From my "field of tulips" lampwork bead series, this bead features pink and purple tulips against a background of ivory. This bead makes a wonderful focal for a romantic or spring-themed piece of jewelry.
This bead measures just under 1-1/8"/28mm long (from hole end to hole end), and is 1/2"/12mm wide at the widest point. The hole is 1/16"/2mm in diameter.
When I finish a bead at the torch, I pop it into my digitally controlled kiln for proper annealing, then I carefully clean and inspect each bead.
You will receive the exact bead pictured in this listing.
I created this bead at my torch using soft glass from Italy. My "field of tulips" beads begin with prep work, in which I make hair-thin layered stringers for the petals and greenery. For the petals, I use one or more transparent colors over an opaque color, which adds detail and depth to the flowers.
For the stems, leaves, and greenery, I use the same technique: cover an opaque green or white base with a transparent green, to which I add very fine lines of black on top, in order to create more realistic details.
After the stringers are pulled, I'm ready to start making the actual bead! I begin with a base color, and add in the stems and leaves. Once the stems are placed, I add the flowers, and then I finish up with more attention to the base of the bead, perhaps with some wraps of the green I used for the stems and leaves.
My tulip beads are filled with sculptural detail, which is a challenge, especially when one is working with such tiny amounts of glass. The right amount of heat ensures that each design element, whether it's a stem, leaf, or blossom, is securely attached to the base bead, while too much heat melts everything flat against the surface of the bead (not quite the look I'm aiming for!)
The last photo demonstrates one simple, yet elegant, way in which my "field of tulips" beads can be used. (Item pictured is not included in this listing.)
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