Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I've been working on different reactions that I get in the Bubble beads. What a variety of reactions! I need to start a way of keeping track of what I did, because the variation can be so different. I think my first job will be to name the mandrels as they go into the kiln. The top focal came out perfect! It has all the color combinations, a great shift in the irridescent color hues, and the darker looking bubbles. The three are almost the same except for the color of the bubbles which didn't really show up as much in this picture. Even though they are all ivory glass, there is one that is different. The next two are the same reactive glass, same base bead, but what a different color!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Elektra glass, another glass from Double Helix, is my favorite glass that they make. Not only does it change into an irridescent glass when it is put into a reduction flame, if you don't let it go that far you will get the most unbelievable blues out of this glass! They vary from turquoise to deep navy to and aqua, all in the same area. It really is like looking down from a plane and seeing the ocean with land cutting into it. Very pretty.
This was an experiment that I conducted using Kronos, one of Double Helix's high silver content glasses. In the past I haven't gotten much out of it, but when I did this little experiment I was very impressed with the glass. The picture doesn't really show that a couple of the beads are almost a solid center of the Kronos and it really made a difference in how it reacted to the reduction flame. I like the organic look that was the end result because of the reaction between the ivory and the kronos.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is another of my spun glass beads. This first picture is of the focal bead and I still am in the process of finding different ways of using this technique. This is what I would call the bird nest style. It is more irregular and not intended to be perfect. It will be intersting to see how this would look with crossovers of different colors.
These disk beads are a variety of pinks that I made up for the pink lover. I thought that it would be a good time to post these because of October being breast cancer awareness month. Personally, I love these colors. They compliment each other even though the colors run the gamut from a dark rasberry to a very pale pink.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Somewhere out there is another Blogg that I started which was all about Tiffany lamps. Well, I finally did something about my love of glass and started my own business making lampworked glass beads. I have always loved glass and after I visited the Wimberley Glass Works in Wimberley I became even more fascinated with the whole process of making glass items. It was when a friend of mine, Vickie Hallmark, who is famous in her own right showed me how glass beads were made that I knew that I had found my niche. I have always been a dabbler in the arts, primarily in oils, watercolor, scratchboard, pen and ink, and colored pencil. What I like about lampworking is that you get an immediate result the same day you make your glass item. What a rush that is to see the finished product within hours after putting in the kiln.
What is so neat about this medium is that you never stop learning new tricks and techniques. Also it is one medium that the possiblilities are endless when it comes to what your end result will be. I can make a bead using the same colors as someone else and the beads will look completely different. I am hooked!! It you want to find me check out Etsy under LindenAvenueDesigns and for E-bay under Linden Avenue Designs.