Ocean cocktail - lampwork glass beads handmade by Rebecca Weddell
A mixed set of nine lampwork glass beads arranged in tapering size order, with the largest bead in the centre.
Two beads have a core of opaque green glass decorated with a veil of mottled shades of blue and purple, and three beads have a core of clear glass decorated with the same shades of blue and purple. One has a clear core veiled in transparent green, and three have clear cores veiled in a blend of transparent green and aqua blue. All of the beads have been heavily encased in several layers of gorgeous crystal clear glass. Sparkly and rather beautiful.
The reactivity of the colours has caused a gratifying spread of varying intensity, and the heavy encasing serves almost as a 'lens' to guide the eye right to the centre. This lovely mixed set offers plenty of jewellery-designing potential - what will you make with this springlike addition to your bead stash?
The beads were made on 1.6mm mandrels. The smallest bead measures 14.5mm in diameter and 11mm from hole to hole. The centre bead measures 16mm in diameter and 12mm from hole to hole. Measurements are approximate. The beads have been kiln-annealed for lasting strength.
Each bead is unique, having been made one by one at the torch flame in my hot-glass workshop in rural East Sussex. To find out more about the captivating craft of lampwork glass beadmaking, visit www.letfireinspire.co.uk