Sunday, January 11, 2009

Inspiration and Making Glass Beads

Sometimes, I cruise etsy, when I don't have anything else to do (HAH!) and find things I like. I saw the above bracelet (you can click on it and go to the etsy shop of alyson1234 to see her jewelry and this bracelet! The reason I kept it as a favorite is because, as soon as I saw it, I loved the beads. I love the bracelet too, Alyson, but the beads inspired me! Turns out they are called aqua terra jasper. What I really liked about them was that I thought I could make some lampwork beads that are very similar! So I did - or tried to, depending on if you think the below beads resemble the jasper!
These beads were made with vetrofond dark ivory and I layered some moretti aqua over the top of them, in a similar pattern to the natural patterns of the jasper. They turned out pretty good, I think. I like them enough, anyways. I made them in the lentil shape, instead of nugget.

These beads are the same makeup, but before I layered the aqua, I wrapped the ivory in silver foil. This gives a crackly look to the beads. A more earthy, organic feel - I think I like these better, but I do like both of them. In any event, you'll be able to find them both in my etsy shop and buy them if you like them. You can click on them to make it easier! If you want more, please just let me know - if you want them in a different shape, I can do that too! And thanks, Alyson, for making such a pretty bracelet that it struck me right away!


Jeannie&Aly'sBlog said...

Sue, the lampwork beads look great!! Glad you were able to get some inspiration from my shop!
Thanks for posting the blog!!

Lorelei said...

How that you were all inspired. Those stones are delicious!
p.s. The second set of beads, are now mine! he he he! :)

SueBeads said...

Thanks to you too, Alyson! And thank you Lorelei - I'm glad you like them. I can't wait to see what you do with them!

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