I made them into a necklace. The photos could be a bit brighter but it was difficult with all this rain.
Monday, 30 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
I'm really enjoying my bead making at the moment and I was quite productive yesterday.
I wanted to make some more spacer beads in CIM Atlantis but was a bit surprised when the beads I pulled out of the kiln this morning were two different shades of dark tourquoise. I wasn't aware that I had done anything different when making the beads. I had a quick look on the CIM website and it looks like I will need to make sure I don't overheat this glass.
Back in February I blogged about some goodies that I bought from Jo at Frit'n'chips. http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/mini-mo-chocolate-limes.html.
Is'nt it gorgeous! It is a hollow bead made using CIM Bordello and the colours just pop when it is viewed in sunlight. I love it!
Not sure that I will get much bead making done over the next few days as my mum is visiting for my birthday.
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the beads I made for the bead swap at Flame Off. http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/swap-beads-and-beads-of-courage-for.html Of course I ended up with 2 beads in exchange and this is the two lovely beads I got to add to my collection.
This bead was made by Sarah Simmonite of Inspired Crafts. She has just started lampworking again after a years break, hopefully we will see some more of her work soon as this bead is gorgeous and it came very nicely packaged.
This bead is a lovely etched heart from Venus Art Glass. She does have a website http://www.venusartglass.com/index.html and she has some fantastic berry beads that look good enough to eat. Check them out in her gallery.
She makes the most gorgeous fused glass bowls as well as lampwork beads which you can find in her Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/venusartglass
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Firstly Reichenbach Iris Orange discs again. These still aren't coming out exactly as I hoped. I'm not managing to get any colour on the edge of the discs. So as I am planning to team the beads with a Lush Loops necklace I added a band or Reichenbach Opaque Purple which just finishes it off.
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Next up are the 2 small ornate beads that I made to match the larger bead that I made on Sunday. I'm still having trouble getting the ends neat and am having to cold work them so more practice needed there.
I wanted to make some beads to match the band in the middle and this is what I've come up with so far
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The bead I made is using a base of CIM Dirty Martini. I also did an experiment. I have trouble getting consistant results with my Zoozii Pillow Press. One of the Pegasus bead rollers I bought at Flame of was the Cylinder combo (third from left)
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And now for the piece de resistance. When I was at Flame Off, I did a swap with Madeline Bunyan for some Wigwags that she made with some glass that I didn't want as I had accidentally bought double.
I think she is planning to make and sell the Wigwags so look out for them on her website.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
To be honest I've completely lost track of which yellows, oranges and red's I've used this time so I can't share that with you.
You can read all about Helens work in her blog and buy her beads in her Etsy store.
A few days ago I decided to do some more test dots so that I could choose the colours for my fire beads and I wanted to share the findings with you, so here they are.
416 Bright Acid Yellow
418 Yellow Pastel
404 Daffodil Yellow
408 Med Lemon Yellow
460 Yellow Ochre
412 Dark Yellow
425 Light Zucca
423 Spanish Leather
426 Dark Zucca
419 Apricot Yellow
428 Lt Red
436 Dk Red
424 Carrot Red
438 Purple Red
432 Med Red
440 Red Roof Tile
All of them made crisp dots with no spreading.
You can find my other Effetre dot testing posts here: http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/effetre-colour-samples.html and here: http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/efftre-colour-testing-2.html
Monday, 23 April 2012
I finally have enough beads that I am happy with to make this gorgeous necklace which I have teamed with some cute rubber spacer beads from Lush Lampwork. I bought the pvc tubing from Southampton Bead Shop.
Quite often my hollow beads fail, if there is even the smallest hole in the bead it collapses and the air gap inside becomes uneven, I don't like to waste these beads and use them as an opportunity to practice my new bead rollers or etch them. These three are such beads. I had a play with some frit on the second one.
These are the Ornate & Bicone Ribbed and Oval 8 bead rollers from Pegasus Lampwork Tools
I'm still trying to perfect my flame bead. This one was on a black base using Effetre Black 104. I don't like this glass. As you can see it has devit badly around the hole. The bead release broke when I was halfway through this bead so I couldn't finish it off properly.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Well, with all the new glass and tools I bought at Flame Off I was spoilt for choice so I decided to go back to what I was working on before my trip.
I'm still working on my fire beads for the monthly theme challenge. They are getting better but I'm not really happy with the colours.