|Glass used: Vetrofond Black, Effetre White and Double Helix Aether.|
|My favorite bead uses encased white stringer with masked black and white dots.|
For black, I primarily use Vetrofond Black. It's sad, though, because it's been discontinued and I can't find it anywhere anymore. I am down to my last two rods (!!) I am hoping that CiM Hades will work in its place, but we'll have to see.
Most other black glasses I have used have similar issues. They either spread, feather or discolor any pale opaque color used with them.
Some black glasses are actually made that way on purpose (Effetre Intense Black for instance). Some beadmakers are very adept at using that property to their advantage when making beads with organic, freeform designs.
Vetrofond Black is great, because it is based in blue and not purple, and it seems to be darker and to have more stability. So the lines are really crisp, and there is very little bleeding.
CiM has several black glasses, and I have read that Hades is the best when it comes to stability and darkness. Yey! In the meantime, I am going to keep my eye out for stashes of Vetrofond Black.
|Beads with designs close to the holes|
I've also been focusing on asymmetry - making the designs pull focus toward the hole and not toward the center of the bead. Just for fun and visual interest.
Next week, it's back to fall colors, I think. I really do love autumn, so hopefully inspiration will find its way back to me. :)
These are all available on my website of you're interested.