This is my favorite bead yet that didn't come out the way it was supposed to. I got the shape wrong, so I can't sell it. The ends are a bit off and the taper on the long bicone is irregular. What a shame. I'm just going to hate making this into a nice piece of jewelry for myself.
The body of the bead is apple blush, covered with a twistie made from opal yellow, psyche and Terra2, CiM adamantium ends and silvered ivory and psyche stringer decoration. The Terra2 didn't strike very well but I got a really cool mother of pearl effect and the opal yellow struck to a pinkish blush, which goes swimmingly with the small bits of apple blush visible under the stringer. The psyche reduced better in some places than others, but I was at the end of the cylinder.
I can't quite put my finger on what this bead reminds me of. Something Japanese and/or Mucha. I have a set of Mucha prints that depicts the four hours of the day, morning, midday, evening and night that this reminds me very strongly of, but others have said that it reminds them of Japanese art or desert branches.
With any luck the couple beads I made to match will turn out ok and I can make this into a bracelet or necklace.