the design has been flattened in the same mold as the base bead - same curve exists.

Although I like elegant encased beads - sometimes the inner child just needs to sing her song!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


This picture was included in a book by Jeri Warhaftig last year - I chose it tonight because, it'd been such a LONG time since I'd seriously made hollows. I sat down and started to refresh my technique... better stated. I dusted it off. Layers of dust. I had a few failures - as in I didn't get all the holes sealed up and the hollow deflated. BUT - then hit the zone.
How long do you think it should take to make one? I don't know if I've ever talked about the self-imposed time limit I have.

OK, here we go.
I don't believe that a bead should take me longer than 20 minutes to make. I'm not all rah-rah on beads that I hear take people a couple of hours... how can they do that??? My attention span is roughly twenty minutes. YOU have a good 'read' on whether the bead is turning out as planned after about 10 minutes... I figure you're half-way there.

IF after 20 minutes - you've made a huge mistake or absolutely hate it - you can bail, and not feel too bad, as not that much time was invested. I don't like to prolong failure. *or for that matter - repeat it* I learn pretty quick what I did wrong and make note.

Oh... the time on the hollow was 2min. 55 sec. but I got it down to 2 min 15 sec. that's pretty darn amazing.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Austin inspired fun set - Kellie - a sophisticated mix of colors that play beautifully upon each other - emphasizing color relationships and causing that great visual 'pop' when an otherwise ordinary color is placed adjacent to one that makes it just come to life. 1/2" diameter rounds with 1/16" mandrel holes are a useful size that lend themselves to earrings, bracelets or necklaces... perhaps *if you have not already noticed* my very favorite shape!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Simple shape - basic color... FLASH of richness. The contrast between the predictable shape, the basic black... and the random edges of the gold leaf make this set pop. It invites exploration and awe and surprise.
I love to find ways to awaken curiosity - maybe make the viewer have to 'work' to earn the right to enjoy the totality of the design, and hopefully - at the end, the overall experience outweighs the 'work' expended!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Today, it's all about color and simplicity... OH WAIT... it's always about that! I've just found a new way to bring it forward - with as little distraction as possible. It's lovely disks of color - that swing from your earlobes. Perfectly perfect. ... Lauscha Lemon and Tangerine transparent glass... as if I needed to call it out! ; )

Below is dark blue-lavender... etched.... mmmm nice.

Thursday, May 28, 2009






That was quite a small lifetime to leave this blog just 'sitting', eh? No - the world hasn't stopped and I'm still spinning around, faster in fact - and quite a bit happier! I'm going to post some of the pieces I've made of late just to give you some eye candy - so you'll perhaps forgive the long silence, it'll be proof that I was hard at work.

Thanks for checking in - I've missed being here...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I've always loved this bead. It just looks like it's been captured in a jar - sealed at both ends. Interesting pinky color splashes happened inside too!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'm unleashing a new type *for me* of update tomorrow evening, Jan 28th - it'll showcase just a dozen items and offer smaller 'large thumbnails' that will hyperlink to full size shots and information on another page. The goal is to have it set to go weekly on Wednesday evenings. I think smaller goals than the huge and infrequent updates are more my speed.

So - it's all ready to go - and I have a whole 'nother day before my deadline... ouch! I just strained my arm as I reached over to pat myself on my back~! snicker....
Here are some of the thumbnails... come see for yourself tomorrow at 9pm EST -

It'll go live from this link: Wednesday Weekly Update , see you!! smiles, Jill




Saturday, January 17, 2009





bead update on my main website... jillsymons.com tomorrow evening at 9pm. I'm pretty psyched, have quite an inventory and am anxious to see what different people find fetching. *love that word*.

Do you see a red theme here?? snicker!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009


Always so dramatic. I continue to love R4. The other days was one of focals - and it was such fun... I thought it would be appropriate to display them in a neighborhood group shot... the one on the left end is about the size of your pinkie... and so on.

Another celebration in copper green and ivory - always etched, dictated by some necessary rule of the soul. (??) but they do 'shine' in their own, eh? Here's the flip shot...


Thursday, January 1, 2009


I love this new set - it's soft, and very sweet.