Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CONTINUING TO GROW & EVOLVE....

It was a year ago this month that I took a fantastic class w/ Andrea Guarino @ Blue Moon Glassworks in Austin, Texas. One of the big things that I took away from her class was how to properly clear (I mean CLEAR) encase. I had given up on making clear encased beads just a few months into beadmaking because #1, I couldn't find a really clear clear glass, it was always so mucked up... not pretty..... & #2, I didn't understand how not to completely smear what I was trying to encase... again, not pretty. So I just went on w/out it. I grew into a glass bead artist who worked pretty much exclusively in opaques. I figured out how to get depth through texture & a variety of opaque & metallic finishes, rather than beautiful transparent beads that have internal layers that give the bead depth. What I learned in Andrea's class is that I was working WAY too close to the torch-head...I was frying my clear. So I learned to back off a bit & just take my time... also learned how to keep what's going on inside firm while applying the molten clear. Yay.

I've spent the last year trying to figure out how to incorporate transparents & the beautiful silver glasses that are so beautiful under a layer of clear into my strong opaque / organic style! I've been having a good time seeing what I can come up with. Just thought I'd show you a few...
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Of course there are these beautiful blue & ivory acorns...

These three beads I'm in love with... especially the big one in the center... it's a bit more organic than the other two. 

This piece was made on a vintage steel sewing cabinet key. Such a beautiful shape.

Can't wait to get back to my torch!!

Till then...

~ Julie

8 MUCH APPRECIATED COMMENTS:

TesoriTrovati said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Especially that last piece. That looks just like something I would love...
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

Thank you, Erin! I love that last piece, too!! Just put it up on Etsy. :o)

Daniela Ellenberger said...

Beautiful beads,thanks for sharing,as I have the same problem with clear glass, I will follow your tip, and not work to close to the torch.

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

Thanks Daniela! A good 4-5" away from the torch will do it... extra oxy, too. :o)

Jen V. said...

So gorgeous! I can't even imagine your work getting any prettier... :) Have fun with the new skillz!!

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

You're so cute, Jen. Thank you!!

Pretty Things said...

These are so awesome. And thanks for the note about torch placement and clear!

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

Thanks Lori! & you're welcome. :o)

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