Recently, though, I've felt the need for something simpler. Something purely basic and easy on the eyes. Maybe it's that my creative muse is a bit weary these days, I don't know.
I've been inspired lately by the weak sunshine we've had - those somewhat sunny but still cool days that peek out during the springtime here in the Northwest. That subtle sunshine can be made even more beautiful when seen through transparent glass colors - rich purples, soft pinks, vivid greens, honeyed ambers and sparkling aquas. Without any opaque backgrounds to block the light, these transparent shades twinkle in the sun, bringing about feelings of summer warmth and cheeriness.
|Made in 2006 with Czech Tobacco (I think) and Effetre Ink Blue Violet|
It's been a long time since I made transparent flower buttons. I did a few several years ago as an experiment, and they were really pretty. Back then I was kind of all over the place creatively, so I moved on to other designs without really exploring the transparent nature of these beauties.
This last couple of weeks I have had occasion to make more, and they really can be addictive. I've been basing my bead designs to match the flowers I've been making - sort of letting the colors choose themselves by pairing transparents in pleasing combos that would look good in the sun.
|Effetre Lt & Med Topaz and Vet. Light Violet|
|Shank on back|
|Greens Eff. Olive and CiM Mojito|
|Pink is Vet. Rubino layered with Eff. Rosatto|
|Eff. Olive, Dk Lavender, Vet. Rubino|
|CiM Mojito, Vet Lt. Violet and DH Lt Aurae|
|Eff. Ink Blue, Dk.Lavender, Olive & Mojito|