Sunday, September 13, 2009

Faux Labradorite

Finally, some new beads to share.
I actually made these two weeks ago before my trip - but only pulled them off their mandrels and cleaned them last night.

These hand faceted glass beads were made to mimic labradorite.

To make these start by swirling a thin wispy layer of Double Helix's aurae over transparent light aqua and pale blues glass core beads. Next spot heat and hand shape the facets, I used a stainless steel cheese knife to push the glass into shape. The last step is to lightly reduce each bead before annealing.

They came out better than I had expected and I can't wait to make more.
Who doesn't love Labradorite?

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