Pink Lentil
everything but the kitchen sink...

This piece, which co-ordinates with the candy twist bag, was supposed to feature some combination of state flower/animal[1] but I failed to make the beads (not having adequate skill) so I pulled a couple already made out of the trays instead.

This focal was made using a lentil press—perhaps the big 2 inch, since it's relatively flat. (Which since I forgot to measure the bead before sending it off, is a guess.)

Riveted acid etched copper bail, silver, cotton kumi (16 strand twill?) glass focal—decorated with frit, powder, artist made floral trailing, star N murrina. Additional vintage and artist made designer/spacer glass beads.

I think the signed side shows nice petal definition, and I like the color scheme, which seems appropriate for spring. I think the base glass is a CiM—perhaps gellysty[2] The etching looks boring because it needs some sort of patina, which I couldn't get to work properly. I did get to use the fancy new swanstrom disc cutter, and discovered it's harder than it looks to use correctly.


Despite what I consider to be the various failures of this piece, it does combine four media: kumi, lampwork, stringing and metalwork. So that's something.

[1]We have state flower, state wildflower, state bird, state reptile....I wanted two flower/animal pairs.

[2]Worst color name of all time in terms of attractiveness—makes me think of a cross between eye stys and pigsties, but it's certainly memorable.