For various and assorted reasons, I haven’t made glass beads in a few months now. I thought I’d start the year out with something new, to get my creativity flowing!
Polymer isn’t necessarily new to me – I have taken two classes with Christine Damm at ArtBLISS and have enjoyed them very much! Below are some beads I made in the latest class I took with her, in September.
However, I have such limited space and have spent so much time getting ready for Bead Fest, etc., that I just never gave the polymer and everything else that goes with it much attention.
Some raw beads that I just made last night, for earrings. I actually used a lampwork tool to make the spirals! See – always thinking, always saving some money!
Below are some beads I made at the cooked and antiqued stage. The ammonite pattern is also from a lampwork tool I have! It’s very easy to use these tools to press the designs into the beads. Anything can be a tool if you think about it!
These beads have all been colored with either alcohol inks (the earring pair) or artists crayons. They are waiting to be sealed and listed in my etsy store.
Although I’ve never considered myself an “artist” and came to making glass beads in a completely different way than the artist major in college, I do like playing with colors and pencils and using my hands to really get into this medium.
I’m hoping that this exploration will make me want to go back to glass beads, or show me a new path!
What new artistic mediums are you trying this new year? Are you enjoying your experience? Does it make you want to go back to your old medium, or continue to explore different mediums?