I bought some curved mandrels from Zooziss and this is the second bead I've made with a curve. It's not very long as I was a bit hesitant to use the full length of the curve in case I couldn't get the bead off after annealing. It's recommended that you use Foster Fire Smooth and Tough bead release with these mandrels as obviously it's impossible to twist the bead to get it off the mandrel. After soaking overnight, the bead came off the mandrel reasonably easily.
Spring has sprung and I've made a few flowers with my new press.
I intend to make a set of the same colour and intersperse the flowers with glass leaves. These flowers were just to see how the new press behaved. I bought the press from Spheres of Glass
Some of the Canada Geese on Canvey Lake have started nesting,
I saw a simple necklace at page 30 of the Beaded Treasures book I mentioned previously and wanted to try one out. I wanted a very simple design so made a hollow central bead and smaller beads to keep it company. I wasn't sure how to finish the fastening but saw some tag shaped beads elsewhere and thought I might make one to fit through the loop previously made.
Here's the finished article and I like its simplicity.
The next picture shows the thread going through the hollow bead,
Here's a totally different bracelet to the last one. The pattern is a modification of a pattern in Beadwork Magazine, February/March, Volume 11 Number 2 page 34. It was the latest project of the Anglian Bead Group which I attend once a month in Colchester.
I thought I ought to get it finished as we are due to start another project next Wednesday night.
I mentioned the finger weaving technique in my post called Nancy the Cat. Here's a picture of my first effort using mint colour C Lon thread and mostly chunky beads. The look becomes completely different if mostly smaller beads are used.
I might add some smaller beads to the loop and parts of the weave that show too much.
I recently bought the book "Beaded Treasures" by Robin Atkins. It gives instructions for Finger woven bracelets, Necklaces, Tassels and Straps. Not having any of the items listed in the "Supplies" section on page 3, I of course decided to go ahead with what I had despite the fact that none of it matched the list. Instead of the cork board, I used an old cork notice board. For the T pins I used push pins. For the Fray Check I used nail varnish and lastly for the C.Lon cord I used some crappy yellow cottony thread.
This vessel is in green soft glass. When I first started this vessel, I annealed it in vermiculite and found extensive cracks when I took it out. I kept it on the mandrel and put it into a cold kiln to see if I could reheat and heal the cracks. I brought the kiln up to 537 degrees centigrade, took out the mandrel and reworked the vessel plus tinkered with the handles and added the darker green blobs.
Here's yesterday's vessel. I must say vessels are much easier to manipulate using this type of glass as it doesn't shock thermally so easily. It's basically clear with some reddish dots as I don't yet have a very good colour selection of borosilicate glass. It's 42mm tall by 40mm from dot to dot on the handles. Now to practice wire wrapping it so that it can be hung from a chain.
This is my first ever daffodil. I was frightened of touching it up a bit more as it's so large that it's difficult to keep it all heated in the flame. It's 54mm across and 24mm high, almost life size.
I took rest in between sticking it in the kiln at anneal temperature and allowing it to cool each time before reheating to anneal temp in the kiln and doing more work on it.