Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Fun with Filigrana
Filigrana - if you are new to this, is a commercially made glass rod (from Effetre) that is a coloured core with a clear outer layer. You can, of course, make your own, but having lots of consistent rods open up some creative possibilities - such as, making hollow beads!
This hollow was made with pink filigrana - which is actually a white core, with a layer of transparent pink, and then a clear encasing. Some of the filigrana colours are simply an encased colour, but a few are actually 3 layers. You can see in these photos, the pink over the white. It makes for a more interesting and complex look.
Make it the same as you would any other hollow - building up disks and then either building them up until they touch, or softening them with heat and moving them together until they touch.