I just looked at the date I was last here and it's been too long that I last posted. Wow ! Since that date, we have taken a short vacation and there was lots happening at home. Ever find out when it's too hot that your AC is on the blink ? Anyway, I did have a little torch time in there and even made a beaded braid while on the road during vacation. No pics of the braid but I did manage some of the beadies posted below.
These two beads are called fire and ice. Taken from a freebie tutorial written up long ago (years) by Mrs. Booger's husband I believe. I'll have to verify that one. I never did make these beads until this month and it was pretty much fun. The only thing I'll do differently next time is make the twistie much smaller. I have a tendency of making larger diameter twisties. lol ! Still, I really enjoy the colors in these beads. Thanks to Mr. Booger !
This very large freeform pressed focal bead is a favorite of mine. Just frit added to some transparent glass and some of it twisted about. I do enjoy very much how it turned out ! I will play with this frit some more. :) You may see this bead in a beaded braid necklace.
BIG SIGH HERE ! lol ! This bead is a "What not to do" bead ! lol ! I will show those beads when they happen. lol ! This one is NOTHING like it started out to be. Right off hand I don't remember the color I started with. It was either black or cobalt blue. Either way, I added some silver foil and other ingredients to the base and it still didn't turn out like I wanted. So I did the "logical" thing - I mixed it all together, hid that mess with MORE glass ! Dark Ivory, silver foil and black. Hmmmm, the bead only got bigger and uglier ! lol ! This is the result. ICK ! Every bead maker has done this at one time or another and usually more than once and most will NOT show them in public. I think, showing our "what not to do beads" only shows others we are not "know it all's" in this world of melting glass and are willing to experiment ! :) I mean, experimenting is 90% of this craft/art and sooooo much fun ! lol !
My Etsy shop is open again now that we're back from vacation so if you so desire, take a few minutes and have a peak.
Thanks much for coming by. Please come back again sometime soon. I'll be posting back on schedule once again. :)