I think we are all over the festivities at this point, so I thought I would just wish you all a happy new year and get down to business! Unlike my last job, I probably had two days off and then it was back to the torch! It is not just a job but a passion. So, if I am not making beads or jewellery, I am thinking about or reading about making beads and jewellery! Only a little bit obsessed…
I have had a fair few sessions just messing around on the torch and doing a bit of metal work, so I thought I would show you what my ‘research’ time throws up!
The first three beads are to be developed – I have a new collection ‘seed’ in my head. If I don’t do anything about it soon, I may just get branches growing out of my ears!
There are some CZ’s in the pink one too – been experimenting with this to see what I can do with them before the bead explodes! The pink one is to have silver hand made caps and then cored in silver!
I have been doing lots more along the ‘seaside’ theme. Seeing as I live on the coast, it seems rude not to! I can’t tell you how tempted I was to include a sharks fin in the pool of the first one!
A little crop of them I am quite pleased with! I love making Murrini, which is how the ‘sea anemones’ are made – think seaside rock, it is made like that. Please ask if you would like more explanation. I will happily explain how to make a basic murrini pull!
That last one brings me to the meta lwork side of things….. in addition to my addiction to glass, is an addiction to tools! I have been trying to develop a bead liner – that is, a tool to make lining beads with metal tubing easier. They are very expensive items, and I currently do mine by hand!
Some capped and cored beads. I want to make some decorative copper bead caps in copper clay – there are not enough hours in the day!!
I am loving encased flowers at the moment and was very pleased with this piece – it has had a lot of interest! And a couple more BHB’s and Fibulas!
The other thing I have been working on is Dragon’s Eyes!! I am an avid reader and love Robin Hobb’s books. The first couple I did were to test the water. There are many considerations – base bead; colours for twisties for iris, shape/colour of pupil; colour of eyelids, shape of eyelids, etc, etc. I wasn’t too happy with the first attemps – too ‘cute’! So they are baby Dragon’s eyes…my daughter has commandeered one of them!
So I did a few sketches and came up with this one! Much more threatening and ‘Dragon like’! The glass I used in Silver Black – a strange beast that alternates between a metallic look and high shine. It is perfect except for the fact that it doesn’t like to be worked for too long. I will continue with my reseaarch but have a good idea of how to achieve exactly what I see in my head now!
Finally, February will be upon us before we know it, so I have made a couple of hearts to warm the cockles!