All the sparkle of summertime fun - crisp edges - lots of sparkle and soft beautiful colors. 1/16" mandrel holes - most beads in the 1/2"D range - small beads at end of strands are 3/8"D for size reference.
This set was interesting - because I'm pretty certain I know where the glass came from. (?) Hmmm. It's a combination of Lauscha and Czech... and in an area of Europe where the two countries converge, pulling raw materials from the same source... I have light green, denim, and a blended combination of the two glasses. It's a beautiful set - and somehow - knowing its history makes it near and dear to my heart. The feel of the glass as it's worked is almost identical... and there compatibility has never been a issue with these colors.
Another week of flirting with springtime here - until that is, the big storms of last night!! I managed this set on Monday and was just so pleased with the upbeat feel of the cheerfully wonderful colors. I view this style set as a portfolio representation of many different bead styles from over the years - while all being different - sharing the beauty of transparent glass. Lovely.
12" as strung.
PS - Fling is the name... please... glass still doesn't bounce! ; )
I love these colors - and I also love the PNW.... I remember the first time I went to Oregon... it was on the coast - and I felt as if the stars were sitting on my shoulders they were so huge and bright. Every visit since - I've longed to someday have an extended stay there... mmmm.
Again, a myriad of shapes - and a play between lovely denim blue, colorless and a deep topaz... fun shapes - and 10"L as strung.
I was thinking of teaching a class on beaded shapes with the minimal use of anything to shape them other than basic tools. This was an exercise in thinking of how many of my shapes allow light to permeate the glass and awaken it from within. It's an extensive set of many fun elements. As strung it measures 11" in length, the carved focal is 45mm long with 3/32" mandrel hole. The balance have 1/16" mandrel holes except the Freefall and Lens bead with 3/32".
Oh so tasty a set of beads.... Inspired by the circular glass pieces I saw used in a very unusual leaded glass window on the island of Murano. While I normally fire polish all my smooth surfaces, I've deliberatly left the chill marks on the beads to emulate the look of old glass. The sizes range from 1/2" x 1/4" to 1" x 1/4" all with 1/16" mandrel holes. And this very generous strand of beads measure 19 1/4" as strung.
Delicate fine silver headpins with pinky lavender daggers, light amber ribbed collar beads and a lovely matching pair of denim blue hollows. Since these are sterling silver - I've lined the headpins inside the hollows with non tarnishing silvery beads to aid in keeping them pristine. These measure 2 5/8" from top to tip.
I figure that I should offer these as this color is one of my very favorites... and it's not easy to find beads this color. These are appx 5 x 10mm with 1/16" mandrel holes.
*sorry for the little pair of white dots - those are just the lights I use to photograph...
Sweet little name Lilly. I met a little Lilly last weekend who was so shy she just made us all smile. This set is simply sweet and soft spoken - so graceful in its lines and shape... it deserved a sweet little name. 10 1/4" of tapered bicones and a 1 1/6"L focal with a sweet detail at top. All holes are 1/16"
Apricot peach and lavender.
Flirty little trio of rectangular pillars of glass. Measuring appx. 1/4" sq x 15/16", 1", 1 1/16", L. The mandrel holes are 1/16" diameter. *(Multi strand cable necklace for display purposes only)