This is the other video that Liana, the host of Contemplative, Expressive and Imaginative Arts, shot last weekend… it was an intro/warm-up session right before we did the live radio interview & video. In this one, we discuss the glass beadmaking process a bit more and you’ll get to hear what my son thinks about having a mom who plays with fire…
At the end, there’s no demo because my hands were shaking so much I couldn’t get the tank attached (doh! LOL). At some point, I’ll have to make sure i actually post a video working on the torch.
Also, the full annealing cycle for each of my beads takes about 6-8 hours – i only mention the soak time (to even out the heat in each piece) in the video.
Results from my last few torch sessions – a goddess and two pendants for a couple custom orders:
Hades Goddess:(sold) Sometimes simple is best. This is just black glass and silver leaf passed through a reduction flame to bring out the iridescence. I had originally planned to tart her up with some frit and a latticino or two but once i reached this stage, i realized she’s perfect just as is.
Tempest:(sold) Ever been on the beach during a thunderstorm? As the wind rises and the sea slams against the cliffs, the water, foam, seaweed and sand all swirl together wildly. And if you’re lucky enough to find a good vantage point, you can enjoy this spectacle of nature from a safe distance but still be close enough to feel the salty spray hit your skin with each crashing wave…
Spring Bloom: My first serious attempt at a traditional raised floral. Every single colour is custom blended – from the base to the premade latticino’s used for the branches and the flowers. The branches have a bit of sparkle as i used green adventurine in the twist, then i reduced the bead lightly at the base to give it some depth. A lot of work but i’m pretty happy with how it turned out.