Just for fun we bought a infrared night camera. Wally found a large hole in the ground that looked like some kind of animal den so he pointed it on that and mounted it on a tree. It's a skunk home. I adore skunks! This picture is actually from the very beginning of a 15 second video. I just played it and then did a screen shot to capture a still frame. We'll move the camera around and see what we get. There's been sightings of a black panther in the area and last summer Wally and I saw a mountain lion at dusk on the property next to us. Hopefully we can get some cool pictures.
Wally took this picture today during a break in the rain. We've had a pretty crazy few days here with torrential down pours and 50 mph winds. I love the rain but I could really do without the wind. Add into the mix our moody electricity, and I'm really taking my chances working on new images on the computer or making beads.
I thought that these beads were a good example of how webbing and storming can take your beads to a new level of visual interest. All these are made with the new test lot from Double Helix, TE-320. The teal bead is made exactly how you're told to work striking glass. Super heat, let it cool and encase. This glass also reduces and introducing it back into the flame and getting a reduction haze and then encasing gave me more greens. For the dot bead I used stormed stringers of TE-320 and topped with clear. The next green, blue and gold bead I did my webbing technique before encasing. The last bead is my favorite. First I did my webbing technique, then applied stormed stringer to the surface in a haphazard pattern and melted it in. Then I reduced and encased it.
What a pain coring is. I don't get that some people say they love to do it. It's tedious and my wrist wasn't very happy after three hours of doing it. I'm sure it won't be so bad once I get faster at it. My beads sure are pretty cored though!
The January POTM is up. I did a Valentines card with a corner bookmark. This would make a great gift for a friend especially if you include a book to tie it all in. All stamps used are offered at a discount during the month of January. You can find the project here: http://beeswaxrubberstamps.com/potmjan2010.html