Monday, January 26, 2009

Success and failure

Here are my latest beads. The gravity heart was fun to make, and I really like the way it turned out. The shell was the result of trying to learn how to do a gravity bead, and deciding my friend Maggie was right when she said if it isn't working she turns things into a shell. This is the first one I have made and not had it lose its lip before I could get it off the mandrel. I guess I heated it right and didn't make the lip too thin!! Yea!!! The diamond shaped one was a test run for my new diamond shaped press. Not too bad considering I hadn't used it before and had no idea how much glass to use. I had one bead crack and fall of the mandrel while I was making it, from not reheating it while I was checking out my frit. I had one that made a cracking noise which fell apart when I tried to remove the mandrel, guess I forgot to flash it before rewarming after trying to dot it. Oh well, live and learn, and learn, and learn . . .
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4 comments:

Maggie said...

Rita, The heart is beautiful! Your shell turned out great. Now everyone is going to look at my shells and wonder what I was really trying to make. The secret is out!

Rita'z R-tistic Ramblez said...

Thanks Maggie, that is the first one that has survived the cooling. I am stoked!!!

Louise said...

Trish! (hehe thought I better return the favour!) the heart is quite beautiful!
Love where your beads are going Rita :oD

TattingChic said...

Your beads are lovely, even the onces that didnt turn out the way you intended at first! Beautiful.

Thanks for entering my tatting giveaway for OWOH! Good luck to you. :)