After all my agonizing, I did finally come up with a couple of things to do with my tile beads. I’m still experimenting, but the more I work with them, at least I’m learning which thread paths are possible with these.
The first one I made is part of a bracelet. You don’t want to see the earlier attempts that got me here. But at least I ended up with something I like, and I may even embellish it some more if I can figure out how. Here is what the piece of it looks like so far. Not too bad.
Then I attempted a beaded bead inspired by Anna Elizabeth Draeger’s bangle bracelet design in the latest B&B. This is actually embellished cubic RAW. The cubic RAW is Anna’s, the embellishments are mine. I think I’ll be taking this one apart. It doesn’t seem very useful. I’ll wait awhile though, you never know. I may need a rectangular bead for something.
I know the pictures are phooey. That’s the problem with having my photo studio downstairs, and having to set the whole thing up every time I use it. I never get down there and do it. I just go for the quick pic upstairs on the bead mat. I can be so lazy sometimes. Oh, well, you still get the idea of what I’m working on.
I like working with these beads better than I do the Tilas, though. The walls are thicker, so I don’t have to worry about them chipping when I make multiple thread passes. And I like the Picasso finishes. I don’t like the ones I’ve seen that appear to be metal-finished. They look like someone gave them a coat of metallic spray paint, and it doesn’t look like it will last very long.