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Friday, January 28, 2011

Blue Opalite

According to the Rings and Things website, Opalite is a manmade quartz, and is also known as moonstone quartz, opalized quartz, or sea opal.  I wonder how one goes about making a new quartz?

Their description reads with words like "ghostly" and "shimmery".  I think I'd rather go with shimmery.  I'm not too keen on the ghostly look.  From the pictures, it looks like a pretty opal blue color with a rainbow effect.  I think I'd like to try these sometime.  I'll bet it looks really nice with pewter or antique silver findings.  Because this is a "cool" color, I'd probably end up accenting it with smaller beads in a warm color like brown or topaz.  Have you used opalite yet?


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Red Panda Beads: d'Olivia Jewelry

Red Panda Beads: d'Olivia Jewelry: " Tuesday's Treat :) Diane is the owner of d'Olivia Jewelry. She has an etsy store where she sells her jewelry creations.&nbsp..."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Black and White Lampwork Bracelet

I always like a black and white color pallette, so here I go again!  I've used flat shell disc beads with rondelle lampwork beads.  The rondelles have a black and creamy white swirl pattern that is encased in clear glass which gives it some nice depth.  I bought these lampwork beads some time ago before I improved my record-keeping skills, so now I have no idea where they were purchased and cannot buy any more of them.  Ah, I wish I had more!  (a common complaint from me)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pearl Color Comparison - Browns and Tans

I'm a big fan of colored glass pearls, and I have always found a great selection at Auntie's Beads .  I am always curious how the colors will look in real life, despite reading their descriptive names and looking at the web site photos.  Today I'm doing a color comparison for some of their pearls in brown and tan shades.  This may help the prospective buyer, or just some eye candy for the rest of you!

First, of course, would be pearls with the name of chocolate.  Who can't resist that?  These have a nice milk chocolate color and look positively scrumptious!
Next is the Vintage Rose.  Although there is a small bit of pink or mauve in this color, it is dusty and muted enough that I am including it in the "tan" category.  This is a very pretty color and could really be outstanding in a vintage-inspired design.

The next two are the problem children.  Not that I don't love them, and they certainly are beautiful!  It's just that I would give them different names.  These are the pearls with the name of "Champagne."

I have never drunk champagne that color.  If anything, it looks like sherry.  There is definitely a golden tan color here.  Pretty, but champagne?  Here is a necklace with the SHERRY colored pearls.
Next are the Golden Bronze pearls.  I will not go so far as to say these look like they could be called champagne, no I will not say it. 

The Golden Bronze are not nearly as golden as the Champagne.  Actually, I would rename the Golden Bronze as Almondine, since they are closer to the color of Marconi almonds. 

The photo above shows all four colors together so you can see the comparison.  The smallest are the "Champagne".  Next smallest is the "Vintage Rose".  These all look wonderfully pearly and have a weight similar to a genuine pearl.  Colored glass pearls are great because they have such a uniformity and usually have a slightly bigger hole for stringing than the ones nature made.  I can't wait to use more of these in my designs!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sleeping Garden

It's January, it's cold, there's a bit of snow out.  The garden does not look like much right now.
I'm spending my time on indoor activities at this time of year.  It's nice to take a break from gardening for a bit.  Before I know it, I'll be planting vegetables again, and shaking my fists at the darn rabbits!