Friday, September 10, 2010

Special Requests

Lately, I've been able to spend more time on the torch making beads, which makes me very happy! I've been working on a couple of custom orders too and those are always fun for me because I love collaborating with a customer and creating something that I know is absolutely perfect for whatever they need it for. Just before I go out for a torching session, I will often ask my daughters if they have any special requests of their own that they would like me to try and make, and they love to give me a challenge—which sometimes results in some pretty hilarious beady creations. For example, this is what came out of my kiln last week:


Please keep in mind that this is the first time I've ever attempted a turtle or a bee, okay?! While Mr. Turtle is a halfway decent job, my poor little Ms. Buzy Bee appears to be a little shocked and dismayed at the way I placed her wings—looks like she's about to take off from an airport runway instead of flitting from flower to flower?! LOL hmmm… they both have possibilities for future designs, but I definitely need a little more practice on these guys? ;-D

The mushrooms in the background are the second time I've made them and I have to say, I think they turned out rather nice! Katie had asked me to make one for her a few weeks ago and while the first version was still passable, I really like the direction these new versions are going. That's the great part about getting ideas from other people and challenging myself to create things that I normally may not have attempted—you never know what kind of fun, great, weird, and wonderful things will happen! *Ü*

During the times I'm not working on special requests, I'm working on other "glassy goodness," like these:

Wild Enchantment
Silvered Olive Earring Pair
Nuggets d'Oro
Ruby Bumbledots

With the coming of the Autumn season, I have even more new ideas buzzing around my head than I have hours in the day to work on them. But now that my girls are back in school, I'm heading off to my studio nearly every day and giving it my best shot. So if you have any great ideas you'd like to challenge me with—I'd love to hear it! *Ü*

1 comment:

  1. That is your first turtle??? It is ADORABLE! And the shocked look on the bee is something I strive for - nice job! Keep taking those special orders from your girls - they know what you can do even if you're hesitant. Isn't it always someone else that makes you try something new? The mushrooms are perfecto, too. :D

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