I’m going to post some of my favorite beads in the next few days. Sometimes it’s just the color, but more often it’s a bead (or bead set) that I’m especially pleased with.
Like the picture says, these were made with silvered glass from Double Helix – nice glass, but around $100 a pound. I always laugh when I buy it because I think of all the things in the world I would NOT buy for a hundred bucks a pound, but, well, glass? Sure! Anyway, I wind a small amount of the silvered glass on the mandrel, and then add bits of very thin copper sheet that I’ve cut into strips or even punched with one of those little scrap book punch things. After positioning the copper bits on to the wound glass, the whole thing gets encased in a blob of clear. The nice bright copper-red is achieved when the copper is sufficiently heated.
Regarding the post title – I did some research on SEO today, so I’m wondering if that title will increase the hits ;-). (Just kidding, Google.)