To etch or not?

That is the age old question that is stuck in my head at the moment. To be honest I'm thrilled it's shoved Roxette's "Hello, you fool I love you" out of the way because that's been on a loop for weeks and I'm utterly sick of the Joyride.

I think these beads look lovely as they are but I'm itching to etch them. I think it them will make the different shades of grey really come to life, plus I love grey glass etched. The lighter transparent glasses always etch beautifully, it just seems to make the colour more concentrated somehow. That having been said I would lose the pretty blue colour where the silver has fumed the glass (top bead in the photo below) and that would be a shame... I think I need to make some more beads to play with... stay tuned...

Grey lampwork glass beads with cubic zirconia set in the middle
Favourite shades of grey

Favourite shades of grey