handmade lampwork tab focal in a dark organic pattern done in silver and silverglass - Underbelly
By PolychromeBeads From United States
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This navete- or marquise-shaped tab focal is loaded with silver and reactive glass. The base is actually light ivory which I wrapped in silver leaf, then I topped it with twisties made from silverglass, silvered ivory stringer, and some ultra reactive frit. It's a very organic, very animalistic look. Temporarily strung on a knotted satin cord for your immediate enjoyment!
This bead was made on a 3/32" mandrel, and is 40mm (long) X 23mm (wide) X 8mm (thick).
The chocolate kiss is shown for size comparison only - this bead is sweet enough!
This item is yet to be reviewed.
I am a self-representing artist and have been making glass beads for about seventeen years now. I have been an artist for much, much longer (don't even ask how long - it might give away my age!). My beads are made using a technique called "lampworking". The glass is melted in a VERY VERY hot flame and "wound" onto a metal rod, called a mandrel, that has previously been coated with a clay-like substance called a release. When all the decoration is finished the bead, still on the mandrel and still very hot, is placed into a 965-degree kiln to "anneal" overnight. This allows the glass to get to the same temperature throughout, and then cool down slowly to prevent cracking. Beads that are not annealed can be little "time bombs" waiting to crack!