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Marcy Lamberson was asked to give a presentation on sculptural beadmaking at last year's ISGB Gathering.  It was so successful she was invited back to teach.  At  this year's 2009 Gathering, she will be holding a 2-day pre-meeting workshop entitled "Sculptural Beadmaking Makes you Smile".  The Southern Flames Board was able to convince Marcy to also teach two workshops for us and to give the SF membership a sculptural bead demo at the February Meeting.  We were so glad that Fred Fuerst was at the meeting and sent us these photos.



Marcy chose to demo two butterflies so that more members might contribute butterflies to the Beads of Courage Program.  When a child loses the fight with cancer, a butterfly is added to their Beads of Courage necklace and given to the parents as a keepsake.  She made the purple butterfly first and then the blue and green spotted one.



Marcy begins the butterfly by making a  cone shaped bead and flattening it to form the upper wings.  -  just like you would make a heart shaped bead.  The bottom wings are made next by adding dots of glass to the upper wings.

In this photo you can see that the dots for the lower wings have been mashed flat.

Marcy has added some decoration to the wings and is pulling light green "emergency stringer"


The light green stringer was used to lay down the butterflies body and here Marcy makes the butterflies head with a yellow rod.


Last step - Marcy gives the butterfly a face - eyes, cheeks, some hair and 2 antennae.  This type of whimsical detail is one of the the features that makes Marcy sculptural work immediately identifiable and uniques.


The first butterfly is finished and it is ready to go in the kiln!


After the first butterfly is stowed in the kiln Marcy shows the group how to make a butterfly using a different technique.  Here the butterfly body is made first and large dots of glass are added for the wings.  These are mashed.

Additional dots of color can be added before the wings are mashed so that they are striped.  Alternatively stripes can be added one at a time after the initial dot is flattened.  As each stripe is added the wing is flattened and heated again.

To shape the wings, Marcy heats each one separately and pulls it to a point using a rod or stringer.



Decorateve spots are added to the butterfly body and it is ready for the kiln.



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