Friday, June 20, 2008
A few weeks back when I was working on the beads I sent to Cassie for first Parallel Crossings challenge, I had this idea to make free form beads that were cloud like and dreamy. I went with gray for the challenge beads because it fit the colors in the illustrations. I couldn't get the free form cloud shape out of my mind though.
Yesterday I stole away for some torch time. I didn't really know what I wanted to work on. Suddenly, it came to me... clouds!! It has rained here pretty much everyday for the past week. So rain has been on my brain. I grabbed several rods of beautiful medium cobalt blue and a fat stringer of periwinkle. The colors complimented each other so well while sitting next to each other on my desk. I think they were made for each other.
I started letting loose and free form shaping globs of glass on my mandrel and pressing the beads flat. I went back in and on one side of the beads added billowy bulges. Can you get more cloudy then these beads? Seriously... they are so fun to hold and feel. One side is flat so they lay just right, and the opposite side is just overflowing with texture.
I decided simple stringing was the way to show these off best. There are 11 beads that make the 12 inches of necklace in the front. Then I wire wrapped a "strap" for the back. You should see the sparkle that these give off when the light hits them. The glisten and shine... like everything seems to when the sun comes out after a summer rain. *sigh* I love rain.
Special Note: I want to thank everyone who has been sending emails wanting to claim the jewelry pieces I have been sharing this week!! YOU ALL ROCK!! And I would love let you steal everything away... BUT, I am doing a trunk show at JOOLZ next Friday and I need a little inventory, people. LOL! Anything still available after the trunk show will be made available to those that asked for first dibs and items with no "dibs" will be posted on my website. Thank you so so much for letting me know how much you love everything and I appreciate your patience!!