I decided that I am either not ready for sculptured work yet, or I don't have the right tools yet.
So, I practiced Dots and Swirls.
I started the day making a simple dot bead.
It was a great way to "warm" up!
Then, it was on to stripes.
These beads start with a royal blue base bead.
Then, I placed 4 white dots around the equator of each bead. Before the dots could melt in to the bead, I placed a layer of Clear glass over the whole bead.
When the clear glass melted in, the white dots formed stripes.
Then, I moved on to make a pair of 'triangle' beads.
The base bead on each of these is red.
The Blue dots were supposed to form triangles under the clear glass when it melted in.
I am not sure that it did, and I will need to try some more of these to get them right.
But I will say this, They Match!
My final bead for the day was a bit more complicated. I actually made two of these beads, but one cracked while I was cooling it.
This bead started as a red tapered barrel bead.
I then took stringers (narrow rods of glass) in white, blue and milky white and wrapped them around the glass.
I let them melt into the bead, then I squished the bead.
I heated the bead to allow me to use a tool to drag the colors as you see them here. Then I added the three clear dots on top.
I want to work on all of these techniques more and more! I am having a great time.
Tomorrow, I'll show you some of the great way I have found to "wear" my beads.