I made a very similar focal bead last week, but that bead had a tiny little imperfection. I think I touched it in the kiln with another hot bead, and there was a nearly invisible scratch in the encasing.
So I took the opportunity to give away that first bead to one lucky Facebook fan. Here you can see our dog Pasta drawing the name of the winner:
Congratulations again to Linda, who won the original focal bead. She wants to create a pendant and dangle 4mm Swarovski crystals from it and put it on a copper or silver chain. We’re all excited to see Linda’s creation!
Never one to keep rest until I’m happy, I sat down yesterday and did a retake on exactly the same bead. The result you can see above, and this time I took especially care not to have another kiln accident.
Because I love this design so much (adapted from the Fire Opal tutorial by Amber – Naos), I made also a set of matching lentils.
Both items are currently listed for auction at Ebay. Click here.