Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ivory and Aurae Beads

I finished one of my Aurae sets yesterday and it's posted in my Etsy shop right now. This set has a base of Curdled Ivory with Aurae scroll designs:Ivory and Aurae BeadsThe Aurae and Ivory react to make the Aurae turn brown with organic-looking jagged edges, and the Curdled Ivory got very 'curdled' when it reacted with the silver in the Aurae glass.

I'm still working on Aurae sets... can't seem to put this glass down!
More to come, stay tuned!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Finally the Aurae arrived, yay! I've made two sets with it so far and I'm working on two more. Here are the completed sets:
Aurae Accent BeadsAurae Accent BeadsEncased Aurae and Kronos FritAurae and Kronos fritAurae and Kronos fritToday I'm working on the next two sets, one with Aurae and Ivory (nice reaction!) and Aurae and CiM Stone Ground. The Aurae fumes a pretty metallic blue sheen onto the Stone Ground. I'll post pics when they're done.
Have a great day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Blue and Metallic Frit Beads

I recently made some bead sets using Triton, Kronos frit and clear, and I was really happy with the way they turned out. They were all made using variations on the same basic recipe.

This first set has a base of Triton, with Triton and Kronos frit. I reduced the base bead, then added random dots of clear on top. Then I reduced again and encased the whole bead in clear, then reduced one more time to get some metallic shine around the holes:Triton and Kronos frit beadsThis set was made the exact same way, except that I didn't do a final encasing:Triton and Kronos frit beadsFor this set, instead of random dots of clear I applied the clear in an even pattern, and put air bubbles in the centers. This is my ultimate favorite set of late:Triton and Kronos frit beadsAll of these sets are now sold, but I had a really fun time making them so I think I'll make some more.

I've finally ordered some Aurae glass from Double Helix. It should be here in a few days. I can't believe it has taken me this long, but I've been using the Aurae test batches M-166 and M-232 for a while and they're running out. I'm really excited to get the Aurae, as I see there is quite an Aurae frenzy on eBay! With good reason, it's a gorgeous glass.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a scrumptious weekend!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Metallic Scroll Design Beads

I had another special order in April for some beads with metallic scroll designs. Here is the set I made for the order, using a base of clear and CiM's Leaky Pen with Triton scrolls:Leaky Pen and TritonLeaky Pen and Triton
Leaky Pen has very dense color, so I thinned it by mixing a rod of clear and a rod of Leaky Pen together in the flame, creating a big blob of mixed color and then pulling it out to a 5mm rod. I then used this mixed rod for the base bead, encased it with another layer of clear only, then added the Triton scrolls and reduced.

I have more metallic scroll beads available in my Etsy shop. This set is made with Pale Emerald Green and Triton:Pale Emerald Green and Tritonand this set is made with Amber Rose and Triton:Amber Rose and TritonStop by my Etsy shop to see more beads and photos.
Enjoy your day!

Back from My Blogcation

I've taken a long vacation from blogging this past month, longer than I intended really, and now I have a backlog of new work to show you! During April I was busy with a few special orders. I had fun working on one order that used a lot of Terra and Ivory, two of my favorite glasses.

Here are some photos of the beads from that order. The first set is etched but the Terra stayed shiny. (I think if you click on these photos you can see an enlarged view, and then you can really see the detail in the crackled Ivory!)

Terra and IvoryTerra and Ivory
These are made with Vetrofond River Rock and silver foil:River Rock and Silver Foil
Some Triton leaves:Triton Leaves
and some Triton beads with Ivory scrolls:Triton with Ivory Scrolls
I'll be back again soon with more news and photos.
Happy May!