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Lampwork Glass Beads 6 of 6
Actual size of my Froggie beads!
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If you are interested in learning this ancient art, try a Google search and include your City and State along with the key words lampworking and instruction.
Lampwork Glass Beads 5 of 6
Close up of the finished product!
A combination of opaque colors (cobalt blue, pea green, white) and transparent colors (dark blue, light green, black) were used on this piece. Yes, black is a transparent color and not an opaque in this field. Crazy huh?
If you look carefully, you can see that the large cobalt blue bead that the froggie sits on has swirls of transparent light green in it). Raised dots in transparent light green and dark blue are made in a variety of appliciations. Transparents really bring out the sparkle of the glass and add interest!
Lampwork Glass Beads 4 of 6
A close-up of a Lampworker in the process of making a bead. The left hand holds the steel mandrel and rotates it as the right hand holds the raw glass rod. The glass rod is slowly introduced to the flame to avoid thermal shocking and shattering of the glass. Many a Lampworker has the scars to prove the love of their career! As the glass rod reaches a molten state, it is applied to the steel mandrel, coating a small section of it. More and more glass is melted and applied as the left hand twirls the mandrel counter-clockwise ensuring an even application of the glass. Once the basic bead has been made, a smaller rod of glass called a "stringer" is applied to make the surface decorations which can be highly detailed and quite intensive.
longdead leafa longdead leaf
burnt brown in the depth of green
cups a handful of fresh water
a leaf left behind
holds something of worth
forgoing death with its dead body
Poetic PsychosisIn thirty seconds, the next shell would fall. Every night was the same, but every night Lorenzo experienced it as if it were the first time. His throat felt swollen; breathing was hard. He glanced around at the others; young men like him who had been shipped out in the name of honour and freedom. There was no honour in this, no freedom. Only death behind your eyelids, and a fear so gutting, that it carved out your innards and left you a hollow husk. Lorenzo tried to breathe, tried to assure himself that he was still whole, still made of flesh. They had lied when they told him he was ready.
Matteo ran towards him, arms out, rifle swinging uselessly at his side. He shouted for him to run, but Lorenzo remained motionless, unable to move as his friend’s warning was lost in the constant blare of gunfire. None of them were ready.
“The cycle is repeating. It is not safe.” The voice was soft and weak, yet it carried over the gunfire and battle cries without impediment.
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