Posts Tagged gunmetal

52 earrings: #51 Aged Spirals

Only one more pair to go! Patinated copper and lampwork glass this time.

#51 Aged Spirals

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I got out the heftier copper wire and made a pair of hammered spirals with two of my lampwork glass beads on them. The beads have a mix of green frit on a misty translucent background. I made big rounded earwires, put them in liver of sulphur to patinate until black, then tumbled them for a bit for a gunmetal finish before giving the surfaces a quick going-over with a sanding sponge to bring back a little copper.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 50 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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52 earrings: #32 Snaketrails

This pair have been sitting about waiting for me to first LOS them and then tumble them, but here we are!

#32 Snaketrails

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I hammered the copper rings for texture and wire-wrapped a pair of my lampwork beads – these two were a go at olive tiger beads. They’ve got little hollow copper beads on the dangles alongside the lampwork. I made the earwires and put everything together, then used liver of sulphur to give a full black patina, then put them in the tumbler to polish them back up to something more like a warm gunmetal/dark bronze.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 31 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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Raku carrot murrini

Raku carrot murrini

I’m unsure about this lot! They don’t always strike that easily, and when they do you can get some odd effects. I suspect I might keep using the ones I have and probably not make more in this exact recipe. They can be interesting, at least. They contain transparent amethyst, carrot red and raku, with hades and triton lines.

Raku carrot murrini in use

A few in-use closeups. The first was from a bead I showed in this post (the kalypso blot). The second two were on a bead with some CiM gunmetal on the surface, and all sorts of strange things happened.

Gunmetal and murrini

You can see it above. It’s baby blue with some gunmetal on top. Not reduced – you just need to waft the gunmetal about in a neutral flame and it’ll do its thing. The murrini have colours all right, but are also a bit weird and seem to have bleeding going on.

Raku orange kalera

This bead has a base of tongue pink (or striking terracotta, as Julie of Lush Lampwork is trying to rename it!) and wings of opaque and striking orange. The murrini on one side struck a bit, the one on the other side refused to at all, but has developed a thin black outline. My terracotta is variably struck :p

Raku orange kalera - other side

Above’s the other side. showing the one that didn’t strike.

I haven’t used these encased at all yet – must remember to try that and see what colours I get. I haven’t tried reducing them because the raku will just go silvery and I don’t think there’ll be much to look at. Might be worth a try anyway just to confirm it. I’ll add it to the ever-expanding to-do list!

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