I have been testing frit for Dee at http://www.etsy.com/shop/deepoole (her website – Ju-San http://www.ju-san.co.uk/Lampwork%20frit.htm ) oooh! She has some wonderful things – I have my eye on mermaid tiles, shells and the Steampunk ones would be fab for my kitchen…but before I get carried away, I need to post some results!
Bath Bubbles Cool crisp opal blues and turquoises with a hint of violet
This is a lovely vibrant blue blend, I used it on Effetre orange:
I encased in clear and plunged a cold clear stringer in two places and twisted until it would twist no more, then melted off the stringer.
Next over Effetre Yellow Ochre – I overloaded this one and so it has completely overshadowed the base but gives a very pleasing look of stormy seas. I ran a wind of clear over and dragged it to create the swirl effect.
Finally, I made a base bead of Effetre baby blue:
Pond Life Six shades of ocean greens and turquoise
This one immediately reminded me of light airy glades and ponds, so I put some on a yellow ochre base and on the back of the little frog clinging to the bead! He thinks he is camoflaged!
I liked vibrancy of this frit, so I dressed one of my ladies in some:
I think she likes her new outfit!
Here it is on Effetre Copper Green:
Update: Dee has been making lots more lovely frit blends and I have had the pleasure of testing them for her – a little pinch of this, a little less of that – ah! Just right! You can find them here http://www.ju-san.co.uk/Lampwork%20frit.htm
So, these beads were made using Peach Confetti, a lovely delicate mix of pinks and peach. It behaves well, can take a bit of heat and reacts nicely on different backgrounds – I especially like it on white.
Pompeii is lovely – bright and cheerful and great on a variety of backgrounds – oranges, vermillion and blue!
Aquarius – rich blues, aqua and turquoise with a touch of warm orange. I love the effect when swirled!
Valentino – Romantic and rich, this frit lends itself to so many different types of bead.
Floribunda – gorgeous eclectic mixture for a bit of sophistication! Lovely reactions going on on this purle background.
Summer Hols – my favourite! Reminds me of the height of Summer – full blooms, tropical islands….
Kee watching this page as I will update each time a new blend is ready – there are a couple more in progress right now but am keeping them under wraps at the moment – top secret!! 😉