Monday, October 08, 2012

Kim Fields: Take Flight Class, at Bifrost Copenhagen

So finally, here are my bird beads from the Kim Fields class, in order of completion.

Day 1:

First bird, 3 layers of wings on such a small body is not easy. The head is tilted to the left. I didn't mean to, but I like it :)

Second bird, an owl, came out kind of okay. With a white coating on the belly, wings on the back, a tiny bit of a tail and many many tiny little claws. The eyes were difficult, in that the indentations in the white were easily lost since white glass is so soft. The beak is more of a nose, but the placement is good. The horns ... meh.

Bird no.3. A little extra one I fit in, in the afternoon. Nothing special.

Day 2:

Bird no.4 the Pudgie. Markings around the beak and eyes. Took a lot of fiddeling and didn't come out too well. Also made me forget to heat the tail, so it popped off later in the kiln. Oh well ...

Bird no.5 An actual bird, the Vermillion Flycatcher. Mine is a bit chubby, but I like it all the same. The black line on his face was supposed to go through the eye and through the beak, but as red turns black when hot, it was not easy to see where the colours met. Trying to tell the to colours apart, I got it too hot and the line flowed downwards. An ekstra dot of red on the top of the head pushed the line too.

This final bird we made is the Musvit. I am very pleased with how it came out. See how the head is round with an angle at the back and a full melt-in at the front? It has a good size too, compared to the body. See the half-circle marking on the cheek, and the eyes properly indented? And it has a line of black running down the chest and some white under the tail.

The wings need work in the shape and thickness, but they have a lighter line across on the upper part, and a coating of striated stringer (which I made myself, Woot!) on the 2 lower wing layers. It is on the topside of the tail too.

After only 5 sparrow shaped birds ever, I'd like to declare it a success. Yay! :)

This last bird is not made by me. It is made by Kim Fields herself, and now resides in my glass collection. Isn't it fabulous? :)

All in all I have to say it was a wonderful experience. Being in a room full of hyper-focused people is a special feeling, and I am very pleased I got to be a part of this class.
Thank you to all involved.


Valerie Adams said...

I would REALLY love to have one of your little bird beads! He/she can hang in my studio in a place of honor next to the fish bead I made in my one and only flame working class. I realize bead making is not in the cards for me but your little birds are adorable! Price, please?

Lene said...

Thank you Valerie,
for your kind words. I would love to make one for you.

What type of bird/colours are you looking for? Should I aim for an existing bird or can I make one up?

As for a price - I think I can better judge that when I have the finished bead in my hand.
After all, those on the pictures are the only ones I have ever made so far, so who knows what I'll end up with :)

Sue said...

WOW! These are beautiful! I haven't visited for a while. Your skills in making all these are amazing.
Hope all is well with you.
Hugs, Sue :)

Lene said...

Thank you Sue, I wouldn't say amazing exactly, but thank you :)
Yes, all is well here. I hope all is well with you too?
I have been missing the ATC-group from all those years back, but I know I don't have the time/passion to re-join these days.

Janice said...

I found this while googling for some lampwork bird beads and want to tell you I thought they were so so cute.
Sometimes our peceptions are different from others. I LOVED the quirkiness of the owls 'horns'. He's perfect the way he is and the little red one is adorable as well.
Although it was the picture of Kim Fields' bead that made me click on it I think I'd enjoy one of your little 'chubbits' more

Lene said...

what a wonderful comment to make, thank you so much :)

You are right, the maker will always see the item differently than anybody else. Mainly because of what was in her mind while making it, and how that is different from what she ended up with :)

I may worry too much, because I have only made one bird bead (and it looks like the very first ones) since the course.

I will simply have to decide that I can make a nice one again, because I really enjoyed making them, as well as how the last ones turned out.

So thank you.
I will definately see what I can do to help supply the world with chubby birds :)

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