One of the things I love about Facebook is being directed to tutorials concerning subjects of interest to me. For instance, I’d been playing with swirls and lentil polymer beads when I spotted a link chock full of helpful hints. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Oq0G54jIYk Thanks to Cindy Lietz, my beads look much better and I understand about getting the colors more or less where I want them. If you haven’t seen this video, you just might want to!
A few months ago, I made red and white and ivory canes based on a quilt pattern design. I made them in various sizes of squares and put them away thinking they would be great for the Christmas holidays. This week they came out of their box and I started making buttons and earrings.
What to do with the scraps? Lentil swirl beads of course! I’m having such fun forming my polymer balls and putting the scrap canes in a band around the outside. Then I take my clear acrylic sheet, start the circular motion and watch the bands become swirls. Mesmerizing!
I’ve tried making buttons from them by drilling a shank effect in the back and there is undoubtedly an easier way of doing that. I still need to file the openings but needed to put this photo in the post. Suggestions?
|The drilled hole goes through the back of the bead.|
Last night’s project was a necklace. I took some square bone beads, some carved beads and my red/ivory swirl lentil bead and went to work. This Holiday Necklace is the end result and will be my newest addition to my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign