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How Many Beads = Too Many?

How Many Beads = Too Many?

Tammy May 27, 2009 3 comments

If you answered anything besides, "There is no such thing as too many beads." then you don't work with beads and can't possibly understand.  But I hope you can enjoy beads anyways!

Here are some pictures of my latest glass beads.  Mostly working in borosilicate (which is considered hard glass as opposed to "soft" glass usually used by lampworkers – i.e. folks who work with glass on a torch), I am finally getting a handle on how to work in this medium.  And am finding that is helping me get better in the soft glass, too.  Both mediums have their pluses and minuses, but I am drawn to borosilicate because of its potential sculptural qualities – once I get used to working in it.

I find my camera has issues when working with very small items – perhaps I should try outside.  I think glass is inherently hard to photograph – throw in miniature and it just compounds it all.

Dragon 1 black 1 blue with qtr Dragons 5 with qtr Seahorse held with qtr Seahorse fancy with qtr Torso beads 3.2with heads I got 2 packages of borosilicate mixed colors in today, so my next studio time I will have lots to play with.  One package is all rods that are mixed colors within the rod, the other is solid colors.  Can't wait to play (probably next Tuesday – sigh.  Never enough time).

Friday is opening for ArtOMatic – am going to be a part of the crush (and it is ALWAYS a crush on opening night!), to start taking pictures and notes, to see folks I talk to or read on line all year but only see at ArtOMatic.  Riding in with husband. Saturday work (9 hours, starts at 8 am) will be a bit rough.  We probably won't get home until 4 am (because of his job, not because of ArtOMatic).  Some part of me keeps forgetting how old I am.

thought for the day:  Adversity is, in many ways, the biggest gift any human can receive.  It is the walk through fire, the dark night of the soul.  It is that first bloom of fear, which, left unchecked, can snowball you into panic unless you remember this:  it is the place of greatest possibility, for it is when the biggest and most obvious doorway slams shut that a myriad of tinier, subtler, more magical avenues are revealed…When we no longer have a script, we start improvising.  Rekha Ohal, The biggest Gift You Never Wanted, Sculptural Pursuit  magazine, Winter 2008

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  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    May 28, 2009

    One can never have too many beads. These are wonderful creations in glass!!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    May 31, 2009

    Hi Tammy!
    You are right….one can never have too many beads….or buttons….or sheets of paper….or whatever!
    Your beads look great!
    I really liked your thought for the day. For me at this time in my life it really struck home. It was like a "wow" moment for me when I read it.
    I don't think I say often enough how much I enjoy your blog. I always reluctantly leave, but always with a feeling of calmness after reading it.
    So thank you for sharing a part of your journey on this earth with me.
    Tammy, enjoy your beading and have a great week!
    God Bless.

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    June 24, 2009

    First of all, I know this is a very old post but it's the last one that refers to your work rather than a review of ArtOMatic, and I wanted to write something about your work! Secondly, thank you so much for visiting my cat duet post a couple of weeks ago and leaving such a lovely comment. I've been meaning to reply ever since but was waiting for you to do a post about your own work…! I hope ArtOMatic is going very well for you. Looks wonderful. I was so surprised to find you on my blog because although I've never left a comment here I have been 'lurking' on and off for quite some months, and may in fact have found CED through you. I've always admired the breadth of your creativity and the way your varied artforms always reflect who you are. Your beads are beautifully intricate and I've always loved your torso shapes. In response to your question: how many beads is too many – well, I'm not a beader but like Lois above, I think the spirit of the question applies to whatever art or craft you're into. I'm not new to crafting but I am new to blogging and the focus of my blog is very much embracing creativity, whatever form that takes – mine and other people's. I wish I were as artistic as you but I'm not! But in my own way I feel I'm really pushing myself now to try new things and put myself out there as a creative being. In no small part that's thanks to the CED community and to people like you who do just that! Thanks again for your comment. Ollie sends beautifully tuneful miaows. And thanks for the inspiration of your blog!

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