Thursday, 25 November 2010

Revisiting bubbles

These blue bubble beads are to go with the very cold weather we're having at the moment. We haven't got any snow here at the moment (how about where you are?) But it's so cold that the frost doesn't seem to have melted in bits of the garden where the sun hasn't reached like the North side of hedges etc.

The beads are made with a base of CIM Sapphire (a colour which I adore) and they've been encased in Halong bay. The bubbles have taken on the light blue frostiness which makes them feel very sharp and even colder than clear glass would.

Brrr ... I needed warming up so I have made a Topaz version (a cognac amber colour) with straw yellow bubbles this morning so hopefully I'll warm up a bit when they're ready to come out of the kiln. I'll be making jewellery with them all tomorrow!


  1. Hi Sue,
    These beads are magnificent!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I wanted to reply to your comment personally but you do not have the comment hooked to your email (don't blame you there!).

    I didn't feel my post was wasting my time because they were my feelings and I have a right to write about my feelings on my blog, but also these people were posting inaccurate, damaging things about me, my work and my business on public forums and that needs to be addressed and responded to.

    I am grateful that I have supportive people to uplift me and encourage me to go forward, thank you for being one of them.

  2. Hi Shannnon, nice to see you over here, thank you for your beady feedback.

    I quite often use my blog to vent as well, it feels good to have a bit of a moan from time to time. Gets stuff out of the creative clogging system. :-)


  3. Ah! You got the CiM Sapphire to bubble, too! I love that unexpected feature. Beautiful beads and set!

  4. Hiya Jenn. I do get tiny bubbles in Sapphire when I heat it as fast as I normally do, I find I have to work it a little cooler than usual to stop them forming. These (much bigger) bubbles were put in intentionally by rolling the Sapphire in baking soda before encasing. The heat of the encasing glass forces bubbles of carbon dioxide to appear from the baking soda. :-)


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