Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Looks can be deceiving

And deceiving they were last night whilst I was mixing and matching my beading stash!

I am currently working on my giveaway prize on my facebook page. I know in my head EXACTLY what I want to do, but it's just trying to actually bring it to life! I was hunting, hunting, hunting through my bead collection, which is currently scattered all over the floor - or as I call it.. the danger zone - thanks to a hectic weekend, for a particular coloured seed bead that was given to me by a dear beading friend. I finally found the colour last night and thought 'YES! This is the colour, it has to be this one!' and grabbed my box of threads.

The colour of the seed bead is kind of hard to describe, and the colour isn't written on the tube. It's like a red/purple transparent colour that reminds me alot of red wine. In the dull light of my bedroom last night however, the beads looked mostly red.. red thread it was! And away I beaded.

HOWEVER! (yes, I like using lots of capital letters to emphasise words =P lol) Coming to work this morning, I sat down to do some beading during a break and I noticed something. Under my VERY bright light at work, I can now see just how much gleam of purple and red and both streaked throughout the beads, it's probably about 50/50 of each, rather than one over the other. This however, makes the light red thread that I chose very noticeable..

It could just be that I am really, really fussy and I might be the only one who notices it, or Once the bracelet it beaded properly, you might not even be able to notice the thread at all, but it is incredibly frustrating! For me anyways, because this has happened to me a couple of times and it seems to me like the only way I can properly match colours when I am beading is to wait for the sun to be out so I can see under natural light.. I know there are special craft lights out there that I can buy, but I wouldn't know where to start looking for the right bulb! There's white ones, yellow ones (I think that is the one in my room), florescent, non-florescent, the list goes on and on! I don't want anything too harsh, because that could also bugger up my perception of the colours, shades, tones etc.

What is the best beading bulb?!?! (Apart from the sun, which is currently on hiatus for the winter)


  1. Hi Emma,
    That is a bummer that the thread is the wrong color. There are bulbs that say on the package that they mimic the sunlight. I use these for my photo taking set up. You can get a simple student desk lamp, you know the kind with the re-positional neck, real cheap and put one on those bulbs in it, that should be some help to you.

  2. I have 3 OTT-Lite brand folding daylight lamps and they are great, I can even take a photo under one and get pretty true colours on the beads. Also I find my eyes are less gritty if I bead in the evening with one of these lamps. I think I found some on Amazon last time I looked, and even replacement bulbs (I've only had to replace one though)The other great thing is, as they are folders, I can take them out to classes too!

  3. I highly recommend an Ott-lite. In the last year I have discovered my vision has declined rather rapidly and I can't bead at all without my reading glasses and my handy dandy tabletop Ott-lite that I got for Christmas. The light has made a significant difference in a couple of ways. It has reduced eye-strain and I am able to see the true colors of the beads. If you can get your hands on one it's well worth the investment.

  4. I have two Ott lite I use for beading. One has a magnifier also. They have a very clean light, not yellow or blue as so many bulbs offer.

  5. What a fun blog!! SOOOOoo nice to meet you :). Thank you for sharing!