Monday, July 12, 2010
First Beads for Fall
Of the batch, the beads on the left are my favorites. They were made with CiM lapis with psyche and sis. I love the way the ivory fades into the lapis. I don't think I noticed this in my initial testing, but for this set it really works. Besides, the blue violet is such a lovely color.
Naturally, the beads I made yesterday were useless. I did make one that looks good, and another that was probably the prettiest bead I've ever made. The good looking one is a base of light pumpkin with silver foil, sis, and psyche, decorated with bordello bumps. I'm going to play with that combination more. The really pretty one was too pretty. I wrapped a core of lapis with trails of psyche and bordello, rolled it in silver foil, melted it in and reduced it, encased it in clear and decorated it with half a triton swirl flower. Unfortunately it looked so good after I reduced the triton that I didn't want to mess up the reduction by heating it too much and it cracked from thermal shock. The two halves are still together and it looks like the crack only goes partly through the encasement layer, but I can't use it. I hope to come up with a solution to this problem.