Saturday, May 27

Rediscovering Effetre Colors - Spanish Leather 423

I'm excited to share with you one of my latest experiments with silvered ivory and Effetre colors. Silvered ivory is a wonderful technique that involves melting fine silver and Effetre ivory together to create beautiful stringers that can be used for decoration. In this post, I'll show you how I used silvered ivory and Effetre Spanish Leather to make a stunning set of beads.

Effetre Spanish Leather 423 is a rich red brown color that has a lot of depth and variation. It works well with silvered ivory because it contrasts nicely with the ivory and creates interesting patterns and effects. I decided to make a set of beads with different shapes and sizes, including a heart, flat tabs and round dotted beads. I also added some spacers to give more options for jewelry making.

Here are some pictures of the finished beads:

I'm really happy with how they turned out! The silvered ivory adds a lot of texture and hints of sparkle to the beads, and the Spanish Leather gives them a warm and earthy feel. I think they would look great in a necklace or bracelet, or even as earrings.

If you want to try this technique yourself, here are some tips:

- Use 99% fine silver wire or foil, not sterling silver, as it will react with the ivory and create unwanted colors.
- Heat the ivory until it glows, then wrap the silver around it and melt them together.
- Pull the silvered ivory into thin stringers and let them cool.
- Use a neutral or slightly reducing flame when applying the stringers to the base bead.
- Experiment with different angles and directions of the stringers to create different effects.

I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. 

This is a another overlooked Effetre glass that is economical in price and currently in stock at Nortel in Toronto.

If you want to try this glass or any other glass that I use in my blog, I recommend you to order from Nortel. They have a huge selection of CiM, Double Helix, Riley Dichro and glass frit that you can choose from. They are very friendly and helpful too!

These would be great with an etched surface for a faux stone finish and tactile feel.


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