I made this beach-themed heart focal using a blue-green frit blend to get three different effects. It gives lovely swirly watery colours under the transparent top half of the bead, adds flecks of spray to the surface, and develops extra green and purple hints on the sandy base. I put a band of sandy silvered ivory around the middle and added twists to accentuate the impression of a wave rushing over the sand. I also added some fine silver wire, heated so it balls up into small droplets on the surface. One of the lobes of the heart is decorated with a large blue-green anemone-like murrini.
28mm long, 27mm at the widest point, 15mm thick. Made on a 2mm mandrel.
I am a member of Glass Beadmakers UK (GBUK) and a Self-Representing Artist, #K-106.
I make my lampwork glass beads in my London studio using a Nortel Minor torch. All beads are annealed in a digitally-controlled kiln to remove the stresses introduced to the glass when it is worked.
Please note that colours may vary when viewed on different monitors. I check that they are as accurate as possible when viewed on my own.