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For those of you who don’t buy finished jewelry because you make your own I have a lovely goddess bead for you.  Normally she would sell for $25 but this week she can be yours for $15 plus shipping.  She stands 32mm high, has a 12mm waist, and was created on a 1/16″ mandrel.  She’s got a cz decorating her belly button and was created from a marvelously streaky multi-toned glass.   If you are interested in her or have any questions about this bead email me at heather@squareonebeads.com.

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I’ve decided to start something new on my blog. Every week or so I will post a new piece of jewelry here at a special price. The price will be valid until either the item sells or I post the next item so if you see something you like act fast. It may not be available for long.

Here is the first piece. This is a caterpillar bracelet made using the technique in my tutorial I blogged about earlier.

This bracelet will fit a 7″ or smaller wrist. The button was hand made out of polymer clay and set with one of the flowers from the bracelet. This is a substantial piece that will get you lots of complements.

The blog special price is $50. I normally sell the ornate caterpillar bracelets like this for $75 so if you like it act fast. 🙂

Email me at heather@squareonebeads.com if you would like to purchase this bracelet or if you have any questions about this piece.


For all of you who have asked I have finally completed my Caterpillar Fringe Bracelet tutorial. You can find it on my site here for $15.  And for those of you who don’t know what a Caterpillar Fringe Bracelet is, it is this –


It is very fun and soft to wear and not nearly as complicated to make as it appears.  I hope all of you who chose to buy the tutorial enjoy creating your bracelet as well as wearing it.

Everytime I do shows I get asked lots of questions about how I make the beads I sell.  I decided to make a video and play it at shows so people can see exactly how much work goes into my beads.  I uploaded a little bit of it to youtube and thought I would share it with all of you.  If you would like to see me working go here.  I hope you enjoy it 🙂

About a week and a half ago I went to visit a friend in Michigan to help her work on her studio.  We had a blast and got tons more done that we had thought we would.  She had the room drywalled and primed so we painted our fannies off, cleaned, and reorganized a ton.  This gave me the bug to spruce up the basement where I work.

Here are pictures of what my basement looked like before.  The first three pictures are of my box room where we store stuff we aren’t using at the time.

These next images are of the rest of the basement. (Ignore the propane tank, that’s only there when I work, and had taken the pics just before sitting down at the torch.)

Ok, so now you can see what I have to work with. UGH!  A huge task.

Well my husband and I hustled our butts this weekend and made what I thought was good progress.  Thursday I took the huge pile of crap (in front of the paint cans) to St. Vincent.  Then on Saturday Brian and I went thru the box room.  We ended up breaking down a reptile rack I had and between that and other stuff we went thru ended up with 7 boxes and 3 bags of trash, plus we filled our normal trash can.  We ended up breaking down enough cardboard boxes to fill 9 bags for recycling.  We also ended up starting another box of stuff to be donated.

After getting all the junk out of the box room we ended up being able to move our patio furniture and christmas decorations into the room because we made so much room.   Here are the after pictures.

Huge difference eh?

Now that we got that section done it will be much easier to work on other areas of the basement because the Christmas stuff and patio furniture are no longer in the way.  After I go thru everything and toss/donate what we no longer want or need I am going to drylock the basement and use some of that vast collection of paint to cheer up the dark gray concrete walls.

Be sure to check back for future progress reports. 🙂

This week’s Flaming Hot topic is what is our staple glass object and why.  My staple is a gravity swirled pressed bead.  I make these beads when I am having problems with settling down and getting to work.  The beads are simple to make yet always turn out differently so despite the simplicity they are still fun to make.  The act of making these beads puts me into a zen like place which helps me relax enough that I can work on more complex beads.

As you can see from these three examples I rarely leave the beads as just a gravity swirl and a pressing.  A few little twists and dots of a transparent turn these beads into something quite pleasing and interesting to work with.

I just put a new coupon on my website and thought now would be a good time to do a little pimping.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I am a hot glass artist and jewelry designer and I sell items on my site at http://www.squareonebeads.com.  I also sell on Ebay, JustBeads, and Etsy.  My work on Ebay and JustBeads can be found on my site via the auction links but the Etsy store is not up there yet.  If you are interested in my Etsy store please click here.

If you would like to make a purchase thru my site use the coupon code FreeShip and get free shipping from now to January 15th.

Thank you, we now return to your regularily scheduled blog.  🙂