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.
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