This very large glass bubble, which was blown with a small hollow tube, is about to become glass shards. You've probably heard me talk about them as I like to incorporate some into my glass beads. Well this is how they start out, once the bubble is complete, and it can be of just plain glass or silver glass, or glass with silver leaf added, the bubble is broken and you have these nice large pieces of paper thin glass to add to your beads. This is done very carefully since the glass is so thin that overheating will cause it to just ball up. Picking up the shard with a pair of tweezers, helps to hold it steady and to steer clear of the direct flame. But both the shard and the bead area you wish to connect with must be heated gently for both pieces to attach. This particular shard is courtesy of Joe at Avenue Beads. He makes very large bubbles which in turn yield nice large pieces to work with. Pretty cool huh? See Joe's work at http://www.avenuebeads.com
My interest in glass art stems
from the freedom of expression
and creativity that this medium
allows. From a beginners class
at a local college, to an
advanced class in bead making,
I have continued to express my artistic
tendencies in my own way. I am largely
self taught, relying on books, trial and error, and hours
My work includes flat glass; stained glass projects that
range from cabinet doors, free hanging windows and
sidelights, to full size door panels. These projects utilize
copper foil and lead came methods, sometimes
utilizing both methods in the same project.
Designs are my own and have been drawn from a
variety of places, but probably mostly from nature.
Building on the colors of the natural world and finding
them again in the colors of glass or their combinations
is an excitement all it’s own. And the challenge of
trying to place spacially pleasing forms in the confines
of glass is most satisfying.
I became interested in Lampworked Beads in 1994
and have attended classes in New York and Arizona.
Lampworked beading is actually an ancient art that has enjoyed a revival in recent
years. The work is accomplished over a torch and involves melting glass rods over a
metal rod then reworking the glass into art forms. The range of color, style, glass,
precious metals or inorganic materials than can be utilized is unlimited and therefore
very exciting as a creative medium.
Glass beads and flat glass allow a new adventure in combination of both styles, a
particular favorite and unique segment of my work. This union results in small free
hanging windows with open spaces somewhere near the center, where specially
created beads appear and meld with the overall concept of the piece.
Kathy L. Furda