When I saw the the picture in the Fusion Beads catalog I knew I wanted to take the midnight lantern class. It was taught by Janice Berkebile who is an excellent instructor and a whole heap of fun. I thought it would be a good way to use up some of the glass beads I have been making. After looking at my collection, I knew I needed to make a custom set of beads. I wanted something that looked like a glowing lantern.
This is what it looks like when the sun is not shining. It's a large piece measuring 95x30mm (3.77x1.25"). I've been wearing it since I finished it Friday night. It's just strange enough to keep for myself.
I am a big fan of Belvedere Beads blog, so in Lucida's tradition, I'm going to list specifics about what goes into each piece.
The wire is silver filled (which is like silver plate only more durable) and an affordable choice for a first go at this style of wire wrapping.
Starting from the bottom: the charms are Pewter, there is a brass bead cap you can't see (And another at the top of the large bead). The bottom of the large glass bead is Effetre dark amber, the rest is clear. It's rolled in R-218 Iris Yellow powder then finished in a reducing flame to bring out the luster and colors.
The top bead is clear glass with Double Helix "Aurae" another reduction glass that leaves the bead more see through than the the Iris Yellow.
Atop the small bead is am enameled disk which is capped with a purple stone bead. All components are from Fusion Beads. I must say it's fun to create during class where you have the entire inventory at your disposal!