Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lapped Beads



I've been having great fun since participating in Jeri Warhaftig's focus group for "Creating Glass Beads". One of the projects we did was to lap beads made in a unique "Jeri kind of way". I love making them and am getting excited about making them into jewelry pieces. I've posted these photos on Lampwork, etc. but wanted to show them here too. I'm using an Inland Swap Top grinder and they just shine on the flat surfaces. It's not as hard to do as I thought it might be and I'd recommend the technique to everyone. The book will be on the shelves in a week or so and I know I've said it before but I'm going to repeat myself. BUY THE BOOK! Aside from this technique there are nine others - - - including how to silver the inside of a bead - PMC work on glass - and more. To be totally honest -I'd buy the book because the techniques are not widely known and I love trying something new.- but Lark has been gracious and generous and is sending each of us in the focus group one.

6 comments:

rosebud101 said...

I am going to buy one, Sharon. That is awesome! I wish I had a grinder like that. Wow! Do you know if you can do this on a table grinder with a fine grit wheel?

Patty said...

Freakin awesome, Sharon! Wow.

Right Turn ArtWerks said...

Sorry Mallory - I don't think that will work. What you're talking about might work for battuto or some other cold working techniques but not for flat. Sometimes you can find a flat lap someone is giving up that was used to do lapidary work or stained glass. Keep your eye out on Craigs list or Ebay for one. You'd be good at it.

Thanks Patty...I could see some of your focals worked this way too!

Janel said...

These are gorgeous! They remind me of a slice of agate. Very colorful agate. :)

Maybeads said...

Those are beautiful!

Gold Charm said...

Always good to take up challenges and assignments and trying to get more out of yourself.These are the milestones that get the best creativity out of you...the beads look very pretty and unique.