Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Lampwork Bead: Whimsical Heart

One day I decided that making a lampwork heart shape would be fun.

The heart and matching accent bead (two separate pieces) are made of Moretti/Effetre Italian glass in a light to medium shade of red. This red, when exposed to different heat levels produces a marbled, mottled effect that can't be seen as well in the pic.

The heart is approximately 17mm high and 19mm wide. It's little rondelle friend is approximately 6 x 10mm. They were made on a 3/32" mandrel and will fit on up to a 12-gauge wire.

I made a nice little post stand out of glass from a FREE tutorial by Mary Lockwood of Mary Lockwood Lampwork Glass. It's a great little stand for displaying and photographing beads upright.

(My photography is still going to be the death of me!)

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