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Process - Flowers

This was originally posted on Art Jewelry Elements - I wanted to share it here with you in case you don't read that blog so you can see where I started with this process.  Tomorrow you can read about the latest little flower beads you'll find in my etsy store!

I started making these flowers on my bent mandrels because 1) I can't throw them away, that would be wrong, and 2) I have lots of short rods of glass that I can't throw away either.  This solves both problems!

So on Friday, I decided to have a play day, and I made some more, but I added some dots of color to the petals and feel that they are waaaaaay cuter and more interesting with the dots.

Here's a closeup of one of the them.  When I took them out of the kiln, I took a photo and posted it on facebook.  I got a lot of "likes" for them, and one question about whether they were going to show up in my store.  I don't know if anyone would be interested in them, I may sell them on my blog, they will make great plant pokes, but it got me thinking.  What else could I make in this style?

Buttons...for use as clasps or just plain old buttons, or dangles, or whatever!  So I made one to see how it would turn out.  I kind of like it.  I'm not thrilled with it, it needs to be more sophisticated, but I do like the general idea.

Then I made a lentil-shaped bead as well.  I don't like this as much.  To me there's too much space at the top and bottom where the bead hole is.  Although if you were going to string it you would use another bead or a bead cap anyways, so maybe the space doesn't matter as much as I think it does... what do you think?  This one turned out a bit wonky anyways and don't like the dot placement - in fact, I would probably put a heart or a twisted flower in the middle of these beads instead of dots.  Or I'd wear my glasses under my didys *lampwork glasses* (if they fit) so I could see better and place the dots better!!!!

Hope you enjoyed the process!


AliMc said…
Love those flowers at the top. My Mom had something similar on the kitchen windowsill when I was little (thanks for that memory :) ). I agree on the lentil, it may look a lil off kilter on it's own but nestled between other beads I think it would be really cute.
adlinah said…
Love these! I actually like the flowers without the dots on the petals. Hmm, maybe I'm the only one though? As for who would buy them? I would! :-)

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