I finally got myself some equipment to create my own lampwork beads! I have always admired what lampworkers can achieve with molten glass, but the craft has been prohibitively expensive, until now! I will have to save up for a kiln ( £600, that's gonna take a while! ) before I can sell anything, as the beads have to be annealed, that is they need to be cooled down really slowly so they don't shatter when worn as jewellery. So for now I can only practise getting shape, size and colour right. Anyway, here are some of my first offerings. I made the larger beads on the earrings (top right), the clear bead and the flower bead at the bottom, the white speckled beads and the two unstrung beads. I had a blast, but I ran out of gas for my torch, so I can't do anymore for a while. How we suffer for our art! I will be setting up an Etsy shop soon to sell some of my jewellery, the proceeds of which will go towards feeding my new glass addiction!
I was playing around, putting colours together, and the pink and green reminded me of a watermelon! I love watermelon, it's so refreshing and sweet and colourful. I can see me creating a range called "Tutti Frutti" or something!
I have had these silver coloured beads in my stash for over 20 years! Does that make them vintage? It is nice to be able to do something with them after all this time, I think these neclaces have a Medieval look to them.