I'm still on the look out to increase my stash of beads for the art collar I wanted to make. So with that thought in mind, I placed my order for some size 11 Toho Hybrids from Artbeads. They looked like they would be perfect - black with a hint of copper in this great marbelized looking finish. But when I got to see them in person, they actually had a blush of this fabulous raspberry coloring. SO unexpected and SO extraordinarily beautiful. Unlike any color bead I had ever seen.
I really enjoyed making the beaded box for the Beading for a Cure 2010 auction, and I had another little box sitting around just waiting to be covered, so I switched gears and got to work.
Using raspberry cotton velvet, a black cabochon, 4mm faceted rounds in a sparkly crystal rose finish (also from Artbeads, but ordered previously for no specific project in mind), delicas left over from the Beader's Muse challenge, and some coordinating size 11s and 15s, I started to play.
The (sort of) straight line borders really show off the finish on the Toho Hybrid bead. The color is called Matte Jet Apollo.
I am officially now addicted to making covered boxes. Forget the art collar project - those beads I'm hoarding will now be used to adorn a bigger box! And I've got just the perfect one in mind......