Revisiting Ocean Inspired Focal Beads

I have been trying to branch out from my Baroque style of floral focal beads as of late. In doing so I began to revisit some of the styles that I so enjoyed early in my career as a glass artisan. As I flipped through my never ending photo albums, I came across an old series of ocean inspired beads that I so enjoyed creating. They were always so appealing to me, the waves crashing beneath the surface of the crystal clear encasing glass never failed to capture the attention of others when I wore one on a chain around my neck.

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The challenge for me was trying to figure out how I could make similar ocean focals that keep with my current style of work. The addition of sparkling dichroic strips over silvered Kronos glass seemed to be a great place to start, but it wasn’t quite enough to finish the design in a manner that pleased me. I capped off the top of each drop focal with more silvered glass and swags and dots of metallic stringer work. So far, I’m pleased but I have only made two so far. I look forward to showing this series here at WMC as it continue to evolve.

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Lydia Muell blogs from her home studio in Lexington, NC. More of her work can be seen at Ashtonjewels.com

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9 Responses to “Revisiting Ocean Inspired Focal Beads”

  1. lori g. Says:

    When I opened this post these blew my hair back. Wow.

  2. Lydia M. Says:

    Thank you Lori!! 🙂

  3. lori g. Says:

    You’re welcome. I don’t know if you belong to the ISGB but if you do, you should submit that for the cover of next years Gathering guide. The theme is “Currents”.

  4. tracybeads Says:

    I really admire your beads Lydia, love them!

  5. Lydia M. Says:

    Thank you for mentioning that Lori. I’m not a member of the ISGB, but that’s due to my being such a procrastinator. lol I will most definitely look into that.

    Thank you Tracy!! I love your beads also!!

  6. rose h. Says:

    Both of those beads are incredible. Wow!

  7. Rhonda Verma Says:

    I have NEVER in my life seen such beautiful beads…… These are the most gorgeous beads I have ever seen!

  8. Rhonda Verma Says:

    How would I be able to order some of these from you?

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