Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More Colorful Large Beads

Spring is here and to me that means color, color, color.  I had so much fun making these colorful beads.  I typically use transparent glass in this style of bead but I wanted to try some opaque and I think it worked quite well.  You can let me know which you prefer.

I'll start off with the biggest bead of the day, which was the first bead I made too.  This bead took about 50 minutes to make!!!!  It measures 33.64mm side to side (green bubble to green bubble) by 20.71mm.

I used a base of black, white and the colorful poked bubble dots are Grass Green and the smaller side dots are Rubio Oro.   
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This next bead is fun!  Reminds of of a porcupine - a colorful one.
 A base of black, white dots that have been covered with teal and CIM Pulsar http://www.creationismessy.com/color.aspx?id=51 which is my favorite go to Aqua Blue!
31.05 mm x 21.03 mm
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This next bead is a basic black and white bead but has Pulsar http://www.creationismessy.com/color.aspx?id=51 dots which is one of my favorite combinations with this style of bead - simple and clean but colorful too!
33.95 mm x 19.35 mm


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CIM has another newer color called Maraschino http://www.creationismessy.com/color.aspx?id=109 and I am really loving the red I get from this glass!  I used it to make hearts at Valentine's Day and am finding it is a great all around red.  This may be my new go to red if I keep getting nice results like this.
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25.76 mm x 17.60 mm



I often get requests for purple and bright pink so that's what this next bead is.  Amethyst and Rubino Oro.  I find the Amethyst is very pretty but hard to photograph as it tends to show up black.

31.34 mm x 15.59 mm
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Another watermelon colored bead and also another big bead.  It measures 34.27 mm x 20.50 mm.
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I always seem to need to make at least one classic black and white bead without any color when I make these so here it is.
30.23 mm x 19.18 mm


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Now for some of the opaque colors I was talking about.  This first one has EDP which, if you are a bead maker you know that stands for Evil Devitrifying Purple - a name given to the glass by frustrated lampworkers I believe.  It easily gets chalky if you don't know the tricks to using it.  I'm not saying I know all the tricks but I did what I knew to do with the glass and I didn't get any devitrification but there is quite a bit of color variation from the bottom of the dots to the top of the dots but hey, I don't mind that at all - it's kind of cool actually.  Others may or may not agree.
25.69 mm x 15.65 mm
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This next one is an opaque pink color from CIM called Gellys Sty http://www.creationismessy.com/color.aspx?id=2.  One thing I like, is the different color it takes on when used on the black base without a dot of white under it - it brings out a bit of purple to the pink and I like that when used with the more traditional color of the Gellys Sty. 
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29.19 mm x 16.23 mm
This is the last bead I tried the opaque glass on.  It's CIM French Blue - a favorite of mine but they no longer make it - sniff sniff...  Luckily I stocked up when I heard that!!!
25.21 mm x 16.26 mm
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The French Blue is the darkest I've ever gotten this glass to turn - which I didn't even try to do.  I am not sure how that happened but I like the result - it's just not what I was expecting.

Back to a few more with transparent colors:

Grass Green and CIM Pulsar
24.93 mm x 14.55 mm
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Amethyst dots on outer edge show almost black here
26.71 mm x 13.55 mm
And my final bead of the day was a rainbow style bead to use up all the transparent glass laying on my work space.  It turned out to be my daughter and husbands favorite bead in this batch.  I like it too but you who know me, know I'm a texture loving raised dot girl at heart.
14 mm x 46.50 mm
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I was getting a little creative with my photos because I need to come up with a few new ideas for business cards, website banners, etc.  So I might as well share those too:

Okay that is all the beads I have to share and I need to wrap this up quickly today as I'm going to get my new glasses here shortly!  I can't wait to make beads with my new glasses so you know what I'll be doing the rest of the afternoon and evening!!


Thanks for stopping by to read my blog!!!

Chris

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2 comments:

  1. LOVE YOUR WORK...ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL

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  2. Thank you so much Pink!!!! I love to know what people like and don't like so always feel free to comment!!!

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