In a second week of working with copper at Spruill Arts Center, we used copper cut outs. Using paper punches and very thin craft copper sheet (greater than 38 gauge), we cut out butterflies, leaves, dragonflies, etc. and applied them to glass beads. If you apply the cut outs directly to the hot glass bead, then encase with clear, the copper will burn to a red color. If you encase the cut out with a gather of hot clear, then add that to the bead, the piece will retain its metallic copper sheen. Below are some of the results:
All of the beads but the one on the right were made with a white base bead with copper foil overlay followed by addition of frit, then the copper cut outs. The bead on the right was made on a white base bead with a mixed green frit followed by the copper cut outs using the two different methods of positioning the cut out. Looks like autumn!