As often happens, a collection of beads starts out as something completely different in my head.
Then, as I make each bead they take on their own unique personalities as they are born in the flame.
So many of the materials I use produce unpredictable results that don’t fully show themselves until they’re removed from the kiln some 14-17 hours after they are first made.
I’m often surprised at how well the beads turn out (or greatly disappointed when they don’t turn out as well as I thought they would and end up in my ever-growing ‘learning experience’ pile).
At the moment I completed stringing these beads together with all the coordinated spacers, I instantly knew this was a very special set.
Once I saw how all the the colors of soft jade and dark ivory worked together with the violet/periwinkle shades that developed from the different silver glasses I used, the name for this set, ‘Shire’, immediately popped into my head.
Being an old fan of LOTR books and movies, I felt these beads captured the essence of that wistful fantasy land so well.
“Shire” is available now on eBay – click here to view.
Until next time,