Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stuck On Lentils...

No, not the edible lentils but the lentil-shaped beads!! I'm sure most of us have that incurable habit of indulging excessively and never tire of something that latches onto our fancies. Yes, I'm stuck on making larger lentil-shaped focal beads at the moment - what's large to me may be small to another or vice-versa. These beads measure about 30mm across - so, is it large to you or maybe I should consider these as medium-sized, eh?

Not only am I hooked on lentil-shaped beads, I'm also enjoying using black and light-ivory glass. The first two images are actually two different beads; ahhh...another can't-get-tired-of-or-enough-of-it motif...See, three things of incurable excessive indulgence, the list goes on.

The gathering of the black glass is perhaps the part that I least enjoy - it could take anywhere from 10-20 minutes (or more) to gather a substantial glob of glass on your mandrel before what I consider as large enough. Really, you can't cut corners with the gathering as when you think you can get away with slightly less of a glob, when you shape the glass into a lentil, you find that it's lob-sided and then, piling on the glass on the side (or both sides!) is, to me, even more tedious than gathering the glob in the first place.

Have a great week and hope you'll enjoy looking at my lentils!!