Tuesday, October 09, 2007

earth swirls are easy

as promised - a new set of beads.
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earth swirls
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avocado, dark ivory, sage green, medium sized dark ivory frit, fine silver wire and silver foil.
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i really like this reactive combination of glass and the bead's easy organic shapes.
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these were fairly simple to make.
1. lay all three colors of glass (dark ivory, avocado & sage) on in layers side by side.
2. melt together and dab on a bit of dark ivory frit here and there.
3. add some wee pieces of silver foil and some fine silver wire.
4. spot heat and twist the spirals into the glass using a commercial dark ivory stringer.
5. reheat the whole bead evenly and flatten/mash into a lozenge.
6. reheat out the stress marks and flame anneal.
7. into the kiln...
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now, all i have to do is clean them.
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2 comments:

Patricia J. Mosca said...

These are beautiful...Came to your blog by way of another blog...anyhow, they are only "easy" if that is where your talent is...and yours is certainly with the torch! Love the look of these beads...they will make stunning pieces!

Helen Suzanne said...

Beautiful work. I love them.