WhatIn my last blog, I mentioned that I have two-layered florals - I am not sure if you understood exactly what I meant. Firstly, the flowers I make have compound or composite petals (usually 2 rows of petals) and secondly, there are actually 2 batches/levels of flowers. Usually I use two different colors for each 'level' - the purpose of this is to achieve depth within the bead, giving it a 3-dimensional effect. Here are a couple of floral beads I made yesturday:
SNOW WHITE II
Measures 33x22mm, made on 2mm mandrel
all flowers are in white, the cobalt blue base makes it easy enough for creating depth. Also, the hind flowers are standard blossoms whilst the top are composite flowers
Another view of the above bead
measures 47x23mm, made on 2mm mandrel
Against a lighter background or core, I tend to use 2 different colored flowers to increase the visual depth. Otherwise the depth between the two flower levels will not show up as nicely.
measures 39x19mm, made on 2mm mandrel
I used fine blue aventurine (goldstone) on top of transparent medium green for the core of the bead; there is a light shimmer when the light hits the bead at the right angles. Bottom flowers have single petals; top flowers also have single petals but has extra surrounding petals, so it looks like a 12-petaled flower.
THE NIGHT OF THE RED LANTERN
measures 30mm in diameter, 12mm thick
This is my absolute favorite focal bead with the enamels application. It seems to have closed a chapter for me in lampworking. Well, at least for now, the phase with enamels is over.
BIRD WITH MOHAWK
measures 56x27mm, 10mm thick
I admit, I wasn't sure what bird I was going to draw and it basically grew a mohawk...his mohawk is on the reverse side of the bead. BTW, these focals are large over 2" in length, it just seems small in the photo, if you compare it to the lentil bead (The Night of the Red Lantern), but in actual fact, it is twice the length of the Red Lantern bead.
See the mohawk?
THE RAINBOW BUTTERFLY
measures 62x30mm, 11mm thick, made on 2mm mandrel
Ok, this colors of the wings are better in person than on the photo and this bead is BIG. I couldn't capture the colors. This has got to be my all-time favorite work. You know, it becomes scary when I have reached this stage; I wonder if I will make another piece which will measure up to this 'drawing'
Front and back view of the THE RAINBOW BUTTERFLY.
The wings of the butterfly wrap around the back.