Monday, 16 May 2011

Frit mania

OK, so I've been making beads now for around 5 years, give or take breaks for house moves and although I've spent time playing with frit, I've never really 'got' it. I just couldn't see what was so exciting about little pieces of smashed glass. I'd put it on my beads and it looked like, well, little pieces of smashed glass!

So I took my frit to the Flame Off last month and exchanged it for some glass...then promptly bought some more! Go figure. But I'm glad I did, because I've been playing some more and trying different things and I think I've been converted :) At least half the beads I've made in the last few weeks contain frit in some shape or form.

This moon bead has some metallic silver glass frit sprinkled across the sky;
This set is made with a blend of blue frit which has been gravity swirled and encased;
And finally a lentil bead with raku frit and a couple of Multicolour murrini.

All on Ebay now :)

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

In the Pink!

Well, despite working all through Easter, royal weddings and various bank holidays (the joys of working in retail!) I've managed to find some time to make beads. Although to be honest, I'll always manage to cram a bit of beadmaking time in somewhere :) The other day, I finished work at 4pm and drove home really quickly, spent an hour making beads and then jumped back in the car and went back to pick up Chris...obsessed, me?!

Anyway, I'm still playing with pretty colours, so I have this lovely hot pink focal bead;
 And the inevitable moon bead. This one is made with some of my murrini and frit purchases from the Flame Off. Aahh, a new obsession is born...expect to see a lot more frit and murrini in the future!
On Ebay now :o)