Today is the reveal date for Lisa Lodge ‘s Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop. Lisa’s challenges always start with a kit, carefully put together by her to reflect the theme of the hop. And for this one, Lisa sent me some beautiful lampwork beads made by Marcia Seever of ShaZazz Creations of Glass, in shades of red and orange with a subtle swirl of dark teal through the largest bead. A challenge indeed—I rarely work with these colours, perhaps because I rarely wear them myself! I have to admit that I did need to purchase a few glass beads in coordinating shades of red, to augment my stash for this challenge.
The second challenging part of this hop lay in the shape of the beads—one of Marcia’s beautiful focal beads is an unusual “vase” shape. The obvious thing would be to use it as a dangling pendant, stacked with the other beads, but I didn’t necessarily want to do the obvious thing. I played around with various layouts until I came up with one I thought would work, using some translucent teal Czech glass beads to pull out the teal in the focal, as well as Czech beads in various shades of red and orange with a golden lustre and brass beads and findings. The only bead from the set that I couldn’t work into the design was the spiky one, but I’m sure it will be used in another design down the road.
Thank you for setting up such a fun challenge Lisa! I enjoyed working with Marcia’s beads immensely.
Please take some time to visit the other participants in this blog hop:
Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles