Monday, June 02, 2014

Faux Moroccan Amber Beads...

I was so smitten with the Mystery Components that I made for the Good Earth Challenge, that I made more!  I'm a big fan of the original Moroccan/Berber amber beads and have a few of them that I whipped out for inspiration.  I love the organic rondelle shape of the beads and that luscious burnt-yellow color.  I had wanted to include the real deal for the Challenge kits, but it would have been cost prohibitive.  So I made my own.

I'm going to see what will happen if I soak them in a blend of sandalwood, frankincense, and amber oil.  I don't want to knock people dead with the scent, but it would be lovely if they could take on a faint hint of that earthy spice bouquet.  I also might add a few drops of the oil blend to a beeswax polishing compound that I sometimes use to buff polymer clay.  It gives the beads such a silky feel and a satin look that rests perfectly in-between glossy and matte.

3 comments:

Shaiha said...

Oh yummy! I just love those beads too. I can only imagine if they had that wonderful aroma also.

darbyscloset said...

Andrew! Out of all the beads in the "Good Earth Challenge" I love these beads the most!! I had no idea you made them!! I keep coming up with different designs/ideas and no matter the design or idea these beads are included....definitely!! I've even wondered where I'd search to acquire more of them for the challenge. I will tell you that the "Good Earth" is most definitely a challenge for I have yet to string a bead due to all of the varying design possibilities I keep birthing ... it's exhausting!
Yet I love it and I LOVE these beads!!! Darby

Br00ke said...

These are gorgeous. Way better than most I see here in Morocco.