Friday, February 5, 2010

TRIGGERING EFFECTS


It is difficult attempting to make glass beads while nursing a huge head cold though I have ideas but hey, the flesh is weak and the brain is slower during this phase.

So, what have I been making while having stuffed sinuses? Not much, I'm afraid. I have made more vine-y beads though as focals instead of bead sets. Don't ask why, but even my husband tells me they remind him of Schneewittchen - this is German for Snow White - as well as Jack And The Beanstalk. Some things just trigger certain memories, events and places without you knowing why, doesn't it?

Hope to get more beads going this weekend, or maybe I do have to stop sniffing propane and get more fresh air and bed-rest. Though, I can't imagine myself not doing anything. Napping is one thing but just lying in bed, naaaaa, I just can't see myself doing it. Have a good weekend, everyone, and here are some of the beads I have made in the past days.

Made only two test beads, enamels on light ivory base. I have been pondering whether to etch them or not. Most likely, I shall not be etching them. These are medium-sized lentils, each about 22mm in diameter.

Focal bead, made with the same enamels as above but on clear base - which I personally prefer. You can see how the base affects the enamels. The yellow is 'quieter' and not as loud as on the light ivory base.
Measures 38mm in length, 20mm at its widest point and 12mm in depth (thick)




Purple and green enamels on clear base
Bead measures 38mm length, 28mm width, 11mm depth (thick)
Sorry for the glare and harsh lighting in the bead, I just don't feel up to re-shooting it at the moment.




Purple and rose purple enamels on clear base. The bead is round in the front and flat on the back. I thought this would allow the focal to sit better and feels more comfy.
Measures 34mm in length, 25mm at its widest point, 22mm in depth (thick)




Last but not least, my Magnolia style focal bead. Actually this is more like a pine cone rather than a magnolia.
Measures 27.5mm and 23mm at its widest

Same bead as above, just another view


Top view of the bead

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

HEART-FELT DAYS

I remember when I first started lampworking, I was very keen to learn how to make heart-shaped beads. Mind you, it requires lot of patience. I can't say why, but now, I have no patience whatsoever for making heart-shaped beads. It seems to take forever to get the mass of glass melted to the size you need. Finally when I get the right shape, I have no inkling what motifs I should put on it! Yes, all that creative energy zapped away by the eternal mass of melting glass. Don't know exactly what triggered me to make heart beads this time again, maybe it's that virus in the air since I remember the last time I made heart beads, it was about a year ago.

We have massive snowfall again today, it has been snowing at least for the past 6 hours. Probably will cause traffic chaos again. This morning, I left the dog tied outside the supermarket and when I came out after about 20 minutes, Sandy looked like he was moldy with snow! Anyway, it is definitely a nice day to work indoors and I had taken the opportunity to shoot photos of my beads to share with you. All of them will be going on sale over the next days.


THE HEART-THROB


STRANGER IN THE MIDST
Lentil-shaped beads in ivory with black motifs and red dots

UNTITLED
Heart-shaped Magnolia style beads


Close-up of above beads


UNTITLED
small beads made exclusively with Bullseye glass