GLASS paper weights WESTERN MI Glass~bead expo Grand rapidsOctober 10, 2008
LAst week I met with a group of flame workers (lampworker/bead maker friends). We met at the Western Michigan glass society. (If you go to the site; a picture of me is on the homepage…lol!) We rented the space, with over 10 torches, and numerous tools. We talked about beads, techniques we use, we had a good time.
I was excited because I got to use the biggest stump sucker tool they have, and a little torch to practice schott crystal encasement (see these crystals the inventor of the tool made, he is also in e of my favorite instructors.)
With glass, every experience is a new learning experience. This piece is way off. Pretty, but WAY OFF! The flower petals were constructed improperly. (I like to use what I have, even when I know it is not perfect. I was not going to spend a day making flowers I was just going to screw up learning what I was doing….) I heated the flowers too much. And, the glass I heated to encapsulat the flowers, I do not think was hot enough. You can tell because the flowers sagged while I was putting the glass on them. It is the first one I have done without Loren next to me. By next year I hope to get the perfect shape.
This weekend (SATURDAY) I am taking LOTS of beads to the bead expo at the Devos place in Grand Rapids. I am so excited to see all of the glass beads, and the polymer clay artist friends I made last year. Come shop!
Making murrini with Loren Stump…June 24, 2007
My first face murrini….
My first head with my first face murrini….
My 2nd paper weight with help from Loren Stump. I had him make me a flower, I welded all the parts together…Voila! (of-course I chose Lillie’s-We have hundreds of Lillie’s we will be selling next year!!All started from seed!)
So- It is really a collaboration. He was kind enough to do the shaping! (that is reduced Kronos frit in the background, some parts actually stayed reduced. Some oxidised back to blue…)