Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yay Glass Pearls Color Combo

I'm going to be terribly busy for the next few weeks with two HUGE bead orders, but while i was waiting for my shipment of the required ivory colored glass, i worked on these transparent rounds with fine silver foil and thick encasing. I had the amber set and the blue set on the counter together and i absolutely loved the combination. Although i've listed the sets separately in the shop, i almost hated to separate them.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Freshwater Limpet

My husband, as a biologist, collects various organisms from local water bodies, and was surprised to discover that one of his aquaria has been housing a population of freshwater limpets. He didn't even know such a thing existed. Click on the photo to go to his video on YouTube to watch the tiny gastropods in action.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back to Business

I've had my dear friend from way back visit with me for a while, and i had some downtime with a cold, but things are back to normal now and the beads are finally getting made again.

One item in the shop now is this set of four little bones made with the Messy Color glass called Stone Ground. The round bead i made using this color wasn't very interesting, but it really shines when used kind of sculpturally, like in my bones. Then many different, albeit pretty subtle, colors are brought out. A lot of the Messy Color glasses behave like this and it's really nice.

I used another Messy Color called Sangre to make the red set of rounds. An encased layer of fine silver foil (melted off and reduced) provides that neat pearly, metallic residue.