Sunday, February 01, 2009

dirty snow

filthy road snow? it must be february.
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a set of six, hand pressed, lentils inspired by the dirty snow.
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each bead was made with a base of dark ivory glass and wrapped with wide ribbons of messy glass (cims) canyon de chelly.
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first, the canyon de chelly was melted into into the ivory causing the curdled lacy effect. then the bead was pressed with a pair of stainless steel ice tongs.
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thin ribbons and dots of psyche glass from double helix were added, melted in, and then each bead was re-pressed.
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the flame was adjusted to be slightly reducing and the bead waved thru it repeatedly until the psyche struck/reduced to a lusterous, oily, metallic blue green with violet edges.
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i thought it would turn metallic black and be appropriate to the dirty snow theme - but the blue was a wonderful surprise.
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this double helix glass is amazing.
i know, i am late to the party - but what a party.
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the bead (above) also has a bit of opalino carnelian in it - i dropped my dark ivory rod on the floor midway thru the bead and had to improvise.
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a side view
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a snapshot of bare branches taken from the passenger seat of the van. the vivid blue is from the tinting in the windshield.
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3 comments:

Nancy Topolski delicately perched said...

These beads are so much more beautiful than the snow on the sides of the streets. You are amazing at taking th e mundane and reinventing it into something spectacular. I love that Richard is painting, are you?
Oh, and thanks for the award. I now need to go post about it.

Gillian said...

Those beads are amazing - you can see whole worlds in them. I'd love to see a close cropped photo of one blown up large and framed!
Hope you're well. x

spawnofflame said...

This is too funny! I guess great minds do think alike - who would have guessed that dirty snow could inspire such lovely beads? It must be true that beauty is everywhere.