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To Etch or Not To Etch?

Regarde, before thee, a photo of two beads. To etch or not to etch, that is the question. I really like the organic quality of the etched bead (the second one), but I also really like the colors that you can see with the unetched bead (the first one). So, my question to thee - to etch or not to etch?

Two things - 1) I apologize for the quality of the photo. While I can somewhat take pictures now, it doesn't mean I can process them. I guess I need to take Photography for Dummies. 2) I am not asking whether you like the actual beads; I realize that question would be one of taste. I am just asking which one you prefer!!!

Thank you!

Edited to add: to see the beads better, you may have to click on the photo to make it bigger. This is my fault - the photo is ok, but like I said, the processing leaves something to be desired! It is hard to see the difference, but the first one is shinier than the second!


I regret to mention that I can't see the difference in the photo. I am sure there is a difference, but it is not obvious to the untrained eye.
Marie Cramp said…
I love them both. I would do some of each. The sparkle in the first is really lovely and the earthiness of the second is rustic and fun. BTW I love the colours too ;) They are really great beads. I hate not having any money, I swear I must have had half those rainbow sets in my cart. lol. next time I hope.

Lorelei said…
Hey Sue!
These are beautiful!
I like the etched bead better!
Kobey said…
These beads are gorgeous! My first choice would be etched as I generally like a matt finish with autumn colors (and a glossy with wintery icy blues). I definitely need a pair of these.
SummersStudio said…
Sue, I love both of these for their very autumn colours. I have a slight, very slight, preference for the etched one. It has a subtleness that is very appealing to me.
Anonymous said…
they are both beautiful and each would work for a specific look. i personally like the finish of the etched bead.
Cindy said…
Very nice beads...the colors are fantastic for Fall! I like them either way..but would agree that I'd have a preference for the etched too.
Katie said…
I love the etched bead - it looks more organic and like it's some beautiful rock formation that youcaptured in the bead.
stregata said…
First - the colours on these beads are just lovely and they remind me of terrazzo. Although I generally prefer etched beads (I just love the matte surface), I think this bead is gorgeous in glossy.
I prefer the etched one, brings out the colours better in my opinion. Very nice, earthy looking beads either way tho =D

Etch, definitely etch. But I'm a shoo-in for the matte look. I love them both, don't get me wrong. But I always favor the etched ones.

Laura said…
Etched. Normally I'm a glossy bead kinda gal, but those are candidiates for the acid bath!

Great beads. :o)
Silver Parrot said…
I like the non-etched version best. The colors are so muted anyway - I like the "kick" provided by the shine of the un-etched glass. They are beautiful either way, though.

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