I've been experiencing abit of the lampworking blues of late. Not able to get motivated to light the torch, not inspired by any colour combos, just generally bleurgh! I know I'm not alone and we all experience the mojo walkabouts every now and again. Anyway, I think I am emerging from the dark tunnel and I have actually lit the torch and fired up the kiln twice in one week.
I was having a little mooch around YouTube and found this video tutorial for how to make a star bead and after watching a couple of times I ventured into the 'studio' and lit the torch!!!! Here are my first attempts
They aren't bad for a first attempt. They are a little wonky, the points aren't as even as I would like. I need to practice the raking technique which is how the colours get pulled down to the hole. All in all though I was rather pleased.
My latest session was a little more successful...
I like the colours of these two (left and below) but there is still work to be done, the dots around the holes have been melted in a little bit too much for my liking but I definitely feel I am on the right track.
While my mojo was on walkabout I decided some glass related retail therapy might be in order. I bought some beautiful rainbow murrini from FlamingEck beads and this what I came up with
Well its pouring with rain here - I know its what we need but it does dampen the spirits.