Monday, March 8, 2010

The Evolution of a Butterfly

I attended a meeting for my local chapter of International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB), ISGB Boston. At this meeting a call was put forth for butterflies for Beads of Courage.

As it often goes, an idea I have had rolling around in my head for some time, finally makes it to the torch. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and thought it would be easily doable. Unfortunately I was wrong. I can't believe I'm going to share this first picture with you, a pitiful outcome, not exactly the picture I saw in my head.

I think we all experience this, so this is why I am willing to share the picture of my first attempt. We see a beautiful a piece of artistry in our visions and it may take a bit of practice and experimentation before our work satisfies us and becomes a piece we can be proud of.

My first (and sad) attempt...

I quickly realized, perhaps, I was not ready for so much required detail in such a small area. So I changed my focus. I would try a butterfly wing. Hmmmm.... I was a bit more pleased with the outcome. Although not completely there.

My third attempt. My strategy was ever changing. I would try a butterfly wing, much more closely shaped to a true wing, and a slight change in color combination with acid etching of the final bead in mind.

I am pleased with the third attempt. Enough so that I will list this bead for sale in my Etsy shop. However, I still have more work to do with butterflies. I need to create some beautiful butterflies for Beads of Courage. My mind is spinning with ideas. So forward I go, ready to clarify those ideas behind the torch.


  1. Ellen...I like your butterfly wing idea. It creates an asymmetrical bead with a story behind it and it reminds me of stained glass!

  2. Ema, your butterfly wing is beautiful and it's fun to see it's evolution. I'm glad you stuck with it, even though it's frustrating to not be able to make your vision come to life at first. I can't wait to see more of your wings and where you go with these.

  3. Ema, You've been tagged with a Sunshine Award!

  4. Ema - I love that butterfly wing, and the colors are wonderful! It's really cool to see the evolution of a bead - great post!

  5. Love the wing, Ema! And thanks for making us all feel a bit better about our bad days!


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