Thursday, December 31, 2009

Birds in the Clouds

For whatever reason, I typically make focal beads. Whether it's the repetitive boredom or the technical challenge of reproducing the same shape and size, I avoid sets. Only rarely do I find myself wanting to try. Usually, I decide that I'm nuts to want them to match, so a coordinated set of different styles is the only way to go.

The barrel beads I've been focusing on would be really nice, but a free-form shape would be easier than perfecting the size issue. So I squashed and cut ivory glass into cloud shapes, then stringer sketched in birds in tree branches.

The nest bead has a flying bird on the reverse. These remind me of my bronze Flock bracelet. Maybe I'll have to string them up into a bracelet.