Monday, February 13, 2012

Organic Etched Beads

A couple of nice organic-looking etched sets of beads went into the shop to start the week off. I really like the sage/lichen colored glass, especially once it's etched. What also looks great etched is silvered ivory. For any non-lampworkers reading this, silvered ivory is the swirly, almost dirty looking glass melted around the middle of the larger bicolored beads in these photos. Only the "dirt" consists partly of tiny sparkling specks of fine silver. It is made by wrapping fine silver foil around the end of a rod of ivory colored glass before using it. You actually burn off the silver in the torch flame, but enough of it sticks to the ivory that it makes this neat effect when added to your bead.

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