Sunday, April 26, 2015

Metallic black on black

I've been doing more experimenting with shards, this time using metallic black.  This Effetre glass is more viscous than other glass that I've used for shards, so I haven't been able to get the shards as thin as I'd like, but they still look nice on CIM Hades with a cubic zirconium for good measure:

These beads will soon be on sale in my Etsy shop (

Sunday, April 12, 2015

On the beach

After a brief vacation to visit my daughter over the Easter weekend, I'm back in Georgia, experimenting with stripped beads reminiscent of a beach landscape.  Here are some of the combinations I've come up with:

The small beads are made as described in the previous post:  a single color with a stripe of silvered ivory around the equator, accented with silver wire.  The larger beads made with stripes of various Effetre colors laid over Seashell Swirl (Vetrofond 955):  light turquoise, Nile green opalino, transparent teal and light lapis with a stripe of silvered ivory and a twist with a cubic zirconium in the middle.   The larger bead on the left has been fitted with sterling silver bead caps and a bail made from silver wire fitted with a silver bead.  As usual, similar beads will soon be on sale in m Etsy shop (