Thursday, December 19, 2013

A little about my hollow beads....


Each bead is blown off mandrel on a blow pipe, each pattern, color and detail you see is layered onto the base bead. It is quite a challenge to blow glass with different colors and designs as each of these expand and contract at different rates, even though the COE is all 104 each colour has has a different viscosity (resistance of flow) This is what in part makes these beads special and unique.
Much time is spent on preparing elements for the the design of the bead, and once annealed and cooled ( which takes a day ) the beads are cold worked , which means grinding, etching or sandblasting is done to them.  the beads I make are one of a kind handmade ART beads, something which in itself is becoming more rare as mass production is rampant!

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5 comments:

Ellen said...

So after reading the description of how these works of art come to be, I figure each bead is worth $1,000.00
Right?
You know I'm your biggest fan and look forward to seeing what comes next.

Astrid Riedel said...

I am glad you see the "real" value of my beads, lol
Let me go and adjust my prices on Etsy quickly ;)


Astrid Riedel said...
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Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"Astrid Riedel" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-sunday-drive_22.html

Astrid Riedel said...

Thank you Jerry :)

Astrid