Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fun at the Torch Yesterday


Above are the beads from yesterday. I am so enjoying the raised florals, more than I never thought I would. I learned raised florals from Rita Burkholder as a new lampworker, and I never thought it would be a style I would want to further explore. However, taking a recent class with Cynthia Tilker made me want to revisit and reconsider. Cynthia's class was very inspirational for me.
The top bead really glows as shown in the picture, even more. The colors are rich, the dichro very warm and the raised metallic dots actually glow like fire opals.
The second bead is another nebula inspired bead. It is done with new dichro purchased from Arrow Springs at Bead and Button. The gold/red shimmer is a good match to the nebula in the picture.
The third bead is Dark Ivory and Ekho, and is accented with Double Helix murrini, which are metallic and glow when you turn the bead.
The fourth bead is just one of my favorite designs, that I really enjoy making. It offers a lot of techniques, interest and depth.
I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!


Samma said...

They are all gorgeous...but those top two really capture my heart. Can't wait to see that nebula in person...WOW!!!! Samma

Anonymous said...

Those are really, really beautiful. Glad you revisited the floral techniques.
sincerely, Rita Burkholder