Monday, 10 May 2010

After Posting About Bead Sets....

After posting about bead sets, I have just listed a couple on Etsy tonight, as well as one of my vessels and I have a couple more to add in the next day or two .... however, these were made a good few weeks ago, I just hadn't got around to listing them!!!


Rustic Pine


I did spend a couple of hours at the torch over the weekend and tried a couple of new things out though, unfortunately, a couple of them cracked, but that's how it goes. Hopefully I will get some photos up soon.

In the meantime, hope you have a good week.



Thursday, 6 May 2010

Actually, I'm getting fed up with making bead sets!

Yes, really, I am! My attention span just doesn't want to last the time it takes to make a few little beadies of similar design. I am ok with focals and I have been enjoying making vessels, it's just sets of beads that I am having trouble with! I have still got one or two vessels yet to clean and photo and then I will show you, but that for later.

So in the meantime, I decided to wander over to 'the dark side', otherwise known as borosilicate. A totally different way of working, it seems! After trying a couple of small beads to get the feel, and then having all the bead release crack on me, an off-mandrel pendant it was, so here is my first attempt, which is simply clear dipped in boro frit:

After this I attempted a heart which is also clear but mixed with some rather lovely deep blue which has a lovely sparkle, though that is very difficult to capture with a camera! Still, here it is:

I am rather pleased with these for my first go with boro and I hope to play some more soon.

So what else has been happening? I had a great weekend in Towcester at Flame Off. There are a few pictures on my FlickR. I saw some great demos, met lots of people and spent far too much money. It's probably just as well it is only once a year!!

Anyway, I hope to clean a few beads and post some more pictures here soon.