Monday, January 19, 2009

New lampwork

I am trying out some new lampwork techniques. Triangle beads, encasing with clear, and just layering of color in general. I used some new (finally--a real pink!) glass--rubino oro, containing real gold--and am posting pictures of those beads.

I also learned how to make my own murrini from an online tutorial, and this is my first attempt. I used a paper punch mold in the shape of a heart to form the glass, then added another color around the outside of it and pulled a length of glass from it. Once it was cooled, I used glass nippers to cut the pulled rod into smaller pieces. Now I just need to use it! Murrini can be embedded in beads as they are made, creating a little picture on the surface for decoration.

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