Well today was an interesting day. I did two sessions but I don't have that many beads to show for my time. Funny how interruptions can just mess with your creativity one day and another day they don't phase it. Guess what today was?
Sally, these are the beads I tried using the color combos you and I have been talking about. Let me know if I am getting close to what you had in mind.
First bead is a base of clear, covered with GB-1, dots of white covered with LP and then a little back and forth action between the colors.
Second bead has a base of Lt. Turquoise (I could swear this is Lt. Sky Blue though so maybe I messed up something in my notes during one of my interruptions,) then dots of GB-1, white and LP, poked and capped in clear.
The Third and Fourth beads have the same glass in them, just different finishing applications. I really like the 4th bead!!! The base is my "mystery blue" which I am almost certain is CIM French. The twisty is made from Lt. Turquoise, GB-1, and LP. The beads are made with the technique I talked about in my last post. The sides are made with clear and Lt. Aqua-038. 3rd bead is poked and capped with clear.
The last bead has a base of "mystery blue" and the twisty used in this bead is Copper Green and Lt. Turquoise. Side dots made with 038 and are poked and capped with clear.
Here is another bead that I liked. It has a base of Opal Yellow and the twisty is made from Lt. Turquoise and Copper Green. One side has clear dots and the other has Lt. Aqua-038:
One more bead made in this fashion:
This was a fun bead to make. It's a little variation of the animal print bead:
One more bead worth looking at:
And just for my bead log so I have record of what not to do:
Michael Barley style beads need Silver Leaf, NOT Silver Foil. I tried a couple beads using the first technique on page 13 of Spotlight on Silver Vol. 2 which uses Rubino Oro, and Silver Leaf (I used foil) and they did not come out at all. Even my sister would not like these - LOL. So lesson learned, get some silver leaf and don't make any more "Barley Beads" till I get some.
Okay, okay I'll post a photo to ease your curiosity:
I'll be taking a little break from the torch. I am trying to get my business cards made and also figure out where I want to start selling some of my work. I have a few options but I want to check them all out of course before I decide. And then my website really needs some attention. Maybe I can get my daughter to help me a bit on that one - or maybe find a 5 year old who is more techno savvy than I'll ever be.