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.
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.
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!