Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Introducing.... Kitty Kat Glass Designs by Libby Lipscomb Boyer



Today I want to introduce to you a wonderful shop on Etsy and a great artist! Her name is Libby Lipscomb Boyer and her jewelry are colorful, fun and unique!




Let's talk fused glass, beads and jewelry....

Please introduce yourself...

I am Libby Lipscomb Boyer. My husband and I live in a small fishing community on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia ( USA). It is so small we don't have a single stoplight in the entire county. My husband calls it "The Land That Time Forgot". After 20+ years in a hectic career in Washington DC, we love the peace and quite we have found here. I retired 9 years ago after struggling with Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years. At one point I was in the wheelchair. After years of trying various treatments, I am now on a regimen that has given to me the energy to try my hand on things I enjoy doing. My neurologist says my jewelry business is the best therapy I could ever have found. It gives me a reason to get up each day, a sense of worth as an individual that I had lost to this disease.

Why fused glass and how does it work?


In 2011 a friend who does stained glass introduced me to fused glass. I bought a tiny microwave kiln and in two weeks I blew our microwave! I bought a small counter -top kiln, which I quickly outgrew. Today my studio has taken over most of the top floor of our house and I have two kilns.
I fill the kiln at night and can't wait to see what result from the overnight firing. It isn't until I see the finished glass that ideas start building. Especially with dichroic glass, you never know how it will turn out until it is fired. I design each kumihimo cord specially for the pendant it will display. And I can spend hours sifting thought lampwork beads to find just the perfect combination for a design I want to develop. Each of my pieces is truly one of a kind. I love the process of combining various components into beautiful jewelry. I use my fused glass, handmade lampwork beads and top quality jewelry findings. I make hand-beaded kumihimo necklaces for many of my pendants.


Where can we find your creations?

My fused glass designs sell at local galleries and gift shops and online on Etsy as KittyKat Glass Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/KittyKatGlassDesigns I recently even opened a second shop on Etsy called LadyB Gems to showcase the jewelry I  create with the gorgeous lampwork beads from other talented glass artists. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyBGems  I give the bead artist credit in each listing, something most jewelry designers seem unwilling to do. They created the inspiration and deserve the credit!

 What can we find in the near future in your shops?

My designs are varied and eclectic- I get bored doing the same thing all the time. This week I may work with frit, murrini and gold decals designing one of my Under the Sea pendants. ( see above)
Next week I might be stringing crystals into lovely kumihimo cords or designed a pendant with lampwork beads,such in as the blue and green fish necklace in the photo (right)
And then I will turn to my own fused glass- perhaps even making some business card holders or coasters as a break from jewelry design. So check back often to see what is new in my Etsy shop!

Visit the website! http://www.kittykatglassdesigns.com/
Check the Facebook and go give her a like! I did :)
http://www.facebook.com/libby.boyer


http://www.facebook.com/KittyKatDesigns
http://www.facebook.com/LadyBGems





My illustration for Kit Kat Glass Designs  were some one of a kind rhinestone embellished cat shaped gift tags!



If you need so spicy up your shop with some funky illustrations feel free to contact me! 







4 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces!
    Love those cats!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  2. very pretty. Love the bead that looks like a fish tank.

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  3. Wow, Libby! This is just amazing! And did you see that one of the comments is from someone in New Zealand?!!! Your jewelry is gorgeous - it was from the start, and you're getting better all the time.

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