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Wednesday, January 20, 2021


The fruit and the color orange spread centuries ago from India through the Middle East to Europe. Orange, a city in southern France received its name because of the orange trade that occurred there. Orange became the French and later English name for the fruit and the color. Orange has some nationalist implications. William of Orange was a nobleman who inherited the principality of Orange in France in 1544. He later became active in the politics of the Netherlands and ultimately led a rebellion which freed the Netherlands from Spanish rule. Subsequently Orange has been the national color of the Netherlands. Another Dutch William of Orange (a descendant of the earlier William) became King of England in 1688. Orange became the color of the Protestant Unionists of Northern Ireland because of William’s military victories in Ireland during the 1690s. Orange is also associated with a number of warm places where oranges are grown, most notably Orange County in California. . 

You can see a handcrafted lampwork glass fashion fish focal bead with orange accents at  OLIVIA ORANGE STRIPES FASHION FISH (

Tuesday, January 19, 2021



Embossing is the art of pressing a pattern into metal and has been performed since ancient times. Patina refers to a colored coating that develops on the surface of a metal exposed to corrosion. Copper has a tendency to form a green patina due to exposure to the elements. This has been occurring for many generations. The earliest references to purposeful patination of metal goes back to Medieval times. Today patination of copper jewelry is done by oxidation with chemicals and/or fire. The copper pendant pictured above has been embossed with the sixxix machine and given a beautiful green patina.

You can find a pair of embossed and patinated earrings at GREEN SHIELD EARRINGS - Earrings (

Monday, January 18, 2021



Red is one of the 3 basic colors. It is the color of blood and for that reason has been associated with the origin of life going back to prehistoric times. Prehistoric cave painters used red in painting animals. Red was often considered to have protective properties. Red material was at times buried in graves to protect the dead. Ancient hunters and warriors at times painted their spears with red blood. Red bedding was thought to be able to prevent illness. Red wedding clothes were at times worn by various ancient cultures including Rome, China, and others. The Medieval Christian Church used red in clerical garments and associated red with the cross. Red was a popular color for painting houses in Victorian Times although clothing at that time tended to have drab colors. In modern times, it is not unusual to find red in women's clothing and accessories although not often in men's clothing. Red is and has been a bright attractive color in glass beads even up to today. 

You can find a red lampwork glass Heavenly Heart bead, handcrafted by the Beadshaper, for sale at  Heavenly Heart Beads - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants,(

Sunday, January 17, 2021



The color green is a blend of the basic colors yellow and blue. It is the color of chlorophyll which is found in plants and has therefore been associated with life by various cultures. For example, the ancient Egyptians used the color green for the floors of their temples. The ancient Greeks associated green with victory in battle. In Islam it is considered a sacred color. It is the national color of Ireland because of the intense green of the landscape in that island nation. In the Chinese culture green represents the East. Green is considered by many to represent freshness and from there newness leading to the slang word greenhorn alluding to someone who is a new immigrant. In the USA all paper money is printed in green leading to expressions such as “show me the green.” Green in many cultures represents envy as in the “green eyed monster.” It is also associated with illness or nausea as in “it made him turn green.” Patina is a green color found on aged copper and bronze surfaces because of oxidation. Ancient coins and jewelry made of those metals often show a green patina. Green glass gets its color from metallic materials mixed in to the glass. There are green glass artifacts dating back to ancient times. The art of making green glass was perfected by the Venetian glass makers in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. Green has remained an important color in glass products to the present times

You can find a green lampwork glass Heavenly Heart bead at  VERDANT GREEN HEART GLASS BEAD (

Saturday, January 16, 2021


The name Gwendolyn is of Welsh origin. In the original Welsh it is spelled Gwendolen. Gwendolen is the spelling of the name of Merlin’s wife in the King Arthur legends. Gwendolyn is the spelling usually used in America and is the spelling of the name of the African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

You can find Gwendolyn Fashion Fish Bead in the Beadshaper website at Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads (

You can read more about the name Gwendolyn in the Nameberry website by clicking Gwendolyn: Name Meaning, Popularity, and Similar Names | Nameberry

Friday, January 15, 2021



The English adjective heavenly has 3 definitions. It can mean in the sky the sky, or religiously in a place where human souls go after death, or it can mean anything wonderful. The Hebrew word shamayim means sky. In ancient times, many believed that God resided in the sky and that was where souls went after death. The origin of the English heavenly is from the old English adjective heofonlic. In fashion, it refers to the third definition of wonderful or lovely or beautiful. Examples of the fashion definition can be found at the Heavenly Heart Beads hall in the Beadshaper Gallery by clicking

Thursday, January 14, 2021



Mica is a mineral found in igneous and other rocks which is resistant to heat and electricity and has both industrial and decorative uses. It has been used as gem stones as pictured in the above photo and other forms. It has also been ground into a powder and made into a glittery paint. The earliest known use of mica paint was in prehistoric cave paintings. Later it was used for various purposes by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. The Pyramid of the Sun built by the Pre-Columbian Aztecs in Mexico contains considerable amounts of mica. The mining of mica expanded in the early 19th Century with the discovery of large deposits in Africa and South America. In recent times the largest producers of mica have been Russia, the USA, China, India, South Korea, and Canada.

The Beadshaper offers a mica bracelet at Golden Mica Bracelet - Bracelets -  (

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