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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Crackling experimentation



With these, I'm doing something I've never done before which I was always quite proud of. I've never used cutters for my floral beads up until now. I've been wanting to experiment with crackling for a while now, and this was really the only way to do it. I bought a few round cutters yesterday and pushed them into oval shapes. I'm still experimenting with different centers. I haven't found one that I totally love yet...

I've been using Daler-Rowney and Liquitex paints, along with inks and perfect pearls. Next, I think I'll try some Jone-Tones Foils and the foils that I got from Emma Ralph a loooong time ago :o)

Anyhow, these on the worktable now are getting ready for the oven. If you'd like to see some finished beads, check out my flickr site.

3 comments:

Kathi said...

oh lordy...there you go again with some of the most spectacular flowers. I really like this crackle technique you are using with them. gives thm a total different pop the the antiquing.

Susan Turney said...

Wow! When you click on the pic of the 2 beads you can really see all the beautiful colors! I've loved each new technique you've tried. You are going to have a fabulous show!!!!

Barb aka rubarb said...

Thanks Kathi and Susan! I'm still not at a point where I'm really happy with them, but I'll get there or at least close eventually :o)