When I make beads, my head and my hands automatically switch into ‘little and round’ mode. Ever since my first hours at the torch flame I’ve been obsessed by the way the glass seems to want to be round - and simply by turning the glass in the flame while taking into account its heat and its corresponding viscosity, it does seem to happen all by itself.
I find this flame shaping so compelling that it’s what I want to do almost all of the time! Yes I do make beads in other shapes and sizes, but little and round, well, what can I say? You’re my favourite things to make!
Of course, every artist is different - and that’s certainly as true in glass beadmaking as it is in any other art form. Because of this, I really enjoy seeing (and being involved in) the types of work made by my students and my regular ‘torchtimers’ here at the Let Fire Inspire workshop.
These beads were made by Doris, one of my regular torchtimers, last week - they’re big, they’re bold, and they’re utterly beautiful! She picked shades of purple, blue and pink to work with, combining some with clear and some with fine silver, and this set of beads is absolutely stunning! She used a wide range of colours in each one of her beads, mixing the glass almost as she applied it to create stunning swirly effects. Works of art? I jolly well think so!
Do you have some experience at the flame already?
Perhaps you’ve done a course with me, or with someone else, and are itching to get back to the torch!
Use my workshop and materials as your own on one of my ‘torchtime’ sessions at the Let Fire Inspire workshop - I’d love to welcome you along!
(And I’ll even make you a coffee!)