Monday, April 27, 2009
Stripes, Dots, Mangoes
This is the part I love...getting something new on the design board, pulling out drawers and drawers of stones and beads, trying to decide how to put everything together. I made these giant drum beads and their mates yesterday...and they have yet to be sanded and polished, but I couldn't resist playing. I got an interesting effect on the upper set by brushing alcohol over the base bead, then applying Precious Pearl Powder. The powder clumped and dotted...which gave the beads an aged look. When they dried, I brushed them with alcohol ink to bump the color up.
The accompanying stones are (pale green) Serpentine, Onyx and at the top, I'm considering using Turquoise and Carnelian with the blue-green set. Maybe throw a little Bali Silver in there too.