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Kirra Galleries – Flame On 2016

Tomorrow night the annual Flame On exhibition at Kirra Galleries opens.  If you are in Melbourne at any time over the next month, it’s definitely worth popping in and having a look.

This year my work was done around the theme of coral and the environmental issues that the Great Barrier Reef is going through.  All of my beads were made from recycled glass.  I made 3 series of work, all slightly different.

This is the first series.  The beads were made from a clear wine bottle, and decorated with green/blue frit (smashed up glass).


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View from my studio

Thanks for checking in.  All is well here, although I am a little bit tired at the moment.  I’ve had several big deadlines for some exhibitions and other work that I am doing, and I feel like I could do with a little bit of a rest, and maybe even a day off entirely….but there are still about 7 things on my to do list that have to get done this week…and only one of me to get it all done!  I am not complaining, I am happy that it’s busy, it just gets complicated when the weather is also so beautiful and I just want to go and lie outside in the sunshine and fall asleep…..


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Colour Play

I’ve been enjoying the silver and gold colour play…I hope you have too!

This is the final experiment in this series.  I wanted to use gold and silver paint to decorate the beads.  This is the first time I have ever painted beads, so it took a little bit of experimenting, but I’m kind of pleased with the end result, and I’m kind of looking forward to trying some new ideas that I thought of while working through this process.

At the moment I have just made the beads, as I want to keep working on things before I make them into jewellery.

Silver Gold Etched Glass Beads by Julie Frahm