TGIF! Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktails and Green Enameled Copper Pendant

Phew, we’re glad it’s Friday here at Happy Mango Beads!  It’s been a fun and busy week for all of us – AND today is Emily’s birthday – so, there is plenty to be smiling about!  Happy Birthday, Emily!

This week we started our Bead-A-Pumpkin contest and our Pin-It to Win-It Breast Cancer Awareness contest is well under way over on Pinterest.  Make sure to enter both (who can pass up the chance to win free beads!?).  It also snowed last night – and not just a dusting – about 3 inches was on my car when I woke .  But the grass is still green, and the trees still have their leaves.  This wacky Colorado weather inspired today’s TGIF drink – A Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktail (get it – snow on the green grass and trees?).

Here’s what’s on the Mango Menu this week:

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktail (from PheNOMenal).

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktail from PheNOMenal : Happy Mango Beads Blog

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktail courtesy of PheNOMenal


















Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktail Recipe
(yield 1 serving)

3/4 oz creme de menthe
3/4 oz creme de cacao
2 big scoops vanilla ice cream
Chocolate shavings and/or mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Place creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and ice cream into a blender. Blend until thick and creamy. Serve in martini glasses and garnish with chocolate shavings and mint leaves.

Can you say YUM!  Now we recommend that while you indulge in this minty martini, you get busy beading using these Mint Green Enameled Copper Pendants..

Green Enameled Copper Pendant from Happy Mango Beads

Green Enameled Copper Pendant from Happy Mango Beads
















Copper enameling is the art of fusing glass onto copper.  It is a very labor intensive process.  After hand cutting, filing and shaping each piece of copper it is cleaned using sandpaper and then powdered enamel (glass) is added. Each piece is then fired in a kiln at approximately 1500-1600° Fahrenheit. Additional layers of enamel may be added to a piece depending on the piece itself; generally all pendants have enamel added 3-4 times during the process.  An interesting aspect to the process is the immediacy of it. Because the pendants are able to cool relatively quickly, it allows for spontaneity during the process.  The color of the glass is very consistent, but expect some irregularities on the surface, as this is typical with this form of art. This item is very durable, but because it has a glass overlay some chipping can occur if it is dropped on a hard surface. Read about the artist Marian Stonacek here and find these pendants in our webstore here.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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