... I'd make another tree bead yesterday before turning off the torch. I've been admiring the green beginning to show in the surrounding forests and have been itching to translate it into glass. For those of you who make tree beads, you'll know they aren't quick beads to make. This little beauty (35mm lentil) was made from 12 different stringers, each stringer consisting of 3 to 5 colours. It took about 20 minutes of pulling stringers. The base bead is white and transparent green glass, about 2 rods of glass in total. That took about 45 minutes to melt, then another 15 - 20 minutes laying down stringers and shaping. I'm pleased with it and it's my first tree bead in around 7 months, but they still need more work.
I am a self-representing artist handcrafting flameworked glass beads in my home studio in France. My work has been featured in Step by Step Beads magazine (collaborative piece with Lynn Davy/Nemeton), and can be seen on pages 46 and 125 of the Kimberley Adams/Michele Sauvelle published book - Verre et Flame: Creation de perles de verre (available from www.Amazon.fr)
Items listed for sale can be viewed at
www.billiejeanlittle.etsy.com or purchased from The Art of Good Taste gallery in Limpertsberg, Luxembourg.
I am SRA and SRAJD registered, and a member of ISGB and GBUK.
As well as being a glass artist, I am mum to two beautiful girls - Daisy (aged 6) and Ruby (aged 4), wife to James, and carer of two house rabbits _ Twinkle and Luly.