Welcome to my wonderful world of handmade lampwork beads and handcrafted jewellery .

I enjoy making handmade beads that are not mass produced and have that original feel and look. As my beads are not mass produced not every bead is the same and can vary ever so slightly . This is why I feel excitement each time I melt glass as each time is like the first time. Any imperfections are stated in my descriptions so buyer please be aware .

Enjoy looking at my beads.
It is our imagination that lets us create these wonderful designs.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

I have come to a decision

After a lady known as Tan put a post on the beading forum ' When is a bead not a good bead '. It got me thinking what I think is a perfect bead and really what road I want to take with my lampwork journey.
Many and most of us as newbie Lampwork Artists want to make that perfect bead to get to the standard of those that have been making these beads for years. The ones we bought before we started this journey , the ones we still have in our beading draws. The artists we only wish we were when they put their beads on display as they have such detail , such precision . They are round, square, uniform , they are in sets , they are in all Perfect. But to the artist that made them, are they ??? And now that I have started making my own beads, do I want and will I make that Perfect bead.

So since this post was put on the forum I have been thinking alot about what I want to achieve at this stage and I think I have come to a decision. Yes I want in the future be at the standard that I can make a set of beads that have that much detail it is not messy and it is uniform at every stage , to have that perfect lentil shape , to do a round ball bead , to have a heart that looks like a heart.

However I have decided I am going to enjoy making whatever I can. These past 2 days I have mainly been making focals free form on the mandrel, which means I have not been using a press. If I have, I have left chill marks from the press because I liked the texture. As long as my beads have no sharp edges I have gone with the flow and just enjoyed the process. Not everything I have made I have liked the outcome but sometimes I have been surprised at what has come out of the kiln. I am a messy artist I enjoy making a bead that has a bumpy side , that has different dimension's , that is not uniform . I get bored making sets that are the same. I want to show its rawness , its flare. It may not be every ones 'cup of tea' . But surely if it was wouldn't it be boring ?

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