Thursday, November 8, 2012


I have been so busy making beads that I haven't had the chance to write about these yet.  I am really enjoying making these bead sets.  It is quite liberating, actually!  I like just letting the glass flow, mixing up the colours and seeing where it takes me. 

As you can see from the photograph, I used transparent red, pale transparent green and ivory.  I also added some silvered ivory here and there for a contrast.

Some red coloured glass can be quite tricky to work with.  The red glass rods that I used for these beads start off a very pale straw colour.  When you heat the glass in the flame it changes colour or 'strikes' to form red.  But, it isn't always as simple as that.  With the glass I used for these beads there is a degree of 'striking'.  After each application of heat, the bead needed to be cooled slightly and the heat re-applied to bring out the richness or intensity of the red colour.  I could see the colour developing in the flame.  This is great but there were times where the colour wouldn't developed throughout the whole bead and these beads had to be scrapped.  It was quite frustrating!

I have a few more colour combinations that I want to try before I develop these beads further and to be honest I am enjoying where this journey is taking me .......

This bead set is available in my shop on Etsy - Beadscrumptious on Etsy!

Sarah xx