Sunday, December 27, 2009

Art in the Face of Weather

Bad weather is keeping me home. I would typically be visiting family between Christmas and New Years, but the wild Midwest blizzard has shut down that option for at least a few days. Instead, I've fired up the torch again to try some new ideas for backgrounds for my bird beads.

Mixing a variety of blues and greens makes a better backdrop. Leaving out the silver glass for the birds and branches, switching to black, avoids the silver reaction issues.

My attempts at mixing other colors were a bit more unpredictable. That ugly orange bead was several lighter yellows mixed (I thought!). The plain pink is boring, and the leaf bead with greens has some potential.

Today, I will try to get out there and work some further ideas, including making some cabochons to thin with the flat lap I got for Christmas.