Add cane glass ice to cool summer designs
Bethany Waldrop Keiper"Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, Whether the summer clothe the general earth -- With greenness. . . Or if the secret ministry of frost, Shall hang them up in silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet Moon." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Frost at Midnight"
When the summer's heat reaches its peak, it feels nice to take a moment and think about cooler days, when white sunlight gave snowscapes an icy crystal glow, or when icicles glittered with a promise of a watery, dripping thaw to come. High quality cane glass has always reminded me of icicles -- of swirling colors captured within an everlasting icicle.By incorporating this beautiful glass into your designs, you can bring a cool-as-ice refreshment to summer's hottest days.
Longer, more slender pieces of cane glass lend themselves quite easily to designs in bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and anklets.
Stack up a pair of perfect earrings combining cane glass and sparkling bicones. Select a piece of cane glass for your focal bead, then add a smaller bicone below it, and graduated bicones on top. Use bicones in the same colors found inside the cane glass.
Cool-as-ice aqua blue and grape-popsicle purple combine in a bracelet that looks good enough to eat.
If "busy" designs are up your alley (I love both), try making a cane glass charm bracelet. Take a length of loopy charm bracelet chain, and attach head pins, each featuring a single cane glass piece set between caps and accent beads. This is perfect for the pieces of cane glass that might be left from various projects.You can use pieces within the same color family, or use a carnival of colors. Mix big cylindrical cane glass beads on headpins with three or four headpins of mini cane glass beads of bright colors in between.
For a bold look, make a chunky necklace with graduated brightly-colored cane glass beads and graduated silver or gold beads in between.Cane glass tubes within the same color family are an interesting mix with Bali silver. In a necklace or bracelet, intersperse cane glass tubes between stacks of Bali silver daisies the same length as the tubes.
One beautiful way to display a colorful piece of cane glass is to make it the focal point of a stick pin, hatpin, or hijab pin. The lovely multicolored design of this glass gives each piece more than enough grandeur to stand alone for a unique design. Complement the single bead with accents of clear, gold, or silver. This is another opportunity to make a custom design for a special hat, wrap skirt, scarf, khimar, or veil.
This allows the cane glass to dangle at all sorts of different angles and show off its beautiful array of colors. Add a loop and an earring wire, and you have a set of baubles sure to delight.David Christensen jewel tone and rainbow cane glass beads courtesy of The Bead Peddler®
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