Thursday, December 12, 2013

THAT VERY TOLERANT AND HARDY DOT

More of my glass cabochon toppers, these can be seen my website, with layers and layers of dots. I can't imagine glass beads without dots. I mean, no matter how hard you try, dots are can't be avoided, can they? The glass rod itself is round and it's like the first thing you do once you have wrapped a core of glass on your mandrel - you dab your glass rod on your wound bead and see, a dot is born/created/made!

Dots are very tolerant, it's really up to you to give life to the dots. Dots are immensely forgiving, you can pile one dot on top of the other and it still stays faithful as a dot or you can squeeze another dot next to the first dot and continue in this manner to distort the dots into a triangle or a line. You cover part of a dot and it becomes a new design. You drag through the dot and it can turn into a little heart. You poke the centre of the dot, cover it with glass again and you've got yourself a trapped bubble. Dot several dots within a dot, melt them down, poke the middle and a flower emerges! Amazing, isn't it?

Dots are fun, it provides a rhythm whenever I do dot-work: one-two, one-two, one-two, or one-two-three, one-two-three or even cha-cha-cha, cha-cha-cha (it's a little difficult if I do "one-two, cha-cha-cha, one-two, cha-cha-cha", then the second dot is bigger than the first, see what I mean? Of course, unless that's what I want.) That's how I make my dots have almost the same size - I count as I apply the rod onto the glass bead.

I have just made a couple of new cabochon toppers (no, they're not the images below) - I will show them in my next blog. I have to set up for the photography work - I do not have a fixed set-up photo studio, my photo set-up is always dismantled after each photo session.

Do join me for my next blog and in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the week and may you have a relaxing weekend.