Monday, June 7, 2010

Happy Chevrons

I picked these adorable green chevron beads from a giant bowl of chevrons at the local bead store. I thought the color was sweet and cheerful!

I was thinking they would make adorable earrings with a huge crystal hanging from them OR they would make an adorable focal bead if they were right angle-woven together with a bunch of crystals to form a large beaded bead to act as a conversation piece.

Perfect for this time of year when it's spring one day, fall the next and summer two days later! Love it and so glad it's not winter anymore!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on fun ways to use these and the many other very colorful, happy chevron beads. I learned a little about these beads recently, so here's a bit about how they are usually made:

Chevron beads are composed of a number of consecutive layers of colored glass. The core is formed from a molten ball of glass that was melted in a furnace and air is blown into the center to create the opening. The ball of glass is then placed into a star shaped mold with various number of points and then additional layers are added until formed into a cane. Wow, that's amazing!

8 comments:

Regina said...

Chevron beads have so much history, thank you for explaining how they come to be, though I am not sure I quite get it, but they are special. I would like to own one historic Chevron bead, but they usually are quite pricey.

Dawn -Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Wow, that's a labor of love making that style of beads. I had no idea how intense that was. I love the green, makes me think of the Wizard of Oz... We're Off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Now don't get that song stuck in your head for the rest of the night! :)

{Hugs!}
Dawn

Guido said...

chevrons are amazing beads, fantastic technic and full of fantasy ;)
hug from switzerland
guido

Don said...

Really beautiful beads-thanks for explaining their manufacture- they would cool as big, bold earings.

Kokopelli said...

Chevron bead making is the high art of glass bead making. And it is hard to get good quality chevrons.
They look like mint pastilles! So fresh! I'd do a fresh and fun pair of earrings with them, maybe with some white shell beads.

JustATish said...

i love those - the color is beautiful

i love chevron glass. thanks for sharing how it is made!! i now have a great appreciation for it

TeriBaskett said...

I never knew what it took to create these, but I know that large, focal pendant size chevrons are simply gorgeous. The color combinations are never ending.

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Shaiha said...

Those are so springy! Wonder if something like that would convince our weather to move beyond winter.