As the Bead & Button Show approaches, and my deadlines in the high-tech world keep right up with it, I'm trying to figure out how I can split myself in two. It would be marvelous if I could send my alter ego out to the glass lab, armed with my list of beads that I MUST make, those that I SHOULD make, and those that would be nice to have. Then when I do get a chance to spend some creative time on the torch, I can let whim take over and see what happens.
This past weekend, I left my list of must- and should-makes in the house and let the wicked-expensive silver-laden glass guide my head and hands. I had a rather tough time of it - the bead release (the stuff that coats the mandrels to keep the glass from permanently sticking) kept breaking every time I tried to make a normal-sized bead. So I resigned myself to making long or larger beads, and I was pleased with what came from the kiln. I'll put them into my Etsy shop soon - here's a look now to see what will be coming.
Yes, there's definitely a theme going on here. When I look at my Etsy shop, I see mostly neutrals, blues, and greens - very earthy stuff. One of these days I'm going to shock everyone and create some bright primary Crayola-colored beads!
On the fiber front, I've finished my March BJP vessel as well as another small vessel that will be for sale. They're out getting photographed "as we speak". More vessels will be coming, as well as some new brooches. But for now, it's back to my high-tech job. And YOU folks have yourselves a happy and creative day!
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