Whats up? Glass ~ Murrini / Millefiori

December 30, 2008
Lampwork glass murrine bead by Sheila Morley
Lampwork glass murrine bead by Sheila Morley

Murrini at the shop!

FYI-Some star murrini, like the one in that bead are for sale.
I’ll check in later with some art blog.
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All blogged out ~So work in progress ~ Narcacissm

November 23, 2008
soft glass murrini work in progress by Sheila Morley
soft glass murrini work in progress by Sheila Morley

Narcacissm; sometimes referred to as self Love, sometimes self infatuation. Ironically most narcassist’s probably do not have a whole lot of self confidence. They just can not stop assuming their opinion is what everybody else should have. And, if they do not. Then they are just not right.

Annoying.
With that in mind!
Marbles traditionally have two sides. Right now I am interested in the marble having a minimum of four views, hopefully six, or eight. This BIG marble I started working on a couple months ago started like this.
Each murrini… (the little walking man, or a bug (if you are my husband; he insist’s they are bugs.)  I just know they came out good enough to practice these new techniques I am developing. They are all derived by my past instructors.)  The murrini was set into a blob of super HOT peeled vetrofond clear glass, and then annealed.  All four pieces were placed together in another torch session, and shaped into a marble.   The point is, as you turn the marble, you see the person standing above ts own reflection. Over and over. Four times in this one.
The cobalt blue references a water reflection.
Why?
It is an illustration of something that is going on around me. Referencing the vicious cycle we put ourselves through, the choices made that just are the same thing over and over? Why are you hitting yourself?
Why did you hit yourself again? and again? and again?
Some things just DO NOT make sense.
So~For the sake of art….(my art is GREATLY a result of the world around me. I was supposed to be an emotionalist for some reason?? If that even is a thing?)
This one went back in the kiln, and the flame to become punty free, and decorated with an organic texture of color…(not photographed yet!)
2" soft glass Narcacissm marble by Sheila Morley

Marble by Sheila Morley 2008

 "Narcacissm" by Sheila Morley 2008

I’ll post the pictures of the actual finished piece in the next week.

Pingback to WMC! Glass explosion of a rainbow…

October 21, 2008

Click here! Go check out my new article at WMC!! Short, cute, and sweet, 😉 and ALL about that Rainbow ‘Hot poker’ implosion floral for sale at my Etsy shop (From last weeks blog). Here are a couple more available on the bay! (All one of a kind)

Sheila Morley 2008

Sheila Mroley 2008

 Running man murrini bead…

Sheila Morley murrini 2008

Sheila Morley murrini 2008


Surprize! The ISGB put my work on the site…Mother nature at work…

August 23, 2008

 

At the ISGB website!I went to view some other show info. and bumped into my piece on the site. Wow!

Thank you for the kudos ISGB! (International society of glass bead makers)

“Mother Nature At Work” by Sheila Morley

Lily petals inspire art. Glass Marble implosions!

August 8, 2008

 

 

 

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. 

Celebrating inspiration!

(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!)

Enjoy!


Glass art demonstration in Michigan ~murrini for marbles!

July 21, 2008

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!


Schott cryatal paper weight with PEOPLE murrini

June 23, 2008

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)

peopel paper weight

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!

peace!


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