Regaliz sized Handmade Glass Beads Finally available!

You asked…..have been asking for awhile and now they are here!  I posted them on Facebook last night but before I send a mass mailing here you go!  They are all on the website and available for purchase……..

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These super special beads are made on an OVAL mandrel (tool that creates the hole when the bead is being made….removed when complete) Pretty tricky!  Removing the glass from the oval mandrel involves light hammering which can result in broken glass if you aren’t really careful.  Safety glasses are a must!

More beads are available on my website www.tammyrae.com 

Want a bead made into one of these?

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Select Custom Bracelet AND a bead…….I will create one for you.

Thank you Fine Line Gallery!  Last weekend we were blessed with the most amazing weather for mid October in northeastern Wisconsin and super fantastic customers!  Thank you all for stopping by and bringing your dogs.  I love that about outdoor shows…..all the fun pups getting socialized……

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Vintage Jewelry from Grandma

One of the highlights of 2015 was attending my son’s wedding to his lovely bride Morgan.  10524691_796086047077228_2122354976210802828_n   While there, my sister and I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with our cousin Jennell.  Long story but our family has been scattered across the county and only as adults have we three women found the opportunity to create a bond.  Well……after a fine dinner hosted by Jennell and Bob, Jennell hauled out an amazing array of treasures.

Vintage cloisonne Butterfly Pin

Vintage cloisonne Butterfly Pin

Vintage Rhinestone Earring

Vintage Rhinestone Earring

Our Grandmother Ellen Ferrell had been cared
for by Jennell for many years so when Grandma passed
these items fell into Jennell’s possession and rightly so!

Well, t0 my sister Chrissy’s and my delight….Jennell decided
to share these with us.  My hubby Rick took these great
photos earlier this summer and since all of you are jewelry
lovers – I knew you would appreciate the visual treat.

Vintage Blue Rhinestone Pin

Vintage Blue Rhinestone Pin

Vintage Enamel Flower Brooch

Vintage Enamel Flower Brooch

Vintage Rhinestone studded Fish Pin

Vintage Rhinestone studded Fish Pin

Vintage Crystal Brooch

Vintage Crystal Brooch

Vintage Bee Tack style pin

Vintage Bee Tack style pin

Vintage Brass Scarf Clip - Front view

Vintage Brass Scarf Clip – Front view

Vintage Brass Scarf Clip Back view

Vintage Brass Scarf Clip Back view

Vintage Rhinestone Cross Pendant

Vintage Rhinestone Cross Pendant

Vintage Sheer Black Gloves

Vintage Sheer Black Gloves

Hope you enjoyed these……Chrissy and I certainly did!  Thank you so much Jennell – very generous of you and super appreciated by us.

My inspiration pieces based on vintage jewelry designs……available at www.tammyrae.com

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Vintage Style Glass & Rhodium Necklace

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Glass & Rhodium Vintage Inspired Filigree Ring – Adjustable!

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Solid Sterling Silver Key cast from my friend’s Grandmother’s actual key that she used!
My bead, Joy’s key – she does great work often with a vintage feel.
Check it out at Wild Prairie Silver

Last couple days to take a look at my episode on the Beads Baubles and Jewels website….the actual television show aired a couple weeks back.  SO FUN!

Have an absolutely lovely day everyone – thank you for allowing me to share.
Hugs!

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Beads of Courage Bead Challenge 2015

So this will be me all day today – not that usual really except for what I’ll be creating.

At my torch

At my torch

Each and every bead that I create today will be donated!  Beads of Courage is an amazing non for profit organization dedicated to bringing art to seriously ill children.  We make the artisan glass beads, donate them and the children receive them – here is a quote from the Beads of Courage website….they explain it much better than I do  “The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.”

So on with the Challenge for 2015!  (click for more info about the challenge….)

You can help too by donating……Here!

Cooler nights are really letting us know that fall is here – one more outdoor show for me coming up in a couple weeks but I just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by at my shows this summer….they were all wonderful with great weather (always a gift) and all of you really nice people who come out and support what I do.  Thank you!!

Here are some photo highlights……

This seasons most popular piece.....I love making them!

This seasons most popular piece…..I love making them! I do a lot of custom orders for these….click on the photo for a link.

My dear friends the Zillmans in front of a delightful shop - Innovations in Wausau

My dear friends the Zillmans in front of a delightful shop – Innovations in Wausau

Quiet evening in Wausau

Quiet evening in Wausau

One of my all time favorite pieces......purchased by a Grandmother for her GreatGrandaughter in Texas as a gift for having a baby......so sweet

One of my all time favorite pieces……purchased by a Grandmother for her GreatGrandaughter in Texas as a gift for having a baby……so swee

Rick joined me for Morning Glory.....helped me SO much!

Rick joined me for Morning Glory…..helped me SO much!

Our morning walk to Morning Glory in Milwaukee.....so peaceful even in the middle of a city. We walked along the river to and from our room at Aloft....a really nice boutique syle hotel.

Our morning walk to Morning Glory in Milwaukee…..so peaceful even in the middle of a city. We walked along the river to and from our room at Aloft….a really nice boutique style hotel.

Some time off....Spencer Lake Sunsets are amazing.  Waupaca,Wisconsin

Some time off….Spencer Lake Sunsets are amazing

Enjoy your weekend everyone! For more about me and my work please check out www.tammyrae.com or www.memorialglassbytammyrae.com

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels Television Show on PBS – Tomorrow it’s me!

It’s finally here – my segment is the last one of the series and it airs tomorrow on your local PBS Station!

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Along with the show’s fantastic host Katie, you get to watch as I create a glass bead on a mandrel…..and then – as I create a bead on a antique key!

Check this link to find the listing in your area…..       TV Station Schedule

More information about the segment and the rest of the series as well        Series 2100

If you miss it – there are other ways to view the episode  –

On my YouTube Channel!

Making Borosilicate Glass Beads!

Bonus Segment:  Making Cabochons!

Please forgive the duplication here for my blog followers – you may have just received all of this via my newsletter – just trying to get the word out.  Thank you for understanding!

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Appleton Art at the Park and NEW Leather!Art

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Tammy Rae Glass surrounded by die cut leather flowers on a die cut cuff.

Recently the Sizzix company teamed up with the talented Jill MacKay to create a line of tools designed to cut leather into fun shapes at home!  I was introduced to this at this years Bead & Button show – a representative from the company happened by my booth, after browsing my product line mentioned these items to me thinking I might be able to use them.  As difficult as it is to get away from my booth (thankfully I had good helpers) I sprinted over to the Sizzix booth to take a look.

So….Glad….I……DID!

A huge thank you to Betsey, the product manager at Sizzix/Ellison for all the fantastic support and assistance!

Appleton Art at the Park in Appleton, Wisconsin – Sunday 9-4 If you live or are vacationing in Wisconsin this weekend come and see the launch of this newest addition to Glass by Tammy Rae at the

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Sizzix leather cutting die (cuts lots of others stuff too!) This is the small flower cutter. Super sweet!

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Full tray of Cuff Bracelets ready for this Sunday’s Appleton, WIsconsin Art at the Park sponsored by the Trout Museum!

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Sizzix die cuts out the background in one single large piece, little flower cut outs are attached using Rhinestone Rivets from my favorite leather store in the whole world….Springfield Leather in Springfield, Missouri!

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Interchangeable Glass by Tammy Rae – like Legos but jewelry!

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How can you possibly go wrong with Purple?!?

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Sigh…….Springfield Leather!

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And lastly……meet Brutus. My new GrandDog. He is precious!

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Bead Retreat fun!

I was a most fortunate woman to be able to attend the yearly retreat sponsored by my local bead society.  The Loose Bead Society is based in the Milwaukee area and has a really large membership….many that come from miles away (one would be me:-)

The retreat was held in Racine….our view was the frozen marina on Lake Michigan – dang….a pic of that would have been great fun for those of you in warmer climates so that you could share in our joy.  HA!

So – what did we do from Friday thru Sunday?  BEAD BEAD BEAD
I was fascinated to peek around at all the different projects that were being created….the energy in the room was electric and positive.  And…..by late Saturday night there was a little different feel as the bottles of beverages on the tables were being emptied.  🙂

I took two classes!  Kumihimo taught by Kathy Willmering. My past experience with beaded Kumihimo was confusing (I find it quite different from Kumihimo that uses just threads/ribbons) …..gave THAT first project to a friend to finish for me I was so frustrated.  Kathy explained everything perfectly in a way I completely understood…..YEAH!  Kumihimo is an ancient process modernized with these sweet wheel “thingies” with handy numbers to keep you on track…you prebead threads to load onto bobbins so it is very portable which I love.  I did finish this in class but forgot to take a pic….you can see a little peeking from below the wheel in the second pic tho.  Kathy has some great tutorials available in her etsy store.  Find them here  Blue Thistle Designs – Jewelry to Compliment You

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We had a fabulous Mexican themed lunch buffet which I loved since I am trying to drop a few extra pounds before Nik and Morgan get married in May – I created a wonderful salad with everything.  While fighting off my food coma my dear friend Maggie Roschyk arrived to hang for the afternoon.  I had complained to her that I needed something fantastic to hang from my earlobs for an upcoming event (I KNOW….I make earrings but I wanted something NEW)  Well….as I knew would happen, Maggie delivered!  Maggie is a great teacher with wonderful ideas and all around just fun to hang with so even tho these teenie tiny beads often drive me crazy this project was delightful….

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Especially the RESULTS!!!!! Shazaaammmm – YEAH!

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Since I knew I HAD to complete these while at the retreat and still being full from lunch I passed on dinner and like a good girl hung back and finished the second one.  WHEW!  I LOVE them!  Maggie is the owner of Free Spirit Collection – a wildly successful designer of unique and OOAK beaded jewelry supplied primarily as wholesale to galleries and boutique and even high end airport store throughout the southwest of the US.

So my final class was scheduled for 7:30-10:30 Saturday evening……good thing I was working with bright colors cause I was starting to feel my prior late night of staying up and chatting with my roomie until after 1am.  (love you Judy!) Oh BTW – my roomie creates some beautiful beaded wonders herself……Light Dance Designs  check it out!

My class was Felting with Jan Falk a retired elementary art teacher so she was able to manage her somewhat tired and punchy group very well.  SOOOOO FUN!  Starting with a ball of beautiful fluff you soak it, roll it on various surfaces and beat it into submission.  😉  Perfect for a late evening class….no bead counting!  Jan is teaching a class at this years Bead & Button Show – super felted flower…I have seen her flowers…so cool!
Fabulous Felted Flower Pin 

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I love it…..my dreadlock necklace.  I still need to thread some delicate little sparkle beads here and there in clusters to finish the necklace but I am so proud of myself!  Thank you Jan…..great job teaching me.  I had never done this before and love my results.  
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So – a huge thank you to the Loose Bead Society of Milwaukee for planning such a great weekend!  I will be back!!!  They have monthly meetings – always fun and informative.  If you live within driving distance consider joining.  I live quite a distance away so can’t make many meetings but still love being a member!
Ha….just as I was finishing my post Traci (official LBS retreat photographer) send me this pic from my felting class….Thank you Traci!  Oh…..Traci’s Bead & Button Classes…..click here to see Traci Otte B&B Classes  And, her designs/blog  Creative Pursuits  a view into Traci’s world of beading and much more.

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Have a GREAT week!!!

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Memorial Glass Ash Infused Art

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.  ~Author Unknown

I have had the honor to create glass pieces infused with cremains for several years now and have been encouraged to offer my services to all of you.  The creation of ash infused artisan glass is both an emotional and spiritual experience for me anytime someone entrusts me with the task.  I would be honored to create for you as well.

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