Best Christmas Gift ever: Inspiration!!!

I think the best Christmas gift that I received is Kim Neely’s Color Archive e-book. It’s showcasing 10 years of her exceptional beads. I admire especially Kim’s eye for color and she is of course the master of Raku, one of my all-time-favorite glass colors (and one of the most temperamental colors around).

After having to work one a few custom orders, I finally had some time to play around on the torch. So the last couple of days I drew inspiration from Kim’s use of color and her color combinations.

Many of Kim’s beads use the fabulous Zimmermann Z-99 Purple Rose – a wonderful color that unfortunately is no longer produced. Thank goodness I could accumulate a small stash of powder, frit and rods (but I’m always on the lookout to find some more LOL … so if you know a source, please send me an email!).

I am posting pictures of some of the sets that I made in the last few days. I can’t even tell you, how much I fell in love again with using glass powder and frit. I have lots of ideas that float around in my head, and can’t wait for my next “playful” torching session!

If you got inspired now too, and want to check out Kim’s Color Archive, here is a link to her website, where you can also order the eBook.

5 responses to “Best Christmas Gift ever: Inspiration!!!

  1. Danke Claudia. Isn't it a fabulous work of art? Gruesse nach Deutschland! :)Thanks Lara – it's Gaffer's Robins Egg. A fabulous color and unfortunately I had only 1/3 rod left, else the proportion of blue in this set would be a bit more balanced.

  2. They are all gorgeous, but I am drooling over the purples! Wow! You really pulled some magnificent colors out of that glass!

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