Pure Play January 20, 2021 20:44

Pure Play
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It was fabulous to have an hour of pure play at the torch tonight. No timing how long it took to make a certain bead, no tracking how many I made, no color plan. My only limitation was to use up the rods I had scattered around my work table. To play with random color mixes, shapes, and messiness. Make mistakes. Make serendipitous connections. I didn’t take notes on color combos. I tried to be as messy as possible. I almost followed all of my rules except I did introduce a few new colors to the pile. Well... sometimes you just need to play and make new rules while playing, right? 
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My first six months making glass beads was pure play. (My original blog.) Almost all of the beads were truly terrible. Pointy ends, badly placed dots. Messy twisties. But in the middle of that play, I discovered what would eventually become a signature style of the swirl. I’ve explored and enhanced and developed a consistent recipe around that signature.
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I read somewhere to keep your early work. I kept all of those early ugly beads. My friends love to look through the interesting molten blobs and point out what they like. I use their feedback to continue to play and see if I can replicate something they like. 
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One of the fun things about pure play now is that if I find something I like, I am usually able to replicate it. In the early days of playing, I sometimes was able to replicate, a lot of times not. But, with 18,000 beads produced for sale, I would say I learned a few things. :-) And it’s really really nice to take a night off from intentionally making something and just playing.
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It was only an hour of pure play. But it was so much fun. I need to make more room for these type of sessions.