Monday, August 18, 2008

Heartz n Skullz Namez? Giveaway

Today is the last day to submit a name for the new addition to the Heartz n Skullz series. I'll stop taking names at 6:00 pm EST this afternoon (10 hrs from now). The list of suggestions so far:

Skullz n Crossbowz (Victoria)
Skull Caps (Lynn)
Jackyl Antern (Lorelei)
Skull ooze (Faith)
Dem Bowz (Melissa)
Punk'Inz (Angela)
Dem Bownz (Deb)
Funny Bonz (Faith)
Skele'Bonz (Amanda)

You've still got time today - leave a comment with a suggestion and you'll be entered to win a free skull bead!

In the meantime, I thought I'd take you through the prototype beads trying to come up with a good design.

I wanted to do flowers in the eyes like Day of the Dead skulls and I haven't completely given up on the idea but I've got to make the bead bigger to do it. For two reasons, the 20-25mm (3/4 to 1 inch) size doesn't give me much room to decorate. The other reason is I forgot I have a bigger torch and I'm working too close to the big hot flame - I'm burning my left thumb!!


I forgot I'm not on my smaller torch - my work habits are smaller and closer to the flame, I haven't adjusted for the larger, hotter flame.

I perfected the bows with these but I'm still not adjusted to the hotter flame - I heated one or two of the red petals too much so they get lost in the black.

What made me think that cubic zirconia for eyes was a good idea?


Don't forget to post your suggestions. I'll announce a winner tomorrow morning.

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