First beads after my operation


End of September I had an operation on my left hand (I am a lefty!!) The operation (Thumb Arthritis) requires a long revalidation and the first months where not so nice.

The last few weeks I have been busy downsizing my glass studio so I can use part of it as a photography studio. I have to many tools, equipment, glass, etc so I have a lot for sale in my second hand webshop.

Being robbed of your dominant hand is difficult, but it was worse I couldn’t hold my camera and I couldn’t make beads. The camera was the first thing I picked up again after 4 months and yesterday I made a few beads!!

Clearing out a lot of stuff I don’t use any more and rearranging my vast collection of glass, takes a lot of time. And my hand is not functioning like it should so it takes some time.

Last week I got a packet from Kathy Seamonds from Creation is Messy (CiM) with 16 new colours glass. Thank you Kathy, this was a good excuse to stop clearing and moving stuff around and go sit at the torch and make some beads!!


The new CiM colours are beautiful. Here are the 16 new colours, aren’t they pretty?

123 Hemoglobin
123 Hemoglobin
314 Cornsilk
314 Cornsilk
450 Chartreuse
450 Chartreuse
451 Inchworm
451 Inchworm
452 Peat Moss
452 Peat Moss
453 Peridot
453 Peridot

454 Refresh
454 Refresh
455 Troll
455 Troll
456 Eel Grass Moss
456 Eel Grass Moss
457 Yangtze
457 Yangtze
549 Sea Mist
549 Sea Mist
551 Prussian Blue
551 Prussian Blue


726 Safari
726 Safari
727 van Dyke Brown
727 van Dyke Brown
823 Koala
823 Koala
824 Pachyderm
824 Pachyderm

So the renewal of the studio is not finished, I need to do a lot more before I can move in my professional flash lights, backgrounds etc.
But first we are celebrating Carnaval starting on Saturday!!



23 feb 2017 16:42 | Geef een reactie |

2 Reacties op "First beads after my operation"

  1. 1
    Kathe Lewis:

    Hi Miriam, I just want to send you a few words to encourage you, a few years ago I had the same procedure three times, first they tried with a new joint that my body rejected, then I had the trapezoid bone removed, first in left and six months later in my right hand. It was like being without usable hands for more than two years, but it did help, only it took about a year after the last op to gain full strength and dexterity in my hands. I can now do almost anything, though I don't have quite as much strength as before, it is more than sufficent for everyday use, for crafts, gardening, woodwork etc. the only thing I have problems with is cold, so handling frozen stuff or rummaging in the freezer is husband duties in our home!
    Best of luck, and keep those hand exercises going, they do help!

  2. 2
    Miriam:

    Thanks Kathe. I knew it would be a long stretch but sometimes you get a little impatient. My other hand has to be done too, but I will wait a bit. It is good the hear from different friends they love the result in the end.