|Lamp Work Beads & Fused Glass|
Date(s): September 5, 2005 update #3. Album by Mona Hair. Photos by Mona. 19 - 36 of 274 Total. 730 Visits.
|I have been lampworking for about six years now! |
I work with a dual gas torch (oxygen and propane). All of my work is kiln annealed for long enduring quality. The most recent work is first and chronicled in reverse order showing progress from day one, in the pictures at the end. If you want to see how I have progressed, start at the bottom and work your way to the top! This keeps the several people who are watching my progress from getting bored with scrolling to the bottom every time they drop in to see what is new! For questions or comments you can email me directly at email@example.com! Thank you all for your wonderful support and encouragement!
Hugs to All, Mona
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- tao of badass | http://www.taoofbadasssytem.com/, Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:22AM
Mona I just love the new bracelet. Are any of the hangies made out of your kidney stone? Just kidding... hope you are doing well. As always, your work is so inspiring. susanne/drsuze
- susanne/drsuze, Wed, 6 Sep 2006 12:00PM
Mona, your work continues to Amaze me--you are so so talented -besides being a great person and my friend
- Delores, Thu, 2 Mar 2006 6:28AM
Hi Mona, I just want to say i love your work . I started jewelry making a few months ago and now i'm thinking of expanded my horizons and trying lampworkbeads. How did you decide to start making beads and what do i need to get started?Once again i love your stuff and your very talented...Leann
- Leann Nutter, Mon, 2 Jan 2006 3:02PM
I am in awe of what beautiful work you are producing!! I am trying very hard not to be envious. And I love silver. Every time I see your work I think....and I could be trying to do some of that! I know you've worked hard to be where you are today creating those beautiful pieces. I wish you continued success.
- Susan, Thu, 1 Dec 2005 5:05PM
All you beads are just Beautiful.
- Diane Geary, Mon, 12 Sep 2005 3:27PM
LOVE the chrysalis/butterfly mode Mona!!!!!
- Sandra Miller, Mon, 29 Aug 2005 5:19PM
I would love to see a catalog with price information
- cyndy, Mon, 8 Aug 2005 8:06AM
Mona you are so talented! I love your new beads, necklaces and you!
Love, Lisa Marinuucci
- Lisa Marinucci, Mon, 18 Jul 2005 4:40AM
Wedding beads are just awesome..and the leaves turned out just great. Love those little accent beads too. Makes me want to learn faster. LOL
- Colleen, Mon, 4 Jul 2005 4:34PM
I LOVE the Tequila Sunrise and the Lime. Your etched beads are to die for !! Keep up the good work, I gotta practice 5 yrs before I get anywhere near this good.
- Sandy C., Mon, 20 Jun 2005 10:40AM
I love the etched lace beads. They are versatile and with the leaves, should be gorgeous to work with!
- Betty Spaulding, Tue, 14 Jun 2005 5:12PM
Mona..the beads for BeeGee are absolutely scrumptious!!! She is going to love working with your creations as I did!!!
- Sandra Miller, Tue, 7 Jun 2005 6:58PM
I love the things from nr 15 and so on, do you sell some?
- Mia, Thu, 21 Apr 2005 12:17PM
Gorgeous Pears Mona! I like #2 best personally, but all are lovely in each their own way.
- HMDundas, Wed, 13 Apr 2005 11:59AM
That is ONE HOT BEAD Mona! Call the fire dept. I think they have a 5 alarm on their hands! :)
Thanks Sarah! Yuppp, smokin! In hand it is even more fiery! Hugs, Mona
- Sarah, Fri, 1 Apr 2005 3:52PM
LOVE that HOT BEAD Mona!
Hi Jai! Thanks very much! Big Hugs to You!-M
- Jai, Fri, 1 Apr 2005 3:28PM
ORION Fantasy Giant Lentil Reverse Side
The flip side of the ORION Lentil
Water Color Painting of one of my Beads
Roy Moffatt, a California water color artist took one of my beads home with him. This is the water color he produced with that bead! I gave him the bead and he gave me the water color painting. I think I got the better end of this exchange, but will be providing him with more inspirational beads for future paintings! It is a nice large painting and without the frame, the viewing area measures about 14 inches by 11 inches.
My office is wedgewood blue with cream trim, so the picture looks fantastic hanging in my office!!!!
Calla Lily Lentil Beads
All of this design is created with Moretti Italian glass. Black based beads are surface worked with variegated green stringers and white calla lilies! It's a new design I am working on and expect this design to get better and better as I work out the tiny detailed particulars of this style!
A closeup is provided in the next picture of some of the trials. Not Available
Calla Lily Lentils Enlargement
All Moretti Glass inside, Lauscha crystal clear casing, then Moretti stringer work on the surface!
Blue Speckled and Rose Chintz Round Beads
Blue speckled beads remind me old country kitchen ware and pink roses on a green background for a "Chintz" effect. On the blue speckled beads I layed down a bead of mosaic blue, encased with cobalt blue, then rolled in white frit. Third bead from the left was rolled in "Silver Lake" frit instead of white frit, and the speckles have a wonderful bluish hue to them!
Several different treatments with frits and on the far right pale orchid glass with white enamel.
The two largest bronze leaves are reduction treated with a highly reactive frit on the surface that left patches of subtle silver..almost invisible in the picture....darn it!
Little Turquoise Experimental Glass Beads
A friend who frequently emails me for consultations on antique and vintage jewelry sent as a gift, a box full of chunks of glass from a construction site. The chunks were aqua and topaz translucent glass. The darker beads on the left(five of them) are the glass torched off the blocks. The four beads to the right of those are the very same glass encased over a white glass core. Magnificent color either way but it goes to show what a difference a white backdrop delivers in making a color POP!
Apricot Round Beads
Ok...remember I was telling you about the friend that sent me chunks of glass as a gift? This glass was originally transparent topaz. While torching it I discovered that it is a striking color. This means that if the glass is heated, allowed to cool slightly, and then reintroduced into the flame...it changes color. The color reaction is very dependent on how the heat is applied and when. Ignoring the two large beads on the right, look at the smaller round pale apricot beads on the right. These were the first experimental beads I made with this transparent topaz glass. I was surprised to see that I wasn't getting topaz beads at all, and that the glass was filling with teeny weeny little bubbles as I torched it. While on about the third or forth bead I suddenly began discovering that the color was striking for me which of course made me deliriously happy....as fortuitous chemical reactions in glass is every lampworkes ultimate dream....to create something more...
Monet Swirl Round Beads
white base cased in clear and then fritted!
Topaz Berries and Dark Topaz Rounds
On the left...light topaz beads were first made, then multiple rolls in rootbeer transparent frit to build the icey bumpy look. The three deep topaz beads on the right have black strips running through the centers...but even in hand they are hard to see. Pretty beads but a waste of time in seach for a special effect. I could have gone straight with topaz and done just as well. I am trying to develop a finely striated glass to resemble an acorn effect. Back to the drawing board on that one.
Caramel Swirl Lentils
Lentil shaped beads of Moretti glass in white, brown (stretched and swirled) with an encasing of dark topaz.
Black and Turquoise Hat Box Beads
These beads were inspired by some beads that I purchased from Moon Stumpp. Her treatment with stringers , dots, and enamels really stroked a creative thing for me and I tried that style with my own designs and color scheme.
Round tablet shaped beads look like little hat boxes! Black Moretti Italian glass has been treated with turquoise in enamel and stringer treatments. Occasional reactive glass has been treated with reduction for some silvered effects. Also some of the turquoise enamel reacted and went silver here and there to a nice coincidental effect!
Purple Variegated Lentils
I tried out a new frit today...it is downstairs and I cannot remember the name of the frit so will come back to that later! A white Moretti base was encased with clear Lauscha,rolled into frit several times, and then pressed with a lentil press. The background color looks black in the picture, but it is a really deep amethyst color!
Fancy After Dinner Mints Charm Bracelet
In lovely shades of pinks and greens, most of the charms of this bracelet are created with 25 of my own lampworked art glass beads. Accents in pink, clear, and white opal Swarovski crystals, bring light and textures as well! Vintage style Silver heart charms, accent beads, and lots of Sterling Silver in the wrapped components bring a long enduring quality to the composition. Length of the bracelet is adjustable from 7 3/4 inches to 9 inches with an extension chain that is finished with a double stone pink Swarovski Crystal Drop.
"what is the price"
Dichroic Pendant with Drops
Inspired by one of the instructional books in my library of references I have created a 14K Gold Filled Pendant with a dichroic fused glass pendant. The fused glass is by my friend Becky Wilson. Spirals of Gold Filled wire serve as drops on either side of the pendant that support my own lampworked beads in transparent deep turquoise glass. All of the art glass has been kiln annealed for long enduring quality. Dimensions of the pendant are 3 1/4 in length inches by 1 1/2 inches in width. The dichroics are wonderful striations of blue, aqua, silver, gold, and iridescence of deep purple as well.
Longing for Lavender Lampwork and Jade Necklace
My own lampworked art glass is combined here with Lavender Jade. Each link is wire wrapped with Sterling Silver. The spiral clasp is fixed permanently on one end and attaches to a beautifully styled hook at the other end. Length is 20 1/2 inches. The lampworked glass is medium sized (18mm) lentil shaped glass beads.
Deco Slider Necklace of Lampwork Glass
I used a Silver plated Deco element here to attach a crystal capped lampwork bead of lavender tones to the center, then a large fancy drop of lavender lampwork and crystals was created to suspend below. A heavy gauge Sterling Silver chain is included with the slider pendant of 18 inches in length. All crystals are Swarovski components and the lampwork beads are my own torch work. Each bead is kiln annealed for long enduring quality. Size of the slider pendant is 1 3/4 inches by 3 3/8 inches. TIP: When contemplating a design, try free thinking a bit. Sometimes one can get very interesting and exciting visual effects by using beads mounted in non-traditional ways. The center bead of the pendant here is wired horizontally onto the Deco style backing. I simply loaded it onto a long head pin, pushed it through the hole in the center of the pendant section, bent the head pin at a 90 degree angle, and proceeded to create an attractive coil at the back of the pendant with this remaining portio...
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