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Purple Glass

recycled glass beads

Purple can be a tricky colour when it comes to glass objects. I have found a purple bowl in the past, but when I melted it, the colour burned out of it!

I was pleased to find this small purple plate recently. I wasn’t sure how it would hold up in the flame, so I was really pleased when it melted just fine. I tested the glass by making several beads, and happily made this little pendant.

recycled glass beads

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The Colour Purple – with Brown

This is part of a series of posts about colour.  This month I am focusing on the colour purple.

Beautiful purple handmade glass bead necklace by Julie Frahm

Love this assorted brown handmade glass bead necklace by Julie Frahm

Combining purple and brown handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

Love these purple and brown necklaces by Julie Frahm.  Handmade glass beads.

I was at a market a few weeks ago, and I had on display some of the new necklaces I was making, like the ones pictured above.  I had made them in 5 different colours (purple, brown, red, green and black/white).

The first necklace of the series to sell was the purple one.  I was lucky to get a photo of it, and if you click the link it will take you to a post about it.  As I was showing the range of necklaces, I had put the purple one next to the brown one, and thought to myself “wow, they look really great together”.

Funnily enough, the second necklace to sell was the brown one.  Unfortunately I did not get a photo of that one.

But, seeing those two colours together made me think: what about a necklace with both purple and brown beads?

So, I set out to make lots of purple and brown beads, and I was able to make this series of necklaces, that I am very fond of.  I knew that purple worked with lots of colours, but I had forgotten about brown.  How had I forgotten about brown?  (Answer: honestly, I think it’s because brown is not my first go-to colour choice).

It made me think about brown, a lot more than I have in the past, so much that I have decided that brown will be the colour of the month for June!

Next week I will have my final post about purple, and a surprisingly excellent colour that works well with it.