Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Last Flowers in May

It is the last day of May.
The spring flowers have faded in the heat.
Glass flowers can bloom all year long. Yesterday was the first of two Sculptural Flower classes here at Dream Fire Glass. The students really rocked the class. Look at these great bouquets!

Marla's flowers

Jan's Flowers

If this is something you would like to learn the next class is scheduled for June the 10th.
Call the studio to sign up.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Murrini

Time flies when your having fun - yeah right - time flies no matter what! So I haven't posted in a while.I was busy with the doing and not the talking about it.
 Luminaria happened. I got downtown late after teaching class so Glass alley was going strong. SAGAG members were showing beautiful glass. Larry West and his crew was blowing glass.The Brother's of the Flame were dancing with fire. The SALSA members where busy making beads so I thought I'd do something a little different.We were on Hot Heads and the wind was blowing. That is my protect the public from flying glass screen. It helps a bit with the wind too.

I made a bunch of small sculptures,strange flowers, birds in tree's and such. I knew at the end of the night they would go in the trash  but sometimes it is just in the creating that is the art.

Now back to the Murrini I made about 7 different combinations so far and I am really liking what they do on a bead. They have a reptilian feel to them an other worldly reptilian so I'm calling them Dragon eye murrini.

I've also been making these earrings with the dragon eye beads. I like they way they look.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May is for Murrini

May is for Murrini

And  Graduations, Mothers Day and May flowers.
Today is just a short blog on the reactive murrini I've been making. I made about 5 different pulls of murrini and am testing them to see what they will do. Because they are made with reactive glass they are not going to behave like a regular murrini which means lots of test drives on different bead shapes and glass.
These are COE 90 Bullseye glass murrini - these 2 are my favorites so far.

I think it comes from being a scientist or maybe I was a scientist because of it. I take notes and make observations. I'm always recording what I did, how I did it, what worked and what didn't. It also helps me remember what I did several years down the road.
Here's a peek at a page on these murrini

Here's a look at them before they go on a bead.
Believe it or not the top right container is the top 2 beads above and the far right is the bottom 3

And here is the bunch of test beads from yesterday.
Fiery Friday is tomorrow so I think I'll make another batch and test them!
Someday I will get these murrini and beads in that etsy store I started.
As for Mothers Day - you have 2 more days to pick something up for Mom and I might just have something she wants here at the store.....Just saying. Mention the blog post and you'll get 10% my jewelry thought Saturday the 12th of May.
More on May flowers next blog.