I haven't been doing much at the torch this week due to life getting in the way but did manage to try a new technique. Up until a few days ago, when I came down with this icky cold or whatever it is, I was still making beads for the BOC kids. I got some feedback from a fellow lampworker that after seeing one bead I had made inspired her to get out her murrini and work with it again. The bead in question had some fun murrini in it and one piece in particular was a smiling or happy face. The bead is in one of the photo's from a post a couple weeks ago. Anyway, I got some more of those murrini from the gal that made the ones I used. Lori of http://www.etsy.com/shop/loriandkim Then I got to thinking, why couldn't I try making some myself ? I had never tried making murrini faces or anything too technical before. I had made simple murrini with a few colors in them but nothing of this sort. So I went looking for a tutorial. Found a great one with about 5 or 6 tuts in it ! Not that I'll be able to make a butterfly murrini or anything but I got what I wanted - at least 2 murrini I CAN make. :)
So, I did just that. On my very first try at a smiley or happy face - here's my result !
I must admit I am very happy how it came out ! I got it perfect and THAT was a total surprise ! lol ! I only cut some of the pull into the chips you see. I did use a couple in a couple of beads. Only one turned out. Melted the other ones into the bead too much. lol ! Then I remembered why I didn't use murrini much in the past - I was no good at actually using them in a bead ! lol ! So I'll keep working on that part as well. :)
I did make 3 more smiling faces murrini but managed to do several things wrong. In one of them, I forgot a step. In one the colors were too dark and the last one, I used white for eyes and a mouth and they just sort of disappeared into the other color. lol ! Oh well, that's what learning and trial and error is all about. :)
I can't wait to get back to the torch ! As soon as this cold or whatever it is moves on, I'll be on it ! And I really wanted to see the new movie Dark Shadows this weekend ! Drats.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you come back again soon to see what's happenin' ! :)