This article is also a little overdue! (Indeed, I have a backlog of summer articles!!)

So, without further ado, I present more bead collections inspired from my Ibiza and Formentera holiday in June ๐Ÿ™‚ Learning from my experiences with the Effetre ‘Evil Purple’ glass, I used this again with much success, along with Effetre’s ‘Rubino Oro‘ and other beautiful colours.

An 'abacus' of Formentera-inspired beads!

An ‘abacus’ of Formentera-inspired beads!

On closer inspection!

On closer inspection!

Glass rods used for the Formentera-inspired beads

Glass rods used for the Formentera-inspired beads

After choosing the glass rods – a lovely range of red-violet to blue-green hues – I ‘pulled’ some stringers and twisties the night before. These super skinny glass sticks are used to decorate the core beads, making the possibilities of their application endless!

For working in the flame, the Cobalt Lapis rod was a little short in length, so the surgical forceps (as shown in the photo) came in very handy to prevent toasting my fingers!

Apparently you can buy glass rod holders for such purposes, so this may be something for my Santa’s list this Christmas… ๐Ÿ™‚

Did I confess lampworking IS an addiction?! ;-) Twisties are my preferred candy...

Did I confess lampworking IS an addiction?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Twisties are my preferred candy…

A bead in the early stages... the raised glass dots are melted down carefully in the flame

A bead in the early stages… the raised glass dots are melted down carefully in the flame

Creating complex dot placements to produce intricate designs

Creating complex dot placements to produce intricate designs

And then you have moments in the atelier where creative energy takes over, and the next thing you know, you’re in the midst of producing something beyond your original ideas!

These are the moments I call the “glass trance”… the flame draws you in, and like falling into the embrace of a dragon’s flame you’re wholly consumed for the purpose of creation ๐Ÿ™‚

Romantic, no?

Of the sea!!??  A wave crashes and washes up raised spirals

Of the sea!!?? A wave crashes and washes up raised spirals

Jade green seas

Jade green seas

Arterial ocean spray

Arterial ocean spray

And as with any intoxicating encounter, there is always a sticky moment! With the bead below, I noticed the mandrel release loosening as I worked it in the flame.

Beautiful Effetre 'Cobalt Lapis' glass bead (note the white residue around the bead hole)

Beautiful Effetre ‘Cobalt Lapis’ glass bead (note the white residue around the bead hole)

But I persisted in twisting anyway!

The bead ‘lived’ to tell the tale, but I had some cold-working to do later to remove the bead release completely.

Twisting the same 'Cobalt Lapis' glass bead created some issues with the mandrel 'release'  (note the white residue)

Twisting the same ‘Cobalt Lapis’ glass bead created some issues with the mandrel ‘release’ (note the white residue)

And I wanted to make a little homage to my torch’s oxygen supply ๐Ÿ™‚ Below is my faithful oxygen concentrator, which ‘breathes’ softly like a Bladerunner replicant in the corner of my atelier. I am never alone…

Delivering oxygen to my torch, my DeVilbiss 5-litre compact oxygen concentrator :-)

Delivering oxygen to my torch, my DeVilbiss 5-litre compact oxygen concentrator ๐Ÿ™‚

For these โ€œIsla Formenteraโ€ beads, I used: Effetre opaques Cobalt Lapis (#1246), Dark Turquoise (#1236), Light Turquoise (#1232) and Evil Purple (#1254); and, Effetre transparents Cobalt Blue (#1060), Light Teal (#1026), Dark Teal (#1027), Rubino Oro (#1456) and Ink Blue (#1058).

Originally published: Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 23:53 in Atelier, Inspiration

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