Yesterday I was the artist on site at Pepper Street Arts Centre. I wasn’t able to take my torch to do live demonstrations, but I did have a video for everyone to watch so they could get a bit of an idea of what is involved with making beads from recycled glass. I also had my tools with me, and I was happy to answer any questions that people had.
I have to say we had a lovely afternoon there!
I asked everyone who visited to help me with my daily making project. They each got to pick a bead from my collection of recycled glass beads, and I have to admit I was getting more and more nervous as beads were added to the collection! There were some interesting picks, and I knew that I would have to do something outside of my comfort zone!
By the time I got home I had put the beads together in my head a few different ways, so it was nice to get home and actually try out one of the ways that was different to how I would normally work.
This is the finished piece. I added two beads to the necklace to give it a little bit of balance. Otherwise, this is all thanks to the lovely visitors that made their way to Pepper Street Arts Centre yesterday. (The link takes you to some photographs of the event).
I thought I would try something a little bit different today. I was originally planning to put the red beads with some green beads, but then I thought…maybe try the blue beads! Glad I did, this bracelet is super sweet. Perfect with jeans and a red jumper (which I happen to be wearing today)!!
I made these earrings this morning, they will be part of the Adelaide Remakery SALA exhibition.
The earrings feature beads that I have made from a Hendricks Gin and Fever-Tree tonic water bottle. I am loving the little splash of red in these earrings!
Years ago I made some beads from a broken window, and I had kind of forgotten about that as a source of recycled glass until I was planning my work for The Adelaide Remakery.
I thought a broken window would suit the theme of the exhibition really well.
I tried some new techniques to make the beads for these pieces. The necklace is super interesting, with lots of movement and interesting colours.
When I started looking at cool colours, I was always finding myself thinking about how nicely they went together. Then I started making the beads and thought – oh, these colours look really nice together! So, I made some extra beads and then made one final necklace in this series which combined all of the colours.
This is my final Colour Play post for a little while. I’m concentrating on getting ready for my SALA exhibitions now, and will share some photographs of work from those exhibitions soon.
The final colour in the cool colours series is purple!
More cool colours! I love the mix of greens in this necklace. Combined with the clear glass, it’s really sparkly.
I have to say that where I live this winter has been extremely cold so far! This month my Colour Play series is inspired by Cool Colours! When I looked at the colour wheel and saw the cool colours were purples, blues and greens I was thrilled. Such pretty colours. I was sitting outside this afternoon, enjoying a cup of tea in the sunny afternoon, and I could see these colours everywhere – blue skies, green trees, pink/purple flowers.
The first colour that I am sharing with you is the blues! I chose two different shades of blue to contrast in this necklace. On the clear base the beads are super sparkly. They are available in my online shop.
Remember that broken orange cup from last week? I made these earrings and this necklace from the cup.
I had also made a bunch of small round beads to test out the glass and see how it reacted in the flame. They have been sitting on my workbench for a little while now, and today I thought I would try to make a bracelet with them.
I moved beads in and out, and around, and back in again until I finally landed on something I quite liked. Here it is…
This month I tried a new technique! I used sterling silver wire to make big rings, then I hand-textured them with a special hammer to get the beautiful finish on the rings. I made several new earrings for my exhibition in Penola, and they got such a lovely response that I decided to make 8 pairs of earrings with Italian glass for a variety of colours and shapes and finishes! Here is a recap of all of the earrings that I made for June.
I’m busy getting some new pieces finalised for July. The newsletter should be out later this week! Stay tuned.