Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Love Affair Hate Affair with Chalcedony Glass by Gaffer

Those of you who know me know that I have a love affair-hate affair with Chalcedony glass by Gaffer. Lately, I have to admit, it's been a love affair. Colors are popping. Shapes are shaping. Beautiful things are coming out of the kiln.

I made this necklace--------------->
using components I made with Chalcedony glass. The focal is, of course, Chalcedony. The tube beads and the cube beads are also Chalcedony glass. The head pin was made with Chalcedony glass. This is part of my love affair with this glass.

I made this heart ----------------->
using blue Chalcedony Glass by Gaffer. It's an off mandrel heart.
Chalcedony doesn't like to be sculpted as much as it likes to be made into a bead. I'm very pleased with the colors that popped from this heart. You can see this in my Etsy store.

I love this bicone! ---------------->
The colors really popped from that inner skin. I'm debating whether I should keep it or not. I have to think about it.

I call this bead--------------------->
The colors really popped. I used both blue Chalcedony and Chalcedony in this bead.

This is truly one of my favorite Chalcedony Beads. I love the idea of butterflies and spring! (Bring on spring she said as the temperatures began to dip!) Like I said, Chalcedony doesn't like to be sculpted, so the colors don't necessarily pop. I do think I got some okay colors from this bead. I also think that the okay colors really make this bead look great. It's in my Etsy store.

I have to admit, it's been more love than hate with this glass lately. Woohoooo! Try it. I think you will like it! If not, just send me the glass. I have a love affair hate affair with it, and I will love it, I think!


Miss Val's Creations said...

The necklace is fantastic! I love the cylinder beads!

kelleysbeads said...

Ooooh, that bicone bead ROCKS! I think I would have to hold onto that for a few weeks before being able to part with it and get it listed in Etsy :)

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

Jealous. LOVE the necklace & love the heart. Think we need a little Chalcedony time on Tuesday. :o)