Archive for April, 2013

52 earrings: #18 Serpentine

There are two pairs this week, because the first ones are staying with me. Yes, they are both number 18.

#18 Serpentine (Mine)

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Copper, serpentine and niobium earwires. The spirally bottom section of the earring on the left is a complete mess and they generally don’t have the same number of wraps, so I declared this pair mine. They’re on niobium earwires because I don’t wear earrings very consistently and so thinner earwires are a bit easier.

#18 Serpentine

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I simplified the wiring on these, while giving them much larger spiral/rose knots that actually followed a plan.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 17 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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96 coe (ish) colour testing

At the UK Flame Off at the beginning of April, I came home with rather more 96 coe glass than I’d been planning… Caroline of http://www.beadbug.co.uk was there and I planned to get some stuff from her – she’s importing Gaffer and Reichenbach rods to the UK, as well as frit. But Barbara Beadman was also there, selling off Reichenbach and P&T glass. That added quite a weight to what I had to drag back home after!

(I’m calling everything 96 coe for simplicity. It’s more of a range than that: P&T nominally gets referred to as 93, Reichenbach as 94 and Gaffer as 96, and they all have a +/- value of at least 2 on that – the exact value varies per colour).

The colours I was playing with in this session were:

Opaque
P&T birch green
R 0113 vanilla
R 0175 pastel green
R 0245 isar blue
R 4291 dark olive

Transparent
P&T clear
R 0011 heliotrope
R 0139 strawberry
R 0043 steel blue
R 0039 brilliant copper blue

I was fairly wiped out after the Flame Off and Silverstone bead fair days, so I decided to just play with my new cylinder combo roller from http://www.pegasuslampworktools.co.uk. Now, I can make cylinders that are longer than they are fat well enough with a marver – part of the reason to get this was to make them the same size. However, the cylinder ‘discs’ aren’t something I’d like to try to make without this! Oh, I could, but I’d need to be very careful not to let them spread out along the mandrel.

One cylinder combo roller with beads:

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I didn’t have much of a plan for how I was going to decorate them either, other than knowing I wanted to use some silver leaf with the opaques.

Here’s a group shot.

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Strawberry and clear

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This is a core of clear, a thin encasing of the cylinder surface with strawberry and then with clear again. That shows how saturated the red is (and this is one of the lighter transparent reds – a lot of the 96 transparents look almost black in the rod).

P&T birch green

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This is a lovely very dark opaque green. The spacers are plain, and the bead on the right has a wrap of pastel green (which looks quite blue over the birch green) and diagonal spirals of steel blue and brilliant blue, both transparent. The steel blue is extremely dark, even as a thin stringer.

Dark olive

The cylinder at the back is a base of dark olive with silver leaf melted in and some dots and lines in vanilla. I added strawberry on top of the larger dots and it has a deep jewelled colour. The dark olive has gone blue around the edges of the silver leaf in some places (easier to see in the group shot).

Vanilla

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Both cylinder beads in the foreground have vanilla bases. The left is vanilla and isar blue. Isar blue is a soft, spreading colour.
The right is vanilla with silver leaf. I think what I did here was to put vanilla lines and dots on top of the leaf and then isar blue fine lines and dots on top of those, giving the fuzzy blue centres and the brown where the vanilla meets the silver. I added heliotrope dots on top.

Pastel green

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Here’s where it gets unexpected. This pastel green reminds me a bit of Effetre opaque uranium yellow – don’t know if the greenness is the same as I don’t have any to compare, but it’s a similar sort of shade. In spacers it is ghostly and the cylinder in the middle shows what happens when you add silver leaf! It’s gone dark caramel. The darkest dots are strawberry and the lines and small dots are vanilla with steel blue centres. It looks opulent.

What I want to do is work out a bead design to show off the jewel tones in these very saturated transparents, and do something less messy with the pastel green bead.

Layered dots are an obvious thought for the transparents, though I have a slight disadvantage in that I have no white just now…

At the bottom here I’ll add another two test beads I made in a second session.

Steel blue and heliotrope

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This is a little pillow of clear with steel blue over one side and heliotrope over the other – the steel blue is still incredibly dark here. The heliotrope got some brownish streaks so you need to be careful to keep that one cooler and higher up in the flame.

Dark olive and pastel green

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I made this pillow bead from dark olive and encased half with pastel green, then put iris gold frit on top. It has made the dark olive go blue underneath the frit and there are some pale greenish outlines. The frit has gone a darker amber on the pastel green side and there’s some yellowing of the green in places.

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52 earrings: #17 Seapinks

The sea’s not just blue – this week I went for red coral and dyed shell nuggets in salmon pink

#17 Seapinks

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The coral beads are pressed and dyed: if coral is red and hasn’t been dyed, then it was harvested live (with bad consequences for the coral reefs).

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 16 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #16 Selkie’s Trove, Part 2

Something else from the selkie, sterling silver and a watery shimmer.

#16 Selkie’s Trove, Part 2

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Blue lace agate round beads and charcoal grey shell ovals, with double-wrapped sterling silver loops to give the wrapping a little more substance.

The photo below shows off the mother-of-pearl shine on the shell. The shell ovals have a lovely water droplet look in the middle of the front, while the back is more solid but still very shiny. Below shows one front and one back.

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I’d been going to do something else this week, but that pair needs more engineering before they’re successful, so I got out a pile of beads and went with this. (And came up with a number of other ideas – why does that always happen at midnight?)

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 15 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #15 Earth’s-Blood

#15 Earth’s-Blood

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I flame patinated the copper discs to a dull bronze, then gave them a hammered texture and polished them partly back up. I left my ball-ended headpins and earwires with the dark shiny red they had after heating, just polishing up the straight section a bit. I dangled poppy jasper cubes in the centre of the discs and wire-wrapped little matte leopardskin jasper rounds into my connection. I originally had a jumpring there instead, but this looks much better.

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(By the way, the intended emphasis of earth’s-blood is a bit like heart’s-ease. Less fraught than earth’s BLOOD).

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 14 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings #14: Ruby Entwined

These earrings are to match a necklace I just made. Partly inspired by Elise Matthesen’s necklace-crowns, partly wire-doodling.

#14 Ruby Entwined

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Both together – I made the central piece of the necklace first then worked out what to do with it. Brass wire, red and red/yellow Czech glass and a shiny gold mix of seed beads. The wire section was made from one continuous piece. Fun to make, but does get through a lot of wire!

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I added brass belcher chain and made a swan neck clasp to finish the necklace.

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The earrings are small doodles, hanging from brass earwires.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 13 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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