Hollow Beads

Every so often, I decide to make a hollow bead. Kat will know how I agonised over these at Christmas. Here are the two latest ones,
Spotted hollowSpotted hollow
There has been some improvement since then.
Filigrana hollowFiligrana hollow

Another Beaded Treasure

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.
Blue beaded treasure necklaceBlue beaded treasure necklace
The next picture shows the thread going through the hollow bead,

Crystal Bracelet

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.
Crystal BraceletCrystal Bracelet
I thought I ought to get it finished as we are due to start another project next Wednesday night.

Beaded Treasure Bracelette

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.
Chunky BraceletteChunky Bracelette
I might add some smaller beads to the loop and parts of the weave that show too much.

Computer Troubles

I keep all my photos an external hard drive which is set up as a mirrored RAID with two 400GB hard drives. I've been noticing that it's been making a lot of noise recently and not turning itself off properly when the computer it connects to shuts down so I've sort of been expecting it to start dieing soon. Yesterday was the first day that it struggled to connect properly to the computer once it had power taking around half an hour with fiddling and turing it on and off to get Windows to recognise it as a drive.

Nancy the Cat

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.

Another vessel

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.Soft glass vesselSoft glass vessel

Vessel in Borosilicate Glass

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.
Yesterday's Borosilicate vesselYesterday's Borosilicate vessel

My First Daffodil

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.

Me and My Brother 'Posing' on a Bronze Age Mound

I've been sorting photos and stitching panoramas for most of today and yesterday. After admonisment that I hadn't posted anything for a long while I present you with an old panorama that me and my brother, Edd, took when I was visiting him in April 2007. We are overall quite small but that is a good thing as I look really fat in this picture! I'd tell you all about the mound we are sitting on but being honest, is the thing really interesting enough to make it worth it?!

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