Here are a couple of focal beads I made yesturday, based on the 'Kaleidoscope' design. These focals are quite big, each measuring about 3.5x2.4cm.
This bead has a very simplified Kaleidoscope design; I was trying to integrate part of the Taj elements into the bead (the white stringer work).
Background color: transparent medium amethyst
I tried out several background colors, using mainly transparent colored glass and I feel that the darker transparent colors bring out the designs better. This focal is made with light green - to be honest, I don't know the name of the glass anymore, I don't bother to label my glass rods. They are sorted according to the COE values and not the manufacturers.
Background color: yellow green (perhaps?)
I love this result of this focal. Actually this was the 1st focal I made yesturday, the other two were made after this one. You know how you keep hearing 'less is more'? Well, not in this case, less is less and more is definitely more. I certainly prefer the 'more-is-more' design.
Background color: transparent light teal
Well, it's Friday, as usual TGIF! I love weekends, don't you?