Finding beauty on an ugly day.

 I get really blue if I don’t get outside nearly everyday.  This time of year in Maine is really dreary, especially on a drizzly day such as today.  It never ceases to amaze me how much beauty you can find outside on the nastiest days if you really look.  I found a few beautiful subjects worth photographing and enhanced the colors to make them more interesting. 

I haven’t been making as many beads as usual as I always find the just before Christmas season slow.  I’ve been focusing on new designs and what really inspires me.  Here is a new focal bead called “Romance Roses”. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/310811728070?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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Bezel Set Cabochon Pendants

I’ve wanted to make something like this for a very long time and finally came up with these.  They are a challenge as the cabochons have to be made on a special mandrel so it’s a little stressful to make them for a few reasons.  The area I usually add detail to is at a different angle so adding all the little dots that make up the flower petals is a lot more difficult than it would be on a regular bead.  Also the backs are flat and there is nothing but a little nub holding the glass to the mandrel so there is some worry of the whole thing coming off and landing in my lap if I get a little too enthusiastic and pull too hard on the glass while encasing.   So far this has not happened but I may need to use extra caution when summer comes and I’m tempted to work in shorts.  🙂  So here they are… 

 The following one I just put up for bid on ebay.  Here is the auction link

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The Artistic Hermit

Hi everyone, my name is Mandy Ramsdell and I’ve been meaning to start this blog for a while.  I’d like to give those who already know me from my glass art a chance to know a bit more about me and to have a place to show new work and works in progress.   I’m a wife, mom to a four month old, we’re currently renovating a
house, I’m battling a serious addiction to DIY projects and in all the
rest of my time I run my glass bead and jewelry business. 

 Because I am pretty much a hermit and especially now so after the birth of my son, a blog is a way to share my ideas and thoughts with the world without having to leave my home in rural Maine.  What would I do without the internet?  I shudder to think.  I tend to get way too excited about things sometimes and I’m hoping that maybe by sharing my excitement with you it may prevent my head from exploding someday.  

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