So I broke out the UTEE meltpot (Suze Weinberg's, you'll find it on our website at http://www.bsueboutiques.com) the other day to PLAY.
I have to say, I'm not the most adept person when it comes to UTEE. Suze makes it look so SIMPLE in her video, and I'm sure with her experience, it really is. I just need more time to get onto it!
I put in the clear-amber color FLEX Utee and let it melt, and decided to dump in a generous blob of copper-coppered PearlEx Mica powder. I swirled it all around and oh yum, deep and rich, almost with a patina too it...(oh yeah, that probably was because I dropped in a pinch of gold and a squirt of Pitch Black alcohol ink....the Adirondack stuff. It's true, I play with UTEE the way I cook....recipe? WHAT RECIPE???)
Check out my mess:
Gotta have that coffee cup someplace nearby.
Anyway, can you see the deep rich coppery color? I've got my stick-free UTEE sheet there and my Cool Tools, too.
I played around for a bit dumping out UTEE and stamping it, but I didn't come up with anything that floated my boat.
Then I started cutting lengths of our vintage bronze wire in 20 and 22 ga, and dipping the ends in the put. I am not sure why I did that, but I am glad I did:
I can just see a WORLD of possibities here. I wish I had two days straight to play and get this technique PERFECT and make GOBS of them in a whole variety of colors, I would USE THEM constantly! Wouldn't they be FAB in PEARL? Ooooooh.......
What I did find was dip, pull out, then dip again and twirl....and then drag it out of the UTEE. Kinda hard to tell you though, I think it's a SHOW you thing...but hey, if I came up with this all on my own just goofing around, you'll get it. It's not rocket science. Go fire up your pot, cut some 2-3 inch lengths of wire and start dipping, and see what happens!
Here is a brass bead that I threw down in the UTEE and coated:
Here is a pic of a plated brass tube bead before I UTEE'd it, a pendant I made of another one I coated along with a UTEE Faux Enamelled Headpin, and some of our cool beads from the website (the plating is brass ox). Have you checked out our Filigree and Metal Beads section or our Metal Flowers and Leaves section? Or the Bead Caps section? I have to tell you, I have some bodacious vintage style stuff that will make your designs POP. http://www.bsueboutiques.com/bead_caps.shtml will take you straight to the bead caps (or should! you can find the rest in the left hand navigation bar that appears on every page throughout the site).
Lemme know if you try it! We'll have the plain tube beads available sometime next month; the 'chased' ones like you'll see in my Blue Bohemian (scroll back through my posts) will be on the site by this weekend if not sooner.