In this next set, I paid careful attention to what I was doing.
*I did NOT burn off the silver leaf until the end.
*I used a strip of silver leaf the length of the sheet and 1/4" wide. The entire strip went on one bead.
*Burnish the silver to the bead well.
*I made my ruby dots medium sized, rather than very large.
*I worked cool until it was time to melt it all together.
*After I melted it all down, I added another ruby dot on top of the melted ones, because I wanted the pink to pop.
*After melting in the last ruby dots, I added transparent teal dots.
*I then struck the pink one more time.
*No blue was added to this set.
I found that if you melt the silver off first and/or you work hotter, you will get more green and it will be darker.
Here are some examples of other’s work and how this technique can look so different from artist to another. Each one is unique and absolutely beautiful!
Thanks to the following artists who let me use their photo's as examples!
”Lauscha Prussian blue base with all of Allison’s color suggestions on top, plus a lot of foil and then encased. Some have a dark. amethyst base plus copper green, which for some reason gave the whole bead a metallic look.”
“There is no ruby gold in these beads. It's silvered EDP all the way. Black beads, dark amethyst on some, striking orange transparent and transparent aqua or green on some, ink blue or clear on some.”
Jill's variation, dotted with ink blue.
“A base bead of Lauscha medium blue transparent, heavy silver foil burnished well and slowly burned off to leave a field of very fine silver dots. Big rubino dots almost melted in. Cover rubino dots with Moretti dark lavender transparent, melt everything in, trying to stay cool to keep the rubino red. (This one I really love because it lets the light shine through quite a bit!)
**Jill (Jillie Beads)
“I encased a white rod with ruby gold, applied silver foil and pulled stringers.
Amy (dark13ootique) aka ‘Torch by Night’
“Rubino, ink blue and amethyst”.
Here are some examples of other base colors and accent dots. I will now leave this up to your imagination!
I want to thank everyone for the great response to my original post on this...
and mostly I would like to thank Valorie Cox for all her time and great proof reading she provided!! Your the best!