Lately I have become completely smitten with Reichenbach Multicolor glass and have been making all sorts of pretty Multi beads. Some of them were lucky enough to get to fly all of the way across the Atlantic Ocean to become this gorgeous bracelet by Shawnda D'Arcy of Jewelry By Shawnda.
Look at this stunning necklace! I love seeing my beads all dressed up and ready to party and Michelle of Flying Pineapple Designs has done these pretties proud. They have travelled a long way to make it to the beach, all the way to New Zealand no less! I wish I was at the beach right now.
Mich also has a created a fabulously summery Lucky Lobster collection too. I especially love the wishbone type settings some of them are on, they look so elegant.
I hope you are having a super day in the sunshine where ever you are
Over the last few days I have been looking at Firecracker ltd run. It is a rich and vibrant transparent red that tends towards orange a little in dilute form. I'm finding it easy to strike and great for making petal canes for summer floral beads.
For this set I made a petal cane with a core of CiM Peace and a thin encasing layer of Firecracker. The colours are fairly bright but a little more muted than I had hoped for.
The Firecracker cane I have used in this set uses a much thicker encasement of the rich red over Peace. The colour just sings out Summer to me! The orange flowers in this set are made with canes that combine CiM Pumpkin ltd run with Alley Cat ltd run.
The last Firecracker bead I have to show is this pretty ladybug. Her body is made with a large dot of Firecracker straight from the rod.
The fact that she is transparent rather than made with a bright opaque red makes her look like she kind of glows on this bead. It's a super effect.
The sun is shining and the glass is calling! Have a great week, Jolene x
My first collection for January was called Robin Egg and uses only two colours, Effetre Ivory and Effetre Teal Green. All for the lovely detail in the murrini and canes has been created using fine silver leaf.
The first bead I have to show you uses the Robin Egg ribbon twistie within it's core. I have created a silvered ivory raked fern and added a Silvered Feather murrini, left slightly raised for surface detail.
My second bead here also features Silvered Feather murrini, this time melted in completely smooth.
My second collection is called Peacock feather and uses Effetre Petrol Green, Lime Green and Dark Sky Blue with Vetrofond Periwinkle.
I tend to make these beads on 4mm mandrels, turns out they are great as a center piece for beaded kumihimo type bracelets.
Equipment and glass that I've used:
round cavity graphite bead roller
steel dental pick
Effetre white commercial stringer
goldstone ribbon twistie cane
fine black stringer
Make a tube bead out of clear or pale transparent glass that fits the cavity on your 1 size down from the size you would like to make.
Encase your clear core with a layer of CiM Maracshino.
Melt the Maraschino glass in and round off the edges in your graphite roller.
Wrap a spiral of twistie cane around your Maraschino Core. I've used a black edged goldstone ribbon twistie here but you can use whatever twistie cane you like to make best.
Wrap a second spiral of twistie cane around your core bead laying it between the wraps of the first spiral.
Melt in your twistie wraps carefully and marver them in smooth with a graphite paddle.
Spot heat your bead and make some twists with a fine black stringer to add interest.
Encase your bead with a layer of clear glass. I have used Effetre 006 clear here.
Melt in your encasing layer and smooth off your bead in the roller cavity.
Add more clear glass at the edges and around the centre of your bead. By doing this you are ensuring that you will make neat puckered bead holes and are bulking out your bead to fill the next size up cavity in your roller.
Melt in your clear glass and shape your bead in your roller.
Add 4 or 5 largish white dots close to the bead holes on both sides of your bead and melt them in flat
Add large dots of CiM Maraschino over your white dots and melt them in flat.
Spot heat each dot in turn and rake your dots into hearts using a dental pick.
Repeat the heating and raking process on the other side of your bead.
Slowly melt your bead smooth again and shape in your roller cavity.
Pull some extra fine white stringer, I heat the end of the commercial stringer and anchor it to the end of my mandrel to pull out fine stringer as I need it.
Wrap the fine stringer randomly around the centre of your bead and melt it smooth.
Heat your bead until glowing and then press it in a parallel press or handheld mashers.
Flame polish away any chill marks created when you pressed your bead and pop it in your kiln to anneal.
I'm having a little catch up on my Mini Mo' blogging, it's been a while. Looking back to December, my first collection has Lucky Lobster and Stingray murrini. I've used Effetre Lime Green, Effetre Coral, CiM Khaki and CiM Adamantium.
The first piece I want to show is this chunky cabochon which features both Ray, Lucky and Tetra murrini over Effetre Pea Green, pixie dust and under 006 clear.
This fab Chrissie Crab focal has been created with the Adamantium canes in my Lucky and Ray collection.
Last up in this lush lime encased mini set. The core is light aqua covered with a twist of green ribbon cane and then encased in 006 clear.
My second collection from December features Lucky Lobster and Tetra Fish murrini. I have used Effetre Lime Green, Reichenbach
Black, Vetrofond Periwinkle and Effetre Light Teal 026.
First up is this organic trio using the periwinkle cane over CiM Chalcedony glass.
Another Chrissie crab focal, this time using pea green cane from the Lucky and Ray collection.
My last bead for this post is a large teardrop shaped pressed tab created with the same pea green cane and all sorts of fun dot layering and raking techniques.
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