Layered Canes & Another Comparison

Next I will show some layered canes and hybrids. First, let's look at another comparison of similar patterns made using different techniques.

The photo shown here is a variation of the so-called "watermelon pattern" that is fairly well known and liked--and seen in the Chart as specimens 28 and 40. In the current version, the canes have yellow and green outer layers that change the appearance of the resulting beads dramatically.

The left specimen (like number 28) is made with composite canes. The right bead (like number 40) shows a layered cane with composited elements added to its structure.

In the beads I will show next, I am bypassing conventional bull's eye canes, since I expect most people have seen plenty of these, and I'll concentrate on more unusual designs within that Group.

Layered Canes & Hybrids

The five beads seen here are all pretty unusual. The left specimen has concentric layers, but some of these layers are bicolored. The next bead has canes with layers in which a dark blue band has three colored dots inserted into it. Two are blue and one is red, and there's a larger white cane in the center. Viewed from the right angle, the composition looks something like a simple face. In the third bead, the cane has a yellow and green center, around which have been placed a ring of red/white dots, forming something like a "flower," and similar in effect to a composite cane (number 29) in the Chart. The remaining two beads feature layered canes with outer stripes, in usual color schemes. And, the final bead was made as an ellipsoid and rolled over a shaped surface to make it into a stepped bicone.

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