Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Challenge 2 – Three Colors!

For those of us who completed the Heather Trimlett's 40-Bead Challenge on the Lampwork Etc. forum, we continue this exercise by going into Challenge 2 using three instead of two colors.

If I thought picking two colors (and committing to creating 40 beads with them) was difficult, nothing prepared me for the three-color selection process!

After multiple test beads - with some being compete fuglies - I settled with Double Helix Opaque Luster Test Batch TH473, discontinued GT Glasswork Black Nebula (for the reaction lines), and the trusty Effetre Opal Yellow.

Here are the first nine beads:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Heather Trimlett's 40-Bead Challenge Results #1

I started a thread on the Lampwork Etc. forum a month ago so I would stick with this challenge to its completion. I am now onto Challenge #2 with three colors instead of two... and happy to report many of the 90+ participants also completed their first challenge!

If you are not familiar with Heather's challenge, click here.

Better yet, join us at LE! There is no deadline so jump in anytime to challenge yourself!

Here are the result of our participants who completed Challenge 1!

Deborah – Black and White

Ellen – Black and White

Felicia – Lapis Cobalt and White

Gail – CiM Firecracker Red and Vetrofond Coral

Hayley – Double Helix Kronos 2 and White

Julie – Lapis and Light Turquoise

Karen C – CiM Creamsical and White

Kristin – Light Turiquoise and Avocado

Liz – Kugler 181 Silver Brown and Tongue Pink

Marianne – Periwinkle and Black

Martinia – Vetrofond Black and Silver Pink

Milyn – Light Sky Blue and Dark Brown

Susan R – Cobalt and White

Susan S – Lauscha Hawaii Purple and Copper Green

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Final Result – Heather Trimlett's 40-Bead Challenge

It has been an amazing exercise. I want to thank Heather Trimlett for her challenge and my LE friends for I wouldn't have finished this project without their support and inspiration!

If you are interested in joining us - many of us are continuing on to Project 2 with three colors instead of two - visit:

Beads 1-10

Beads 11-20

Beads 21-30

Beads 31-40

Finished necklace! :D

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Heather Trimlett's 40-Bead Challenge

I have been wanting to do Heather Trimlett's 40-Bead Challenge - actually started a couple of times and then life got in the way. Sitting next to Heather at lunch in Rochester during the ISGB annual conference, the Gathering, and chatting about this made me want to really give this another go ... and actually to completion! So I decided to invite others to join me to keep me in check ... and that misery love company! lol!

The challenge thread was started on 22 August on lampworketc forum - we are currently at 81 participants and one of whom actually just finished her strand!

Here are my first four beads:

Then I saw everyone's color combinations and decided to explore other options:

From top (left of the knot) going counter clockwise with base color listed first:

  • Double Helix test batch EU and Kronos 2 
  • Double Helix test batches EU and IL
  • Gaffer Purple Rose and Reichenbach Florence (the Florence swallowed the Purple Rose) 
  • Reichenbach Enamel White and Gaffer Purple Rose 
  • Double Helix Helix and test batch VK 
  • Double Helix test batch VK and Helios 
  • Handpulled Red Roof Tile and CiM Lapis 
  • CiM Lapis and Opaque Yellow (almost went with this one) 
  • CiM Lapis and Split Pea 
  • CiM Lapis and ASK Silver Rattan 
  • ASK Silver Rattan and Tribal Turquoise  
  • Opaque Yellow and CiM Lapis (almost went with this one) 
  • CiM Lapis and Mermaid 
  • CiM Mermaid and Lapis 
  • Opaque Yellow and CiM Lapis (this is what made me stick with Kronos 2 and White - the lines are getting fuzzy even tho I tried to melt the dots down coolly and slowly.  
  • Dark Turquoise and CiM Lapis

At the end of these tests, I decided the stiffer transparent Kronos 2 and opaque White yield the crisp, defined lines that will allow for stacking lots and lots of dots as this exercise progresses. Thus I circled back and finally committed to the original combination. 

Here are the four beads from session 2:

 Here are the four beads from session 3: