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Bead caps

About this design:

I’m trying out some new colors and mixing colors. I think they turned out really pretty. Now to making them in to earrings


I used lucite bead caps, Ranger alcohol ink and diamond glaze.

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  1. Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 says:

    These are fab!! I use alcohol ink in many areas of my jewelry designs, as well as my art. Their possibilities are endless!!!

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    More beautiful alcohol ink blooms! I have purchased some frosted flowers and leaves along with the alcohol inks. Now to get organized so I can start playing again.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Robin – These bead caps are so pretty. They’re gonna make wonderful earrings. Love the leaves also – perfect for fall.

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    WOW, Robin…love all of those colors! Can’t wait to see all of the bright and beautiful ear rings you will make! Apparently you have as much fun playing with the colors as the law will allow.

  5. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    I know – i love color. These inks remind me of stained glass windows.

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    Melody F says:

    I wish I knew more about how you are achieving such beautiful results! How about a step-by-step?

  7. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Ok, so this how I made my bead caps-I’m sure there are more ways to do this, but can’t find a technique on you tube or any place I looked. It’s probably out there. You can google ranger ink color combinations and see how choosing a certain group of inks will look like. (you can buy single bottle or groups of three or more). So… you need ink, ranger brand alcohol blending solution, small paint brushes and felt squares ( just bought a 1/4 yard of white felt and cut it into squares). The blending solution is for lightening your colors slightly, cleaning your small brushes. The ranger little myst container helps too. I like to use the frosted acrylic flower bead caps and leaves. There all kinds of thinks you can ink. I use a tbsp measuring spoon and put 2-3 drops of ink and start dabbing your ink-here and there on your bead cap on the inside and the outside (where ever you put your color on the inside, put it in the same place on the outside. Don’t overload your brush. Colors dripping into each other is good. Add each color you choose (cleaning your brush between, unless your mixing colors. The ink dries very fast. Touch up if you need to. Using mixative colors (gold, pearl, etc) will give a more matte finish. The other way of applying the ink is to take your felt (cut in to 1 in. square) and put drops of ink all over your square randomly and roll it over your bead cap (for sure you have to do touch ups with this method). I let them dry for at least a couple of hours and apply diamond glaze with a small paint brush being sure to brush out tiny air bubbles. I know this lengthy- if anyone needs any other info, I’ll try to help. I also have pieces of wire and curl one end to put the flower on to let it dry (Hang the on the side of a basket to let them dry)I let them hang overnight before i take them off the wire.

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    Melody F says:

    Thanks Robin. I bought a set of three inks. Sounds like I need to get the blending solution and diamond glaze.

  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks for the great explanation Robin. Very thorough. Added to my favorites. Beautiful work.

  10. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    Wow! Terrific!

  11. kye
    kye says:

    Cool cool cool! Thanks so much!

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Stunning results! Thanks for the step-by-step. We were all wondering how you achieve those eye-dropping results! Beauty at it’s best :)

  13. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Wow. These are gorgeous! I have never done anything with inks. I saw these and thought it was glass blowing or lampwork. Thanks for explaining how they are done. Now I have yet another thing on my list of things I want to learn.

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    D Fraime says:

    Beautiful..must buy everything to try and make some. Very creative.

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