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Friday, 27 May 2011

Design Idea of the Week - Dining In

Here's a departure from the usual Design Idea of the Week; an idea for the home instead. The FHFTeam members are a diverse bunch, and don't only make pieces to adorn people. So here are a few ideas designed to add some fizz and fun to your dining table.

I think a lot of people would agree that no matter how good the company, a fabulous dinner party usually requires a little touch of alcohol (or at least a classy fizzy drink in a proper bottle!) so why not keep the drinks fresh with this stunning glass bottle stopper by Steampunkglass. With delicate three-dimensional glass flowers embedded within crystal clear glass, it may even become an object of conversation (well, it's got to be more interesting that politics):




Need a centrepiece? In keeping with the theme of clear simplicity, how about this beautiful frosty bowl by DawnTurnerDesigns? It can be left as it is, or double up on functionality and rest special serving utensils and napkins on it at the beginning of the meal (just don't try to serve your soups in it, okay?)





Speaking of decoration, a few of FlyingCheeseToastie's clear glass leverets dotted strategically around the table, peering out from behind bowls and bottles, would add a lovely touch, and help to reflect the light:





Steampunkglass has another good idea for the dinner table; for those Asian-themed meals, a set of chopstick rests shaped like twisted leaves and made from clear boro glass infused with wisps of darker colours (and if you've already exhausted talking about the bottle stopper and politics, I'm sure these will perk up the conversation!)




And finally, one you've finished the meal and the wine/drink bottles are empty, Flyingbead has created a gorgeous dragon sculpture specially designed to turn old bottles into fantastical oil lamps, complete with fire-breathing...and placing a few around the room would produce a wonderfully cosy atmosphere for the next dinner party!



Thanks for reading!

Hazel

Thursday, 26 May 2011

FHFTeam Glossary

Announcing the FHFTeam Glossary - a new resource to help you navigate all the terms associated with glass art and jewellery design on Etsy.

The main glossary page has all the links to the various sections, as well as a space for you to leave any comments about terms you'd like to see up there, or any questions you have - we'll do our best to answer them! You can also find your way through the pages by clicking on the page links that appear underneath the main FHFTeam banner on all blog posts.


This bushbaby by Fluidglassartbeads has already read the FHFTeam glossary...clearly he's got a lot of information to mull over now.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Pick of the week - Beauty Within

Secrets Silver and Lampwork Locket from jowalker68's shop

Floral Mysteries - Cored Big Hole Lampwork Bead from dilunah's shop

Chunky focal silver core bead from HelenPetersBeads' shop

Fire Opals from josephinewadman's shop

Handmade Silver Glass Lampwork Bead Set from Fluidglassartbeads' shop

Beads to loose yourself in from FHFteam 2011
Enjoy, Jolene x

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Pick of the week - Pinkylicious

'Emily' Lampwork Glass Bead Set from FiBeads' shop

Powder Puff Lampwork Bead Set from Helbels's shop

Atlantian lampwork focal glass bead pendant from crocosmiajewellery's shop

TWILIGHT from princesspeggy01's shop

Around the roses go from MyPrecious' shop

Utterly girly creations from FHFteam 2011
Enjoy, Jolene x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Pick of the week - Love Lilac?

This a gorgeous set of lampwork beads, that come with a little guy who 
needs a home. He is a bit startled, but I'm sure he will chill out when 
he meets his new owner!
Dude, you're in my swamp by helenjewellery


These pretty beads are made using a clear Lilac base and then fine stringer work has been applied using opaque purple and Dark Silver Plum.
Handmade Lilac Lampwork Glass Bead Set by fluidglassartbeads


This is a PVC rubber tube bangle with 3 large lampwork glass beads and 2 silver plated spacers.
Frosted BHB Bangle by cathsbeadyshed


Handmade Lampwork Lentil Pendant Bead by Stephanie Gough of FinishingTouchJewels.
Lampwork Lentil Focal Bead - TWISTED HEATHER - by FinishingTouchJewels


All my glass beads are handmade by myself in my home studio (the Lusherie) at the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, England.
Love Is Colour .. handmade glass focal heart on silk ribbon by Lush Lampwork


My favourite colour showcased in glass by FHFteam 2011
Hope you like, Jolene x