Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Beadmaker's Odyssey (Part 2 of 3)

Are you ready to see some more? During these sessions, I'm playing around a lot with color and learning new techniques like using a press, making floral designs, and experimenting with silver glass. Here's pics of Days 11 through 21, for your viewing pleasure!

Playing around with my new Zoozii presses and pretty frit mixes...
During these next 3 sessions, I got to play with some new Double Helix silver glass colors, to see what I could get with the Hot Head torch. It's a little hard to tell, but the first two sets have a gorgeous metallic sheen...This was a pretty great day—I had a double dose of glass mojo goin' on! ;-D
I finally upgraded to a Minor torch and my friend, Lara Lutrick, helped me set it up. (I have to admit, I was too intimidated to try it on my own at first because I was afraid of the bigger flame. LOL) I was amazed at how much faster and easier it was for me to create beads with this awesome torch—and I've been kicking myself ever since, wondering why I didn't upgrade earlier, instead of struggling with the Hot Head for so long?!

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