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Ocean Swirl Lentils

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Ocean Swirl Lentils

This is such a pretty combo of colours. And not that hard to do either! The secret is silvered ivory stringer – you burnish some silver foil into dark ivory and pull into stringer – and it reacts on the surface of other ivory glass to produce a really neat effect. It always makes me think of a sparkly sandy beach so I love to pair it with transparent aqua.

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Polka Dots in Yellow & Light Turquoise

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Blue & Yellow Polka Dot Lentils

This is a favorite combination. I think most of the opaque blues and yellows react in this way – creating a thin band of reaction where the colours meet. These are dark yellow and light turquoise, two of my favorite colours because they really pop (and they do so even moreso when they are together).

I’ve been on a lentil kick lately, but I am thinking of buying a new press. Maybe if I sell a few things on Etsy. I am thinking of the Slim Nuggets on Zoozii’s, or possibly the Kalera. Any thoughts on what you would like to see?

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Big Bright Bumpies

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Big Bright Bumpies on Etsy

These beads used dark yellow (not really that dark), mango coral (came out kind of soft and peachy looking as far as corals go, very pretty), and one of the Moretti odds “Venetian Sunrise” which comes out to a really beautiful forest green. They are quite chunky bumpy beads in one of my favorite styles of stacked bumps on bumps.

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Black with periwinkle and light turquoise

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Black, Aqua and Periwinkle Lentils

Swirling glass together is great. This ones have a black base, and I used light turquoise (a really lovely opaque aqua blue), and periwinkle (another great opaque in a really soft shade of purple). I leave the base hot while I add more colours so that they mix together somewhat. I use a bit of clear stringer plunged into the hot face of the glass to create the little “twist” part.

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Back to “work”

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I took a bit of a break from online selling over last summer, there were several reasons. I got married in August and there was a whole lot of planning leading up to that obviously! My mom and I were still active at our local craft shows, and we did a few shows over Christmas. Between work and school and all that, I just didn’t have time to sell my beads online.

Anyway I am now jumping back in to the online market, I think I am going to stick with Etsy. Today I listed a set that I made, very high contrast combo of black and brights which I enjoyed very much.