Bead Of the Month

September 2021: New marble bead designs

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September 2021: New marble bead designs

As the days shift into the coolness of autumn I find myself reflecting on the summer past, particularly the glass adventures in my studio. At the height of the summer I was part of a class that encouraged me to once again try my hand at creating marbles. Six weeks and over 100 attempts later I can happily say I am still discovering new things every day. Dots, lines and colour combinations can bring interesting surprises in this small 26mm implosion. And I haven’t strayed too far from the wig wag design that I wrote about in last month’s Bead...

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August 2021: Wig Wagging Around

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August 2021: Wig Wagging Around

For a number of weeks now I have been enjoying the simplicity of the wig wag and it’s design possibilities. Originally this was the name for a railroad crossing signal that swung back and forth to alert of an approaching train, an eye catching pattern in bright lights easily transferred to the glass world. There are a number of ways to create this vibrant colored piece of thin cane. I usually start with a rod of white glass and cover it with horizontal stripes of two or more colours, which creates a rainbow effect. I then heat one end and pull it down to a 2mm...

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July 2021: Making rose murrini

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July 2021: Making rose murrini

As we head into July I continue to enjoy the warm weather in my studio and the lush green view from the window. Seeing the delicate rose buds open in the garden I’m inspired to try to capture their form and colour in my glass work. A murrini a day.... keeps me busy, so let’s take a closer look at their construction.  Murrini first appeared in glass work in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago. These techniques were later revived on the island of Murano in the early 16th century. Millefiori, which means “a thousand pieces”  in Italian,...

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June 2021: Colourful Flower Murrini

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June 2021: Colourful Flower Murrini

As spring turns to summer my garden is bursting with new colours every day. These shades of pinks, blues, yellows and greens inspire me to create new flower murrini and to search for interesting colours for the base of the bead. This spring the glass company Creation is Messy (CiM) has offered us some lovely opalescent pinks, purples, blues, greens and yellows to try in our studios. Most of these rods of colour come in both a misty and a milky (more dense) version. Not only is it exciting to try the single new colours but it’s also fun to...

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May 2021: Reduction Glass Beads

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May 2021: Reduction Glass Beads

As a glass artist it is always exciting to expand ones color palate. I love to work with the reduction glasses produced by Double Helix Glassworks. Just a little bit of extra sparkle or luster can add interesting effects to almost any piece.  When I work on the torch it is most often set to produce what we call a neutral flame: a balanced equation of propane and oxygen. A second option is an oxidizing flame, which some glass colors prefer- this is a cooler heat, which often produces a hissing sound when used. A third choice is a reduction...

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