My newest round of Create Recklessly projects has been experimenting with dyes. I love to work with Faux Bone and other plastics, and up to this point have colored them mostly using alcohol inks. But I longed for deep, rich, durable color. After much trial and error, I have come upon some great dying techniques. Accidentally during these tests, I stumbled upon some glass fiber-reinforced nylon. When dyed, it almost looks like glass. Because it is slightly transparent, it almost glows in the daylight. Yet, it can be sawed and drilled just like metal. I think I am in love.
So, I chose this material for Kristi's piece. I wanted to pick up the colors of the beautiful patina on the copper. The entire piece is constructed by threading wire as screws using a tap and die. This includes the "dotted" beads, which each have 28 pieces of wire screwed into them and then rounded with a cup burr. No matter how hard I try, I can't get the color right in the photo...the pieces are a deep lavender and the round hanging spacers are fuschia.
These nylon pieces are a new staple on my bench and I can't wait to play with them some more.
Be sure to check out the amazing designs using Kristi's copper components!
Kristi Bowman Design http://dreamsomedesigns.
Jean Wells http://jeanawells.blogspot.
Melinda Orr http://orrtec.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Shannon Chomanczuk http://formysweetdaughter.
Pam Brisse http://bluebetween.blogspot.
Melissa Cable http://createrecklessly.
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Cindy Wimmer http://www.sweetbeadstudio.
Mary Harding http://
Karen Totten http://starryroadstudio.
Jan Molten Mayhem http://moltenmayhem.typepad.
Linda Landig http://lindasbeadblog.com/
Kristi Harrison http://kristibasket-
Kimberly Sturrup http://bahamadawn.blogspot.
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com/