Extravagant Abstracts, or
Variation by Small Increments.

Ideas cascade. Do something for awhile, and eventually, you begin to wonder what would happen with this or that variation. Follow those small changes long enough and eventually you have a series, the end of which may be quite different than the beginning.

My business partner gets complaints from her customers about protrusions on beads, so she prefers smooth beads. I enjoy working with her (very much) but every once in a while I rebel, and out come the bright oranges, reds and yellows, or, in this case, extravagantly bumpy beads.

In this case, I had a lot of frit from a failed valentine's marble, and also some green frit from attempting to grind (without preheating & quenching) transparent effetre stringer. Since the pieces were often too big for my normal abstracts, I decided to go the other way and emphasize the uneveness.

file posted on or about 11may02 to glass bead index.


Red bumpy Abstracts Originally posted 13jun06 13jun2006


A while back I made some ultra-bumpy abstracts. I really liked these beads, but Page's customers didn't. So eventually they all sold, and because I didn't have anyone in particular nagging me to make more, the variation went into hibernation, though I always assumed that I would someday make mor...


Blue Bumpy Abstracts Originally posted 11jun06 11jun2006


Green Bumpy Abstracts Originally posted 25may06. 25may2006