i took the most amazing class yesterday- murrine making with Sally Prasch. go to her website and prepare to be amazed by her work.
a Sally Prasch bead
yes, there could be pictures by putting the murrine in the scanner, but then you would see my pitiful first murrine. i figure it's like the harmonica, no one needs to hear you the first time you play the harmonica. no one needs to see my first murrine.
but just you wait 'til i get this all figured out...
i got something new to play with... big hole mandrels.
after loving the 'fallen sky stone landscapes' to pieces, there had to be another batch using the same technique of hand shaping lots of organic facets onto tinted encasing over colorful core beads. this color combination is called 'old rose stones'
this set is made with that new messy glass rose quartz. also moretti special brown light for the cores. the cores were rolled in aventurine gold and aventurine green frit and then each bead was encased with rubino oro, transparent light topaz and transparent light pink.
once all the glass is in place i gently heat up the beads, one side and angle at a time, and flatten it to build up random facet after facet.
i was really into it and made a big set of them, enough for a big show of jewelry.
best of all, i got two different, amazing, stainless steel big hole mandrels from moretti & more.
just look how big the hole is in the larger one, i could wear that big juicy bead like a ring.
i am getting ready for a show - my first with beads.
this pendant is made with a gianormous glass heart focal, mexican turquoise and freshwater pearls.
the bead is an 'end of the day' creation.
'end of the day glass' is a tradition in handmade glass production. at the end of the day some whimsical piece was made (often by apprentices) with whatever random assortment of colored glass fragments were left on the marver.
i use whatever stray frit, stringers bits, shorty shorts and naughty shards (the bits that fly off when impatiently warming canes) to make my last bead. waste not, want not.
yes, i will be selling small paintings at the show, the big ones are too much for an outdoor event. to see paintings and drawings click here.