Posts Tagged amber

CiM colour testing: Indian Summer, Dirty Laundry and a little more Ogre

Indian Summer

Indian Summer is an interesting one – it’s a striking amber.

15.10.05_Indiansummerstriking

I took an on-mandrel pic to show the striking.

15.10.05_indiansummer_dirtylaundry_spacers

Here are Indian Summer and Dirty Laundry spacers. Indian Summer didn’t etch particularly consistently – the very dark bead appeared to etch more. Dirty Laundry is an opal white, and looks as expected here.

I expected both of these colours to be reactive so had hope for the silver glass results.

15.10.18_indiansummer_luna_boreas

The bead on the right here shows that Indian Summer is not good as a surface encasing colour – it just gets too dark, especially as this bead had a core of Indian Summer as well. The silver glass in that one was Luna 2.1 which is mostly transparent and you can just see some streaks round the middle. The other two beads had a core of 006 clear, encased in Indian Summer, then Luna 2.1 scrolls on the left and Boreas dots in the centre bead. Both promising: the Luna 2.1 scrolls have sharp light edges in some places and fuzzier edges but a defined centre in others – those are the purpler more transparent areas. The Boreas dots have a concentrated very shiny centre, then a ring where it appears the Indian summer has displaced it, then an outer ring which has a shiny area and then a dark sharp outer line.

15.11.07_indiansummer_luna_boreas_01

I then did a pair which have an Indian Summer core, a spiral of silver glass and encased in 006. Very interesting! Boreas is on the left – the core looks extremely dark and the boreas is a dark blue with bright green edges fading to brown. (Ignore the grey bubbles at the bottom – the end of my clear was dirty and I didn’t notice until too late).

15.11.07_indiansummer_luna_boreas_02

The Luna 2.1 bead (right) is the usual pinky-purple and has developed blue-green lines and haze in the centre of each spiral. The edges of the spiral are the lighter amber areas.

Dirty Laundry

15.10.07_dirtylaundry_luna_boreas

Luna 2.1 scrolls on the left, Boreas dots on the right. Both colours get some slight outlining effects, but what is most interesting is the different ways the base has fumed in each case. Under the Boreas, the Dirty Laundry has gone a cold yellow-green, while under the Luna 2.1 it has flushed a warm colour. (Boreas isn’t a great colour to put over pale white or tan opaques because as a transparent purple it will always show brownish).

These next two are fabulous though.

15.11.07_dirtylaundry_luna_boreas_01

These are both encased in 006. The silver glass in both cases has a mottled and feathered look with noticeable edges. The Boreas on the right is blue-purple and the Dirty Laundry underneath has fumed a darker caramel brown. The Luna 2.1 bead on the left is lovely. The silver glass has again formed dark then light lines in the centre, and the darker amber lines are the gaps between the spirals. The Dirty Laundry hasn’t fumed very far though, leaving cloudy white ends which I love.

15.11.07_dirtylaundry_luna_boreas_02

Here you can see the Dirty Laundry parts of the Boreas bead – they have still fumed somewhat tan and have darker outlines rather than the fuzzy ones with the Luna 2.1.

Ogre

Finally, a silver glass pair on Ogre.

15.10.07_ogre_luna_boreas

Luna 2.1 scrolls and Boreas dots, as before. You can see slight separation lines around the edges of the scrolls, and the Boreas dots are again very shiny and have sharp brown rings around them. Around the beadholes has also tended to go brown. Quite interesting for organic beads.

Advertisements

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

52 earrings: #49 Bounty

This pair use a few components from the Mini Mojo Box I got from Lynn. (I wrote about it for the Craft Pimp blog).

#49 Bounty

13.12.02_E49_Bounty_02

The swirly amber brown lampwork beads are mine. The little dangles use beads from the mojo box – I took out a few carnelian chips, little Swarovski crystals and some of the seed bead mix, and wired them onto small copper headpins. I wire-wrapped the beads and made the round earwires with larger-than-usual hoops.

13.12.02_E49_Bounty_01

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 48 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

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

52 earrings: #35 Autumn Embers

These earrings use chunkier copper wire and some of my lampwork spacers.

#35 Autumn Embers

13.08.28_E35_AutumnEmbers_01

I used some lampwork spacers I had that were variously-struck shades of orange. They’re spaced out by little wooden rondelles. I wire-wrapped the frames in copper wire, double-wrapped the tops and added copper earwires.

13.08.28_E35_AutumnEmbers_02

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 34 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

, , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

CiM sangre, triton murrini

Encased sangre

This pair of beads are CiM sangre encased in clear. Sangre’s a very handy transparent red – unlike Effetre striking red, it doesn’t go brown easily, and if you’re using a hothead, you probably won’t notice it’s a striking glass at all. The rod’s red, you wind it on and shape and it’s still red! On a minor you can go through the clear stage, though when I’ve used it so far it has still struck pretty automatically. I haven’t had to do anything to it on purpose.

I’m posting these to remind myself how elegant simple beads can be. I’m rather envious of lampworkers who manage to make whole sets out of beads like these, with or without surface decoration. I’ve never managed the patience to do that yet myself! Focal and matching plain spacers, or pairs of decorated spacers I can do, but a set of 6-8 same size, same decoration beads? Nope. And I think that’s something I should work on.

Part of the problem right now is that I work full time, so can only lampwork in the evenings and weekends, and I have something else that is also eating up a lot of that time right now. So when I sit down to torch I want to try as many different things as possible, rather than repeating one. Hopefully later in the year I will have adjusted the work balance a bit so that I have more time for lampwork, and consistency and discipline in making sets is something I want to aim for then.

To illustrate, now to jump to something completely different!

RRT with triton murrini

This is red roof tile, partly encased in amber and with some triton murrini I made on the surface. I like the colour contrast in this bead a lot, and I’m very pleased how the murrini came out. You can get quite a number of different effects out of them depending on how you treat them – the number of times reduced, whether you encase them, etc etc – which I intend to go into in a future post.

, , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

UKJC Secret Santa 2010

Here’s what I made for the UKJC Secret Santa. (See there for the album of what everyone made). We send the present to our recipient anonymously, they post a photo when they receive it, and we have a big guessing game until we know who made what.

UKJC Secret Santa, for Maggie

I made a necklace for Maggie using amber and triton swirled lampwork beads, peacock iridescent discs, carnelian discs, Greek ceramic spacers, sterling silver and another of Diane’s beautiful silk ribbons. I’d got the discs some time before and was pleased how well they matched!

UKJC Secret Santa, view 2

And here’s what I received! Made by Tabby. Isn’t it lovely? Silver necklace with seahorse and starfish.

UKJC Secret Santa by Tabby

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

%d bloggers like this: