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April 14, 2015

Winter Colour Diet :: Session #4

This session was sort of half struggle, half epiphany but helped me feel like this palette exercise is really starting to work for me again. It usually takes me three or four dedicated sessions to really settle into a new palette, and this time was no exception. It's nice to be seeing some progress!

This bead is just a blob made from my wigwag cane, flattened. I am sort of hooked on how the colours bleed together when I use the cane this way, so I will no doubt do some more of this.

This is really not a very attractive bead, but I really like the way the wigwag looks on top of it, and I love the separation lines I got in the Wood flowers, even if I feel that I should not have done them on this bead. The cane I used to make the base bead is a fun combination of Mint Lozenge, Shrubbery, and Slytherin.

I cannot for the life of me remember what colours I used here, but I got such interesting, organic effects that I really wish I'd written it down.

Here I used a core of Opal Yellow with the wigwag wrapped on it to make the base bead, using gravity to lengthen the blob of glass. I wish there was more contrast between the flowers and the background, but apart from that, I am pleased with how this one came out.

I just can't figure out what to do with Apple Blush other than hide it under and around other colours in ways such that it can barely be seen. It totally engulfed this poor bead.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this bead, and am still trying to decide what I would do differently next time. I sort of like the 3D-ness of the wigwag on the right, and I like the effect of swirling it where I've raked it out. I made the base bead out of at least three colours here (Opal Yellow, Evil Queen, Mint Lozenge) and then applied the wig-wag. Once I had it all melted in, I raked it out and did the swirls and the edge shaping.

Here's how the rainbow wig-wag looks heated like crazy and gravity-slumped. I wrapped it in Spanish Leather and decorated it with dots.

Looking back over the last few sessions, I can definitely see some big improvements in the beads which is great and sort of the whole point. I can't wait to show you the next beads :)