Friday, December 26, 2014

Sandy Clause


Every Christmas Sandy Clause and I deliver candy canes to our neighbors. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Paul McCartney

Yes this October Paul McCartney and I sang many of his favorites together. Together with a filled to capacity Yum Center in Louisville. Hands down my favorite 3 hours ever in my entire life. Seriously he was humble, reflective, and still the MAN.


The list of songs Paul and I sang.
Here's the full setlist:
"Eight Days a Week"
"Save Us"
"All My Loving"
"Listen To What The Man Said"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Paperback Writer"
"My Valentine"
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"I've Just Seen a Face"
"We Can Work It Out"
"Another Day"
"And I Love Her"
"Blackbird"
"Here Today"
"New"
"Queenie Eye"
"Lady Madonna"
"All Together Now"
"Lovely Rita"
"Everybody Out There"
"Eleanor Rigby"
"Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
"Something"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Band on the Run"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Let It Be"
"Live and Let Die"
"Hey Jude"
Encore:
"Day Tripper"
"Birthday"
"Get Back"
Second Encore:
"Yesterday"
"Helter Skelter"
"Golden Slumbers"
"Carry That Weight"
"The End"


 Bucket list....sing with the Beatles, breathe the same air, cry like on Ed Sullivan......CHECK.......

Christmas Construction

Why you may wonder are the Warzocha's doing major home repair the week of Christmas. My  contractor "Jack of All Trades" was available. Apparently normal people don't hire him to tear up their house with guests and holiday stuff aflutter. So drywall dust instead of snow, here are a few highlights.




Ready for paint.






Next up, the floor.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Copper, Amber and Blue


The latest installment of my wire obsession. 



Inside light.




Monday, October 20, 2014

Commission for Cheryl

So apparently I tend to go all "ole lady" in my styling. This commission was for a young woman, early twenties. She didn't appear to be edgy or possessed so I did want to present something feminine. After all the request was for something with peacocks, so a light hand was fitting.
 
 
The feathers were actually fun to make. As I always make sets or similar beads I got more confident with the stringer feather work. I ended up making a large bead with two feathers for me. Yup and that's the one that split right down the middle. I hope to make another double feather bead eventually to replace the one that currently is super glued together.
 
 
I had made a peacock full body bead previously with intricate body feathers in the dragon scale technique. I decided to simplify the design and play with feathers in 3D. Very cute results. Yea.

 
Simple.


                                                                            Just a touch more detail.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cherry Blossom Copper Wire Pendant


This is the final product of the previous sketch. Certainly this pendant got out of control but I am very happy with the final product. It's big 5 inches but it retains a delicate presence in spite of its size. This pendant has a lot of different weaves, curls and texture. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Albert

"I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace... It is not better for a man to die for a cause in which he believes, such as peace, than to  suffer for a cause in which he does not believe, such as war?"


Albert Einstein
1931 California Institute of Technology
Speaking on the danger of blind adherence to ideology, even the idealistic ideology of pacifism.


I clipped this quote out of a magazine years ago. I helps me understand a duality I have always had, but never understood.


Go Albert!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Copper Sketch

Since my fingers need a break between wire projects I decided to play around on paper designing the next copper creation. I waste less wire this way, same way with glass. Huh maybe those type A's have a point after all. However I'm never a slave to the sketch so my finished project will probably be close.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Prairie Bead







Green and Ivory Lampwork Focal serves as a center point for the the copper frame. Liver of sulfur treated finish this pendant is 5x3 and on sale for a steal on Etsy, Shaezocha.

Seriously this is the latest romp in copper. My fingers hurt and my nails are damaged from this my Labor of love.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Metal Obsession

Copper, Copper, Copper how I love you........

Etsy
Shaezocha


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dragons. A work in progress.

While dropping off a batch of pendants for a small consignment shop the owner asked if I just happen to have 85 green dragons.
"Why no" I replied.
"Too bad" she mumbled.
What a nightmare to make 85 of anything. I agreed I would give it a stab. And so I did. But they really turned out to be a bitch. Anticipating it would take a few, dozen, or more misshapen dragons, here is the second attempt.

 
 
Don't laugh. Oh go ahead. One day I will be vindicated.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Etsy Shop SHAEZOCHA finally gets merchandise

Just updated my ETSY store Shaezocha with a few of my latest creations. I have been slow to update it but with sales and new customers really picking up lately I am making more effort. More to follow.


Needing a new way to use the Lampwork Focals I crank out I am really having fun with copper textures.

Yes Earrings have found their way into my catalog.




Pendants. These reflect my dot obsession 






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Engagement Photos

Yesterday I shot engagement photos in the heat with the sun in the worst position with not a cloud in sight. Well I made a few mistakes, I'm blaming it on heat stroke, but I have to say the key to a good photo shoot is... Good looking people. Once again the brides beauty saved the day. Great couple and a fun day.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My BFF turns 50

Veronica is my best friend. She is 7 almost 8 years younger than I am. She turns 50 a few years before I turn 60. Danielle, her oldest, just graduated as Dr. Zsido and CPT Zsido, Rachel graduates from Harvard this weekend. Luke finishes his second year at Johns Hopkins and four down, Gabrielle competed Kindergarten. Pretty good accomplishments in 49 years. Oh yea she retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and runs a business based on her ability to be a genius teaching students ACT prep.

Once during a very intense briefing of Army recruiting statistics and worse, she corrected the briefer (her analyst). It made me wonder what we really had in common as I was an enlisted Sargent with math skills literally un-chartable, not off the scale, just not making it entirely. So I whispered "why we were friends again"? since I had no clue what they were talking about. She said "because I don't know how to tie dye". Oh yea. I loved her children and have remained in AWE of her since day one, 20 years ago.

I made her these cookies to celebrate her 50th. I added Lavender from Hawaii to the dough. So Yum!!
HB BFF

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bye Steve


I got the most amazing compliment today from a very quiet co-worker who came by my cube to say good-bye as it was his last day. 
 
He said to me “Never change because your attitude is fucking awesome.”  
 
Then he left, such a nice young man.
 
“Bye Steve”.
 
You made my  fucking day.  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Batch of beads with a few cracks

Working on floral's in my head and in my shop. Glass always keeps me humble, had two cracks the front trees. poop.

I failed to soak the beads enough after the detail work, I think.

Humbly yours
Bead Murder

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Zone Baby

Well first and foremost I have to credit my amazingly generous bead partner Cindy Pack http://CindyPack.blogspot.com for providing me the most beautiful combination of beads and gems.

I am a simple lampwork artist and not accustom to working with such high quality stones and beads. And she showered me with an unbelievable selection. I'm almost embarrassed in comparison with what I sent her. I will hold my head up high because I sent Cindy my precious African Trade Beads from Mrs. Carnegie's own supply. After seeing Cindy's light touch with her jewelry I have to laugh because I sent her primary colors and in-your-face big honker of a focal. So if the BSBP is about coming out of your comfort zone, both Cindy and I are living the dream.

Here is what Cindy sent me.




Did you notice the neat packages with labels identifying each kind of stone, wood, clay, glass, gem and metal? 

I think I sent hers in an unmarked brown paper bag that probably contained dog hair and parts of that days lunch. 

So I tore through the package until I found the OM medallion I had asked Jesus, Buddha, and my lucky stars for, and yes...the medallion was included in my booty. I had seen her simple and reverent use of this medallion on her website and wanted it (insert loud pitch irritating noise) so bad. She didn't disappoint. I am so thankful for the results of meditation in my life, this symbol actually has a deep meaning for me. For Cindy to include it really made a spiritual connection for me. 

She was suppose to be my partner.

I'm sure when she opened my soup she felt Karma's wicked sense of humor.

So first I had to play with the beads like a kid plays with a new box of crayons. Which led me to drawing them. It's part of my process. Here is what my mind did. 


This process really helped me to get a feel for what I had. In fact I had to commit to paper the elation I felt with this generous booty.


Next my mind went wild with possibilities. I've never had the luxury to use such high end, super-duper quality beads. What can I do to honor this gift, how can I do right by her?

I love green. I spent 20 years in the Army, and I can tell you green is my color. She sent me a veritable  smorgasbord of green. How did she know? How did Lori know to send her to me???

I went crazy in my head. It was a comfortable place. I knew the floor plan.

How do I do these bead justice? Paisley!!! I love paisley, it is my shape... yes yes make a paisley. 
Allow me to take a moment to thank Nicole Hanna for her copper wire tutorials. The copper color and texture of the weave is totally integral to my vision.

So I began.


So paisley I did. The beads slowly told me how to use them. Sometimes they screamed "NO, what are you thinking". Then I would rearrange them and they would whisper, "that's my girl"....

And finally they told me I was done. This is so not my usual product or style. But to me, this is exactly where Lori's genius lay, lie? 

So with no further ado....
With gratitude to Lori, and no words but "you rock" to Cindy 
I present my Bead Soup Beauty.





I hope you like it.

I'm mad for it.

And yes, it weighs 40 pounds.

God Bless and Namaste

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