I really love to work with translucent clay. There is a warmth about it that changes the tone of what you are making, and it often seems to glow from inside. Recently, I taught a workshop in which we used translucent to make Skinner blended stacks with white stripes. Taking thin slices from the stack and criss-crossing them over one another is a lovely way to make a base for a bead. A raspberry, coral and light gold stack made this sweet teardrop shape. I encircled it with glass pearls and included brass heishi in the chain.