“Be Still My Heart” is one of my happier creations……….. meaning I was happy how it came out! What I mean is, the shape, color combination, and bumpy fun 3-D texture is what I was trying to achieve and it came out the first time I did it. Which of course set me up to fight the next one I tried to make, fought me big time, and yes that second attempt is no longer among the living beads; it is resting with the Titanic, in a watery grave in front of my torch. That watery grave is actually a small stainless steel bowl, pilfered from the kitchen.
This bowl has to be cleaned out after some weeks more frequently than others, and I sometimes feel guilty “wasting” all those bits and chunks that have exploded off the mandrel when I give up on a bead. Fortunately, I don’t dunk many mandrels and kill beads that won’t behave; but when I have the very last bit of a glass rod in my rod holder that is just a nub, it is so much easier to just dunk the whole shebang, than let it cool, punty it up to another clear or same color tiny glass bit, and frugally make twisties or stringers, like I used to.
The “maybe I can use that” mentality kicks in, and so the saving begins, and then the piling takes over………….I know how I get. It’s not a particularly inspiring site. So now I just work smarter and with focus, so I don’t have as many wasted pieces. Plus I have sooooo freaking many stringers now, and of course, never the color I need!
Anyway, the next few heart pendants came out really nice also, and I am going to enjoy playing with other color combinations. If you have a color combo you’d like to see created, leave a comment!