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Nail Art catchup: Aztec Orange and Stormy Yellow

Aztec Orange

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• Sinful Colors Cloud 9 (orange, might be 2 coats?)
• Sinful Colors Nail Art Time Off (black)
• Seche Vite top coat

I adore any and all sparkly oranges, and Cloud 9 is a fab one. I can’t remember whether I did 2 coats here, as it’s quite sheer. I did zigzags and dots with the Time Off black. Didn’t entirely get on with Seche Vite though, as it started peeling after a few days. I’ll have to try again with another top coat sometime :)

Stormy Yellow

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• Revlon Sunshine Sparkle
• Rimmel Stormy Skies
• Seche Vite top coat

Sunshine Sparkle is quite a thin, runny polish, in a creamy yellow with a bit of sparkle that is more evident in the bottle than on the nail. (More coats might show it more, I guess). This was 2 coats. I’m not fussed about the not hugely sparkly nature of it, because I love this shade of yellow. (It is paler than both the other yellow colours I have used recently). Stormy Skies is a nice steel blue colour that I did lines, wiggles and dots with. If I was doing beads, definitely Lauscha dark teal (aka steel blue). Could be tricky doing the stringer work, since that is a very spreading colour. Might need encasing in clear first, or leaving raised.

I was impressed, this one lasted 8 days without too much chipping. I wore it to Flame Off because I didn’t have time to do any flame designs, so I was packing glass and beads, hefting them on and off the train, unpacking at Uttoxeter… then repeat in reverse to get them home again! So this combo gets on with Seche Vite just fine.

I have trimmed my nails for a bit of a change since these – new job, new keyboard, etc etc…

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Some more 96 coe beads

Here are a few more beads I made with the 96 coe glass.

I made a latticino with steel blue and heliotrope and used it on this little bead (which vaguely reminds me of an elephant). I probably pulled it down a tad too small, but you can still see the lines.

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I made some flowery beads – these include a vine cane made of steel blue and vanilla.

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I forgot to include the swirly blue bead in the pictures above – it was made from the end of the cane pull.

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Finally, these are some little cylinder beads similar to my previous test beads that I am going to make a necklace from.

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96 coe (ish) colour testing, part 3: transparents

I had a go at my friend Sue’s idea for getting very thin amounts of transparent over a clear base. Basically, gravity swirl the bead rather than trying to encase it fully, because that gives too thick a layer of colour no matter how thinly you try to do it.

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Colours used:
Plowden & Thompson clear
R0254 fuchsia light
R0002 gold ruby
R0005 gold ruby extra
R0094 steel blue
R0043 plum blue

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Here are the spacers. You can see that for the pinks in general, I ended up with one of each pair slightly more struck than the other. I made these two to a mandrel and it was very difficult to get the second bead to strike as much as the first, no matter how much I let it cool. The thinness of application here gives an effect you could probably get with frit, especially as there’s some little mottling on the surface in places. However, when using transparent frit on the surface of clear, I usually get bubbling where the cut edges of the frit were, and you don’t get that here. I can use the same technique to get more coverage by starting with more colour yet still keeping it thin.

The fuchsia light is light enough that there is only the bare hint of pink here. The gold ruby is thinned down to a nice peachy shade (one bead has struck a little more pink). The gold ruby extra has the largest difference, with one bead pink and one going a noticeably redder tone. The steel blue is a dark sapphire, even when used this thinly.

Plum blue

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The plum blue is actually an opaque and I didn’t notice! I didn’t look that closely and thought it was one of the very dark transparents. It is a silver plum type of dark blue-purple. There’s some darker veins on the surface of these beads and the first bead has gone a bit more bronze than the purple of the second. I didn’t reduce these (granted, my flame’s not very oxy-rich), the metallic surface developed in normal use.

Dark olive and gold ruby extra

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Watermelony! Base of dark olive, clear dots, gold ruby extra on the clear dots, then another layer of clear dots. I was tired and didn’t properly think this through – I should have put a light opaque under the ruby because the green showing through makes the dots slightly muddy, but it came out better than I had reason to expect.

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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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