In a dark corner of my glass stash, I had been hoarding a few rods of an old charge of Lauscha pink.This color is out of production for at least 5 years, I suppose and now I finally can let go. It makes wonderful striations and color shifts when striked. The beads in the picture here are decorated with fine silver dots all around.
These are from yesterday and today I made some in a gorgeous pink, a very old batch from Lauscha. I only had 2 small rods left and I made ribbed beads and some wrapped in fine silver; they are still cooling in the kiln!
Mostly the opaques look great, on the transparent colors the effect is less spectacular, I will try to etch some of them. Donna Felkner from www.cgbeads.com sells all different kinds of beadrollers, go and take a look at her site, but beware, they are addictive ;-)
I still do not know if I like the sparkling crystals with a medium amethyst stripe...
The focal debuted as a silvered ivory stringer over Zimmerman dark rose special,but then took a life on its own...
After that, frustration took over and since I did not want to finish my beadmaking session after only 3 beads, I challenged myself to work with something unusual.
Rummaging through my somewhat large stash of enamels, frit,metals and tools, I rediscovered the 2 beadrollers, simple and ribbed.
I love the look of the ribbed beads with opaque colors and will definitely make more of these, maybe some in a mix with transparents. I tried some in only transparent glass colors, but I will have to etch them first to make the ribbed look come through.
The simple round spacers are still difficult for me to shape rigth, they tend not to be perfectly round but have a slight hand-tooled look, there again I still have to decide if i like it or not.