Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CiM 616 Coronation Day

CiM Coronation Day - a royal purple that is lighter and streakier than the rod itself.

The two beads on the left are self coloured, and the one on the right, I applied white dots and then super heated it and swirled them into the purple base.

I'd have to compare it head to head with Evil Queen or Thai Orchid to say which is darker.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CiM 615 Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath is a pretty, pale pink translucent moonstone glass.

The two beads on the left are self coloured and the one on the right is over white.

Very ethereal.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CiM 526: Ice Floe

CiM Ice Flow is a super pale transparent blue. I mean very, very, very pale. I bet this would be great for aquarium beads. Or try it over silver foil and see how it comes out. Sometimes, the barest wisp of colour is just what you need.

I bet it would etch nicely too. The pale transparents usually do.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dragon Eye Demo

Last week, at the Glass Gathering, at Sheridan College - I demonstrated making a Dragon's Eye.

Some of you who watched that wanted to see the final version - but it, of course, went into the kiln and who knows what will happen to it next.

Anyway - I made another the next day using the same glasses - and it came out pretty similar.

The iris is a twistie made with Khaos and Triton over ivory.  The dichro is laid down after.

The lids are Terra Nova 2, with dots of something very similar to Triton, but has no label anymore, so that's just my best guess.

I embedded two rings for hanging/attaching - only one is visible in the picture.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A New Direction

The Watcher from the Forest Floor. 18 cm long.
Lately - I have had a certain level of dis-satisfaction with my glass creations. A dissatisfaction that I have come to think of as "the tyranny of the bead hole."

I have come to that place where I do not want to make "beads" anymore - beads being uniform, smooth round objects with neat puckered holes and are destined to be strung onto personal adornment items.

It's not that I don't like beads any more - it has more to do with wanting to break free of the restrictions of making it wearable (glass is heavy, glass is sharp, glass can break), and wanting to move out and explore other aspects of the glass.

I recently had a few "aha" moments - that have opened up doors into new worlds of possibilities.

This is the beginning of what I hope will be a brand new exploration. A new direction in personal vision. ;-)