The second round of glass beads


Here are the results of my second time playing with glass and fire. In this one above I used a reduction frit and silver foil. I have no idea if those are the correct terms, but thats what I remember! The dark dots in the center are where the little flecks of frit made contact with the hot bead and melted in. Pretty neat huh? I don't even understand exactly what chemical process is happening yet but I think it has something to do with bringing metals out of the colored glass. The wild thing is that you need to change the flame to make the process work. If I remember correctly the mixture of oxygen/propane is made more propane rich to become a reduction flame. I've got to do some reading on it to get my facts straight though.

I sure am enjoying whatever time I get to make these beads. Right now it's about 3 hours a week. I'm sure if I had my own studio it would be more like 3 hours a day!

Here are the rest of the beads:)












10 comments:

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Wow! So cool. These look great Shay. You know, if we lived in the same area, we could take this class together. Now that would be a blast! At least I can enjoy this vicariously through your efforts and sharing them on your blog. Keep up the GREAT work! :)

Shay Stone said...

Thanks Kathleen:) That would be so much fun to take a class with you! At this point, I've just had the one beginners class on the first day, but now I'm reading a great lampworking book and practicing what I learn in there and from the class each time I get a chance to. I just wish I could do it more often. I can't wait to see what you make when you get to it someday. For now, I've got to get over to your metalsmithing blog and catch up. I'm so behind on the blogs!

sassyglassdesigns said...

Be careful...this is a very addictive art form. They look great...practice, practice, practice. Your wire work is phenomenal so I know your beads will be also.

Shay Stone said...

Don't I know it Sandi! Thanks for the kind comments on my wire work and beads:)

Mei (WireBlissMei) said...

When my boys grow older, I will try to play with fire :) Looks like so much fun.
I am passing you the "Premio Meme Award" - its at my blog here - http://wireblissmei.blogspot.com/2009/10/long-overdue-blog-awards.html

Swati said...

I had not seen this post! Oh but I haven't visited my own blog for so long...when I don't visit my blog, I don't get to know if someone else in the list has added something to their blog.

I really like all your beads, but the topmost one is soooooo nice!!!! I guess the day is not far when you will be making those kinds of beads on which we both used to drool. In fact I already want some of your beads VERY much! The topmost one, the 3rd one (the green one with awesome brown swirls), and the blue one (second last row)-- this one reminds me of the earth. They are all LOVELY! But I know you must be way too fond of these early beads to let them go?

Shay Stone said...

Aww... thanks for the award Mei! Yes, I can see where it would be a bit difficult to get into flame work with youngsters around. I sure look forward to the day when you can try it:)

Shay Stone said...

Swati, you are too sweet wanting my first beads! LOL..

I wouldn't say I'm too attached to them but would like to hold onto them until I get a few more times at the torch so I can go back and look at what I've done. But for now, consider them yours.. all yours!

Swati said...

[quote]But for now, consider them yours.. all yours![/quote]

YAYYYYYY!!! :-)))))

Shay Stone said...

You silly thing Swati!
Hugs to you:)

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