Saturday, August 11, 2012

BSBP #6 ~ Reveal! It's Not A Liquid

Glass, that is.  :)  The idea, sparked by Eva's focal and a conversation on a forum I read about whether glass was liquid or solid is where this necklace evolved from.

The most important aspect, at least to me, was to show visually how glass can be hard and angular (the beautiful roman sea glass) or smooth and organic (my ribbed aquamarine beads created and then melted to the dripping stage and taken out of the flame).  This is what draws many glassworkers to the medium and certainly what drew me.  The permutations are literally limitless.  Glass can be anything you can imagine (with years of practice, lol).

This was all about graduated sizes and opposites for me.  Also, I love Kadinsky, Calder, and anything Eames era/Atomic age so I was trying for a bit of that as well.

As to the opposites, here were some of the ideas:

Shiny vs Matte - The glass is the most obvious.  Matte Roman Sea Glass that my lovely partner Eva Sherman gifted me with against shiny aquamarine.  Also though, the lovely focal at the bottom was shiny and I roughed it up here and there with micron sandpaper and did that with the sterling beads as well.  Again, shiny vs matte.

Graduated sizes - The sea glass is actually graduated (by measurement) although it's not that obvious to the eye.  The drippy (for wont of a better description, lol) lampwork beads I created for this are graduated and that is more obvious.  The sterling beads go from small to medium to large and back again.  Also, the three pieces of the focal are graduated as well.

This was  a fun piece but I did fight with it and there were several iterations before I settled here.  Time allowing I would still have tweaked it more.  I'm not completely happy with the aquamarine, I think it's too bright and I don't like the drips yet, they aren't exactly what I had pictured in my mind.  You know how that goes though (or at least for me) nothing is ever quite good enough.  The conundrums of a perfectionist.

Off to enjoy the other creations!  Have fun everyone and thanks for looking!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. OMG, your necklace is gorgeous! I love the design and the blue lampwork beads are awesome!

  2. Thank you Kym! I visited your blog, you do amazing design work!

  3. Jo-Ann, one of your blogs is Rypan designs! I'm a HUGE fan. I have your books and use them all the time, I'm an avid beadweaver. I'm a little starstruck. :) Thanks for commenting!

  4. Sandra, you do lovely work too, the butterfly necklace is adorable!

  5. I love the opposite idea and the graduated sizes The colors are gorgeous!

  6. oh my... this is simply exquisite. you did such a beautiful job with these beads. ~diana

  7. Astrid, this piece has so many "layers", I was grateful for your educational commentary! The asymmetry works as beautifully as it does, specifically because of the balance you describe, IMHO. Long live perfectionism!

    I hope anyone who isn't already familiar with your work will check your Etsy... I have your lampwork crosses on my wishlist!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, it really meant a lot to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed the commentary!

  8. Your necklace is lovely. There is so much movement in it. Your drips are truly one of a kind. Great job.

  9. What a unique and lovely piece.

  10. Whoah! What a really neat design. While you may still not be completely happy with it, I think it's super cool!!

  11. Thank you so much ladies, I'm so glad it's found an audience and I'm happy that some of you enjoyed reading about my creative process. <3

  12. I love asymmetrical necklace! I can see that you are trying to let the beads talk to you. Love how you considered sizes and movement. I have learnt a lot here. May your piece continue to evolve to something that you LOVE.

    1. Thank you so much Maybeline! My daughter has laid claim to this one so I don't get to tweak it anymore. ;) I am going to continue to explore the basic design though.

  13. Love those 'dripping' beads!

    1. Thank you Skye! They were fun to do, I will be doing more of them. :)

  14. those are super cool beads! I love the design of your piece :)

  15. The beads she sent you were the facla, and those drippy beads are totally awesome! Love this design!

    1. I know, right? Eva was very generous, the beads, focal, and clasp were all fabulous!

  16. Those blue lampwork beads make me feel like I'm on drugs! In a good way! Wow, what a piece. You really put a lot of thought into the design. I enjoyed reading about it.

    1. LOL Barb! They do look kind of like something off of one of those "drugs will do this to you..." films they showed us in the '70's. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my crazy thought processes.

  17. Drop dead gorgeous!!! I am so impressed by the artistic vision in this piece!

    1. Aw, thank you Rachel, that's a sweet thing to say. :D

  18. Wow - Wow - Wow -- the way your mind works....fascinating. Your necklace is gorgeous and so complicated but simple at the same time. (See, now you've got me doing it.) I love it! I'm going to check out your store. Great job!

    1. LOL Jean - careful, you'll catch my OCD! Thank you for the compliments, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it.

  19. Oh my goodness.... I want this one. I LOVE it. *Drool*

    Melissa Muir

    1. Thank you so much Melissa, what a wonderful compliment!

  20. Ooh, LOVE the necklace! So so cool! And your 'dripping' beads are fabulous!

  21. I love the story behind this necklace and those dripping beads are incredible.

    1. Thank you Ginger, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it!

  22. Astrid, this is one of the most unusual necklaces I love those blue drop beads almost liquid!

  23. OH WOW!!!! that was what fell out when I saw you piece,Nothing more to say Love and Hugs Tanya

  24. That. Is. Stunning! The dripping beads are amazing, and it all ties together so well! Loved reading about the ideas behind it.

    1. Aw, what a sweet thing to say! <3 I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it!

  25. Well, even though you didn't have an easy time with them, those glass beads are beautiful... and YOU did an amazing job with your design!!

  26. Astrid, I love it, you did a fabulous job incorporating the bead soup into an interesting design concept! It reminds me a little bit of an aquatic creature. and I LOVE your "drippy" beads. :-)

    Keep up the great work and it was a real pleasure getting to know you!


    1. The same Eva, it's been fun meeting you and I loved the soup you sent me, thank you!

  27. I really like the necklace, I love the drippy beads that you made for it, and the way you used the waves.

  28. Astrid, I really like the dripping beads! Actually, I like the whole design but the dripping beads really makes it stand out!

  29. Oh my gosh this is stunning! I love the whole design!! The colors, the movement, the flow, all of it is beautiful!

  30. Oh wow... your necklace is incredible... Love the beads and I love what you created! Super fun blog post! Kris

  31. Very interesting piece! I love it.

  32. Magnifico! So far out and a tru piece of Art! I could sit and stare at it four hours! Bravo!

  33. I love this design, so creative!
    ciao dall'Italia

  34. A very artistic design, the piece is like a painting, love it!

  35. I have to say, I think the ultimate complement on jewelry is when my boys look over my shoulder and exclaim, 'Cool, I like those drips!' :) I agree. What a great exploration of glass! So glad the hop led me to your site!

  36. Great design. Those "drips" would be difficult to work with...but you came up with the perfect design.

  37. Well, I think it's pretty damn awesome as it is! Great work

  38. Hi Astrid,
    Beautiful and unique piece I love it.

  39. Oh gosh, this one is right on the top of my list! What an amazing piece, with amazing details. Unique and wonderful!

  40. Wow! Fantastic necklace. I love the drippy beads. Your work is great and unusual!

  41. Very lovely design, well done! I love how you came up to it!! Congratulations!!