Exactly a week ago, I taught a lampworking class in Hamburg - wow, time sure flies by. I was asked to demonstrate my "star" beads. What "star" beads, you might ask - well, these are designs where I have geometric designs, in a way they are like snowflakes.
The last time I made such designs was perhaps two to three years ago. I had made a range of such designs for my jewelry collection (my collaborative work with Elizabeth Prior) as well as bead sets using similar geometric designs. This design is very inspired by the Moorish architecture and design; arabesque designs still intrigue me. I had the immense pleasure of viewing them in person during my trip to Istanbul in fall 2009.
You know, I can't stay put with one design and work on it forever - I don't have that push-button like a machine. There comes a day where I literally can't stand making that design anymore and that's when I "move on"; moving onto new ideas or designs. This particular phase where I experiment and try out ideas is the best phase I consider in making beads. It's that feeling that you have, right before you reach the summit. That uphill climb is usually both frustrating and rewarding - notice how I use frustrating before rewarding? No pain, no gain.
Anyway, that kick-start last weekend has rekindled my "star" beads. Yesturday, I made a few such beads but with a new flavor as well. The beads you see are very large round beads, slightly over 2cm in diameter (3/4") and I'm loving it!
Have a great weekend and hope you'll join me again next week.
In Orbit, blue
about 26mm in diameter