Thursday, 9 September 2010
I thought it was time for an update on my beading activities. The original 'blue box studio' has been tidied in readiness of my new kiln arriving. Up until now someone on the Frit Happens forum has been kindly annealing my beads for me but, as is my way, I decided to get my own kiln. It's on order, hopefully for collection on Friday.
In the meantime, to make space for the kiln I've had to sort out my ever growing collection of glass. I stocked up on some bits and bobs being sold on Ebay, which I thought were good value (and don't want anyone telling me they are not, I don't do 'depression'). I've lots of different colours and types of glass, so plenty of things to play with.
My beads, ready for cooking, are kept in a recycled pot so I thought I'd take them out and have a look at how I'm doing. There are still a few 'fuglies' coming off the mandrels but all in all I think most of them are getting more round and holes more central. I like the fact that they are not all the same size - neither are the pieces of sea glass I match them with for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It's organic and handmade.
I've a growing collection of frits,and several of my favourite beads are using these. I'm still like a child in a sweet shop though, dashing here and there grabbing everything I can.
So here are some pics of the favourite beads so far, the tidy studio (I have an untidy mind so feel my workspace ought to make up for it) and space created for the kiln - I hope it fits! I think I might have to tile behind the kiln area to protect the MDF wall from heat - I've spied some slate floor tiles in my garden and might use them - there's posh.