12” long as strung, 3/8”diameter, varying lengths, 1/16” mandrel holes.
I’ve always loved transparent glass… Because then it’s all about the color, how light gets bounced around inside, and the sparkle. By giving anything facets or any additional angles - the light is amplified because it’s repeatedly bounced around. This set is carved in such a way that it has ample additional surfaces - and my intent is achieved.
Some of my very first beads were what is called Feathered or Raked. The technique involves dragging an applied color of glass while molten through other colors… This set has a mix of raised feathered beads and ones where I’ve melted the applied color in so that it’s flat. I love the effect - and it is rather joyful to behold. Nice sized set of slender tube beads - in a softly blued purple, black, and blue… with a drizzle of all these colors - raked into joyfulness. All beads have 1/16” mandrel holes, and are in the range of trying to adhere to 3/8“ diameter, varying length beads. This set measures 16“ in length as strung.
The spiral is a symbol for Growth and Evolution - and while those are forward moving aspirations - it’s just pretty. This glass I use evolves, it changes in the flame depending upon the time it’s had to cool… before I re-introduce it to the flame.
To me, this set is unusual, as I usually introduce at least three colors… this has only two - black and a soft mauve, and the “wildcard” of the applied stringer. I love the wonder of what color it will become. Same sizes as set above.. 1/16” mandrel holes and overall strand length is 18 1/2“ as strung.
Fun intermingling of colors - with reactions due to base glass color. Fun. : ) Most accurate color representation is on the large picture on the left. Olive tends toward a cool, not a yellowy hue. My three colors here are a cool ivory, again - less yellow, Olive, Mocha - combined with my magical frit… and a slight twist for interest! ; )
1/16” mandrel holes, “diameter and varying lengths. This set, as strung measures 16 1/2“ in length.