Tales from the torch: Dec. 23rd/07

 Here are the results from my last few torch sessions:

(Yup, I finally have my mojo back)

Earthy goddesses

A selection of earthy goddesses with a slimmer profile.  The last one on the right is sold, the other three are for a custom order – the client gets first pick then any remaining will be posted for sale on either Etsy or eBay.  Update Jan 2/07: Goddesses #2 & #3 are sold as well.

Spring Rain #3The Spring Rain design has been very popular, so I’ve decided to turn it into a collection – this bead is #3 (sold). The Spring Rain series is made with various combinations of transparent and opaque light blue glass, silver, and blue and white frit.  I love the way each bead maintains its own unique shape and personality while still remaining in the same family. In this bead, one of the middle frits turned slightly green (a lovely but unexpected reaction!) and the white frit was fumed a deep gold by the silver leaf.

Periwinkle SwirlPeriwinkle Swirl is a little more of an advanced bead style for me (sold).  It also begins with a base of transparent and opaque blue glass, silver leaf and frit. I then wrapped the bead in some thin blue stringer and a white and clear latticino (twisted glass cane) followed by a sprinkle of clear frit. I love the way the silver sparkles in some areas and has an opalescent shimmer in others.  Plus my stringer control has really improved!

Olive GardenOlive Garden is made with olive green glass with some darker green frit and just a touch of pure gold leaf (sold). Simple and absolutely lovely.

Dove

Winter Dove (sold) – This bead was my biggest challenge to date!  I’ve never made a bird (or any other kind of animal) before and I was asked to make a dove that could be wearable as a pendant.  I wanted it to be lifelike, full of movement and suggestive of a dove rather than a literal interpretation – plus it still had to be comfortable to wear.  It took quite a bit of planning but I’m pretty happy with the result!  The wings slant slightly to the back allowing it to rest really nicely against your chest…

Two pendants also off to a good home

I recently donated these two pendants to the charity silent auction at my office.  I’m happy to say both went to the same home.  Both pendants were wired on sterling silver and came with 18″ sterling silver snake chains.

Spring Rain Pendant: Approx. 2.25″

The pendant is made of opaque and transparent light blue glass, wrapped in pure silver, then lightly sprinkled with several shades of frit (tiny glass chips).  The opaque blue base is slightly reduced to bring out the streaks of red copper within the glass.
Spring Rain 

Autumn Leaves Pendant: Approx. 2.5″

The pendant is made of a white base of glass sprinkled with several shades of powdered enamel and frit.  The tree trunk is made from a tri-colour latticino (twisted glass cane).
Autumn Leaves