Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Banana Folk Berry Bead Giveaway

I keep hearing yellow is the "it" color of the year. Okay. I just like yellow. Would you like some buttery, earthy yellow beads? These are some of my Folk Berry beads. They are Vetrofond Odd Lot of a pale, buttery yellow with a reactive core. The result reminds me of a banana peel.


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GLASS NOTES


Color: Vetrofond Banana Odd Lot - a smooth, mellow yellow with a reactive center that creates beautiful, gentle striations when wound as a disk. It reminds me of a ripe banana peel.


Rod Size: my lot was 6mm rods


How the glass feels to me: The rods melted similarly to other opaques...fairly quickly and required quicker work since it melted easier. I found this glass a little more sensitive to thermal shock. If I was too quick to warm the rod, I could feel it crackle through the rod. If I didn't slow down, 1-inch chunks would pop off. (I would reclaim these as a bead by carefully perching the little chunk of glass on top of the mandrel and melting it into a bead.) I found this glass required additional time for warming in the flame. When I was working on refining a bead's shape, I would keep the wafting through the top part of the flame to keep it warm. However, once the glass was comfortably warm, it worked similarly to other opaques.

3 comments:

  1. Hi, Jenn! I hope you are having a good vacation! I should have commented sooner because I visit your Artfire store a lot and drool over the jewelry in it! My favorites are the Urban Kiwi set, the Victoria Harbor Shimmer necklace and the Cotton Candy set. If I HAD to pick a favorite, I would say the Urban Kiwi set...if we weren't saving for our trip, that necklace and those earrings would already have been mine!

    I love your jewelry. I think you are turning out some beautiful beads and I love the new wire techniques you've learned. Makes for some gorgeous stuff!

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  2. No question at all. It would have to be your URBAN PRIMROSE LARIAT. I fell in love with the necklace when I saw it featured on a blog.

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  3. Thanks bunches for playing and the feedback! It means a lot to me to keep plugging along. :-)

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