Absolutely gorgeous brown and blue beads.

Remember the reverse bicone beads that I was so excited about? I got even more excited about a color combination that I have been trying to achieve for two years. Yes. TWO YEARS. The perfect brown with the perfect blue. I finally achieve it. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous?

I’m moving into a new ‘era’ in the way I work and spending more time on projects. This set took two days to make…not counting the two years I’ve been trying to get this color combo right. Two days! I’ve never worked that long on a set of beads. I cannot begin to tell you how puffed up I felt when the first five came out of the kiln. It was all the incentive I needed to finish the full set.

Don’t they just knock your socks off? The only thing that could make them better? If some of them didn’t have hairline cracks. GRRRRR! I should have known better! DO NOT ENCASE PASTELS WITH TRANSPARENT CHECK GLASS! I don’t have the brain cells to figure out 15% and 25% ratios of what is safe. A good rule of thumb for me? Don’t encase with Check Glass.

I’m a little leery to try this with the Effetre glass I have too because one of the ambers (lt, med or dk) has a compatibility problem too and I’m not sure which one. Someone tell me…why is it that I don’t work only with Bullseye that is fully compatible with itself?

But, lesson learned; skill gained. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have other great color combos up my sleeve. I’ll be kicking myself that I wasted three days (yes, I made more today before I realized it)…and so close to my shows. Will I be ready in time at this rate? Stay tuned. Show season officially starts October 18. (I’m not counting last months flop).

Kitty Litter Inspired Woman to New Artistic Heights

Do you wonder how people come up with really cool color combinations? I like to think of myself as a student of color. My focus has always been on layering colors and creating new colors. I love though, the color combinations that other people come up with. How the colors lay next to each other and highlight and accent each other. That doesn’t come to me naturally. That’s one that makes me have to think a little bit and I don’t like thinking too much. I like it when things flow out of me naturally.

kitty litter imageBut anyway, while writing a post for my other blog, the illustration picture was of, well, kitty litter. When I went to optimize the picture in Photoshop, the setting was set for the graphic I was working on previously to the .gif format. It showed, what I think is, the breakdown of the colors in the image. I was pleasantly surprised to see that clean kitty litter really has some beautiful colors.

At first glance the kitty litter looks pretty bland, boring and brown, like most everything else around me here in the middle of the desert. We forget to look more closely at what colors are really in there…at least, I do.

kitty litter breakdown - what makes kitty litter color

Look what Photoshop gave me when I used ‘save for web’ and choose the gif format. Of course, the steel blue scoop adds to the spectrum here but wow. Seeing something broken down this way has given me a whole slew of ideas. Why does that happen? I’m in production mode and this is twice in two days that I’ve been bombarded with new ideas. Anyway. Pretty cool, huh?