Sunday, March 06, 2011

Fairy Stories

A few more pages from an old, old bead sketchbook. Book # 2 - pages 46, 47, 48 & 49.
If you click on either of the pictures you can see a much larger version.

Baby beads. I think I had been at the torch about a year when I made some of these. It's hard to say because I am always adding and subtracting from the pages. Lately I have been better about scribbling in dates.

Did you know that sometimes when you encase silver foil in pink glass it changes to gold?


I think not, my guess is that some of the gold in the pink glass precipitates, or plates, itself onto the silver foil.

Who knows?

In any case it is a very cool effect. Poor man's gold leaf.

This bead, one of the original "Fairy Stones" has a base of Cim's Gelly's Sty that was rolled in silver foil and then encased in transparent pale pink. Once it was all encased I spot heated the bead and added the facets with a cheese knife. A cheese knife? Yes, one of the all time great bead shaping tools. Get a stainless steel one in any kitchen store. I like one with a nice pointy end. The hand faceting gives beads loads and loads of sparkle and it's lots of fun to do.

1 comment:

rosebud101 said...

Beautiful bead, Lucinda!