Januray 2005 Meeting - Jen Geldard

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Jennifer Geldard arrived in Atlanta from New England on Wednesday to give Southern Flames members a demo before teaching two 2-day classes for us. 

Both Marcy Lamberson and I had alot of trouble getting really good photos of Jen's beads because of the lighting and background.  So we thought we'd include a photo of a poster of Jen Gelderd's beads which is is available for purchase from her website.  It is so much better at capturing the delicate coloring and designs of the beads and we wanted those of you who were not at the meeting to see this amazing work.

 Jen uses lots of enamels in her work and said that she always mixes enamel colors together to get a better effect.  Here she is mixing blue and white using one of her favorite tools -  an antique oyster knife.  

Jen made a flower button for us.  First she made a disk bead on her mandrel which would become the back of the button.  She built up a large blob of glass on one part of the disk flattened it on a marver.  The oyster tool was used to prevent the face top of the button from pressing into the disk backing.   The blue and white enamel was applied to the face and Jen explained that when using enamels it is important to spin the bead very quickly in the flame to prevent the enamels from boiling. 

Jen applied 8 dots in around the edge of the face bead and built each dot up with several layers of glass.  A special 5 1/4 wire-bending pliers was then used to shape each dot into a petal.  These pliers will be available for loan from our resource center when classes are over.  At the tip of each petal another dot of glass was applied to further shape it. 

Here you see the face of the button.  Note the spiral of encased stringer that has been applied to the face of the flower - the Web Mama is not sure if it was applied before or after the petals were completed.

The beads that Jen brought to show and sell were "to die for".  The photos shown below were taken by Marcy Lamberson and we are so thankful that she sent them to us since they are amazingly better than the photos the Web Mama managed to get. Still the subtle coloring of the beads tends to be  washed out by the red background - good photography lesson for all of us.