|Escutcheon chandeliers, listed|
|Rose medals, will be listed soon|
|Reds chunky choker, listed|
|Long chandeliers, listed|
|Elephant necklace, will be listed soon.|
Did you know that it's really easy to add some color to mother of pearl and most shell beads and such? This disc below that I used for the clasp started out a regular white/cream. I plopped it in a black rit dye bath and it ended up a lovely grey. It's not a superficial dyeing either--the shell is porous enough that it gets it all the way through. I love the look because it still retains all the natural iridescence and variations in tones. I've also managed some color removal with a diluted bleach bath on commercially dyed shell, which always seems way too saturated.
Tonight I will be experimenting with the now-fully-dried air dry clay beads. I jumped the gun two nights ago and tried while they were apparently still undry. Two came out okay, but a couple broke when I used the bead reamer. So it's just not worth being impatient. Can't rush things.
I also bought a toy pottery wheel! $20. I call it a toy because it's plastic, features all primary colors, and is made for kids. But it's not a toy in that it (supposedly) actually works. I'll probably try it out tonight!