Today we get to the good stuff! At least, the start of the good stuff. When we last left off I was telling you how I got to these fug-a-doh-cious beads over there on the right.
I was trying to do that compartment thing with the black lines and it just didn’t work. I wasn’t quite sure where to go and I had tons of encased stringers sitting around mocking me.
Rather than sit there dumbfounded, I played. That’s what I do when I can’t think of anything. I pull out lots of colors that I don’t usually use and try to make a design that will use up all of the previously-pulled stringer and twisted cane that is laying around. I would say that 99 if not 100% of the time it turns out pretty darn gross but in those times my brain is free to wander, and hope.
Hope? Yeah. There’s this thing that lampworkers do. When they’re working on something new and they’re really excited about what it looks like while it’s 1000 degrees, they put it into the kiln and they hope. They hope that it comes out looking as good as it went in. (Glass is a different color when it’s hot so it is not accurate color when it’s being worked…it cools to its real color over many hours in the kiln). We also sometimes hope that it doesn’t crack while annealing.
That bead on the right is a ‘hope’ bead. As usual, it didn’t turn out as good as I thought it would but it was a very good working study in different kinds of complex stringer.
After a bunch of those beads I decided to stay with one color. Orange. There isn’t much that can go wrong when you’re using orange encased stringer. Unless you use it with ivory or rubino pink…then you’d get mud. Here is what I came up with:
Yeah! I love these beads! And now, looking at them again, I think I need to make some more. They’ve turned into my Elusive series, named so because I couldn’t find a fitting name. They remind me of different things on different days.