10.11.2017 - Cute Posing Beads

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I love how glass transmits light.  (yes - think fiber optics!!) These wonderfully chunky tabs do that with these night straight edges.  I remember sitting at the torch while making these - looking forward to photographing them! Yes... seriously!  they're 1" across and about 3/8" thick... chunky - and I've left the chill marks on the surface - because it makes them all that more interesting!  Most of the glass I use is Lauscha or glass from the Czech Republic.  The transparent colors are just rich and clear. (OK... the light green is Effetre, and has some small bubbles... but the color is enticing enough to put up with them)... 


So, you know what the intent of this post is about... right?  Just how nice it was to stand these on their edges and capture their personalities!
smiles, Jill

9.27.2017 - ...That Nod & Knowing Whisper....

Years ago, my friend had quietly remarked how many times lampwork is an exercise into proving just how much you can cram onto the 'tiny canvas' of bead surface.  Yes, she is still my friend... and I remember that quite often as I work.

I've always felt less-is-more... and it shows in my work.  But every now and then something comes and nudges you... for me, this week, it was this piece.

While this piece has a mix of Boro and soft glass beads... I absolutely love the feel.  I have also found recently that my long-held belief that focal beads had to be just that - the focal - the belle of the ball... etc.  what I am now finding is just the opposite - that while they need to be interesting, it's better if they join everything together with a nod & a knowing whisper.  I like that approach much better. : )  Smiles, Jill