Each Saturday, one of the contributing editors of ABS will share with you some of the things going on in their studio. We encourage you to participate by commenting to the post. And as an incentive, we will offer a small prize each week, given to one random commenter! Sound like fun? We hope you will join in…
This week’s winner is Deabusamor! Please use the suggestion box to send your mailing address to us and Tari will send your bead out right away!
Today, we look inside the studio of flamework glass beadmaker, Cindy Gimbrone.
Welcome to my studio! This is the best view of it – from the torch with all the glass spread out in front and all around! Like Tari’s studio last week, it seems a mess but there’s organization in my disorganization – I know where everything is and it’s right there at my fingertips.
My glass studio was built with 3 walls of windows – cold in the winter but always full of natural light. The glass almost feels alive with color in this light! Nothing like vibrant color to inspire your work!
Glass gets its color from additives which can make the glass flow easily, become stiff, hold heat or even change color. While developing new styles of beads, I choose a glass color based on color *and* characteristic. For example, if the glass is stiff, it will make nice fingers on a hand or hold its shape while I layer molten glass on top of it like in the Skully Kidz. Transparent and reactive glass show off the spirals to their best advantage.
So I use similiar colors over and over – for the actual color and its character. Beautiful color and glass qualities that allow me to achieve my bead design.
Do you have a color you love to work with? Tell us and you’ll be entered to win one of Cindy’s Water Spiral focal beads! Let’s hear about your favorite colors!