24 April 2009
Since I live in Germany, a country where one of reputable glass material brandnames Lauscha is produced, I’ve googled to find lampwork beads made by local artists. Among many German lampwork bead makers I've spotted, I’am fascinated with the artisan works of Anja Basan of Anastasia Beads, Melanie Moertel and Manuela Wutschke. They have their own way to interpret objects found in life and present them in miniature works of art. I’m always in awe to see their endless creativity like, for examples, how Anja potrays seasons and underwater life in her glass focals and bead sets. They’re oh so magnificent! I sometimes wonder how Melanie could come up with unique elephants and fairy characters in her glass work. They’re truly original ideas. I also have no clue how many hours Ms. Manuela spends to create a delicate bird in a small-sized glass space but for sure she must have done it patiently and meticulously.
The facts that their beads are one of a kind and become collectible items make them highly priced in ebay auctions. I’m no longer surprised if bidders don’t mind paying more than one hundred US dollars (or even a thousand dollars!) for a single set as they’ll get beautiful jewels that they can treasure in many years to come.
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18 April 2009
Speaking of sunny days, I guess it’s very clear why this necklace is called Sunny Rose. Look at the colors of the sculptural lampwork flower focal: vivid opaque yellow of the petals, transparent green leaves and a mix of bright blue, dark blue, bright yellow of the stamen. Oh, wait here! Blue color for the stamen?
Anyway, initially I wanted to have the crystals in several different colors to complement the focal but then I was never satisfied with the results, so eventually I decided to play safe by using only a single color of Swarovski dark sapphire with a few bright-colored accents. When the necklace was finished, I kept saying "oh, ah" to myself as I didn't expect to see the effect of the color combination I'd made. The contrast between dark blue of the crystals and bright sunny yellow of the flower focal was so striking that would no doubt make people’s head turn. Trust me!
16 April 2009
Crystal clear white
They’re basically colors that one can find in real life. That’s why I named this custom-ordered necklace Colors in Life although my husband who processed the picture for my Flickr gallery preferred the British version ‘Colours’. Go ahead, check this name in my Flickr!
Now about the materials. Besides the small and little bigger crystal bicones, there are more than 30 Swarovski crystal drops lining up on the front side of the necklace. They’re colorful and of course sparkling, and I’m quite sure that they won’t be missed by every eye. For additional visual interest, I used a cute sterling silver dolphin clasp and elliptical chain with extra little dangles on the back part of the necklace to complete the design.
Whether to see the necklace from the front or back side of the wearer's body, it would look equally interesting. Definitely a piece of attention getter!
08 April 2009
It began with the potato-shaped creamy white freshwater pearls I used in Pure Bliss set not long ago. I felt the pearls were truly gorgeous which led me to think up of a design for other pinkish potato and tiny white keishi pearls I had in my bead bowl. It was right after a sudden urge to check my lampwork bead box I knew I should pair them with one of my favorites: the hibiscus lentil made by German artist Andrea Venschott. I love this bead’s play of colors. Pinkish peach hibiscus with vivid yellow stamen… green leaves with delicate brownish stripes… two little white flowers with a single pale pink dot in the middle… altogether they really pop against amethyst/purple background. Very interesting!
I think all these little beauties (freshwater pearls and hibiscus lampwork bead) deserve equal attention from anyone who sees them and so this time, I strung them with less Swarovski crystals and extra Bali silver daisy spacers. The outcome? A simple yet elegant piece without loosing its crystal bling!
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