Saturday, February 21, 2009

Handmade Beads

Here are 4 of the beads I made yesterday whilst having a craft day at my dear friend Lynnette's house. Boy did we make some fab stuff !! We used the Ranger Melt Pot for all our crafting during the day and had a whale of a time.

The beads are made using the technique perfected by Leandra Franich (the owner of Paper Artsy in the U.K.) which uses a paper wrapped bead centre on a head pin which is multiple dipped into molten Clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). Inclusions are then trapped between the succesive coats of UTEE. Rather than go over the instructions here again click HERE to see them on her blog.

I used copper coloured head pins this time and various inclusions to add extra zing to the beads.

The bead above has its centre made with stripey paper and has gold flake inclusions.

This bead centre has a small all over flower stamped on a pale pink background with Versafine onyx black. This time some fine blue craftwire was wrapped round during dipping.

This last bead was made with a centre of red glitter paper and the craftwire this time was red also.
Hope you like them :-)

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  1. Wow Sid these are fantastic!!! Must get my melt pot out and give them a go

  2. Oh Wow! I SO have got to get myself a melt pot now.....

  3. Oh these are spendiferous - I just adore them. I am waiting for my UTEE Flex to arrive before I can have a go at those.

    They really are stunning and so original aren't they. I can't wait to see what you make with them.

    And a whole day crafting - I am so envious.

  4. Oooh, those are lovely. I must try them :D

  5. Fab Beads Sid, i cant wait to try this out, got my pot all ready, its just finding some spare time!

  6. Fabulous! Bet you and Lynette had fun making those!

  7. Oooh, these look lovely Sid - looks like you had fun! Love the blue wire in the middle one!

  8. These are wonderful beads, I definetely need to try this technique.


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