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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Glazing the Beads

I posted a large picture of this recent looming, just yesterday. Here is what it looks like today. I was planning on trying out a new and different technique, 'Glazing' the finish of the beads. This created an Antique Look, not unlike deciding to 'Oxidize' or 'Not to Oxidize' the best way I can explain it.

The entire cuff was coated then wiped and a finish applied to hold the coloring in place. I also had to take into consideration the fact the beads 'spin' while loomed.

I think this is going to be a fun technique to play around with, more in the future. I'll bet the first thoughts that come to mind are, "Why not just use the color beads you want instead of glazing them to become something else?" This is what I thought too, but this method is an entirely different feel. One point that has to be kept in mind, looming is a two dimensional means of weaving beads. Designing patterns and techniques to create graphs for looming are a must, when deciding what to loom. My experiments come from this fact. What are your thoughts?


  1. This is going to be an incredible technique once you have developed it, from a layman's point of view, I notice we use threads to try to enhance the overall picture when looming, this will add an "edge" to the piece particularly with baroque and antique style patterns. I look forward with anticipation to see where you take it and excited that we can share this latest adventure with you, thank you for giving another dimension to looming!

  2. I love what you replied! I can see this on 3D pieces too!

  3. It is a very cool technique. I don't bead on a loom (I'm a bead embroiderer) but I'm so inspired and fascinated by your work!! Just beautiful!

  4. Thank you! No matter what beading technique, inspiration comes to us all. Maybe this glazing idea could be carried out in your beading....or, you could consider looming!

  5. Again, you have wowed us. I think this has distinct possibilities for looming; it lends a beautiful patina to the beads that you don't find in new ones. Creating vintage loomed pieces has just gotten easier! Thanks, Erin!

  6. Great point Judi, I appreciate your thoughts.

  7. Hm, I'm not sure about this, as I liked the matte finish of the beads so much. And now it seemed to have disappeared. Although the technique is great to make a piece look vintage/antique.

  8. I absolutely appreciate your thoughts and what you are saying. This is a trial of how such a process can work on beads or any looming. It opens the door for me to consider such a touch on future pieces. The glazing could be a black, grey, brown or even some metallics. It also may just highlight a portion of the beading and not the entire loomed area.