Last spring, when I did my 'Spring Fling' colour diet, I kept a journal of all the beads I made and the things I learned about the colours I was using. I found that just going through the exercise and forcing myself to stare at and critique the beads really helped me to avoid repetitive mistakes and to capitalize on neat things I might otherwise not have noticed.
I didn't have a blog last spring when I did this, but since I do now I might as well do it here :)
These beads are from the palette before I 'finalized' it, although all of the colours used in them are still with me. Thus, this is session 0 of 8. If you missed my post on why/how I am doing this restrictive palette thing, you can read that post here.
The little lentil on the left is made with Seashell Swirl, Silvered Ivory Stringer (SiS) and a little bit of Taxco Silver Turquoise (which I didn't reduce). The nugget on the right is Okey Dokey Artichoky, Seashell Swirl, and SiS. Both beads have a motley mixture of Striking Color frit on them - I was given little samples of them and just dumped them all into the same container to save space, and I rather like the result.
I made these two beads with my new Zoozii's Medium+ Duo press, which I don't have the complete hang of yet. The nugget shape is giving me particular trouble because it seems to want to leave little ridges on the ends of the beads. I'll go back to war with it tomorrow.
I like some of what this monster has going on, and don't like other parts of it. I want to try the plunged dichro thing again because that turned out kind've cool but the other side of the bead needs some rethinking.
These colours are pretty fun to use together, and I'm looking forward to the next 8 sessions with them!