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Mountain Focal Bead
In this tutorial there are a few simple steps to a completed mountain scenery bead not counting prep and annealing time it should take about 20 minutes to do start to finish.
1. Lay down some powdered frit or enamel (optional) in your favorite sky colors on your marver plate or other non flammable surface. Make sure it is in an area that it will not get disturbed until needed. I sometimes use deep blue or purple depending on the base color. For my base color I use black, white and transparent cobalt blue, sometimes ink blue or a combination of several. You will also need a rod of light ivory, stringer of black, stringer of light ivory, grey or pale blue. Also some hair thin black stringers as well for details if you wish.
2. With a larger mandrel, size choice is up to you but 3/16th is the size I like to use for larger beads. Take your black rod and wind a nice donut bead, next wrap a smaller bead of white (or ivory is fine too) right next to the black bead. Shape the top of the white to look cone shaped.
3. Case the white with transparent cobalt, ink blue or what ever color you like as long as it is a bit lighter then the black. Reshape to round bottomed cone shape.
4. When you are happy with your bead shape, flatten it by pressing the bead on the sky enamel color you set out earlier. You can do one side or both depending on the look you want. I do one sided focals.
5. Take your light ivory and squiggle some mountains right across the middle and upper middle with varying heights with peaks…. You know... so it looks like mountains.
6. You can add some “snow” on the foreground it does not have to cover it completely, this will help in an illusion of shadows under the trees.
7. Taking your black stringer or thin rod stripe in some tree trunks in places where you want trees to be.
8. Put a moon in the sky if you want one. Melt in a big dot of white then top it with a transparent pale aqua melting that in as well or leave it slightly raised to give it a more 3D effect.
9. Here is where you will want to add some branches to your trees. I choose to make my trees look like the black spruce that I used to see in Anchorage. I leave some branches raised and do some melted in.
10. Now add some highlights in light ivory or pale grey or blue to the trees in various places on the moon side of the trees. Some on the trunk of the tree some on the branches. This will give it some depth and interest.
11. Take your black hair thin stringer and add some squiggles to the mountain and a few teeny tiny trees along the base of the mountain to give it the look of trees in the distance. This is purely optional as well.
This is how I make my mountain beads.