|Sweetest Thing Sets - Feb 2013|
|Venus Flowers - Oct 2006|
Is there such a thing as a signature color scheme, though? I think so. I'm not talking about exclusive rights, mind you - I don't think there can be a right to claim an entire color scheme as one's own. That would be silly - there are only so many glass colors out there.
What I mean is that some beadmakers really identify with a particular color or group of colors. They've worked so much with these colors that they really know the glass in and out. When looking at these colors, the artist feels at home, familiar, content and even joyful. When people see those colors in beads, they might even recognize the beads as belonging to the artist - even if the designs are not as familiar.
|Sweetest Thing Trio - Feb 2013|
It all started with the discovery of the nature of some of the handmade glass out there. Particularly, an Effetre handmade color called Opal Yellow, an Effetre staple called Rubino Oro (a.k.a. Gold Pink) and an Effetre mistake called Streaky Pink. I realized that these three colors together did something really special, and I immediately fell in love.
|Pure Joy - Mar 2006|
Sometimes the batches were a lighter pink, but still struck slightly darker. Often, and more common lately, 256 is a lighter pink that shifts a greyer tone when worked. This means I have to work really hard to get what I want out of it. It's a challenge I still gladly take on in order to get the lovely combination I still find intoxicating.
Opal Yellow has also shifted through the years - sometimes striking deep peaches, sometimes striking an almost mustard-y yellow. Often staying lighter and even washing out. The same story goes for Rubino - a glass that's famous for being really unpredictable in its color and nature.
The one thing these glass colors all have in common is that they are striking colors that combine together to create an almost endless array of shades of pink, orange and yellow. They all layer so well and spread out to make glorious designs with an almost painted look.
|Sunset - Feb 2004|
|Sugar & Spice - Mar 2004|
|Pink Fire Focal - Feb 2004|
|Burst - Oct 2006|
|Dawn Flower - Jun 2007|
By 2006, I was working on the smaller mandrels, and rounding out my beads a little more.I tried surface florals in these colors, but found that the spreading of the Rubino made the flowers distort more than I liked. Leaving the flowers slightly raised looks much better.
|Pink Carnival - Mar 2006|
|Sunshine - Jul 2006|
|Flame Tabs - Jun 2008|
As time went by, I got the hang of these glass colors and their little idiosyncracies, refining the designs to bring out the shades' natural beauties.
These days, this color scheme is what I do when I am in need of comfort. When my mojo is off, and my muse is on vacation, I can always count on this scheme to come out at least somewhat nicely.
|Flame Cubes - Jun 2008|
Well, they look nice coming out of the kiln, anyway. Taking pics of these colors has been a serious challenge. Opal Yellow can look green-ish or more mustard-y in a picture than it does in real life. And the pinks can be washed out or even purple-y. Fine tuning the color in the photo-editing program (in my case, Paint Shop Pro X) requires a delicate hand and a sharp eye, or the pic can come out looking over-processed, as some of these do.
|Fields of Joy - Jun 2008|
I hope the more current beads look better in pictures, but the fact remains that they look infinitely better in the hand - at least I think so. The very last pic here is one of the batch of trios I just listed on Etsy yesterday. I made them earlier this week, and still found bliss while at the torch. I hope you enjoy looking at all these pics, and that you had fun strolling down memory lane with me.
So, how do you feel about signature color schemes? Do you gravitate toward any one color combo - and can you think of any other artists that have one? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! Have a great day, everyone. :)
|Bliss - Jun 2012|
|Joy - Aug 2013|