August 2021: Wig Wagging Around

Posted by Carol Ann Savage on

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 diameter and give it a twist. I then heat the cane a little more and give a twist in the opposite direction, and so on and so on. If your heat control is working properly, a wig wag pattern emerges. This is a very easy way to create a complicated looking pattern with all sorts of applications. With all the possible variations of  colour and placement in my implosion marbles I find myself traveling quickly down the road to wig wag happiness! Perspective is everything. 

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  • These beads are so beautiful. Just remarkable clarity. I was wondering if they were available stay on a necklace?

    Kenneth R Loper on
  • These are my beads. You can find them listed on the website.

    Carol Ann Savage on
  • These are exquisite! Do you make beads like this?

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