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The birdies made me do it…..

I am a self confessed artisan bead bird freak ( try saying that after a G & T)!

I love to find ways of including them into my artwork, they do look so very cute – nestled amongst other art beads, or just as a focal point in a necklace or a pair of earrings. The ABS March inspirational challenge is to create a piece of jewellery with hand made artisan beads, and inspirational ideas based around the painting below.  I have created some cute birdie earrings, Spring Chicks – complete with my own handmade copper artisan discs and Sterling silver ear wires.



 Birds on Riser – 1944

by Adolf Dietrich






Spring Chick Artisan earrings with art beads and copper accents by Keren Panthaki

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Twiddling with the Tinsel –   this Holiday season, and loving it so far 🙂

This year I have decided to participate in the 4th annual Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop.

The idea behind this, is that Handmade components or Art Beads are used to create an ornament of your own design. As a Lampwork Bead Artist and Jewellery Designer this is one ‘Hop’ I could not miss. But before I show you my ornament, let me tell you a little bit about my design and the inspiration behind it.

Christmas is always an interesting event in our family, especially as my husband does not celebrate Christmas per se,  he is a Zoroastrian, from Persian heritage. New Year (Nowruz ) is the biggest day of the year for Zoroastrians, this on March 21st  and is celebrated with prayers in the Fire Temple, a gathering of the family and an exchange of gifts.

At this time of year though, some Zoroastrians celebrate Yalda the Winter Solstice. In Zoroastrian and ancient Iranian traditions, the winter solstice with the longest night of the year is an auspicious day, and used to include customs intended to protect people from misfortune. On this day, people were advised to stay awake most of the night.  To commemorate this day, families would have small parties and gatherings and eat the last remaining fresh fruits from summer.Typically these foods would include watermelon, pomegranate, nuts, and dried fruit.

I have used this ancient Persian celebration as inspiration for my ornament, it was a lot of fun to make, especially re-creating the Almond bead in glass.

We  really enjoy all aspects of our respective beliefs and share these with our children. We celebrate these together as a family, all the special days that are important to us both.  My ornament is a little mixture of these cultural and spiritual influences, and sits happily on our Christmas tree, another Jewel in my happy life that I am so grateful for.

Hope you like it

Our Xmas Tree 

Xmas Tree

My Holiday Ornament

My own Handmade Lampwork  glass Robin, pomegranate and almond beads, with Lampwork glass berry headpins, hand forged copper wire nest, bail and hanger with raw silk bow.

DSC_0604Now lets see what all the other lovely folk have created http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2013/12/ornamentbloghop2013.html

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Nothing for weeks on end …and then three or more posts to publish in a day…..

A couple of weeks ago I decided to participate in Lori Anderson’s Holiday Gift Swap. This is a first for me, but I liked the idea so signed up,  and awaited details of my parter.  Once we have been assigned our gift swap pal,  we get the know more about each other and then send a gift/ surprise, fit for a best friend.

My partner for this year is the lovely Niky Sayers,  who is the owner of Silverniknats. Niky makes very pretty silver jewellery from quality artisan beads, semi-precious stones and findings, you can find more about her here.

After swapping details and general information about ourselves we both went away to create/purchase a gift to send each other. Niky is a bit of bead hoarder ( sound familiar?) and though the gift itself could contain anything, I felt that Niky would really like to receive a beady gift, perhaps one made by my own fair hands.

So here’s a sneak peek of what is inside her Holiday parcel – I hope she likes them  and Happy Holidays to you all – not long now!


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This year, I have decided to join in with the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party organised by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things     http://www.prettythingsblog.com.

The idea is to make and send a set of  Artisan beads with at least one Focal and one Clasp to an assigned partner. Once we receive our bead soups,  we start to think about what we are going to create and then share this process on our blogs. We have all signed up to a reveal date, on this date we collectively share our creations, our’s is the 13th of April. During this process we also all visit/blog hop and comment on other blogs who have signed up for the party too.

I have now been given my Blog Partner –  Alison Sachs,  and will shortly be sending off some glass beads that I made last week, along with a hand-made clasp and findings for Alison to incorporate into something that she feels inspired to make 🙂

So without further adieu,  I introduce you to Alison Sachs –

Alison Sachs is a polymer clay artist who lives in the good old U.S of A, about 20 minutes from Mt Bachelor, Bend, Oregon. There are some stunning photos of this beautiful location on her blog http://beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.co.uk  it looks like a wonderful place to live.

Alison makes and sells polymer clay beads,  her shop is full of creative goodies that have been lovingly hand crafted, in a range pretty colours. Alison takes her inspiration from the natural world around her,  and has a series of beads called “Imprint” that reflect this. All of her pendants, beads, buttons and copper findings are hand-made.

I am really looking forward to receiving my ‘soup’, perhaps it will contain some polymer beads?

You can check out Alison’s  goodies here :-  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsByEarthTones

These are some of my favourites


Here’s a sneaky peek for Alison, a distorted image of the beads soup mix  that I have sent her


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Well, here I am again…. apologies for not blogging earlier, but life just keeps getting in the way! This year has been the most hectic on record, for us as a family anyway, and the madness is about to reach its peak with Major Exams for my eldest child only a few days away from completion. With some behind him already, the summer School Play over, end of term trips booked and paid for,  things seem to be  going to plan, and in just a few more days we can all relax and enjoy what summer has to bring us, hopefully sunny skies and balmy nights.

I am looking forward to dedicating a lot more time to my Lampwork Jewellery and Beads!  Don’t think that I have been sulking in the corner though, oh no, I have been very busy behind the scenes,  and I am putting the final touches to my Teaching Studio so that I can share the joys of glass bead making with others. Tiles have been lifted, torches installed and ventilation connected, we are ready for action. So here is the first sneaky peek at Vas Dea’s Teaching Studio, bookings available from my website soon!

For the Eye Candy section,  Boris

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Cute Critters!

Today I am going to introduce you to the world of glass Critters!

I started making these about five years ago,  as part of a monthly challenge to improve my skills at the torch.  They seemed impossible at first, and many ugly forms of glass, resembling something rather unpleasant stuck to the end of a stick, emerged from my kiln.

My children begged to keep all of these, the good, bad and ugly, for their collection, and I am glad now that they asked to do this.  On reflection,  it is always good to keep practice beads and sculpture, because a few years later you can look through them to how you have improved, and hopefully marvel at your accomplishments.

These little Critters are good lessons in heat control for a lamp worker, requiring you to keep the bead evenly hot, top, bottom and middle, while shaping, forming and decorating.

They make great little charms too, for phones, pencil cases, and handbags.

I am not  tempted to show you the early ones though,  spluttering coffee over your keyboard will make it stop working…. but here are some I made more recently.

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