Monday, March 02, 2009

Genuinely Generous #1 -Seraphim FlameWorks

truly a team of angels to the lampworking community!
Where else can you find such inspiring & exotic glassy eye candy - but on Seraphim FlameWorks Blog.

Right back when I first started perusing the daily Show & Tell's in the Gallery on Lampwork Etc their beads would jump out at me. I can't explain exactly what it was about Seraphims beads that called to me, not easily & certainly not in a single sentence.

The wonderful slender, sleekly sophisticated elegant shapes, the depth they appear to have to them ...a subtle flow that gives the impression of movement, even though I knew they were a solid object. Elegant & Tribal aren't normally words I would use in conjunction with each other, yet the beads that Seraphim show us are all of this & more. The beads that come out of this talented studio seem to have soul - or as is listed in their Etsy Store under the materials used - 'love'. You can certainly tell there is a special ingredient in them.
The best I can do is to say that they have a certain 'je ne sais quoi'!

In the spirit of truly generous & sharing though, Seraphim FlameWorks shines through. Not only does their blog showcase their outstanding beads to perfection - but they also give all of the technical information required should you wish to try something similar.

A brief description of the bead is accompanied by the details of what glass was used for the base, which glasses were used in the twisties or shards & any dots they may have. Added to this are notes of any further facts that are important with regard to reduction & such.

Seraphim were also the first to put images of all the Double Helix test batches & odd lots in one location. Such a handy reference.

If you haven't discovered them already - take a visit to their blog & I can guarantee that even the twistie impaired among you will be frantically writing down combinations to try!

Thank you Seraphim FlameWorks, for your gracious gift of inspiration & information & for sharing it so freely!


rosebud101 said...

All right, Deb, quit reading my mind! I featured Seraphim in my blog today, too! rofl You're right though, Seraphim shares knowledge so freely and generously that they deserve to be applauded for doing so.

Genie Sea said...

These are absolutely stunning! They look like magical totems. :)

Deb said...

Ahh Genie - you have hit the nail on the head. To me there seems to be a very special kind of particularly beautiful magic in each & every one of Seraphim's beads!!

I'm extremely blessed to own a few of them (the last two pictured amongst them) - & they are a constant source of inspiration.

Seraphim FlameWorks said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments about Seraphim, Deb!

We are honored to be the cornerstone of your series showcasing lampworkers sharing their knowledge, discoveries and hopefully encouraging others to do likewise. In doing so, the lampworking community is thereby strengthened and will continue to grow in a positive way. Thank you!


Kathe Lewis said...

I too am a big fan of Seraphims work, and had bookmarked everything till time was rigth to try their techniques. the time is now, and to my dismay their blog is now closed to the public, and I can't find a way to contact them. Does anybody know what happened, and how to contact them, please?
I SO miss their work...
Kathe Lewis, Denmark

Deb said...

Hi Kathe - It is my understanding that the Seraphim blog was only temporarily disabled while undergoing an overhaul & I know that was the message displayed when visiting it up until a few weeks back.

After passing your message onto Hec I saw that this has now changed to reflect that it's invitation only. Even so I'm pretty confidant that this is simply a temporary change & we just have to "watch this space" so to speak. I'll let you know more when I get an answer :)

I agree with you - I too miss their work!!