Friday, May 22, 2009

Unexpected weather change

It was a beautiful day yesturday and towards the late afternoon, we suddenly experienced a thunderstorm with extreme strong gusts of winds and I sighted countless lightnings from my windows. I watched the trees sway in front of my windows yesturday, they looked like they were being uprooted. This morning over the radio I heard that in Schwerin, which is about 1.5-2h drive from where we live, houses were structurally damaged from the storm. Anyway, here's the view taken this morning less the storm from our windows - please excuse the mess you see on the window ledge, those are my beads packed in bags ready to be put into my bags next weekend, I don't know how to use Photoshop to blend out the mess. I know, I ought to be shot showing you the mess. I feel almost like living in a tree house or otherwise a monkey living in the trees. Oh, I work right next to these windows. I thought I'd better not show you my workspace, it's like the tornado dropped its debris all on one spot - which is my worktable.

Here are a couple of focal beads I made yesturday, based on the 'Kaleidoscope' design. These focals are quite big, each measuring about 3.5x2.4cm.

This bead has a very simplified Kaleidoscope design; I was trying to integrate part of the Taj elements into the bead (the white stringer work).

Background color: transparent medium amethyst

I tried out several background colors, using mainly transparent colored glass and I feel that the darker transparent colors bring out the designs better. This focal is made with light green - to be honest, I don't know the name of the glass anymore, I don't bother to label my glass rods. They are sorted according to the COE values and not the manufacturers.

Background color: yellow green (perhaps?)

I love this result of this focal. Actually this was the 1st focal I made yesturday, the other two were made after this one. You know how you keep hearing 'less is more'? Well, not in this case, less is less and more is definitely more. I certainly prefer the 'more-is-more' design.

Background color: transparent light teal

Well, it's Friday, as usual TGIF! I love weekends, don't you?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Ah yes, it's time again for that panic stage. I have less than 2 weeks before I depart for the Bead & Button Show. I still haven't gotten enough beads made for the show and am rather distracted. My problem? Well, instead of concentrating on making beads for the show - which by the way, you never know whether you are making the 'right' beads which your audience expects from you - I have been experimenting and toying with new techniques of lampworking for the past weeks. I even began weaving a bracelet 2 nights ago. Yes, one might indeed label me a scatterbrain.

Anyway, some new Taj series -

Taj Series, with 3 colors for the base and a 4th for the designs.

Taj Series
I love this color combo very much.

Taj Series
Decided to bring in some contrast by using complementary harmonies.

Earth-To-Mum Bubble bracelet
These beads have more random designs on them, which means I did not plan ahead of time what I wanted on the beads. But I admit, I did plan the colors! I guess, you could say, I don't quite leave everything to chance!

Close-up on toggle/catch of bracelet.

Untitled beads
I am quite pleased with these beads.

Anna Karenina Series
I haven't done these for a long time. I am very fond of making these designs, predominant
snowflake or 'x' designs.

Tomorrow is a public holiday 'Himmelfahrt' in Germany and next weekend (beginning June) is a long weekend as it will be Pfingsten. Sorry, I can't begin to translate into English what all these are. Basically, there are church holidays. The month of May has - I think - for the Germans, the most public holidays. Public holiday or not, I shall spend my time getting more beads made!