I was and still am in awe of the shape of a new unfurling fern frond – called koru (Maori for “loop”). For me personally it feels very balanced and symbolizes eternity. However, according to Maori mythology it’s symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace and suggests a return to the point of origin.
When searching for inspiration for the “Back to Nature” challenge on Lampwork Etc. I immediately thought of the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand and that I want to capture these in my exchange beads. The first thing that popped into my mind was of course the koru.
I’m not even sure why I placed it into the kiln, because quite frankly, this attempt was rubbish. *shock*
In the quest for a nicer color I turned to Lemongrass, a vibrant yellow-green with beautiful striations. I also introduced the idea of dew drops into my koru design – I’m fascinated by glittering dew drops in the morning sun and I think that fits nicely with the juicy green.
Here you can see my second attempt. The shape improved already, but I was still not getting the effect that I was after. The spiral is too small, not defined and dimensional enough and doesn’t have the desired impact that I hoped for. And while I liked the dew drop design, the clear glass that I used didn’t pop enough.
My last attempt of the night was finally a winner. It’s still not perfect, but I just love the effect that I got here. I changed to Bullseye glass, which has a COE of 90 and is much stiffer than the COE 104 colors that I used before. This stiffness was helping me so much to create a nicer koru shape. I would have preferred a lighter green, but my stash of BE glass is not big, and I had to work with what I got. The transparent clear dew drops I substituted with Gaia silver glass, which gives it a special “pop”.
With my next bead I’ll tackle a couple of very special animals. Keep your eyes peeled, I’ll post pictures next week!
ETA: I didn’t glue in a bail after discussing this with Lori (exchange hostess). Just to give the bead recipient more options.