Thank-You Heather Trimlett for the 40 Bead Challenge and Thanks to Haley http://envisionsf.blogspot.com/ for rallying the lampwork folks to join her in her efforts on LE ! There's a very long thread there with everyone that has participated and are still working on their 40 Bead Challenges ! It's a work in progress as it were. :)
So, now the question is: What did I learn ? Ok so here's the short list:
- Patience is required.
- Slow and Steady makes for a better outcome.
- Molten Glass has a mind of it's own.
- Dots are amazing creatures !
- Beads can and will Grow !
- Black and White is an outstanding color combo !
- I remember why I usually use the EMS for starting all my beads.
- Using no tools has reminded me why I use tools - when needed of course.
Yeah, I know these are all fun facts or fun lessons BUT lessons learned and re-learned and REAL. :) Regardless of what I learned, which was ALOT, this exercise refreshed my "muse", brought me out of the funk I was in, woke-me-up and got my mojo working again THANK-GOODNESS ! I NEEDED this in a major way. It did what I was hoping it would do. It reminded me once again WHY I LOVE melting glass and THAT my friends is always a good thing. :)
So, here are my 40 beads ! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the feel of all of them in my hand ! It's amazing to me. Even more amazing - and I reiterate here - it's so amazing what a simple little dot can do that's it just stupid ! lol ! The proof is in the photo. The lines you see on any of those beads is created by masking. These beads have only dots on them. That's it.
The dots in these beads are all melted in. Imagine what can be done with rasied dots or a combination of both ? Limitless. lol !
Thanks so much for stopping in ! I hope you come back again soon to see what's happening ! I have yet ANOTHER challenge I'm "working" on. This time, I'm challenging myself ! :)