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About this design:
I wanted to try and bring out the definition of this frosted jade ammonite by using the only thing I had on hand, Vintaj patinas. However, when I wiped off the excess all the patina came out of the grooves as well. So that didn't work, fine, but in the meantime the patina stained the frosted surface of the bead and I couldn't get it all off. I tried again with another bead and the same result. I thought since these are already ruined, let's experiment. So I put patina on all sides, wiped away the excess and let dry. Then I applied the Vintaj glaze. To my amazement the result was transparent and shiny and looks sort of like a picasso finish. Even the aqua color became more like a light green. Which I think is a really cool result. What do you all think? The one on the left is the original.
I'm going to pair the new beads with some metallic sea spray rondelles I just got from LB.
BTW is there another product I could use to bring out the pattern on this bead? Maybe gilders paste, which I've never used.
Sorry this was so long.