It may not be Spring yet, but lately it sure feels like it! We’ve been hitting the mid-80’s in SoCal lately so I’ve been inspired to create more flower beads. 😀
I have been having a lot of fun creating these medium sized (and more modestly priced) lampwork focals for sale on Etsy.
They are not quite as labor intensive as my larger sized focals that I list on eBay. So I am able to have time to experiment with different color combinations and glass interactions – as well as incorporate some of my favorite design elements from the past.
I have had this amazingly beautiful tangerine colored glass in my collection for ages but never used it before.
I’ve been waiting for just the right inspiration to strike to use it (sometimes these things take a long time :-D). Once the sunny, hot weather hit that bold glass caught my eye and I instantly new what I wanted to do with it.
Combining it with shimmery goldstone frit was a last minute addition but I love the juicy orange color with the intense sparkle goldstone has. A classic summer look!
As much as I love spending time creating an entire set of several coordinating beads it is also fun to make ‘mini sets’ which allows me to switch gears creatively more quickly.
These mini sets were so much fun to make!
I have a tendency to gravitate toward more muted, natural colors most of the time, but every now and then I like to do something different with a color I haven’t worked with in a while.
This time the color was a beautiful soft cherry. I love this color glass because it’s not too bright and it’s more of a blue-based red, rather than a tomato-y orange based red.
Speaking of blue, this is one of red’s most complimentary colors so I incorporated bits of it into this set with some reactive silver glass.