Whoohoooo! I just found out that I'm a finalist in the Bead Star contest (click on this link to see the entries)!! So if you're not already voting for someone else, I'd really appreciate your vote! ;-D This is my submitted design (a better pic than the one I sent in) and I think it's #16 in the Glass catagory:
For some reason, the photo looks a little washed out here—the colors are actually more saturated in pretty shades of pea green, periwinkle, sky blue and amethyst. It's a cluster of individual "flowers" that I've been wanting to create ever since I first saw artist Dale Chihuly's giant glass flower sculptures bursting out of the Bellagio hotel's lobby ceiling in Las Vegas in 2006. It's kinda hard to tell from the photo below, but these flowers are HUGE—about 2 to 3 ft. across, at least! I was totally inspired by his work and knew I'd love to try and recreate that feeling in a smaller form, but at the time I wasn't into lampworking and had planned on doing something in a medium like clay or resin. But ever since I started making glass beads, I knew I wanted to do these flowers—I just had to wait until I had the skills to make the visions in my head come to life. ;-D I have some other variations I've been working on, and I'll try and share them soon in another post, k?
Voting ends Saturday, May 30th, so make sure to get your vote in soon! There are 179 other awesome designs to look at while you're there, and hopefully, you'll get a giant boost of inspiration of your own!