The Aliens Have Landed….

June 21, 2017 , In: Inspiration, Tutorials

I recently joined a little group on Facebook called ‘ACEO’s and other small things’  They are having an open market weekend at the end of the month all about monsters and mermaids, my muse went into over drive although the rest of group seem to be doing ‘normal’ monsters….

…mine are all coming out cute and cuddly!

…even my vampires are purring and to be honest even though I am arachnophobic I wouldn’t mind the spider in this one – I was so tempted to put him in boots on all 8 legs! 

Some time ago I made a tutorial on how to create alien/monster lampwork glass beads for Beads of Courage so I thought I would share that here, please feel free to use it, download it, stick it on the wall above your torch and create as many as you like, sell them if you wish but please make some for the kids on the programme too.  You can view this tutorial – and another one by me as well as other lampwork artists – here 

For how to donate the beads to the programme you can read here for the USA

and here for the UK

Enjoy the tutorial and happy monster making 🙂

Alien Tutorial for Beads of Courage



Laney Mead

A convert to glass from a life of doodling and drawing Laney started her artistic career with no formal training but a passion for paper and pencils.  With the help of a friendly artist who took her under his wing, she learnt how to use coloured pencil as a fine art medium and to experiment in abstract work with acrylic and oils, this led to painting murals all over the house walls, don't ask her about the 'space themed bedroom for her son and then having to try and paint it white to sell the house!'  and although she longed to paint real 'outside' murals and got asked to do so she couldn't commit the long travel involved with two, then small kids.  After several years of custom pet portraits in pencil she chanced upon a weekend of lampworking.  After being shown how to use the torch and asked to not burn down the studio she spent a blissful 2 days creating the wonkiest beads you ever did see.  She has been lampworking since 2008 and is finally at the point when her realism in pet portraits is merging with the glass.  Other than that one weekend she has never had a lesson and is completely self taught in all her techniques.  When she isn't melting glass she is writing for Cat World magazine about living with her brain damaged 'celebrity' cat Gordy and the newcomer old Teeko cat.  She lives in rural Herefordshire UK with views from her bedroom window over the Welsh Mountains with her husband, Golden Retrievers Izabel and Defi as well as the cats and two grown up kids that refuse to leave home.  She is currently campaigning for 'Kidsxit'.
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    Awww… very cute!

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