Cayucos Sea Glass Festival

On March 8-9th, 2014 Sparkling Waters Studios was honored to be a vendor at the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival, in beautiful Cayucos, CA. 

Located at the end of the Cayucos Pier, the festival is one of the most magnificent sea glass festivals I have ever attended or vended at, (although all of them are quite fun!).  We really enjoyed getting to know the Sea Glass Sistahs, a group of amazing women who work tirelessly to put on this event, as well as getting to know the town of Cayucos.  It’s a small costal town, with some amazing restaurants, wonderful cookies from the Brown Butter Cookie Company, charming hotels and B&B’s, and, of course, a magnificent beach!   We were also excited to see some of the vendors we met at the Santa Cruz Sea Glass Festival, and hopefully will see them again this November!  

Here are a couple pictures we snapped! 

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Cranberry Petals – And a new way to purchase online!

Cranberry Petals - And a new way to purchase online!

I have joined a lovely group on FB – Lampwork Beads for Sale, and will be auctioning off some of my newest bead sets there! The starting bid will be fairly low, so be sure to keep any eye out! Also I will be notifying all my FB fans when I post a new auction, so be sure to LIKE our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SparklingWaterStudios. (if you would like to make sure you see our posts, be sure to click the “Get Notifications” button underneath the LIKE!

Silver Glass Vessels

silver_glass_vessels_groupshotI recently found out that one of my favorite glass artists is no longer creating the beautiful glass vessles that she once made.  So, in remebrance of her work, I tried my own hand at creating them, putting a distinctly Sparkling Waters Studios flare to them and using my new favorites in silver glass: Boreas, Aion and a test batch color LL-491.

Here are some close ups of the vials.  This one is called Faerie Silk and was created with LL-491

 silver_glass_vessels_12 silver_glass_vessels_1silver_glass_vessels_11And some close ups of Seashell Sunrise, made with Aion over Robin Egg Blue

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I love how these each came out.  These pieces and more can be found in my Etsy shop, ready to ship. www.sparklingwatersstudio.etsy.com

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300 Fan Give-A-Way!

We have reached 300 fans on FaceBook, and we are so excited, we are holding a Give-A-Way!  Follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SparklingWaterStudios? to enter, or leave a comment below!

Here are the prizes:

One Grand Prize – A Regaliz Leather Bracelet, featuring our signature glass beads.   More of these will be going up in our store, and you will have first pick of which one you want!

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1 Runner Up – A pair of our Butterfly Wing Earrings (choose from any of the colors listed in our Etsy Store http://www.sparklingwaterstudio.etsy.com)

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Please share this blog post on your FB page or Twitter for an additional entry.  Let me know you did in a separate comment below!

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Silver + Glass = WOW

Clio_large_nuggetsLet me start by saying, I love mermaids.  I love my soft Morretti glass, the candy colors and the many sea-creatures and and winged creatures that I have created over my lampworking hours.

Even though I am no where close to mastering lampwork sculpture (and quite frankly, I think there is always somewhere to grow, something new to try)  I developed a creative itch to try something new, and that something came in the form of silver: both Double Helix and Fine Silver Foil.

Pictured: Large Encased Clio nuggets:  Transparent Orange, Clear, Clio – Strike and Reduce, and a final layer of clear.  Notice the iridescent blue veins!!!

I have tried Bella Donna Glass, and had some success.  Double Helix glass, however,  I have never had chance to try.  So, with some extra funds I had stored up, I ordered some:  Clio, Gaia, Aion, Pandora, Boreas, and two of the trial batches they had for sale.  ( I am so in love with one of them, I may just name it myself!)

After several, ahem, “trial batches” here are some of the fabulous results!

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Encased Clio Focal: Transparent orange, clear, clio – strike and reduce, clear, with clio dots covered by a clear dot.

 

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Skeleton Key:Transparent orange, clear, Clio – Reduced with slight texture, encased with clear.

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aion_key aion_key2 Skeleton Key 3: Aion – reduced with a slight strike, over light blue, encased in clear

Silver_glass_earring_pairs_bubblesAion “Bubble Beads” – Transparent Blue, with Ivory surface dots, layered with Aion, Reduced and Encased with Clear Dots, and accented by metalic bumps!

 

Boreas_nuggetsBoreas Nuggets:  Ivory base, Boreas – Reduced, Clear Encased  (Over the ivory, the Boreas, which usually has purple and blue tones, turned very green and nature.  I love the effect, but the iridescence is hard to capture on film)

I also played with some silver foil, but I will save that for the next post!  Thanks for reading.  :)  Share some of your beads made with silver glass.

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust!

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