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This week are in the Humblebeads Studio.
In September I took a workshop with the Vintaj gang in Galena and one of the projects was using a melting pot with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) and a beautiful palette of embossing powders.
Basically you add the colored powders on the brass blank and then the clear UTEE. It melts together into this little bit of mixed media heaven that looks like a little painting. Jess shared with us a trick to make the UTEE matte and oh, that's so lovely with my beads!
During the workshop I wasn't sure if the melt art stuff was for me, so I waited and let the ideas percolate until I decided I really did want to play more with the melting pot and UTEE. They almost remind me of enamel and in fact I have played around with adding them to dapped disks to create a faux enamel design.
I put together these fun necklaces for a show a few weeks ago mixing in copper leaf chain, Czech glass and some of my branch disks with my favorite gunmetal findings and chain.
Which got me thinking, my little branch disk beads are the workhorse of most of my designs. I'm constantly using them in my pendants, necklaces and earrings. And my other go-to beads are Czech glass, vintaj brass and gunmetal findings.
So my question for you this week - what are your go-to beads, the trusty ones that you stock up on and use in the majority of your designs.
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