Everyone who knows me or followed my beads during the years knows that I don’t do flowers and don’t do cute. At least that was what I was convinced of :).
But being in a creative funk, I’m currently forcing myself to step a bit out of my comfort zone and try my hand at new things and challenges. As part of this strategy, I became a member of the Fire Divas, a wonderful supporting group of friends with a passion for creating lampwork beads.
One of the many great things that the Fire Divas do, is challenges. Members are given a theme and they come up with beads that showcast their skills and their personal interpretation of the theme. For May the challenge is “Flowers”. First I was going “uh oh … I’m NOT doing flowers”. But the longer I thought about it (thanks Lori for getting this thought process started), the more I was “oh well, why not? You’re in any way not having many ideas for pretty beads right now, why not take someone else’s idea and see where it takes you”.
So here I was, sitting at my torch and thinking about flowers and how they would fit into my own style of beads. And because I’m that crazy chick that practices hollows with Aurae silver glass, I started practicing flowers with Triton silver glass.
Here is my first, pretty sad and ridiculous attempt. I didn’t leave enough space for the petals, didn’t space the dots properly and worked it all too hot. Also I had no clue how to get nice petal dimples and used my razor tool, which wasn’t working that great.
I figured out that it would make more sense for a flowers beginner to start off with a larger bead, so I have more space to work with. This is the second bead, progress was made and you can actually see that this is supposed to be a flower ;):
Still nothing to write home about and after these two beads I was pretty discouraged and thought already about giving up this whole flower thing. But then my friend Lori Bergmann offered to show me some tips and tricks about how to make nice flowers. Thanks so much Lori!
That evening I was sitting down again and in fact, my flowers improved a lot. They are still far from perfect, not even really nice, but I feel that I’m not completely cluesless about it and might even get a hang of it at some point in the future. And as difficult as it is for me to admit it, I actually enjoy doing flowers and think they’re lots of fun 🙂 LOL.
And who knows, you might even see some more flowers from me in the future, not only the one bead that I now submitted for the Fire Divas challenge. I so wanted to improve more, but the deadline is today, which means I have to make do with what I have right now.