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Starry Skies

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Starry Skies

I used a base of Creation is Messy Hades for these beads, it was a fantastic black to work with. It melted extremely smoothly, but was on the stiff side and produced very crisp lentils as a result. The frit is Val Cox’s “Silver Lake” which does this cool thing on black where lots of blue shows up around the edges. A very pretty effect.

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Two Sets for Spring/Easter

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Spring Flowers #1



Spring Flowers #2

These were going to be one big set but in the end I thought I’d split them up. They do go together though, if you had a bigger project in mind!

The lentil beads are quite big and chunky due to the raised surface decoration (they are my usual 18mm lentils, but much thicker than usual; also the raised dots on either side really add to the overall size – each one could easily be a focal bead). They are etched to a soft matte finish.

The rounds are a more donut shaped bead, they are made with frit and encased for magnification. They are not etched.

I used a soft hand pulled opaque lavender along with transparent light purple or light green. The flowers are Creation is Messy Thai Orchid over white.

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Cosmic Popcorn Butter with CiM Ghee

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I recently picked up some Ghee, one of Creation is Messy’s yellows. It is named after clarified butter, used in Indian cooking. It certainly melted like butter, it was lovely to work with. I decided to try it with raku frit and I got some fantastic results. It is more of an organic shade of yellow, and it seems to become more caramelized looking the longer you work it.

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Cosmic Popcorn Butter on Etsy

Link to my page on Ghee
Link to the CiM Website for Ghee

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Fruit Salad Discs

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Fruit Salad Discs

These are really bright and fun. I can’t remember all the colours I used. I know the light lemony yellow is lemon meringue, a Vetrofond odd. The opaque orange colour (that looks sort of pinkish in the pics but really isn’t, I tried so hard to fix that in photoshop but I couldn’t do it without making everything else look weird!) is Vetrofond odd orange punch. I’m pretty sure the transluscent yellow used on the inside of the lemon ones was lt lemon yellow (Moretti). The opaque green is Moretti pea green. I think the transluscent orange was Vetrofond intense tangerine. I guess I did remember most of them after all!