Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

Lori Anderson started this blog hop in November when she learned a friend, Marianna, had passed away. According to Lori “This blog hop is both for Marianna and for those people in our lives who mean a lot to us — a mom, a friend, a brother — anyone who has meaning to us.  Create a piece of jewelry that tells that story.”
I had been wanting to make a piece of jewelry for my sister, Luisa Ashley, to remember her son. Anthony Prudhomme was murdered on 11/3/2000. He was 3 weeks from his 22nd birthday-the same age my son is now. He was murdered in Highland Park, California in a home invasion by members of the Avenues, a Latino street gang. Anthony had no gang affiliation. We still miss Anthony very much. He was a handsome, personable, talented, and charismatic young man. My sister made a website to remember him: http://www.anthonyprudhomme.com/
I decided to try some new lampworking techniques in the book Creating Glass Beads by Jeri L. Warhaftig and make a pendant with a picture of Anthony and his brother Michael. The lampworking session involved using a large and heavy big-hole mandrel and applying glass on the end of the mandrel. It also involved experimenting with resin and playing with ruffling pliers. It took several tries. The pendant kept popping off the end of the mandrel and I had problems with the beads cracking. I am happy with the results of this challenging bead. This one turned out best:
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Resin makes it look like the image is under glass-very cool.
The other participants of this blog hop are listed below. I hope you’ll find some time to visit each one of these blogs and see their creations:
Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things
 Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
 Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee’s Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things
Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu
Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations
April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper’s Gems
Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine’s Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                   FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It’s My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads… and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey
Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston                 CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                    Inge’s Blog
Iveth Caruso                       Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa’s Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton            It’s a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                   josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat’s
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks
Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C … A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue
Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                       Lily’s of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                            Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                           Ornamento
Marti Conrad                          Marti’s Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley’s Workshop
Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                         Menka’s Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles — Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                            Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                           Hellopalz
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca’s Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence
Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha’s Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre’z                         Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten’s Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi’s Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets
Here are more pictures of my dear departed nephew:
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Here’s the link to the Brady Campaign to end gun violence:
Here is their tribute to Anthony:

About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. Last September I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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18 Responses to Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

  1. What a beautiful piece, lovely memorial.

  2. Thank you so much for linking to Anthony’s story, Inge. I, too, have have sons of that age and I was saddened by the loss of such an amazing young man, yet inspired at how he filled his short life with so much good! Your beautiful creation is a touching tribute and really shows your love and care!

  3. Your necklace is a wonderful tribute to someone who’s life was too short. Thanx for sharing.

  4. Dyanne says:

    A sad story. I’m sorry for your loss. You necklace is a very honorable tribute to your nephew!

  5. Pam Farren says:

    Such a beautiful young man. His promise is a loss to us all.
    Your necklace is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Very creative design. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
    Peace and Love.

  7. Marlene Cupo says:

    That lampwork bead is so striking, and sure your sister will treasure it. Your nephew seemed like such a promising young man, so sad for your loss.

  8. christine says:

    I love the pendant – such a sweet picture! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Donetta says:

    Your stories brought tears to my eyes. I’m hoping your tribute to Anthony brings joy and peace to your sister.

  10. Oh dear Lord. I absolutely LOVE the photo of him sitting on the beach with GOD in the sand. That is the most beautiful picture. Oh wow.

  11. Terri G. says:

    The world has been robbed of what that young man could of brought to it… Your necklace it just beautiful! Ditto for me what Lori said.
    Hugs
    Terri G.

  12. MaryL says:

    So sorry about your nephew. Beautiful necklace and tribute.

  13. Such a tragic loss. Your nephew seemed so full of hope and promise. A beautiful necklace to honor his short but meaning-filled life. Thank you for sharing your story. Enjoy the day. Erin

  14. pinkchapeau says:

    What a horribly sad story…so sad for your family. He seems like a wonderful young man. Your tribute is beautiful.

  15. Mandi says:

    What a lovely tribute and how daring of you to attempt a new technique. Well done!

  16. What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your nephew Inge. I lost my oldest son to an injury almost 9 years ago. It was devastating. I can’t imagine the pain your family feels having lost him through an act of senseless violence. Peace.

  17. Senseless violence, yes, just awful that he was taken from your family in this way. I’m so very sorry. You’ve created a truly gorgeous pendant

  18. Omg I love it! Is it for me? Thank You for remembering our sweet Anthony. 🙂

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