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Fortunate mistake

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.


Frosted jade Czech glass ammonite, Vintaj patinas, clay and black mixed, Vintaj glaze

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    I really like the effect :D

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Me TOOOO!!!! What a cool outcome for a potential disaster!! You need to tell people you did it on purpose, of course! ;) Those roundels are a perfect match!! I have them, too an I am hoarding them :)

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    What a great outcome! Love the effect it had on the ammonite, and those rondelles are a perfect match.

  4. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    Mistakes often lead to new and fantastic discoveries. Just look at how goldstone was invented. Hope you let us see your completed design. And if I’m not mistaken your’s was an awesome discovery too! :)

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Happy accident turns into great look. I think you actually achieved your goal to show the definition also. The lines are much more visible in your stained ones. Perfect match to the sea spray beads.

  6. CAS
    CAS says:

    Ooooohhhhh … cool! “Oopses” are sometimes the best, aren’t they.

  7. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    So I’m thinking about your “mistake”… I wonder if we could “rough up” the surface of glass beads (maybe with the Vintaj refining block) ON PURPOSE. Then the rough places – like your frosted places – would take the patina paints.

  8. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all, I’m glad you liked the way they turned out.
    I think you’re on to something Julie! I’m going to try that theory out on a few glass beads. Way to take it to the next level!

  9. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a cool experiment – - with great results, too !

  10. Yvette K
    Yvette K says:

    I think a gold or silver gilders paste would look amazing and still maintain the pretty aqua color. Unless your trying to change the color,lol!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Neat experiment…looks like you kept good notes for a protocol. I like the looks of your “mistake.”

  12. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Yes Yvette, I would like to have some of the beads keep their frosty aqua coat and just define the grooves. I’ve never used gilders paste though. Do you think it would come off the frosted parts and just be left in the grooves?
    Thanks, Angela

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    Yes it would, also try just a regular acrylic paint :D

  14. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thanks Asia! What should I apply it though, so it doesn’t wipe out of the grooves yet comes clean form the frosted surface!

  15. Donna Kate
    Donna Kate says:

    I think if you try using something with a really flat surface to remove the patina, you should be able to keep it in the grooves. Maybe something like a Vintaj buffing block with a paper towel wrapped around it. You want to keep whatever you use to remove the patina from descending into the grooves, if that makes sense. I can see what you are looking for;I love the icy color of the beads. But your mistakes are really nice too!

  16. Donna Kate
    Donna Kate says:

    Also, what about using a toothpick or a q-tip to apply the color to the grooves so there is less to remove?

  17. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thanks Donna Kate! Those are both really great suggestions. I’ll try them out today.

  18. Deborah C Dallas
    Deborah C Dallas says:

    Use a fine tipped paintbrush to apply the colour to the grooves or a fine tipped marker. Love what you did.

  19. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I love the way these “mistakes” look!

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    L German says:

    I love how it turned out, I would in all honesty tell people you achieved what you were looking for, if mine, I would call it done. It is jaw dropping gorgeous, I know ammonite and ammolite well, having collecting the jewelry since 1989,and am fortunate to have 2 matching small ammonite cut in half with the plan being, to make wire wrap earrings. I also have in my collection, a piece which shows all the chambers, and it is a golden crystalized druzy, I have lots to learn before working with this piece!

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