Beading Back in Time – Early Civilization!

Today is the reveal for the Beading Back in Time Group – our time period this quarter was Early Civilization (3500 BC – 500 AD).  I had aspirations of getting more done, but being a single parent with lots going on, it just wasn’t possible.  I did make my version of faux Roman Glass. I originally wanted to also make Cleopatra beads (as shown in the photo below) but just didn’t have time.

Photo Credit – Siberian Times, 01 Feb 2013

I still will probably make some, just to see if I can get the same look and texture.  But on to the faux Roman Glass!

I decided to choose pale aqua and medium blue for the beads, as these colors seemed pretty prevalent in Roman Glass that I’ve seen. Treatments with baking soda and tumble etching with silicon carbide made the beads look “ancient” to me.

I like this pale aqua better – for whatever reason, this color took the treatments better and didn’t leave a residue of baking soda.

The medium blue ones are still interesting but there are areas where you can still see baking soda residue – if I made these again, I’d probably use less baking soda on them. Please look for a tutorial on Art Jewelry Elements on August 7th to see how I made these beads!  Thanks for looking!  Please check out everyone else’s creations!

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop

This is the second installment of the yearly Beading Back in Time blog group.  This quarter, the challenge was Early Human – make something that connects to the Early Human time period in the Earth’s history.

I was inspired by the Chauvet and Lascaux cave drawings in France but wanted to relate to the United States, so I studied Native American cave drawings.  I searched many web sites and google images and came up with the following cabochons.

These are the ones I am happy with.  Clearly my stringer control needs some work, but I think I did pretty good on these ones.  I did, however, run out of propane in the middle of doing one of the cabochons and it turned into a disaster!

The big blob was supposed to be the sun, but as I was making the cabochon, my propane was running out and totally fried the cab. The animal is supposed to be a caribou or deer or something, but just looks terrible.  I’ll be practicing these!

Have fun checking out what everyone else made in the Beading Back in Time group!

Lindsay Starr, Phantasm Creations:http://phantasmcreation.blogspot.com/2015/05/beading-back-in-time-blog-hop-challenge.html
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame: http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2015/05/beading-back-in-time-reveal-early-human.html

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop!

I’m part of a new group, Beading Back in Time, and today is the reveal for our blog hop challenge!  This quarter, our challenge was Pre-Human.  Make something from or with something that applies to the pre-human period in Earth’s history!

Here’s what I made.  I used one of my own Ammmonite Lampwork cabochons as the base.  I chose colors that I felt went well with the focal.

 I did a beading around a cabochon bezel and learned how to do a picot edge!  I was quite happy with myself!

 The spiral rope is made with matching beads, the clasp is bronze by Saki Silver.  I did a simple loop bail to attach the ammonite cab to the spiral rope.

Check out what the other members of Beading Back in Time made for this quarter’s challenge!