Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Uh-Oh Yellow!

Yellow Lampwork Glass BeadsWhy do I do it?

Everytime I have the urge to make yellow beads I always tell myself 'They'll look rank so don't waste the time, glass and gas, Laura!' but I never listen to me and off I go. I make one yellow bead and I think 'Aw, that's nice!' and I make another couple and they look all Springtimey and pretty and I think to myself that this is going to make such a lovely Eastery kind of set and by the time the beads are all baked and cool I'm like 'Oh yeah. That's why I don't make yellow beads!' and I'm never happy with them.

This set of yellow beads is no exception. Next time I get the yellow bead urge I shall make sure that I don't act upon it.

EDIT : I just want to point out that I don't hate yellow as a colour. I like it in moderation and as an accent colour but I find that as a predominant bead colour it's just not for me.

20 Comments

Stereoette said...

aww, i actually really like them. then again, i love the yellow/purple combination. don't give up on yellow yet!

Jo Bailey said...

I quite like them too!

Mel P said...

These are very pretty Laura, very girlie and sunny imho

Mary said...

I really, REALLY like these. I like a nice strong yellow. Have you ever tried an opaque or solid yellow?

Janine- Cherished Trinkets said...

I love them!

Laura said...

Thanks all but I just can't imagine them looking nice as jewellery. Can you?

Mary - yes I have. These ones are slightly translucent and a bit too yellow-yellow for my liking. I like deep, slightly orangey yellows. Whenever I have used opaque yellow I also use red or dark orange too so that the yellow isn't the dominant colour.

Jenn said...

Yes! I'd love to see them in jewelry. Are they still available?

Angela said...

Don't give up on yellow totally, I do have customers request jewellery in yellow - occasionally.

Laura said...

Jenn - no, they're not for sale as yet. The yellow is encased and as it's a yellow I've never used before I want to hang onto the beads for a few weeks so I can make sure that there are no cracking issues. Yellows are notorious for cracking under encasing.

Angela - I won't give up on yellow, I just don't like it as the predominant bead colour.

Sara said...

Son preciosas en cualquier color!!!

Carol Tannahill said...

These are very springy and sure to please. Think pansies! Rainbows exist because not everyone is going to go for the same thing. I'm very jealous of your stringer work, btw. Gorgeous!

Jenn said...

Ah...I understand. Is that CiM Ghee and Heffalump? I just got a shipment of Ghee and had to "hang up my torch" for now. Can't wait to play with the colors...

Laura said...

OK everyone - I'm not saying that yellow is evil and I hate hate hate it. I'm saying that I don't like it as the main colour for a bead. It's nice in moderation and every colour has its place.

Jenn - yep, CiM Ghee but it's moretti lavender blue stringerwork. And I woke up to find one of the beads has indeed cracked. Curses!

blue eyed night owl said...

I can see your point that it looks Eastery and it does, but I still like it. I think that when combined with other beads in let's say a necklace, it would look pretty awesome.

Sue Doran said...

The photo is lovely but I think Laura is right about predominantly yellow beads. People just don't buy yellow jewellery (at least from me), the ONE bracelet that I sold made in yellow took an age to shift from my stall. I ill-advisedly made another yellow bracelet last summer and the person I made it for didn't pick it up. When I was certain she wasn't coming for it, I put it out for sale but it hung around for the rest of the year and it's now in a sale bin for £15 reduced from £35 if anyone wants it! :-) Warmed up yellow seems OK - amber colours and amber itself are popular. If these were turned into jewellery, they would need lots of other complementary colours with them in my opinion.

Jenn said...

Laura, ditto the curses! I was totally digging those beads. (Very groovy reference to 70's wordery, courtesy your Ford-ite post of 70's paint colors.) Sigh. I did have visions of those yellow beads highlighting a very, very colorful polymer necklace. Drat those thermal cracks! (Seriously...I will soldier on...still...) Time for a Martini?

Laura said...

Sue - yep, when I used to make jewellery the yellow stuff would just sit there ..... and sit there.

Jenn - I know it's annoying but I was half expecting the cracking thing. Transparent yellow is a bugger to encase and where the Ghee is translucent I kind of thought it may happen.

Sue Doran said...

If anyone could make yellow beads work, it would be Jenn - shame about the cracking, she's a magician with her beaded work! (Make mine a double)

Jenn said...

Okay...well, we'll let yellow have it's own little cranky way. But, if you ever return to yellow...I'm there! There is something very sweet about yellow. I think it reminds me of my homey yellow kitchens in my last two houses. I'm back to bland white in Hong Kong. For a color fanatic, bland is a test of the sanity. Create away with the colors you like! I'm always enthralled with your gorgeous glass-candy...

Julia Aufenast said...

It's our English skins - not many people can wear yellow without looking washed out, right? Try to imagine them on a beautiful Italian lady with dark hair and olive skin!

By the way - Jenn, if you are reading this, I also live in Hong Kong and would love to meet up with anyone else involved in 'extreme lampworking' - (ie in 37 degree heat with 90% humidity!!). I am on julia@joopyandsmith.com - hope you don't mind Laura, but I haven't come across that many lampworkers here!!