Sunday, 23 August 2009

Variety is the spice of life

I've been making lampwork beads for two years now (with a couple of breaks for moving workshops) and I have yet to find my signature style. Does this matter? I don't think so, not at the moment, anyway. I am having so much fun playing and experimenting, I'm not quite ready to commit to a certain style.

My latest batch of beads are certainly proof of this! The top bead is made with Aurae, still my glass of the moment. It amazes me that it can look so different, simply by changing the base glass. And, lets face it, even using the same base glass is no guarantee that it'll look the same each time...this is one fickle glass.

The second bead is yet another moon, still one of my favourite styles. There are so many different ways of making moon beads, it never gets boring. I love the way the moon in this bead appears to glow, whatever the light. Just like the 'real' moon, in fact!

The third bead is fresh, zingy and fun. I don't make many beads in this style, but when I do, I love the results. I've been playing a lot with different colour combinations lately, so expect to see more of this sort of thing!

The final set of beads is a new style for me. I've made organic beads before, but not as a set. I just don't have the patience, as my Hothead torch is sloooow. I do love this organic, pebbly style, though, so I will make more.

Then of course there are my spacey beads...and my gem nugget many different beads so make and so little time!

Yup, you've guessed it - these beads are now up on ebay.