Most recently, I got to take an amazing 2 day class with Hayley Tsang so the first beads I will share are all made using my newest skills and techniques from the class. The first day of class she taught us how to make silvered glass murrini . I now have a nice little stash of my own handmade murrini!!!! It was quite a process and I'm not sure I will be a big murrini maker but I sure can appreciate the time and talent it takes to make them!
So on to the good stuff - the photos:
|Bead #1 - see the pretty murrini?|
|Bead #2 - see the pretty murrini?|
|Bead #3 - see the pretty murrini?|
|Bead #4 - see the pretty murrini?|
The next beads are my first attempts, using my own set up (torch, bead release, etc.) and I found that my usual bead release could not hold up to all that goes into making one of these beads. I thought that might be a problem as one of my favorite bead releases comes off pretty easy and cleans up on the inside of the beads without any residue. I tested my normal release as well as some stronger mud I had in the back of my cupboard. Sure enough, I'll be using mud style release when I make these beads. This is the second style of bead Hayley taught us in her class. Of course these do not hold a candle to hers and I have a lot of practice to do on this style. They are one of my favorite beads though, when done right!!!
I'll share my favorite first:
This bead has a base of Triton. It was my first bead of the day and typically those are not my best beads and this one is no exception.
The next bead has a base of Kalypso and it just looks washed out to me. I must have done something wrong with my heating and cooling cycles - I'll keep trying.
As you can probably tell, my class with Hayley was awesome!!!! It was held at Bead Republic in Naperville, IL and I would love to return for more classes there. They have a great set up and lots of great supplies. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming - students and staff!!! I can't say enough great things about the owner and her business. If you are a bead maker and near this area take a look at their schedule of classes - they have some great ones coming up!!!
While my daughter was home for a few weeks this summer, we took a Shambhala bracelet class together. We kind of went nuts making a bunch of these but they are so much fun to make while you are visiting, watching TV or a movie, or any of the other hanging out stuff Mom's and Daughters do. I can't tell you which one of us made which ones (except my first two that I made - they are the only ones I remember for sure are mine) but here are just some of them:
|My first one.|
|My second one.|
I experimented with glass and techniques a lot this summer. Here are a few examples:
|These are all made with the same rod of glass. Love the colors it produced!!!|
|I hope you can tell what this is. Pretty cool huh?|
|Just some fun colors and designs. Loved making these!|
|This formula and design was based on a recent edition of Soda Lime Times. I can see some potential here for some sea related beads.|
|Not perfect - just testing out some ideas - I think I like the darkest one best!|
|Another idea I was playing with. Eh, not so much going on here that I'm loving.|
|Of course I always have to do some of these after I've been away from the torch for a while. Masking patterns always sooth me and get me in the mood for creating!|
|I loved these! Experimented quite a lot with frit this summer.|
|Experimenting with reactive glass and different black rods to see the affects - learned a lot here!|
|More reactive glass testing. Pretty cool stuff!|
|Loved these - I'll have to go back to my notes to see how I made these.|
|I made these so long ago I don't remember what I used - thank goodness I can get my notes and find out.|
|What would torch time be if I didn't make a ring disc at some time during the summer. Got to keep up with my disc skills!|
I invested in an entry level coring devise this summer. I am only using copper and brass at this point but once I get comfortable with my skills I will use sterling.
I like the look of a cored and capped bead. I am putting a dapping block and tools on my Christmas wish list so I can make my own caps too. I would love to take a class to learn how to use PMC to make about 3 things that I use often. I think I could come up with some great designs of my own to enhance my beads. There is just soooo much I want to learn how to do but I don't want to pull time away from making beads - I need to collaborate with a metal artist I think - at least until I can learn some of these things myself. At the pace I'm going I think I need to find a collaborator soon!
I'll be back soon! Thanks for not giving up on my blog and stopping back to catch up with me. Hope you all had a fun summer too!
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