Saturday, February 18, 2012

Crystal Suncatchers - Aurora Borealis - Krystal Kat's

I enjoy creating and selling handmade crystal suncatchers, this is the craft I spend the most time doing, but I also love crochet, paper arts, sewing and so much more. Whatever craft I am doing it will be something that I am excited about. I have always love crafts and I would spend time with my kids when they were young making crafts. To this day my son is very very talented in many crafts. My daughter loves crafts to but she is a social butterfly and enjoys that more. I guess in order to craft you have to spend more time NOT being a social butterfly.  In any event I have a few disabilities so these crafts are very soothing to me and help me cope with them.    

I seem to be spending a lot of time lately crocheting lately, squeezing in some paper art crafts here and there and I am constantly enjoying re-eventing my Crystal Suncatchers.

Crystal suncatchers can be found here. I have Crystal Chandelier Crystal Faceted Balls, Hearts, Lots and Lots of Hearts, Angels, Crosses and so much more. Lately I have been going through the suncatchers and taking new photos updating the suncatchers that need a little re-eventing. So far I am maybe half way through this task. It seems a bit overwhelming at times to re-envent and rephotograph. I thought i would be done a few weeks ago. I took the whole week of this week from doing it, I have been working on this project since January. 

I have tried to take some interesting photos as well. That can be challenging for me because of the reflections from crystals, especially the aurora borealis.  

What is AB beads? (Aurora Borealis) and it's one of the most popular Swarovski® crystal coatings. It gives off a beautiful shimmering rainbow, or mother-of-pearl effect. These special coatings are bonded chemically to the outer surface of the Swarovski® crystals for a more brilliant effect.
Aurora Borealis 'AB'  is not a color but special coating finish, Aurora Borealis is available on many of the most popular crystal colorsAurora Borealis finish, not only increases the brilliance of each crystal, this special application also produces color changes, as a direct result of variations, in the quality of light that falls upon it.
The 'Aurora Borealis' coating itself, consists of a metallic finish applied to a crystal surface using water. A very thin metallic particle sheen is adhered to the glass resulting in a significant enhancement to the crystal's overall brilliance and dramatic color changes.
These chromatic variations are dependant on the underlying crystal color and their intensity is affected by background light conditions. Spectral effects similar to those created when sunlight falls on oily water can also be seen.
The color variations range through the spectrum from light, almost imperceptible, blues to the deepest warm hues. The actual visible color changes depend greatly on the individual crystal cut, dimensions and color choice, as well as ambient light conditions but in general, darker backgrounds, tend to produce warm 'fire-like' colors, oranges, yellows, gold, reds and ambers. While in contrast, 'light' conditions produce ethereal blues, greens, lilac, purple and tones with a sense of unbounded 'space'. When applied to each crystal color particular specific variations can be seen, but in all, the 'Aurora Borealis' finish results in a stunning and brilliant display.
Swarovski Austrian Crystal is the finest quality, full-lead crystal you can find. Swarovski crystals are faceted with tremendous precision, creating beautiful prisms. These crystal gemstones come in an extensive range of shapes, sizes and colors. Swarovski Crystal is truly unmatched in quality and distinction, and have been producing crystals for over 100 years. Any crystal that is 28mm or larger that is full lead content will have a logo in the crystal. (This is what I have been told). For the most part this is true. 
Swarovski Crystals are made in Austria. Swarovski makes two brands, Swarovski Strass, Spectra is the other brand and is lead free. Both brands make excellent rainbows due to the index of refraction and the angles they are cut. Swarovski Crystals are known throughout the world for their brilliance and for their famous figurines. The crystals are used in chandeliers', jewelry and other things. I love making things with the crystals.

Have a nice weekend! 

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Have a wonderful day! ~Kat