If you read the comments on blogs you visit, then chances are you were wondering what in the world Deb was talking about yesterday/late last night in her second comment.
Well, she was talking about seeing this not so perfect coral, turquoise, and black bead in my newest BeadArtists.org gallery page. Do you know how there are times when you make something and you feel so drawn to it that you don't care about obvious mistakes? This is one of those beads for me. Deb loves oranges, so the streaks of different oranges playing in this coral glass appeal to her. I'm not an orange person, so I'm a little bit surprised to say this, but the oranges in this speak to me, too.
What's funny is that I was trying to adapt a rune pattern to a three-dimensional bead, and the rune is one for making yourself irresistible to all who see you. I only got half of the eight branches of the rune, but this bead is irresistible to me. I also made a huge mess of the black stringer work, but somehow it doesn't seem to matter this time.
Oh, and Betsy, this is a case where my butter knife wasn't picked up and used soon enough to straighten the edges of the stringer as I was laying it on the base bead. If you can nudge a line of stringer before it melts and attaches all the way to the base bead, you can give it a much straighter look than if you let all the wiggles show. This hint will also work for curves if you have a tiny pick or tool with a curved spatula end. Simply take that tiny curve and use it to guide the stringer over or out as needed. Once again, timing is important, so do your nudging before the stringer is melted into the base.
So, that's all there is to say about my favorite bead this week...except that I can't wait to get my non-jewelry making fingers busy and craft some way to hang this pretty baby from a leather string. She's just begging for some wire wrapping and dangles from the lip, don't ya think?