Sunday, April 1, 2012

A-Z Blog Challenge - AB FINISH

Aurora I'm not talking about the solar flares or the spectacular displays in the sky! I'm taking the A-Z Blog Challenge and I'm very excited to have my A-Z theme, be related to beads.  So to start things off, I'm going to talk a little bit about Aurora Borealis - the simply gorgeous finish you will find on some beads.  

Aurora Borealis - or simply known in the bead world as "AB" - is the finish that give beads an iridescent, rainbow-like effect. 
Amybeads - "Aqua-descent" (actually one of the few times I ever named a piece!)
Also known as 'iris', 'luster', or 'rainbow', there doesn't appear to be an exact science to creating the effect...but the effect can be very dramatic...

...or very subtle...
 Whichever you choose it adds a wonderful bit of extra zing to beading projects!

Thanks for stopping by - I am looking forward to exploring beads and my bead world from A-Z!
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  1. Hi,Amy:
    I love those 'iris'colors very much.I rarely use the 'opaque' ones,though I cannot say,I do not like them.Your beading looks so nice ;the stitch with such 'rainbow'beads is always a pleasure and gives surprising effects.
    Warm Greets-Halinka-

  2. Hi Amy - gosh I just learned something...which is my goal in this Challenge. I did not know that beads with that finish had a specific name. I love beading, used to do lots in my younger years when I did a lot of sewing - the two went hand in hand.
    I also strung a few pretty necklaces in my day! Ah...makes me think I might need to take a trip down to the bead shop.

    I look forward to you upcoming post - this is a great theme.

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

  3. Love the pictures. The jewelry is gorgeous. New follower from A-Z! :)

  4. Amy, I love using the AB finish in beads, especially in the clear crystals. Looking forward to your next post.

  5. I love Aqua-descent. It's a beautiful piece. :-)

  6. Love the a/b finish especially on the cobalt blue beads!


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