Organic Lampwork

One of my most beloved styles of glasswork is ‘organic’. Simply put, organic design refers to a more free-form approach to bead making, allowing the materials themselves to dictate placement without getting too fussy over a perfect end result. At least that’s my definition of organic bead making.

In a nutshell, it just means allowing the glass to do its own thing. I’d say the biggest challenge with organic design is to know when enough is enough. Although, I am the first to admit sometimes I go overboard when the reactions I’m getting are just so spectacular that I think more is more. πŸ˜‰

Either way, organic lampwork bead design is something I find myself gravitating back to time and again.

Gilded Berries – Rubino Oro large round beads
Low Tide – assorted bead collection

Earthy Organic Beads

These beads take me back to my lampworking roots when I made organic style beads all the time. Organic beads have a much more free-form approach when it comes to design. Instead of being very precise with placement of each element you allow the colors, special reactions and flow of glass to dictate your next move. This style of lampworking is so much fun to do because there are lots of unique surprises throughout the creative process. πŸ˜€

SIERRA – Assorted Bead Collection
SIERRA – Organic Bead Focal

Lavender Flowers in Settings of Silver & Gold

Just when we thought Spring was on its way, we got hit with another cold front. We were so enjoying the mid-80’s temperatures when the weather turned and now we’re back in the 50’s with rain in the forecast. I realize we Californian’s are weather-wimps and are spoiled by lots of great weather most the year – so I am not complaining….too much ;-D

Here is another floral focal and round bead set. I do not see myself tiring of this design anytime soon. Flowers have always made me happy πŸ™‚

Crocus lentil focal bead
Crocus round bead set

New Silver Glass Beads

I recently bought a new silver glass that not only has fun and unique reactive properties, but also produces some of the most vivid and intense deep shades of cobalt, plum, teal and turquoise I have ever seen in glass.

I had so much fun using this glass in most of this week’s beads…

Deep Sea Lichen bead pair
Venice Pier round bead
Western Wind bead pair
Sea Grass bead pair