Once again I was looking at some of my designs that I don’t make anymore. One is a beautiful bead called Purple Majesty.
Just as with a cooking recipe, sometimes changing one ingredient gives a totally different result. This time, the background is more pink than purple – and the funny thing is that the background color was the one that was the same.
Just some glass lampwork beads!
Short and sweet? I handmake make these and I like to look at them. See more at Etsy and ArtFire.
I wasn’t ready to run the kiln yet, but had some time to melt glass. I got tired of pulling stringers, so I made this little green spider out of glass. (If this paragraph is gibberish – read below!) The span of the legs is about 2 inches, so it is a pretty big spider. I decided that I needed a mascot in my studio, so he will now supervise my work.
Studio Mascot - Glass Spider
A kiln is a device used to soak glass at a certain temperature and to cool glass slowly. I helps to prevent stresses from building in the glass which in turn should make the glass stronger. I dislike turning it on and then going leaving it while I have to go run errands for hours.
Stringers are threads of glass used to decorate beads or other glass objects. They are made by heating a glob (gather) of glass and then pulling it into various thickness. I have about a month’s worth of stringers all ready.
I discovered that the little fellow is pretty durable. I grabbed one of the legs while it was still hot and my reflex was to drop it. It bounced on my workbench, but did not break. Had it broken – I would have been sad.
Rosemarie Hanus usually makes beads, not spiders in her home studio in Bath Township, Ohio, USA. View some of here work as Spawn of Flame (and here).
I have had this technique for a new glass lampwork bead bouncing around in my head for quite a while. About a month ago, I was working on my production beads and the bead went bad. I don’t like to just dump a bead in the water bath**, so I decided to give my idea a try. It wasn’t too bad, so I made a couple more.
Here is how they are turning out. I did put a silver core into this one after I took the photo, but I sent it off for a bead exchange right away – so you get to see the “naked” bead.
Glass Lampwork Flower Bead
I need a name with a little more punch! Any suggestions?
** when a molten glass bead is put into the water bath, some spectacular things happen. The bead cracks, violently usually. Cool cracking sounds happen right away and keep going for minutes thereafter. I usually feel bad for the bead though, and sometimes my greatest accidental techniques are discovered if I save a “lost” bead.
Rosemarie Hanus makes Flower Beads and many others in her home studio. See these beads at Etsy, Art Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.
I’ve been very quiet on this blog lately. Don’t you hate these posts?
Here is some bead porn to view; this was the result of a very long torch day last week.
Lots of Beads
I make these beads 6 (usually) at a time on stainless steel welding rods (mandrels in glass-speak). The white substance is called bead release and prevents the beads from sticking to the mandrels once they have been cooled. I like making multiples because I can get matching sets much easier.
Rosemarie Hanus makes Lots of Beads in her home studio. See these many beads at Etsy, Art Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.
I got a couple of new pieces of furniture for my glass studio. We went to HGR Industrial Surplus – it was a huge warehouse of all sorts of, well, industrial stuff.
Here is the heavy duty steel cabinet that is the new home for the kiln. I am going to paint it soon, but for now it’s a nice rust and gray.
New Kiln Cabinet
Here is my revamped desk. It was sagging in the middle and we have reinforced it now so that it is almost flat.
And here is a huge, heavy duty cabinet that will soon hold my glass; it even has some nice dividers in the bottom that will help store the flat glass that I use. I have the oxygen concentrator on top of it.