Saturday, February 20, 2010

LARGE IS BEAUTIFUL

I am taking a short break selling on Ebay as I have some legal technicalities I have to clarify before listing my beads on Ebay again. If I do list anything before matters are clarified, I shall not be offering the auctions to any EU countries, the auctions will only be for shipment outside of the EU countries. My sincere apologies and I regret any inconvenience caused. For EU buyers, please contact me directly if you wish to purchase any of my beads.

Here are some of my latest beads - all beads are for sale, please email me for the prices -


FLOWERS ARE BEGINNING TO BLOOM
Measures 30x22mm, made on 2mm mandrel
Core color: medium transparent topaz with blue, white and purple flowers, green leaves.
The white flowers are on another layer and sit above the blue flowers. A layered floral bead.




I DREAM OF FLOWERS 
(next 2 photos are of the same bead, different views)
Measures 31x24mm, made on 2mm mandrel
Also a layered floral bead. Green core with flowers in salmon pink and purple


(Same bead as above)




I've done some VERY LARGE focal beads. I like how they have turned out! Seriously, I love making/drawing this kind of beads. It's probably the release I needed from the past two-three days of the legal nonsense I have to dredge through. I personally love the Butterflies Are Free and The Blue Macaw In The Amazon. I hope you like them as much I enjoyed making them!


A BIRD
Measures 56x25mm, 10mm thick; made on 2mm mandrel
Ivory base with colors in yellow, orange, green, purple. Bird motif is drawn with black stringer


Photo shows the entire drawing of the bird, which goes around the bead.



BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE
Measures 49x33mm, 10mm thick; made on 2mm mandrel
Colors used: ivory base, yellow, orange, purple, green periwinkle
Butterfly motif drawn with black stringer



Photo shows the drawing of the entire butterfly, which wraps around the bead.




THE BLUE MACAW IN THE AMAZON
Measures 54x27mm, 13mm thick
Colors used: light ivory base with periwinkle, blue, teal, yellow, green, purple



Photo shows both sides of the bead. I chose to draw a flower on the reverse.




THE HAPPY FISH
Measures 45x25mm, 11mm thick; made on 2mm mandrel
Colors used: light ivory base with yellow, green, purple, blue, green. Fish motif is drawn with black stringer




Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SEEING RED

My quest with using enamels on my beads goes on. Oho, enamel addiction... I love graduating colors, which enamels are just the perfect media for this purpose. I used to etch my enameled beads - two years ago, I was actively using enamels on my beads - and the only drawback with etching, i.e. if you have the unlucky stars hanging over your head, is the glass beads may sometimes look like ceramic beads or worse yet, plastic beads! Now, I am quite pleased with leaving the glass beads as they are - glossy and shiny, a 'natural' characteristic of glass. Besides, etching is a nasty business, it is after all very acidic. I neutralize all my etched beads, as the acid on the glass beads is not removed under running tap water. Imagine, that acid slowing feasting on your skin, now that is gross, isn't it?

My favorite enamel color is actually white at the moment though I must allow myself to indulge in other colors as ultimately I don't want to stay too monochromatic. Enamels allow for subtle graduation into a new color. There is no way you can do that with opaque colored glass, it will be too harsh. 

I love red against white, it is a very strong color. The focal bead, Ambiguous, is a typical example of when you literally see red, since they are used sparingly on a large area of white. It's like 'small can beat big', isn't it?

RAISE THE RED LANTERN


AMBIGUOUS
This bead can be used right-side up or upside down. I have used a light dusting of yellow enamels along with white.




MOONLIGHT SERENADE


Reverse side of MOONLIGHT SERENADE


MOONLIGHT SERENADE II
Basically these focals have the birds on one side and on the reverse, the tree design. I not posting the photos of the reverse sides for the next two focal beads. 

MOONLIGHT SERENADE III


You know, when I started lampworking, I was fascinated with making encased floral beads in the first two years. I admit, I have recently caught the fever again and started to try them out once more. Believe me, it was not like riding the bicycle, I couldn't get it right and the flowers were deformed by the time the bead was finished. A nightmare. I even bought an e-tutorial by Cynthia Tilker on encased floral beads to see what I might be doing wrong. She has beautiful floral beads as well as sculptural beads. Of course, she shows you the techniques; but the e-tutorial does not point out what mistakes I was doing. Took me several days to figure out what I was doing wrong, and now I realized that I started out with too large dots and by the time the layers were done, there was no room left for each flower and that's when the distortion began. Here are two beads which I am happy with, they will be listed on ebay this evening.

PURPLE FLOWERS


SNOW-WHITE