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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.