So, here’s what I was yammerin’ about earlier.
More in my ‘Pop Art’ series. Yes, I’m just now getting back to that. I have a little time to play before I need to get started on a big order from my show and Tucson inventory.
I’m debating whether these will become part of my show inventory this year or if I’ll just make them into a killer show piece. I really like them and am enjoying making them. It’s about the only thing I’ve found that makes me enjoy working with bright colors.
The process behind them is interesting too. Well, to me anyway. You see, they start out as a hollow bead, which people strive for. But I wanted them to ‘pop’, thus ‘pop art.’ Did I mention the fact that I can’t bring myself to use the word ‘pop’ as it relates to color? You know… as in ‘those colors really pop’.
Anyway one of my first attempts (at the link above) was a nice, hefty, sturdy hollow. Have you ever tried popping molten glass without being able to blow into it? Not easy. I tried pokers, scissors, nippers, cool rods of glass, you name it. That’s why the popped part looks so mangled.
So, I devised another method whereby I planned where the hole would be. Not technically ‘pop’ art but the same effect. Today when I was working, almost miraculously, right when I was ready for it, a hole would appear and I just needed to expand it. Of course, I did get some hollow beads (that is, no pops) like the one shown in the front of this picture. And that’s cool too. But I noticed that the more I made, the better the hollows got. Which meant, the less frequency of popping. So I’m going to have to look into that further.
So, that’s what I’m up to, for now.