Tips & Techniques: Making Bright Transparent Beads with Shards
I have been experimenting for a while with using some of the denser Messy Color/CiM transparents as shards over clear beads to create brighter, lighter versions of these beautiful colors.
The colors that I think fall into this category are:
- Sangre – 511128
- Slytherin – 511483
- Leaky Pen – 511508
- Great Bluedini – 511590 ( also 511590-1 and 511590-2)
- Cranberry Pink – 511926-2 (this is a darker shade than regular 511926)
Sangre was the first Messy Color transparent that I really worked a lot with in this manner because it is such a beautiful Christmas Red. If I tried to make a solid Sangre core for a bead base, it would come out looking almost black because there is so much pigment in the glass, which was not the look I was going for.
|A solid tabular bead of Sangre, showing how dense this transparent color can be.||A bead made of clear and covered in Sangre shards to keep the red thin and bright , decorated with Ekho stringer.|
Blowing shards of Sangre and placing them over a clear core produces eye popping bright red beads that glow when light hits them. They look so good that I want to eat them.
If you are interested in producing a controlled design out of these very dense transparent colors, you can produce a very thin ribbon cane out of one of these colors and lay it down over a white base.
To make a ribbon cane, I make a wide end punty out of clear glass and put three or four 1 ½ inch rod pieces of what ever color I want and heat and mash the rod pieces into a glass wafer/rectangle, making sure to flatten out all the dips between the rods. I then put a punty on the other end of the wafer and heat it to the point that I can pull out a 2 foot ribbon cane.
|A white-heart bicone bead made with Sangre ribbon cane over Peace||A bead made with Peace core, covered in Sangre shards and decorated with a Aurae stringer and encased with clear.|
If you have never tried to use these transparent colors as shards or ribbon cane, you should give it a shot and see what you come up with.
|A solid tabular bead made with Leaky Pen, shows how dense this beautiful transparent blue can be.||Leaky Pen applied over a bead of Peace, showing what a lovely shade of blue you can achieve with a thinner application of Leaky Pen.|