Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beads and Murrini today

 These 3 pictures are of both sides of one bead, with one close up..  the twisty is used from the left over from making the  murrini.. I do like it.   one murrini has a nice glob of clear to magnify.. other side just plain..

I know that both of these pictures the murrini look exactly the same..  but the top picture has double white layer which I used topaz .. the bottom only 1 layer of white.. with aqua..  soooooo....

Ok so this murrini was the "topaz" added .. not that thrilled but it was good to try.. and see... the twisty worked pretty well here.. from the left over glass from one of the murrini pulls..

 This is a picture of another bead both sides and one close up..  again with the aqua stripes.. love the color reactions..
  All the beads above created with Ivory dark with silver foil  and raking of transparents and raised dots here and there,medium sized focals about 1 inch tall 3/4 inch wide and about 1/2 inch thick...this is a lot of fun at this point.  I do need to improve on technique on murrini creations.. as well as using them.

Please accept apology I am still working on photographing this little glass items.
Have a great week.. and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My First Murrini, It worked!!!!

 I created this murrini using  Christina Catherine of WWW.CCGLASSART.COM 
This was an interesting process making these.  Oh my goodness..  by the end of it I had such a wad of glass on the end of a metal mandrel... about the size of a walnut.  My husband comes in the room just to let me know he's home..  I tell him.. hi .. can't talk...  I barely give him a glance..  since things can go wrong so quickly. lol..  He did not take it personally.. good thing.  

So I learned so much doing this.  It's quite amazing to see what you can produce.  With layers and layers of glass.  Below are pictures of the murrini  not cut with some slices ready to be used.  Then a picture of the twists made from the left over.  Then finally 3 beads this murrini was used on.   

Over all I was very happy I find though that the light green you see on the murrini does not show much once put in a bead....  It's all in the learning and doing process.  But this was a good start , I was very nervous.. with the start of this project.  I now feel more confident after following Christina's instructions.  :-) 

end and rod of murrini and some cut pieces
just a shot of murrini

twists created with left over glass ends
murrini put in and melted in 
This murrini melted in with a glob of clear over it..

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 it's gonna be better!

I'm here still trying to flex my creative muscle.  It's been getting weaker due to life just getting in the way.  I've decided that we do things that are important to us.   This is a new year, a new attitude and I have decided  this is very important to me.   I'm not me when I do not create, be it melting glass, or pulling out my watercolors.   I feel like something is missing like an old friend.  That I have not called in a while.

I may not be perfect in my creating.  But its the doing that is important being in that zone.  The good and the Bad so I hope for those of you who have found me and find the time to pop in from time to time.. that there is something worth while to read, or find a picture or two..  to see what is going on in the studio.. or life.

So what has been going on... what the near future holds.. well let me just say I have a few little plans... on is to learn how to make murrini...  I found a wonderful 53 page TUT on ETSY..  can not wait to try it.

It is created by Christina Catherine and the link to this tut is =>  Making Beautiful Murrini
her etsy site is CCGLASSART.COM   I  cannot wait to give it a try..  this week for sure and will share the attempts.. I'm really excited.  Seems like I have not tried anything new lately..  so this is a start.

I also have set up my watercolor palette and my goal will be to paint weekly.. I will soon enough add the link of my watercolor blog.. once things start up.. very soon.

But until  then here are a couple of new beads I finally got cleaned and ready for sale.  My typical organic style..  thanks for the stop by.  Have a great weekend.  Diane