Off I went to Pinterest to round up some owl pictures and some others of mushrooms, more on the mushrooms in another post. The shrooms still need to be annealed and cleaned so they have not been photographed yet. I didn't pin any birds, mostly because growing up as the child of a bird watcher many of those shapes and colors are ingrained in my memory. Owls on the other hand are more often heard than seen due in part to their nocturnal habits.
Next it was time to sit at the torch and create. I enjoyed making these little guys more than I can explain. I like some much better than others and will incorporate features of most of them in future beads. Hence the WIP in the title of this post, my little hatchlings are a work in progress and as I build better parliaments of owls and flocks of birds I will list some for sale in my Etsy shop. In this round of owls, some of them got a tad too hot and burned and bubbled the glass.
Below are the beads I have created so far. Which are your favorites? All critiques are welcome :)
Also, if anyone has a used annealing kiln they would like to sell either comment or email me. As I as worked on these I realized it's time for something larger than my mini annealer.
What's hatching in your studio as spring approaches?