Friday, December 30, 2016
The need to make a Christmas present got me back into the studio. I wanted to make something nice for my boyfriend, Lenny’s, parents. I’m hoping they like salad as much as Lenny does! I chose the yellow, red, purple color scheme because Lenny’s stepmother likes the color red and I’ve been wanting to use this color scheme since I saw it at a Metropolitan Opera Live in HD performance.
The beads are all hollow. I had a time with them! First I tried with a puffy mandrel, and things were sliding all over the place. It was like I had never made one before! I made a few and they were too big, so I tried marking the size on the mandrel with a pencil. The pencil burns off in the flame, but it leaves an imprint in the bead release so it is a viable method. I decided that since I was having so much trouble with the puffy mandrels to make old school hollow beads.
Eventually I got the beads made. The purple ones are different sizes, which is bad, but I was able to get the size right, which is good. It seems like it took me forever to get this project completed, but I got it done in time for Christmas. Since I’m just getting back in to the studio, I only made a few of the hollow beads each day. I am pleased with how it came out, and the fact that I remembered to get photos before I gave it away. I also made an Elemental bead for Lenny’s stepmother, but I didn’t photograph that one. Perhaps I can borrow it sometime.
I am so pleased with how this came out that I am thinking of making more salad sets and trying to sell them. I don’t know if I want to invest in the hardware though. What do you think? Would you like a salad set with handmade beads? Drop me a line if you would like one.