As I was working creating floral beads at my torch, I thought it would be a fun pun to create a piece titled “Flame Thrower” and create beads that look like flames instead of flowers. Thus the idea was born and I set out to create a base that would capture the idea.

I chose an orangish red and a a yellow orange for the flame colors. I wrapped those over a layer of white to make the colors pop, then rakes them to create a feathered effect that looked flame-like.

Once the base was completed, I picked colors of glass to create the beads. As with all of my sculptures, I use flameworking techniques for bead making that compliment the patterning and color work of the base. Creating wraps, feathering and two tone flat beads are some of the patterns I chose to go with the feathered oranges of the base. Then I altered flat beads to create a wavy look to use as the beads got closer to the end of the armature. The flame beads at the end we’re fun to create… giving a delicate touch to the end of each arm of the sculpture and fully completing my vision of a firery flame.

Flame Thrower

Flame Thrower close up of bead work.

I started this piece a while back, but recently finished the last four beaded armatures. I love the warm colors and enjoyed creating the different color and pattern combinations. Look closely at the end “flame” beads too. I hope this piece warms your day as much as it did mine. Also you can see it in person May 3-July 8 at FOCI MN Center for Glass Arts in Minneapolis.

Escaping Winter

On these cold, snowy days of winter in Minnesota, one needs some color to lift our spirits and warm our souls. I looked at some exotic and tropical flowers for inspiration to help me through these past few weeks. Sitting indoors with my colored pencils and a cup of hot tea, I imagined these wonderful fantasy botanicals. I am hoping they get selected as part of a proposal I submitted. They sure brightened my day so and I would love to share the finished pieces and brighten others days as well. Wish me luck!