Figure 6

Laura Chum Hill's artistic experience began in childhood when her artist grandmother allowed ber to practice with her precious oil paints. Since then. Laura has dabbled in numerous art forms and has formal education in design, drawing, painting, and photography. As soon as she first welted glass, she was mesmerized and describes herself as being "drawn like a moth to the flame of the torch." Glass work feeds the creative, meditative, and mad scientist aspects of her personality, allowing her to experiment with the chemical reactions that will yield the perfect colors and effects.

Her work varies day by day depending on ber inspiration. Sometimes she creates focused, intricate designs, and other times free-form organic shapes emerge. The natural beauty of her Lake Tahoe surroundings influences all her designs, and these elements are apparent in the land- and sea-scape beads she created for the Convergence competition. I.aura feels lucky to have studied with many weell-known lampwork glass artists and has been a full-time lampworker since 2006. She lives with her husband, daughter, and rescue mutt on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, in the U.S. You can find out more about Laura's business. Churn Hill Glass, and view her work at churnhill.com.

Clasp and focal

[1] With the working thread from one triangle exiting an end cube in the last row, pick up a C, and sew back through the cube your thread exited (figure 6, a-b).

[2] Sew down through the second bead from the end in the next row, and up through the end bead (b-c). Pick up a C, sew back through the cube, and sew through the beadwork to exit the center cube in the last row (c-d).

[3] Pick up an A, six l lvs, the stick pearl, and an 11M. Skip the last 1 lu, and sew back through the other beads and the cube your thread exited (d-o).

[4] Sew up through the remaining cube in the last row, pick up a C, and sew back through the end cube and up through the center cube (e-f). Retrace the thread path through the clasp heads, and end the thread.

[5] Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other triangle.

[6] Pick up an A, enough I l"s to make a loop around the copper ring, and the copper ring. Sew back through the A and the cube your thread exited. Repeat step 4 to add the final C and reinforce the clasp.

[7] On a head pin, string an A, the focal bead, and an A, and make the first half of a wrapped loop (Basics). Attach the loop to the copper ring, and complete the wraps. Twist the necklace before clasping to keep the strands in place, o

EDITOR'S NOTE:

To make a bracelet, work steps 1-4 of "Peyote band," picking up enough beads in step 2 to fit around your wrist. Work all of the steps of "Clasp" and "Embellishment." For sturdiness, use pressed-glass or Lucite flowers and leaves. - Tea

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