Saturday, January 19, 2013
I work with color a lot in my rugs, and I've always felt that that is one of the things I do reasonably well. In the rugs, I dye my own colors, and that makes a huge difference. When I first started beading, I was really frustrated because I couldn't just throw beads in a pot and make them any color I wanted. So I sort of de-emphasized color, and did a lot of work in a fairly limited palette. Then, more recently, I've started doing some seed bead pieces with more color, and have liked them. But with the gemstone pieces, I've still been working in a fairly limited color range, partly because at the moment I'm still pretty cheap and don't buy the more expensive gemstone beads. Also, I try to stay away from dyed gemstone beads. I must confess that I have wondered about these red agate beads. But Shipwreck Beads usually says when beads are dyed, and they don't list these as dyed, so I've been using them a lot. They punch up a piece nicely. I wish I could find a good blue too. I'm too cheap, at the moment, to buy lapis lazuli. I bought blue sodalite once and made a piece that looked pretty nice, but I had so much trouble with the beads breaking that I ended up taking it apart, and I've never bought sodalite since. Have any of you used sodalite, and what was your experience with it? I'd love to think I just got a bad batch, but wherever those pretty white inclusions appeared, the bead broke there. It was as if the white was just chalk. Any ideas?