Friday, January 22, 2010

Testing 1 - 2 - 3

Lots of new glass means lots of new sample beads.

I torched for two nights just trying out color combinations, fiddling the glass into new shapes and general futzing around and having fun.

These are all from the first night.
These little raked seed pods are Cim's Kryptonite, Peacock and and Double Helix Gaia. I wish the photo showed the wispy green violet iridescence of the Gaia - they're going to make lovely earrings.

A pillow bead - this was made from a lentil that I spot heated and stretched out then pinched the corners with my tweezers. More of this shape to come.
The bead has a core of Cim's peacock that was rolled in aventurine frit and then encased in pale Amethyst.

A few 'pollen' beads - DH Gaia on White, DH Aurae on Poi, Aurae on Mink and Aurae on Kryptonite.
Have you tried Double Helix glass on top of plain old white? It magically turns the white a pale, caramel, honey, butterscotch tinged white. It's a gorgeous reaction.

A lentil, the base is dark Ivory, with raked bands of Raku and Fossil.
Five or Six of these would make a great bracelet.

Ooh, I like this one. It's DH Psyche raked over Cim's Sangre.
Cim's Sangre is one of my all time favorite colors. And the photo doesn't even come close to showing how metallic the blue is.

A hollow pod made of transparent, striking orange.
Striking orange is far superior to striking red. The red is always seems too dark and murky.

This one is hard to get the full effect in a photograph. It has a core of Petroleum Green encased in Pale Green Apple, then topped with drippy threads of orange all over the place. The opaque orange casts shadows down onto the dark green which shift around as you handle the bead, the effect is very cool.

The second night of playing at the torch was all about using my handmade murinni. The beads are still on their mandrels waiting to be cleaned - more show and tell soon.

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