Hi all, I'm getting ready for To Bead True Blue and the Tucson Bead Show by torch-firing some enamel beads with murrini. I am loving the way these beads are coming out. These 16mm beads are incredibly lightweight because they are hollow.
The green speckling is a result of overfiring in certain areas. Copper oxides bubble up and break through the surface of the white enamel. The darker areas of the bead are where the oxygen has been reduced during the firing process. The pink dots are created with a stringer of glass.
More green speckling and smoky hazes on white enamel created by flame adjustments.
If you're planning on being in Tucson during this big bead event that attracts customers from around the world, please stop in and say "Hello." I'll be at the Doubletree Reid Park from January 30 through February 8. I'll also be teaching workshops on how to create your own torch-fired enamel beads and pendants. More details are available at my website: www.paintingwithfireartwear.com. You can also register for a workshop there, too!