I gave my tired tendons a rest yesterday, and worked on some more finished jewelry instead of making beads. Here's what I did with one of Olive Glass' beautiful 'twisties':
It's asymmetrical. Artsy, huh?
This was one of my all-time favorite koi beads. I had the hardest time making up my mind to use it, but in the end I thought the twistie deserved something special. So today I'll probably spend all my torch time trying to make another bead just like it!
Actually, I guess I had better make a couple more octopus beads. They have proven unexpectedly popular! I am just the worst at predicting what people will like, LOL.
In planning my display and considering finished pieces, I also realize that all the beads I make seem to have a face. Either the bead has a critter on it or is shaped like one. I wonder if that's going to be a problem. I'll try and get into a floral mode before next week...Wish I had time to do some experimenting with color before then, but springtime brights are going to have to do the trick. I have some of Penny's beautiful butterfly wraps to use them with.
The other thing I'll be working on today is some dolls. I already have a few ready for Cinco de Mayo (the show is in San Antonio, after all), and I've got a few other fun ideas in mind. So it's time to quit yakking and start torching!
I'm really intrigued by the "twistie" bead. It's absolutely PERFECT for a koi focal, and it must be reasonably strong, if it will support a dangling pendant. (I need to stop being such a scaredy-cat about glass beads -- I'm *always* afraid I'm going to crack something, but I don't want it to unnecessarily restrict my creative impulses, when it comes to designing a necklace.)
The entire necklace is gorgeous.