Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AND IN CLOSING...

As this year comes to a finish, may I wish you and your family a very wonderful time together during Christmas and of course, a most delightful, healthy and happy 2012. I shall be indulging in my family during the next two weeks and please join me again next year for more update on my work.

Here are some of my beads (ring tops) and focal beads. The bottom photos show 2 focal beads which were inspired by where I live. We live on the third floor; these two beads are a depiction of the treetops I see out of our windows (we have about 26 windows in our home; I know, it's scary when you think about the cleaning... and yes, if I really leaned out and stretch like a rubber band, I'd be able to touch the twigs of the trees) during the sunset and when we had a little snow in the past days.









Tuesday, December 13, 2011

That Holiday Feeling

I am tickled very pink with yesturday's batch of interchangeable glass cabochons! Indeed, it feels like a happy holiday when the work turns out better than you'd imagine. With lampworking, you don't really know what you're in for till you open your kiln the next morning. Hey, it could be a hit or a miss!

Anyway, these new cabs are conical-shaped, mind you, shaping it by hand is, if not, hypnotic, then it's mesmerizing to watch. Yes, yes, I know I am being thick-skinned when I say I enjoy watching my own hands (hahaha, cheap thrill, eh?!) shaping the molten glass into that conical form.

The seventh photo is a custom-order - ok, not a real custom-order as I am not fond of taking custom orders where I am told what kind of bead I ought to make. This bead is for a lucky-draw thingy and I was not requested to make any particular style, it was up to me to come up with a design. I am thrilled to bits with the result of the bead. It's dark ivory with motifs using double helix glass. Quite Art Nouveau-ish and Wedgwood-y design.

Alrightee...let me leave you to view what I have made over the past days. May you enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoyed making them.




















Thursday, December 1, 2011

MANIPULATION CAN BE A STICKY JOB

Ahhh...not too bad, eh? As promised in my last blog, I shan't be away too long. Yes, I am back torching! Perhaps not as furiously long each day as in the past years, I admit I have cut back the hours at the torch. What's new? Well, I am onto big focal disc beads. Lots of dots which are manipulated into new shapes and forms. Quite fun though quite exasperating when the dental pick I use for the dot-manipulation sticks on the glass. That sticking bit tells me I ought to observe and watch my glass more; timing is pretty crucial when you wish to manipulate glass in its molten state.

Anyway, a couple of my focal beads and some sets. May you enjoy viewing my new beads...







Sunday, November 20, 2011

Still Thoughts

This year has not been just a bed of roses although I shall not complain about it. I have taken a longer break than expected with my lampworking. I consider this a very testing period of my life - to gather myself back to reality, what I want to do and not just what I have to do. I see friends come and go as in departing from this world, putting me in a pensive mood. So, what do I mean by still thoughts? Thoughts best kept to myself, as all thoughts, still or otherwise, are meant to be.

I have began working again at the torch last week. Just a couple of hours; well, to be honest, it was about 3 hours for one day. It's a gradual begin; no, definitely not uphill struggle at all. Merely a warm-up. I doubt if I shall wish to engage in longer working hours at the torch, simply because I have other priorities lined up which I love to carry out. If not now, then when?

I shall be back with more work and I promise not to take too long a break again. Let me leave you with a few ring/pendant glass tops - I hope they are to your liking. The first two cabs are made with dichroic glass.








Thursday, September 15, 2011

Never Say Never Is Never Ever Never

I never thought that I will ever use dichroic glass in my glass beads - I am usually turned off by how dichroic has been used. Usually it is overwhelming and overpowering. I guess there is always a time and place for anything. Perhaps now that I am able to work my designs from paper to glass, it is easy to visualize how I can add a little dichroic to enhance the beads.

I like to use the dichroic as a background; it has to have that faraway feeling, like the distance of the sky from us. It must be subtle and not dominate over my stringer and dot design elements.

Two days ago, I chatted with another lampworking colleague and I had told her that I could just use black and white glass for the rest of my life and clear off the rest of my glass storage. In fact, I am tempted to do so, but I have to be realistic and keep using other colors if I want to sell my pieces. Anyway, adding dichroic even to the black and white beads make a huge difference in the way they look.

So, let me leave you with some of my latest works - my handmade glass cabochons for the interchangeable jewelry system.

It's Always Hip To Be Square

All Square Once Again

Trapped Galaxy
dichroic glass

Trapped Galaxy with Tan Acetate Disc

Trapped Galaxy With Black Acetate Disc

Through A Trapped Galaxy
dichroic glass

Through A Trapped Galaxy with Violet Acetate Disc

Precious
with a black acetate disc

Flat Spiraling

Very Cubed

A Wandering Cube

Delicious
dichroic glass

Wandering Star
shift glass (pink-blue) with dichroic glass

Wandering Star
same as above photo but under different light source, the glass shifts from pink to blue

Far, Far Away
dichroic glass

Cabinet Knob
black-and-white leafy designs

The Night Sky
with black acetate disc
use of dichroic glass

The Arctic Star
with purple and blue acetate disc
use of dichroic glass