I imagine I’m not alone in the world of lampworkers when it comes to having a design that I feel I can lose myself in. For me it is a design that is a friend that is comfortable to me in the way that an old pair of worn jeans is. It is a design that centers me when it seems my work, my rhythm, is a quarter step off in time.
For me, it is this design. You will see it, and variations of it, big and small, repeated in my work. Of all the designs I have created it is my favorite. Perhaps it is because I created it during a difficult time in my life, when working on the torch was the only way to clear my head, to make the outside world vanish if only for a short while, and to find a bit of peace so that I could deal with what I needed to when the world rushed back in.
I will always love this design.
One of these days I’m going to make an entire strand of these. Possibly if I would set a goal of one bead every day it would happen. I find, however, that once I have a rhythm going for a certain style and color, especially with my larger beads, it works best to complete the task at hand in one setting.
No matter what the design I nearly always end up trying it at least once as a disk bead.
There is just something about the look that is achieved by compressing the lines and swirls into more confining dimensions. The lines have more curve, the clear casing tends to appear more optical, and the feeling that a matched collection of these beads transmits is powerful in my opinion.