Shutdown

So, I had bit of a shutdown where lampwork was concerned, it was quite a worry this time, it felt Serious. I began to think lampwork had left me for good, just like that. There’s really nothing like it, not even yarn related crafts can replace it even though I could happily play with wool all day long. A couple of weeks ago the inspiration and motivation came back and I got back into it, ideas came flooding in (and then I’d worry that someone else was making that idea in exactly the same way already, what a minefield the copying thing is) so I went back to my ‘Long Haired Cat’ beads to see what happened, here are the two nicest beads that I have made so far.

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Rainbow Convert

For as long as I can remember, I didn’t really like anything rainbow except for actual rainbows…but because I had been asked to make a rainbow cat necklace quite a while back, I started looking at glass, trying to find the right colours (indigo is tricky), and gradually I began to enjoy it, and even like what I made. 

Also, I wanted to use Jane Hamill’s rainbow murrini (she’s definitely a rainbow person) on a cat so it was the perfect reason to make this bead and I love it…I’d have to keep it if I didn’t have a photo of it.

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Here’s the finished Rainbow Necklace, which I am also delighted with. Good to have some bright colours around : )

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Pigs

So, a while back I made little pig beads…recently someone had the bright idea to suggest I make a pig bead for them, but in the style of my big floral cat beads. I had never thought of doing that

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there is definitely a bit of a difference : )

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The less cute stuff that I really love to make

Yes, I really do like to step into the world of the surreal and strangeness every now and then, all the pretty kitty cat beads put that side of me on hold, and before you think I’m complaining, I’m not, but I must, must, must remember to visit the more bonkers side sometimes : )

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Gorgeous Glass

I very rarely let a bead get away from me without having a good photograph of it and here’s a good example of why. I can look at this image for a long time, it reveals everything about the bead I would not otherwise see. My hands, the glass and the camera all behaved and this is the result, which is what makes me happy : )

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