This post is a continuation of my “Color Challenge,” and also the beginning of a new design concept. I’ve been looking for a technique that will make the bead design appear to shift and wave when the bead is turned. My idea was to design a bead that looked like flowing water. This was my first attempt:
Then I made the ripples on the water more intense to get more of a shifting look:
I was also looking for something I could make with really bright color, something psychedelic and multi-colored. Here is a photo of the test bead:
As I was making the bead, I realized that it looks a lot like fire. “Fire” would fit in perfectly with “Water” in a series designed around the four elments. Here is the Fire bead set I created:
So now I have water and fire! The next logical step would be to make air and earth. I’ll post whatever transpires next.