Saturday, October 1, 2016


I have been slowly retiring some necklaces including my disk pendants and pendulum necklaces and working toward a new style. Lately, I have been interested in stones and rocks, it helps too that my husband is a geologist. I am also very interested in mixing finishes like shiny and matte.

Here is on of my first pieces in that series:

The bead is framed with silver glass and the ceramic piece on the bottom is made by Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth on Etsy. 

Friday, September 9, 2016


It's finally done!! I have been wanting to make another tutorial for my Etsy page for the past year and somehow I completed it today!!
I have also updated my Rustic Copper Bangle tutorial with 2 new techniques to add interest to the design. I added 15 new photos and 5 pages if new information.

You can find both of the tutorials on my Etsy page:

Up coming class

I am so excited, next week I get to travel to Arizona and teach 2 days of classes.

Friday there will be an artist's reception where I will do a demonstration on riveting and then I will be teaching my Rustic Copper Bangles and my Disk Pendant on both Saturday and Sunday.

Here are the photos of what I will be teaching:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I have the best customers

One of my customers, Nancy Cooper of The High Bead sent me photos of the work she did with my beads as focals, they are beautiful!
You can find her here:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Flint Handmade Show 2016

I had such a fun time at the Flint Handmade Show on Saturday at the Flint Masonic Temple, lots of great vendors and I got to see some friends and make new ones. It was so great visiting with my friend Molly and seeing what new glassy things she is up to these days.
Here are a few photos of my booth.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2016 Show Schedule

Red Opal Designs show schedule 2016

Flint Handmade Spring Craft Market, Flint, MI   April 30, 2016 10am-4pm

Art on the Mall in Kalamazoo, MI  June 3-5th

Sounds and Sights Chelsea Art Market, Chelsea, MI  July 29-30th

Crafting with Grace Arts and Crafts Show, Ann Arbor, MI  October 8th, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
New Grace Apostolic Temple 
2898 Packard Road * Ann Arbor, MI * 48108 

Winter Wonders Holiday Glass Show,  November 5, 2016 10am-4pm

Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI  48304.  There is a map at

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Catch up time

Goodness, I am not really sure where to start playing catch up. Time seems to go by so quickly these days.
Since my last post we have lost one of our kitties, Bean. She was a beautiful and bitchy kitty who had a great life and lived to the ripe young age of 19. I think about her every day.

I wrote a tutorial that was published in the Soda Lime Times,  Hot Glass for Cool Kids 2 ebook for Beads of Courage. This is a tutorial book for making glass beads for the kids in the Beads of Courage program. Here is a link to the book and the BOC webpage for more info:

Most of my days are spent entertaining these two:

And doing custom orders:

And teaching:

Right now I am getting my show schedule in order, stay tuned....