Ok, here I am, thinking, Dang! This is one big bead I'm working on here! Awesome! This is going to be so big it will just have to sit on the table like a paperweight!
And here it is, just a little bigger than a quarter (yes I know that's a penny in the picture). But he's cute, right? I'm pretty happy with him for a first try. I had to do the tail first, encase it, then attach it to the legs and body, encase again and then add his top half. The bead is flat on the back, as I thought it was just getting sooo big I didn't want to add a lot more glass to make it round.
So that was my one fancy bead from yesterday. Tuesday I did another with fishies. The flowers aren't as big, so the proportion is probably better than Monday's:
It's a fat lentil shape, hopefully should be easy to design with. Now, I decorate all of these on both sides, because somebody
we all know and love is a detail fanatic and looks at everything from every conceiveable angle, and we agree that it is annoying when things aren't decorated on the back. I think this is doubly true for pendants, which do move around a lot.
BUT, these beads are going to be really expensive anyway, and I wonder if they would actually sit better in a design if they were plain or even flat on the back. It would cut the cost some, and I could just do flowers, so it wouldn't be completely blank...
Designers, help me out here!
To answer your design question, I like the whole shebang to put it mildly and would love to have your fishy one above. Noralie
I can see both sides (no pun intended). Flat would certainly be practical, but plain is so...well, plain. Would it be practical to make some tinier flowers that could be entirely "submerged" on the back side of the bead?