Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ebony and Ivory

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend and that you didn't eat too much!

On Black Friday I did what I always do. Stay home. I have no desire to go out to the stores and deal with the crowds!

I bought another wonderful tutorial from Lynda Moseley. I cannot sing Lynda's praises enough. Her tutorials are fabulous.

This one is called "How to Create Fabulous Faux Bone and Ivory." In this tutorial she includes 8 faux bone recipes and 3 faux ivory recipes. I haven't yet started on the faux bone yet but I will soon enough!

The beads you see in this photo are done with one of her signature faux ivory mixtures. It is a really lovely color and quite translucent which you may not be able to tell from the photo. But trust me it is a wonderful color.

I find myself enjoying repeat patterns. I think it must be related somehow to my years as a graphic designer when I would have to create borders for text books and other graphic elements.

A good friend of mine used to design textiles and I was always amazed at the way she could see repeat patterns in her minds eye. It is an acquired skill.

Me, I am still quite surprised when I sand away the excess pearl ex to see what my design will look like. it is very exciting to sand it off to see what lies beneath! I never liked sanding until it meant a big reveal!

Now I find myself sanding away! Although I still need to be careful of my repetitive stress from sanding. My holding hand gets very cramped. It was one of the reasons I stopped enameling. The sanding was killing me!


Susan Lenz said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! Your beads are AWESOME and your photos of them are totally incredible!

Chris said...

Beautiful Roberta! These are my new favorites! :o) I use one of those little pen-vise hand drills to hold the bead while sanding...helps keep you hand from cramping.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks Susan and Chris!

Chris, I will have to try that with the pin vise.

Mª Reyes said...

Te ha quedado una imitación preciosa. Besos