This is one of our many lilies that we grow. We have hundreds. This flower is named “Lillium Roths Hornii” , some call these Black heart” (because the center is black).
Lily seeds take three years to go from Lily seed, to bulb-bet to FULL BLOWN BIG BULB WITH A BLOOM. Or two!
This is our most proud seedling! The seeds were collected years ago from the North American lily society bead exchange. (My husband and I joined the society when we got into gardening.)
Check out the texture of the petals!! This is why I am showing it here. You do not see this often. All lily petals look different. (From plant to plant) The petals from all the different lilies we grow are what inspired me to make lily petal murrinies. (You can see more of those at my eBay auctions, or in my shop at Etsy.)
lily flowers smell strong too. Just this one flower in my office creates a wonderful aroma.
That wet looking ‘black star’ area just looks like that. It is dry of water.
The pollen makes a great paint medium from a lily. This lily has a burnt Seana color, and the pollen flakes into a dry compound material. We have lilies with orange, yellow ochre and brown pollen. If paint was not so easily accessible, I would be mixing my own from Lily pollen. (If I was still painting like I used to. Which, I have been thinking of getting back into painting with paint, and wax.)
Drawing inspiration from these flowers really is effortless. So many color combinations. So many different directions the petals can lay.
When I create with the lily petals I do not necessarily try to make an exact replica of the actual flower. In my eyes that is being done just Fine by MANY Artists. I am exploring a definite floral reference, with a bit of abstraction going on. In this marble picture here, the petals are in groups of 4, and you would never see one lily bloom with two different petals; or even eight petals. Nope! Six petals is the standard.
Instead of stamen and pollen, we have Italian millefiori imploded (exploded) into the center.
(More murrini inspiration will be shared here in the near future. LARGE murrinies I am making, along with the murrini I have been trading! Wait until you see the Borosilicate glass murrini I got! Little glass slices of art!)
A marble I am VERY happy with. Made with little murrini/millefiori “petals” (flower like), that I am SO addicted to creating. I am doing a demonstration on one this weekend (Saturday around 12:00 or 1:00 at the Orchard Lake fine arts show). YUP! Me! This will be my fourth “live” demo at an art event. VERY excited. Not only do I get to get some work done, while at a show. I get to possibly inspire somebody. It’s all good.
This marble is coming with me. Truly one of a kind. I have, I think 15 different marbles, about 40 One of a kind focal beads, three or 4 or 5 paper weights, and some sculptures, and beads that are really like little sculptures too! If you make it, you will get to see my Love Goddess sculptural beads (and sculptures!) in person. SO WORTH IT! My pictures can not serve them justice.
And! I made silver chains with FUSED jump rings! SUPER strong beautiful sterling to go with your one of a kind art bead!
Those one of a kind running man murrini, and people murrini made into a paper weight I am really happy with.
Encased, and imploded murrini. I learned borosilicate implosion work in August 2006. I have been practicing ever since. In September 2006, I studied with Loren stump, learning how to use Schott crystal. (Schott crystal is the OPPOSITE of borosilicat. Borosilicate is a hard glass. Schott is a VERY soft glass. (like soft rock, and hard rock; same thing.) The technique of imploding can be accomplished a number of different ways.
First off. What is “imploding”. You actually get the (in this case murrini) murrini, or dots, that you apply to the glass to look like they are sucked up through the center, and explode into the center of a ball of clear glass. Sometimes you can see the trails of the image (like here) called an “implosion.” I am sure you have seen it before. You may not of known what it was.
(FYI-One of the most fascinating parts about the technique (to me) is that you can get the same results doing the exact opposite. Yes, my first instructor taught me a technique, and the 2nd instructor taught me the exact opposite technique, and I got the exact same results. Interesting. And! both instructors did not think it could be done with super soft glass.)
So, I had to try imploding with the super soft glass. Why? Because this (schott crystal super soft glass) is believed to be the cleanest, clearest, (expensive), consistent batch, CLEAR glass in the world. I also enjoy the colors I get in my murrini with the soft glass. (soft and hard glass are not compatible)
This is one of my new paper weights. (For sale at my etsy shop)
The schott crystal is the cleanest clear soft glass on the market. I have a very strong interest in clean clear encasement’s. I really enjoy the schott. I see myself using a lot of it in the future.
Have a beautiful crystal clear day!
“Sketch book study part 2 from 1994” blog will not be available for another week. (SORRY! I know I said this week…) You can go to my old blog at Myspace and see Sketch book study part 1 from 1994…Click!