Usually when you say “put a nice face on it” you’re talking about making the best of a not-so-hot situation but in this case I’m being literal: put a nice face (cane) on it (the bead).
The addition of a fancy or more complicated cane to a focal bead adds elements of interest you may not have space for on smaller, more tightly designed beads. Personally, I like to make little scenes or stories on the focal beads, setting up simple floral canes and more complex insect, face and animal canes as a part of a whole. These are the fronts of 4 recent ones:
The reverse of these beads have butterflies and other little details – you can see them in this flickr page.
Somewhere in the production of making a stack of new canes, beads and finished items for upcoming shows and online venues, I found the time to fool around with some new work and old favourites.
I hadn’t played with shrinky plastic for more than 20 years even though I’ve begun to see it around again, a lot. Friday I was stranded in a Michaels waiting for a thunderstorm to end and a pack called… The suns are based off of a large stamp of mine. One side shows the frosted side I coloured on, the other is shiny smooth top side. Tons of fun with these!
In the search for pretty icing on my food beads, I tried the very simple thinned out TLS as a sweet looking glaze. Voila! It worked. I thinned out a teaspoon of TLS with a few droppers of mineral oil and iced beads! Next, try with alcohol colouring.
The final ones are the end slices off some older face canes I reduced for my shop – I reduced them a little small (still perfect for beads though) so they are all a very reasonable $3.00 instead of the $3.50 or $4.00 my semi complex canes are. Distortion can sometimes be a fun thing.