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Monday, June 29, 2015

More Whales...Still Intrigued

Here is one of my latest whales as a custom order.  It is on a stand for the photo, but it was made specifically for a bead embroidery necklace project.  If you aren't familiar with that craft form, the artist attaches a focal bead (this gray whale) whose fins are pretty flat on each side. It will lay flat on a sturdy base material.  The artist usually embroiders with tiny seed beads around it and creates patterns and designs with other materials as well.  So it makes a necklace.  - saying like a super duper extraordinary "bib".  That doesn't give it the importance and artistry it deserves. I'm just not sure how to describe it otherwise.  Hopefully my customer will show me when she's completed it.  I know they can take a long time.

I am in awe of anyone who works with seed beads.  They make my eyes cross and fingers twitch.  They are so tiny and for me, very hard to use.  

I am trying to post once a week, but I have some busy stuff coming up- so if I miss a few, I will be back.  Meanwhile, I'll leave you with another bead photo...I have plenty of those!  And don't forget my business page on FB.  StudioMarcy.  Come find me there and see more photos, more often...  Peace, love and owls to you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Experimenting with Color via GlassTribal Whale & Stand

There are so many things that intrigue me.  Always on top of the list is color.  I've been making traditional whales and was looking at images and thinking about how color influences what we typically think.  So I picked up two complimentary colors and made a whale using a more tribal or tattoo type simple design.  It was fun experimenting with a different style.

Then I wanted to make a glass stand for it using the yellow and turquoise theme (layered turquoise transparent over the yellow for the green look.) and formed one side that was mostly deep turquoise and the other side primarily yellow, to see whether my assumption that I'd prefer the blue side with the contrast, over the yellow side.  My answer is "yes", but I like the yellow side more than I thought.  Surprised me a bit.

So now I'm asking your opinion.  Do you have a preference? Yellow or blue side? If you were picking two colors that aren't typical whale colors, what would you choose?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Contemporary Glass Flowers

I was asked to make bright flowers in the style of my Anemone Bead series and this is what I came up with.  My customer has a contemporary home.  I can see these in that setting.  I'd love them each in their own individual vase lined up.  Kind of the way we see Gerbera daisies in photos.

It gives me ideas for making fluffy dandelions.  I've always thought about how would I make those.  Perhaps this is the first step?  Or a way of making "fireworks"  that's another one I've contemplated about over the years.

Is there something you have been muddling over to interpret in glass or in another medium?