I've revamped this page, since I now put a lot of my frits in watchmaker's tins (rather than mini-muffin pans), am slowly moving to laying my thompson enamels on a flat surface (at least for large beads—they no longer fit in the mini-muffin depressions). Not to mention spiders are not so much of a problem in the new upstairs studio, the cats have both passed...I still boil glass.
I'll have to dig out some of the really golden uglies, often made on opaque glass. For awhile, I made them on transparent colorless glass, then pale transparents, then saturated transparents, then went through a translucent phase, using alabastros and opalinos. Next up is to start playing with frits and powders on bullseye, especially now that they've obligingly added so many new colors. —I still have to research compatability between german glassblowing powders and BE.
See also floral vases for more variations on this theme, with additional trailing.
Transparent green and blue-green thompson enamel, fine emerald frit and red trailing on a white or pale pink ground makes for an abstract that could work as a spring pastel or muted xmas design. 21mar2013
A purple, green and gold birdie made as a hostess gift for a New Orleans themed Fat Tuesday party. 21feb2013
2nd in a series of blue abstracts; these center around a white based aquamarine . Originally posted 26nov07. 26nov2007
comparison of two yellow abstracts made with Creation is Messy Hades black and Effetre Dense 066 black. Originally posted 20oct07 20oct2007
Collects together all the bumpy abstracts . Subindex created & posted 27aug06. (3 new posts from summer 06, plus 2 old from 2002) 30aug2006
2002 postcard abstracts are what I think of as my `standard abstract' —featured here in lovely jeweltones of fuschia , purple , lavender , and sky blue . Moved to sub-page, 27aug06 27aug2006
A while back I made some ultra-bumpy abstracts. I really liked these beads, but Page's customers didn't. So eventually they all sold, and because I didn't have anyone in particular nagging me to make more, the variation went into hibernation, though I always assumed that I would someday make mor...
Bumpy Abstracts subindex page. Originally: New! (11may02) Bumpy Abstracts (includes two short posts) 16may2006
Luscious raspberry colored abstracts (fixed spelling of the word `fuschia', and broken links while I was at it...29nov05) 29nov2005
Ancient crap . Includes original bumpy abstracts 11may02; orange and green , purple, blue and green , and purple, pink, cream and yellow (hey, no green!) 08jun2005
Abstracts typically range from 13–25MM in size, and 12–25USD in price. These are just a sample; I do lots of color combinations.
1st revision: probably around 08jun05; 2nd revision 27aug06. (created bumpies sub-index, cannabalized 2nd version of this page for 2002 postcard subindex; cannabalized wholesale original version of page, from 1st revision as subindex for original crap. Whew.)
Addtional updates, 27aug06: I've collected some of the recent beads that fall into thematically related series into subindex pages. I was, however, too lazy to bother with the older stuff, which is why most of the thumbnails on this page are of ancient crap. You gotta click for the newer stuff. Sorry for the extra work, and all that...
12apr08, added title for links, redid summary, changed cdate from 27aug2006 to 14apr08 move the link up in the index page, since it gets updated fairly regularly.
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