A little while ago I posted on my facebook page that I would be joining in with Heather Trimlett’s ongoing 40 bead challenge
Basically the idea is you choose two glass colours, and using only dots, and no tools except heat and gravity, make 40 different beads, in roughly the same size. they should be made over a period of time, a few at a time, not all in one day.
stacked dots and overlapping dots and different sizes of dots give lots of pattern possibilities.
Getting to know how glass really behaves and improving your precision are some of the aims here.
ok, so heres my first four…theres an immediate problem here…spotted it yet?
Yes, that stray dark turquoise dot on the third bead… oops! should have tidied my desk a bit more!
Otherwise I’m pretty happy with these, I’m thinking I picked ok colours, maybe could have done with a little more contrast, but they’ll do.
Oh dear. Not so pleased with these, too many dots on that first one, too close together in size has resulted in the colours not showing well at all. I was trying to do the square dot pattern because oddly its something I’ve never really done in my years of beadmaking, and I still haven’t, they’re far from square! and my turquoise is going all silvery yuck. Where’s that evil chemical stuff?
nevermind, onwards and upwards:
or not, heres the next ones, still not brilliant, I tried the square dot pattern with one layer of dots including ‘blind’ or self coloured dots. still not square! less silvery yuck here though. I’d like to point out that I’ve managed to pick the two shockiest batches of these colours I’ve ever had. distracting to say the least!
Things got a little better after that:
Well, I went back to a basic one for the first one of these, as I had about a weeks break between the last few and this, then onto more complex patterns, getting better with those tiny weeny dots
Well then it started not going so well again, hense only 3 in this session. I do prefer my flowers with poked centres!
Heres the whole lot together:
Size consistency is…not consistent! Though they are all within the size limits of 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch. And on the second half they are more even.
So, I’ll make another few today I think. no idea what patterns yet though!
Are you a lampworker? are you taking on Heather’s Challenge? I’d love to hear how its going for you!