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Lampworking - Pictures

I know - it's been over twelve hours since I posted any pictures!

So here are my sad results from the lampworking class the other weekend.  Since I've never done this before I'm reasonably pleased.  Forgive the quality of some of the pictures - my camera was being recalitrant about closeups, and I got tired of fighting with it.

Here's bead number two - it's the worst of the bunch, which is why I declared this picture to be "good enough:"

It was supposed to be round, but I pushed on it on the marver to see what would happen, and it squished.  Then it was going to be triangular, but it was uneven and that bothered me.  Then it got too flat on one side, and I decided it would just be flat.  I attempted dots.  Dots are hard, and you can't wipe away the stringy bits that you didn't intend to stick.

This is bead number three:

This is the one where a glob of hot glass fell in my lap.  It was supposed to be spirally, but I got distracted when the glob of hot glass dropped in my lap.  Despite not being what I had in mind, I think it's really pretty.

Here's bead number four:

I wanted a nice round, clean bead to end with, and I almost got it.  That little slant on the second photo emphasizes that I need to be more careful about the angle of glass to mandrel.

And I left the first for last.  Because in my anal retentive little world, what is not to love about this bead?  Especially for a first attempt?



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Jan. 13th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Those are really very cool. I like the blue & white one a lot, and your first little teeny blue bead is perfect! You know, that lady I keep buying lampwork beads from (the swirly "sea" beads) lives up in Maine and she does classes. We should plan a road trip some time, maybe?
Jan. 14th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
The blue and white one is fun. Being me, I wanted something more controlled, but I like it. A lump of hot glass in the lap is *really* distracting. Something along the lines of owowowoWOWOWOW!!!

Maybe I'll have time to play some more this weekend.
Jan. 13th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I'm all for the weird shapes and play with the glass to see where it goes approach. It can be fun.

Oh, and I am SO not surprised that your first bead is blue. :-)
Jan. 14th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
There were other colors available? :-) I made the yellow and red one just for Vynehorn. Because she didn't think I would.

You know me - I have that symmetry issue.
Jan. 14th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
I really like the blue life-preserver!
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