Saturday, February 4, 2012

Roses of a Different Kind


As many of you who follow my blog know, I'm a HUGE flower lover, and often feature bead designs using a floral motif. I was recently contacted by someone who had seen my Peony Rose necklace that was published last year in Bead Trends (you can see my past blog post about it here). She asked me to not only recreate some of the same pink rose beads that she loved, but also a few more custom colors to use in her own jewelry designs. At first I thought they were a little unusual choices—but after I made them, I realized I really liked them too!

Olive Green Rose Bubble Beads
Black Rose Bubble Beads

Don't these look so dramatic and fun!? I love it when I get a challenge like this that opens my eyes to great new possibilities! I also made a variation of my Pink Roses, using a soft green base instead of clear glass…

Green and Pink Rose Bubble Beads

It takes me a about 45 minutes to an hour just to create the rose pattern in a thick glass cane. It involves constantly adding and spinning a huge wad of glass until the pattern is finished, then slowly melting it down (still constantly spinning!) and pulling it into a long cane or rod. When it cools down, I then cut it up into slices (aka "murrini") to use on my beads. By the time I'm finished with one murrini pull, my arms feel like noodles and it's time for a chocolate break! LOL

If it sounds like a lot of work—it is! But I really enjoy knowing my beads feature custom designs and colors that you can't find anywhere else. And when the beads turn out as nicely as these did and made my customer literally gasp with joy when she saw them—it's all totally worth it! *Ü*

I'm planning on making many more sets of these soon (as well as some other fun variations), since I have a few big Spring shows coming up where I'll be selling my beads and jewelry. And I'll probably list a necklace or two in my Etsy shop soon, so stay tuned! If you see anything you like here or would like to request a custom rose design of your own, please feel free to email me directly, or convo me through my Etsy shop HERE.


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