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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Trying Something Different

This week's Find Your Voice's challenge was to combine two known beadmakers' styles into a single bead.
So I came up with this fish.

One does sculptural work and the other has a very organic, kind of ancient feel to her work. I knew this would be fun and an excellent idea for beadmakers to try new things.

So I started with a base of that CIM color that looks kind of mossy green, (anyone know the name?) and I added some stripes and details. I was hoping they'd show through the assorted enamels that I sifted over it afterward.

I added a little frit to the body (forgot to reduce it, darn it.) and then added silver foil to the fins.

I really loved how it looked right out of the kiln, but if I was going to make it look ancient and more of the one beadmaker's style, then I had to acid etch it too. I left it in for about half an hour. I was sorry that there was just a smidgen of silver left, but knew that would probably happen.

The best part of Sylvie's class assignment , is that made me do something that I don't normally do. The colors are different, the style is different and you know what, I had a great time making Magda. (You didn't know that's her name, did you?) . So now I'm challenging you. Try picking two styles and combining them. Send me a link so I can see what you did. I'd love to see the results.

See you tomorrow.