The top one reminded me of eyes too! I actually thought of an owl after I saw the picture. I just bought sort of a ‘starter machine’ – it’s a singer, very plastic and friendly looking :)
I set my pants on fire in Monday night lampworking. I can’t help but feel that it was a rite of passage; I now have the right to produce decent beads. (I’m exaggerating, actually my glass ‘shocked’ in the torch and hot glass shrapnel landed in my lap. It hurt though, in that ‘surprise pain’ kinda way. Let’s face it, ‘on fire’ sounds way more dramatic.)
Anyways, having paid the requisite fee to the gods of glass I went on to have a pretty decent night. They’re almost always round now!!!
My fellow Monday night lampworkers recommended “Passing the Flame” by Corina Tettinger. It’s a pretty good read, and I decided to try the simplish looking ‘Rainbow Bead’.
I actually feel pretty decent about the attempt, I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to giving it another go. My biggest disappointment was the fact that the clear I used for encasing got this ‘scorched’ look.
Here is my first take at encased florals – for the encasing I used a clear amber, you can see the difference in how clear it came out.
I also tried the same effect with an amber-light yellow combo. For some reason my colours didn’t blend like hers did. I’ll have to find out why.
Next week I’ll be trying to build on the same skills ;) In other news I’ve finally got a sewing machine! Quilts, customized hand bags and clothes that actually fit… I can’t wait. Begone, hole in my crafting arsenal!
Goodness you are getting good! They are looking lovely. Hope the pant were salvagable :-)
I really like the top one
reminded me of an eye watching, with eye lashes for some reason
you will love the sewing machine…
I have several, my favorite is a 1941British Singer( metal when they were made to last)the tension is still perfect, but the motor is finally slowing down….
and my mom’s 1955Pfaff( not sure of th spelling this morning, haven’t finished my coffee)
anyways!..I enjoy your art…..
Thanks for sharing