Saturday, 30 January 2010

'Batik'

Lampwork Glass BeadsThe base beads in this set are made with a translucent white glass. When I added the violet stringerwork it looked pretty normal but as I heated the stringer in flush with the surface of the bead it started to do this slightly wiggly, feathery thing. Sometimes glasses react with one another to produce such effects. You can use those reactions to your advantage but sometimes the effect that happens isn't quite what you had in mind. Normally I would have sworn at the bead, killed it in the water jug and made a mental note not to mix those two particular glasses again but I actually liked the effect. I think it's got a Batik kind of feel to it.

8 Comments

Vampi said...

I agree :) The color and the effect is quite lovely.

Karen Beth said...

Very pretty, Laura. Is that translucent white opalino? This set kind of reminds me of dusky skies. Lovely :)

Jelveh Designs said...

yummy, yup that violet does this on a few colors...specially the opalino or the alabaster...

Jenn said...

Soooo glad you didn't kill the bead. It's very pretty! I have a lot of things I sometimes I just need to set aside when it doesn't meet my initial expectations. When I come back...I forget what I disliked in the first place and like it. This is a great effect!

Mel P said...

I love the finished result, I am so gald that they were not killed off, it is a softer finish. The colour combo is beautiful I am a sucker for any shade of purple/mauve/violet xxx

Annelyse Taylor said...

Your stringer control is ou of this world, Laura!

Caroline B said...

What a very pretty 'happy accident' - don't you love it when that happens?

Janine- Cherished Trinkets said...

Yay! Love these beads!