Let's just make sure to keep making art, ok?
In case you're new... this blog is mostly about my endeavors to continue advancing in lampwork and jewelry design. But it's been about other things and life does change.
Lampworking day #4. A murrini miracle!
After my disappointment yesterday in realizing that I need to buckle down and invest in a kiln, I decided that this wasn't going to stop me. Perhaps I need to take a little break from beads until I can ensure that they won't crack and go to waste. In the meantime I'll get into making murrini, which are beautiful and don't need to be annealed. :) Also this practice will help me improve my motor skill.
Upon watching this video I decided I was ready and I could pull this off.
This is definitely not perfect but considering my previous results I am more than happy with this. In fact: I was really nervous because I kept hearing the rod crack as I made this murrini and having to flash it in and out of the flame in order to reattach it and I was almost certain my murrini was going to fall and break into a million pieces at any moment. I was literally shaking because I was so nervous. When I succeded, I took this picture:
(You can't see it very well but I am holding up the cane in triumph)
Check out the cane!
Yep, I call that a success. Let's admire it for a moment...
And finally, my murrini!!!
They're kind of like millefiori but I don't feel cool enough to call them that yet. They're definitely not perfect but I really love the colors. Next time I will make them a little thicker (they're really tiny) and also I'm heading out this afternoon to find a better cutter. I didn't finish cutting the whole cane cause I do have hopes that with a better cutter these can turn out even prettier. Did you notice the little red dot in the middle? I used a special glass for that. :) I'm so proud of my baby murrinis... :)
Third time's the charm. :)
Definitely need a better cutter and a kiln. But I'm really motivated. These things won't hold me back. I am the captain of this ship.