Tuesday, May 26, 2009

B.A.B aka. Big Ass Bead

As I've said, I've been venturing down a new path to bring a fresh new look to my work. I continue with my bright, vibrant palette and fun style but I'm also exploring more earthy tones and adding fine silver to my work in specific ways. For more than 2 years now I've been crafting my own findings such as toggles, headpins, links and such which really help to make my work unique. Within the last year I've been focusing on embedding this fine silver in different ways and have enjoyed this very much. Loads of "mistakes" but all great examples of what not to do. I actually keep these as reference to share with others when I teach.

This is my latest B.A.B.. I love it. Both sides are different. I really like the "surprise" I get when reactive glass is taken out of the kiln the next morning! The glass may look one way when it goes in but it looks a little different when its cooled and out of the oven. I used lots of silver within the glass, reactive double helix colors and some interesting effetre colors too. The design on the bead wasn't what I was calling attention to but rather the way both silver core and glass bead compliment each other.

I'd love to hear what you think. I have some other components to make before this B.A.B is worked into a jewelry design but I hope to show you what it has become soon.


rosebud101 said...

That is one BAB, Linda! I love the silver you used on the sides. It is mesmerizing.

hotglassbabe said...

Hi Linda,
Your B.A.B is awesome... and I love-love your beads! Wow, you are really talented! The silver work is really cool. Its people like you who inspire me to do what I do. Ive always wanted to try my hand at Silver PMC but at the moment I have waaaay too many hobbies going on so I guess I will just stick to lampworking, LOL! Have a great day!

Lynne Glazzard said...

I love this glass over the silver bead, fantastic patterns and textures. I have only tried one bead over a fine silver core so far and it seemed ok when it came out of the kiln but I managed to crack it a couple of days later :(