lampwork

angel and demon

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in one.

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OK, in three pieces… there may even be more to follow since I haven’t yet exhausted the ideas on this subject.

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Inspired by Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Stanger in a Strange Land…

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other side of the same bead:

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And that’s it for beads 3, 4 and 5 on the new torch.

I have yet to decide which one I like best. Which one is your favorite?

Orange set

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Almost a month since my last post…I was a little creative though, but I did not take any pictures yet. The set above was made from these beads:

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The beads were a mistake…. but a good one. In fact, a bead of my orange bracelet cracked and I had intended to make a replacement (plus a spare lentil). Unfortunately, the coral color I used for the stringerwork was not the same as the one used in the bracelet. This I noticed only after it came out of the oven. So I hade to make an other – and was left with 2 spare lentils in identical colors. Perfect for earrings! With an egg as a pendant it became a set.

Have a nice day!

Fire opal

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As I said, the April opal was so fascinating, that I wanted to try it with other glass colors. The next day, I made one using Double Helix Clio.

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The swirls are made with Rubino Oro.

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Yesterday, the sun shone long enough to allow for some nice pictures.

I’ll show you the Khaos-test-bead I made the same day.

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It was supposed to be a test only, but when the lentil was done, I noticed that I had forgotten to heat up my oven. I switched it on and went back to the torch to decorate the bead a bit more. The lighter-colored bubbles were poked onto a base of Clio, the reddish ones on Khaos.

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I like how the dots of the background reflect in the raised transparent dots…

April Opal

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Angela (perlaperla) shared this wonderful Opal Bead tutorial on her blog and this week I finally got around to make one too…

This one is done using a base of Moretti black 064 covered in a thin sheet of fine silver on which I applied Reichenbach silverbrown, encased it in clear and added some swirls using a thin rod of Moretti 026, trapped some air bubbles, shaped it all and voilà…

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It is described much more quickly than it is done, but it was so much fun and I loved the result so much that the next day I made an even bigger one using other colors. Unfortunately the sun refuses to shine since that bead was made, so I got no pictures of it yet.

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Seaground

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The weather is now a bit milder and I got back to the torch this week. One of the beads I made was this “Seaground” colored lentil.EOS-0155EOS-0158

as always: click to enlarge Winking smile

Beads for friends

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Some very dear colleagues from work got these last year’s last beads. They are great people and deserved some special beads designed especially for them.

As always, you can click on the pictures to see them in more detail.

Let’s start with the lady’s pendant. I wonder if she finally decided whether to hang it from a silver chain or a leather necklace…

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A wizard for the MMORPG’er and reader of fantasy novels:

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a black sheep:

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a phantom (or, “don’t use anise white if you want to make a smiling mouth by half-covering a black dot” )

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a (green) lantern (private joke, sorry folks):

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something for the sweet tooth:

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a wise snake:

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and the first bubble bead tempered in my oven, thus “bubbles without cracks” – yay:

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Hope you like them.

Happy new year

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I wish a great and creative year 2013 to all my dear readers.

Two years ago, I made lucky pigs using Polymer clay as gifts for our guests on the last day of the year and showed them as a new year’s greeting on this blog. This year (not having touched my Polymer Clay for a year and a half… ever since I found out about the beauty of the flame) I made pigs using glass for our guests. Honestly, I think the Polymer piggys were somewhat cuter than those made of glass, even though these were also greeted by some “oh’s and ah’s”.

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