This should be from Cinco de Mayo, but these beads only appeared in the past few days, so ... better late than never!
I started out with an idea... bright colors on a black background, inspired by a set of beads in a gallery online.
At first, looking at this "set" of beads, I thought, PA Dutch. But, as I looked at the a little longer, I was reminded of the beautifully embroidered Mexican blouses. Usually, the designs are on unbleached muslin, but sometimes on black... So, these are my PA Dutch/Mexican beads! It made me think of my lampworking friend, Rachel, who is of Mexican descent and how when we get together (me being PA Dutch), fun and pretty things result.
One of the beads that came out of this effort was a cone bead. I plan to string it as a pendant with a cascade of other beads of the same colors coming out the bottom. This may give you an idea of my plan.
The entire "set" shows the cone bead along with a couple of multicolored florals, then a leaves and hearts bead. The last five beads on the strand are leaves with flowers - in pinks and turquoises.
Click on the picture for a better look.
I have a pretty good idea of what I will do with the turquoise flowered beads. They remind me of Forget-me-nots and I want to make them into a bracelet along with a stamped link...
I'll have to do a follow-up post when these are finished.
The last few times I torched, it was really for a swap I am involved in, but these beads are somewhat different from what I have been doing lately and they have inspired these differet ideas that I will have to keep at least the ones I talked about using.
Something else sort of different came out of the kiln too...
Thee are some nice round beads with silvered ivory, intense black, murinis and contrasting random dots.
I think these will be part of my swap project.
I'm liking them too and would like to make some actual sets like this... maybe all in one color!
Sets do seem to be escaping me lately. I'm just having fun experimenting and one thing seems to lead to another rather than just copying the same thing over and over.