Archive for October, 2013

52 earrings: #44 Modern Twists

Black lampwork beads and freeform copper wire-wrapping.

#44 Modern Twists

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The beads are part etched with faint patterns in the surface – one with stripes, one with dots. I used chunky copper wire to make a looping frame for them. I made rounded copper earwires to go with them.

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The photo above shows the hanging shape best – the main wire decoration is intended to be on the outside when being worn, so photographing them both together is a little tricky!

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 43 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: #43 Steel Dusk

Sterling silver and my lampwork this time.

#43 Steel Dusk

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A pair of denim tiger beads from the free tutorial by *Naos* – the little speckles of silver and the stretched blue make me think of gaps into a starry night. They’re wire-wrapped onto little sterling dangles and have sterling earwires that are somewhat leaf-shaped.

I’ve been making a bunch of components for my earrings this week, and I also got some alcohol inks that I may be trying eventually with copper…

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 42 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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Lauscha 100 coe testing

This 100 coe glass from Lauscha is mostly used for making glass pens. I was sent some to see if it would be useful to beadmakers too. I received some clear and some striped rods.

The striped rods have a core of clear, then a multi-stripe on two sides that is again thinly encased in clear. So the black and white cane has one stripe in black with a thin border of white and one that is white with a thin border of black.

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One cane is transparent pink with three thin stripes of white on one side and the same with transparent green on the other side.

The last cane is red and goldstone, going black-red-gold-red-black on one side, and the same with white instead on the other.

I made some spacers first.

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The black/white and pink/green work better as spacers, as the red and goldstone one turns out rather muddy because of the black in it. You can see that this is a blue-based black.

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These are rather pretty beads – they do mimic the effect of frit painting, though, and I think they are less striking than the cane because you lose the sharp bands of colour, instead getting a random wispy effect. So they would be an easy way of making large numbers of these same beads, but with frit painting you have as many colours as you have frit.

For a compatibility test, I tried encasing Effetre black with the clear.

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Cracks! This was what I expected to happen, really. The clear also developed quite a few microbubbles – it doesn’t feel as clean as the 104 Lauscha clears. It did melt very easily.

I went on to try with some Plowden & Thompson 100 coe glass that I have.

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This is P&T vanilla with a spiral of the red/goldstone cane and then fully encased in the clear. I added raised leaves or flowers with the cane. No compatibility problems showing up here yet. (I will keep an eye on it for a month or so).

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I think this is quite a pretty bead, but the visibility of the red and goldstone is very much diluted by the amount of clear it has around it. The leaves just have thin bits of colour in them.

If you have other 100 coe opaques, you can do more with this glass, but you are still up against the amount of clear that they have in them.

Finally, I made an off-mandrel squiggle.

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Now, *this* is a good and different result! It keeps the sharp defined bands that are in the rod, and you can twist it to have them spiralling around. The beads have the problem that they could be made in other ways – you don’t need this cane for those effects. I don’t think the beads look as good as the cane does. I could also have pulled the cane down into twisties, but again I can make my own easily as you don’t need this level of precision in the stripes of a twistie because they even out when they are twisted and pulled down. I think this glass looks best when it is kept looking like the rods, so in sculpture.

My conclusion is that you can definitely use this cane to make pretty beads, but the ways you can use it are limited. It comes into its own if you use it for sculptural work.

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52 earrings: #42 Terraforming

Asymmetry!

#42 Terraforming

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The main beads in these are two of my silver glass lampwork beads that were greenish. One is opaque and darker, with swirly cloudiness. The other is brighter transparent green with a peacock iridescent spiral around it. The dangles at the bottom are faceted labradorite. I wire-wrapped everything in copper. There’s a small Indian agate rondelle in greenish brown alongside the green lampwork, and I added some little hollow copper beads in too, with two of them wrapped onto the earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 41 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: #41 Figure In Grey

I cut small pieces off one of my earlier kumihimo braids to make these earrings, and wound them into figure 8s.

#41 Figure In Grey

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This braid was done in sky blue, gold-beige and chocolate brown, and made with C-lon/K-lon thread rather than embroidery thread so is tougher and holds its shape better. (Embroidery thread is nice and soft). Because these were pieces from a longer braid, I bound all the ends quickly after cutting them – they held together pretty well without unravelling after cutting, though. I then put a pair of my lampwork big hole beads in mystic grey on to the braids. Mystic grey has something of a shampoo sheen to it. I formed them into circles, used a bit of fabri-tac to hold the ends together, left that overnight to harden, then re-bound the joined area. After that I gave them a twist into the figures of 8 and bound the join so they stay in shape.

I made the earwires in sterling silver. These are nice large, visible earrings, but are also very light.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 40 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: #40 Silver & Black

Lots of silver here and some black and white dotty lampwork beads of mine.

#40 Silver & Black

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Mirrored-colour dotty beads, oh my! The black in these beads is a slightly shiny metallic black. The silver rings/hoops were by Mizgeorge. I wire-wrapped my beads to hang from the hoops and made round earwires to go with them. These are striking but also light earrings.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 39 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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