Bring in the clowns!

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Teal Tiger Lampwork Bead Pair by Mary Williams Designs

Teal Tiger Lampwork Bead Pair by Mary Williams Designs

I never intended to keep the original image for this shot. I had been playing with different lighting angles for my borosilicate lampwork beads and since I hadn’t planned to keep them, I didn’t bother clearing my cluttered photo stand. When reviewing the shots I found this one with the sad clown standing by almost off-camera. Something about it struck a cord and I decided to keep it and share it here. You never know where interesting photo props might turn up!

I bought this wonderful polymer clay clown in a Carmel gallery back in the 80′s. I loved the artist’s work but could only justify the expense of one of them to myself. Now, as a treasured part of my collection I wish I had bought more. I hope that the artist continued working in polymer and (hopefully) I can find more of her work to purchase one day. I recall at the time that she specialized in clowns.

A scarce glass color

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This is what happens when you take too long a snooze. The limited edition glass you planned to stock up on is no longer available. In this case it is a TAG Crimson glass that has lovely mix of peaches, oranges, and teals. I had one sample rod until one very generous lampworker shared part of her precious stash. Thank you Susan!

Lampwork Bead Makes it to Broadway

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spotlight on lampwork

Spotlight on Lampwork

Does anyone know how I made this lampwork bead? Yeah, me either. It is an experimental bead I was exploring about three months ago. I had been been doing so good for awhile, writing notes on how I create my beads, but alas I apparently fell off the wagon with this one.

I haven’t totally given up hope that I will find some note scrawled on the back of a grocery list, or in the margins of a page of some obscure magazine I was reading at the time, but for now I’ve been amusing myself with picture playing, as above.

I haven’t quite figured out how to capture the depth and layers that are trapped inside the bead and have made many frustrating educational attempts at photographing this one. The bead is actually folded and the red portion that you see is like a brilliant red cave.

I thought while puppy is napping I’d take one of Colin’s attempts and turn it into a fun photo-editing exercise for me. The picture is actually three layers combined to make one. The original picture showed the lampwork bead with what looks like halos that were created by shining a light directly above the bead. It washed out part of the design but I think it is still a fun picture!