Color variation in lampworked beads

Posted by Julia Gerlach
on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As you may have heard, Bead&Button is celebrating 20 years of publication with our December 2013 issue! One of the projects in the issue is this beautiful necklace by our own Connie Whittaker, which features our special 20th anniversary commemorative bead by Lydia Muell. Lydia is a highly talented bead maker and has turned out a whole bunch of these beads to help us mark the occasion. When the box of beads arrived the other day, I got the chance to look through them and, seriously, I could have spent all day pouring over them.

While they are all the same design, the variables involved in making glass beads means that each one is slightly different from the next. On some, the background color is a vibrant honey color while on others it is a more muted tone. Likewise the petals in the floral motif -- some are a bright berry, and others verge on pink. The photos shown here illustrate some of the variations between the beads. Lydia explained that the color in the glass she's using actually develops while it's in the flame and that some of the variations have to do with how the precious metals in the glass react in the fire. Lydia is planning to write a blog post about this experience -- we'll let you know when that goes live!

We're going to be using this bead in jewelry designs throughout 2014. You can order one for yourself here. They're selling fast, so don't delay!

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