Abstract Frit & Powder Beads
Or, No, I'm not Precision minded by Nature

I've revamped this page, since I now put a lot of my frits in watchmaker's tins (rather than mini-muffin pans), am slowly moving to laying my thompson enamels on a flat surface (at least for large beads—they no longer fit in the mini-muffin depressions). Not to mention spiders are not so much of a problem in the new upstairs studio, the cats have both passed...I still boil glass.

My first postcard, and, so far, still my fave, showing abstracts in cool colors. (2002)

I'll have to dig out some of the really golden uglies, often made on opaque glass. For awhile, I made them on transparent colorless glass, then pale transparents, then saturated transparents, then went through a translucent phase, using alabastros and opalinos. Next up is to start playing with frits and powders on bullseye, especially now that they've obligingly added so many new colors. —I still have to research compatability between german glassblowing powders and BE.

See also floral vases for more variations on this theme, with additional trailing.

20191112

sky blue abstract makes an equally delicately coloured petite mouse. 12nov2019

 
20191108

3rd—or 4th—iteration of my car keys dead mouse. Page created 27dec17. 08nov2019

 
20170922

painted box & chair 22sep2017

 
20170628

pink & yellow mini dead-mouse 28jun2017

 
20170627

Pink Pressed Lentil Pendant 27jun2017

 
20150910

Beaded embroidery in purples and blues and creams. 10sep2015

 
20150106

2014 beadcurtain strand featuring autumn oranges, yellows and acid yellows is delivered on the 12th day of xmas, amongst temps in the teens and snow. 06jan2015

 
20140612

Two 1.5" hollow pressed lentils, with frit, powder, shard and floral decorations, with minor production notes. 12jun2014

 
20130702

I use scrap frit to make 4th of July beads 02jul2013

 
20130416

More of those red-white-blue abstract patriot beads 16apr2013

 
20130416

2nd in a series of USA `stars and stripes' themed omiyage (gift bags). 16apr2013

 
20130321

Transparent green and blue-green thompson enamel, fine emerald frit and red trailing on a white or pale pink ground makes for an abstract that could work as a spring pastel or muted xmas design. 21mar2013

 
20130221

A purple, green and gold birdie made as a hostess gift for a New Orleans themed Fat Tuesday party. 21feb2013

 
20171114

An old page from 19may2012 features an equally old beadcurtain strand photographed 29may2012. 14nov2017

 
20110612

I make red, white and blue beads for Japan 12jun2011

 
20080602

Assorted red winged hearts . Originally posted 02jun08. 02jun2008

 
20080528

Winged hearts done in the abstract style. Originally posted 28may08. 28may2008

 
20071126

2nd in a series of blue abstracts; these center around a white based aquamarine . Originally posted 26nov07. 26nov2007

 
20071123

Post about a series of custom blue abstracts. Originally posted 22nov07. 23nov2007

 
20071120

3 vases in the CiM peacock green test series . Originally posted 20nov07 20nov2007

 
20071020

comparison of two yellow abstracts made with Creation is Messy Hades black and Effetre Dense 066 black. Originally posted 20oct07 20oct2007

 
20060830

Collects together all the bumpy abstracts . Subindex created & posted 27aug06. (3 new posts from summer 06, plus 2 old from 2002) 30aug2006

 
20060827

2002 postcard abstracts are what I think of as my `standard abstract' —featured here in lovely jeweltones of fuschia , purple , lavender , and sky blue . Moved to sub-page, 27aug06 27aug2006

 
20060613

Red bumpy Abstracts Originally posted 13jun06 13jun2006

 
20060516

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...

 
20060611

Blue Bumpy Abstracts Originally posted 11jun06 11jun2006

 
20060525

Green Bumpy Abstracts Originally posted 25may06. 25may2006

 
20060516

Bumpy Abstracts subindex page. Originally: New! (11may02) Bumpy Abstracts (includes two short posts) 16may2006

 
20060210

Monet's waterlilies: 2 pins built around a popular abstract and its lush green and pink color scheme. Ah, spring:) Posted 10feb06 10feb2006

 
20051129

Luscious raspberry colored abstracts (fixed spelling of the word `fuschia', and broken links while I was at it...29nov05) 29nov2005

 
20050608

Grave goods. Literally. 08jun2005

 
20050608

Ancient crap . Includes original bumpy abstracts 11may02; orange and green , purple, blue and green , and purple, pink, cream and yellow (hey, no green!) 08jun2005

 
20050422

Some cute lil abstracts . File originally created 21apr05, posted 23apr05. 1 file. 22apr2005

 
20040522

pastel (alabastro) bumpies 22may2004

 
20040522

pink & fuscia bumpies 22may2004

 
20040522

Abstracts in soft pastels: pink and pale blue; green and lavender ``monet'' 22may2004

 
20040522

I've always been partial to orange & green.... 22may2004

 
20040522

Pink and yellow and cream abstracts. 22may2004

 

Abstracts typically range from 13–25MM in size, and 12–25USD in price. These are just a sample; I do lots of color combinations.

1st revision: probably around 08jun05; 2nd revision 27aug06. (created bumpies sub-index, cannabalized 2nd version of this page for 2002 postcard subindex; cannabalized wholesale original version of page, from 1st revision as subindex for original crap. Whew.)

Addtional updates, 27aug06: I've collected some of the recent beads that fall into thematically related series into subindex pages. I was, however, too lazy to bother with the older stuff, which is why most of the thumbnails on this page are of ancient crap. You gotta click for the newer stuff. Sorry for the extra work, and all that...

12apr08, added title for links, redid summary, changed cdate from 27aug2006 to 14apr08 move the link up in the index page, since it gets updated fairly regularly.